Focusing For One’s Life is presently offered
as an individual tutorial by teleconference.
The goal of this training is to support you
in establishing a solid experiential base in the gentle and self-directed
process of Focusing, enabling you to practice in egalitarian partnerships.
By attending the program you will begin to:
• Bring calm where there was anxiety,
worry, and frustration
• Transform confusion or inner conflict
into clarity and inner peace
• Find confidence in expressing your
vitality, ideas, wants and needs without fearing self-sabotage and moving
tolerance for strong emotions and difficulties
• Enjoy challenges rather than being
scared or overwhelmed by them
• Move from angry and debilitating
activism or hopeless fear to balanced social caring
• Un-veil layers of self-defeating
attitudes and unhealthy cultural habits to move toward a more authentic
• And more
We live in a moment of profound crisis:
instability is cursing through so many aspects of our lives, from our
climate to our economies, to the values that govern our social engagements
in the family, at work, in our friendships, and love life.
In times like this what guides our actions and interactions?
How can we face the challenges ahead not as a threat but as an opportunity?
The experiential method of Focusing helps to
enter the intricacy of our bodily sensing and to orient to this way of
sensing as a source of wisdom, vitality, and safety.
Focusing is a practice that opens
the communication between verbal expression and significant corporeal
sensing. Slowing down the communication between physiological and cognitive
processes, Focusing helps check our thoughts and explicit values
with our implicit emotions, memories, and life force, thus helping us
find coherence in our being and follow our genuine impulses, remaining
faithful to our deepest needs and desires.
Focusing helps us enter in those areas of experiencing
that often remain outside of our daily awareness and everyday conversations
while informing our way of being in the world and orienting toward the
future. By entering these areas at the edge of our awareness we can more
precisely harness our creativity and implicit wisdom to better
negotiate both the ordinary and extraordinary predicaments of our lives.
Focusing For One’s Life is
offered as an individual tutorial by teleconference.
It consists of 4 modules structured in 4 sessions
of 1 ½ hour each, and a minimum of 5 individual
sessions with the instructor during the course of the training
as integration and deepening of your Focusing process.
If at the end of your individual training you would
like to qualify to receive the Focusing Institute certification of Proficiency
as Focusing Partners four additional sessions specifically geared to support
your partnership will be offered and required, and you will also need
have engage in at least 10 sessions of equal Focusing partnership with
To learn if this training is for you
could start with an
Individual Focusing Session.
We start by learning to turn inward with a gentle curiosity
toward what we find inside ourselves: emotions, thoughts, memories, images,
and physical sensations. In Focusing we learn how to center our inner
process on what we call a felt-sense, and how a felt-sense is different
from an emotion, a thought, or a physical sensation, and yet it can arise
from any of them. We also learn basic partnership skills for exchanging
Focusing sessions with peers. Prerequisite: an introductory Focusing
session with Francesca or equivalent.
In this workshop we pay particular attention to building
a safe somatic container to our inner sensing and we explore different
ways of starting our Focusing sessions. We continue to nurture the communication
between body sensing and language and experience how doing so supports
our life force and sense of being alive.
Prerequisite: module 1 or equivalent.
This workshop is centered in understanding the relationship
of the felt-sensing process to implicit memory. We learn to recognize
and welcome the organic linking of time-spaces that our body provides
and recognize when memories from the past come to seek healing and/or
when they come to inform our learning in the present.
Prerequisite: module 2 or equivalent.
In this workshop we support our capacity to open the
positive life energy that is blocked in exhausting or harsh internal criticism,
or demoralizing internal struggle and sabotage. We continue to build our
comfort and abilities in the role of Focuser and Companion so as to let
go of rules and make Focusing our own.
Prerequisite: module 3 or equivalent.
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