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September 2013
kye Note from Kye


Dear Focusing Community,

Where is Focusing needed, and what do you need to take it there?  Please go to the Forum for Exploring Our Future and share your answer to this question under the topic 'Hopes, Dreams, and Visions for Focusing In the World.'

If you aren't yet signed up for the Forum, you can access it via our website by clicking on the 7th menu item under 'Felt Community', titled 'Forum for Exploring Our Future'.  There are detailed instructions there for how to sign up.  It's open to all members of the Focusing Institute. 

If you have any trouble getting set up on the Forum, Beatrice Blake will be happy to walk you through. You can contact her at be@possibility-space.com. If you aren't yet a member of the Institute and would like to be, you can join online here or if you'd rather deal directly with a human being, call us at 845-362-5222.

While you're visiting the Forum, you might like to read Gene Gendlin's 'living room dining room' post.  It is a short essay about how business got handled in the early days of Focusing, a glimpse into the freedom and creativity of that period in our history.

Turning to the newsletter now, in this issue Glenn Fleisch and Serge Prengel talk about the relational field within which change comes about in a therapy session.  When the therapist builds in a pause after making a suggestion, so the client can check how the suggestion feels, the therapist is modeling being fully present and engaged in that field in a common creative endeavor.  We also have an article from Serge, describing how Focusing-oriented therapists help their clients learn how to bite off right sized bits of experience so that they can 'chew' on them and assimilate them.

In our other article, Galia Porat and Liora Bar Natan show how the therapist can help the client hold onto the whole of what happened in the therapy hour as they return to daily life, by making use of a unifying image. 

Though all these resources are focused on therapy, I think much of what is shared here is very pertinent to Focusing partnerships as well.

We will be publishing the newsletter every other month from now through the end of the year.  You will receive the next issue in November.

Till then,
Kye

- Kye Nelson, Co-Executive Director, The Focusing Institute

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In this issue:

Note from Kye
The Uniting Image and its Contribution to the Therapeutic Process according to the Focusing Approach by Galia Porat and Liora Bar-Natan
Focusing conversation: Glenn Fleisch and Serge Prengel talk about resonance
A perspective on FOT: The theory and practice of how we integrate experience by Serge Prengel
Featured Event
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article The Uniting Image and its Contribution to the Therapeutic Process according to the Focusing Approach

by Galia Porat and Liora Bar-Natan

quote   "When the uniting image emerges, there is no need to go back and recall the process that led to it in order to “hold on to” the felt sense and the insights that emerged in the process."

Read the full article on TFI website

In the course of our work we noticed that an image, which emerges spontaneously and derives from the inner reality of the focuser, especially towards the end of the process, assists in marking the new place.

This image contains the felt sense as well as the insight that emerges through the process, and it is like a picture that embodies within it the change that has taken place.

In order to define this image, we coined the phrase uniting image, because it unites the felt sense and the insight. The uniting image embodies and unites within it the change that has transpired and the change applied from the current process to everyday reality.

We also suggest differentiating between a local image, which arises from time to time in the process and serves as a handle that assists in advancing the process and completing it, and the uniting image.

The handle is a word, a sentence or an image that emerges from the felt sense. In the focusing process there is a movement between the felt sense and the handle, that is, the word or the image, which precisely resonates the quality of the felt sense that has emerged. We coined the term local image in order to describe an image that serves as a handle which resonates the felt sense that emerged at a certain moment during the process. The image is local because it relates directly to the felt sense that emerged at a particular moment, and does not relate to the complete situation or to a broader insight of the complete process or issue that emerged.

On the other hand, the term uniting image describes a complete situation that stands independently and contains a felt sense and an insight that are comprehensive. The insight becomes possible when the focuser sees the big picture, pays attention to the felt senses without identifying with them, and understands the connections that have emerged and their meaning. When the uniting image emerges, there is no need to go back and recall the process that led to it in order to “hold on to” the felt sense and the insights that emerged in the process. At the same time, it also exists independently as a new place that represents moving forward. The uniting image retains in the present the felt sense that was experienced in the past and in the already concluded process.

Any image that emerges during the process may emerge as a local image or as a uniting image, and it is the task of the therapist to differentiate between them and to be precise, in order for the client to receive a tool that will facilitate a change in actual situations in everyday life.

Read the full article on TFI website

 
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September 2013 Focusing conversation: Glenn Fleisch and Serge Prengel talk about resonance

by Serge Prengel

Listen to podcast: Glenn Fleisch and Serge Prengel talk about resonance

The conversation this month Glenn Fleisch is different from the other conversations in the series. It is part of a longstanding, ongoing conversation about Focusing and therapy that Glenn Fleisch and I have had over time. What makes our discussions interesting is that, while there are very real differences between our points of view, there is also a lot of common ground.

It’s not that we usually record our conversations. In fact, we don’t. We recorded this one as a way to share with others in the community something we both feel strongly about: a sense of the importance of resonance in Focusing.

You don’t need to read the rest of the article to enjoy listening to the recorded conversation. But, if you’d like to read the article, it will give you a sense of my perspective on Focusing and FOT, separate from what tidbits may come through in the course of the conversations with other Focusers in this series.

Listen to podcast: Glenn Fleisch and Serge Prengel talk about resonance

 
article

A perspective on FOT: The theory and practice of how we integrate experience

by Serge Prengel

Read the full article on TFI website

There are many definitions of what constitutes Focusing-Oriented Therapies, many approaches and practices. In fact, many of us like to refer to the field as “Focusing-Oriented Therapies”, as opposed to “Focusing-Oriented Therapy”. I value this richness and diversity, as I love the diversity of approaches in the focusing world in general. So, while I am going to outline a very specific point of view about Focusing and FOT, my intention is not to advocate that this is “the way” to see things. It is to share a perspective that I find stimulating.

I want to make two points:
- One is to describe what I see as the underlying theory of how we integrate experience.
- The other is about the importance of resonance, and its relational aspect.

1. A theory of how we integrate experience

The starting point for Focusing was Gene Gendlin’s curiosity about what made some people get more out of therapy. But the value of his work was not just to help us identify “good clients”, i.e. people who have a high potential to benefit from therapy. It was to draw our attention to the fact that receiving therapy is an active process: Clients who chew their food, so to speak, are going to be able to ingest it better than clients who don’t.

As Focusers, we have come to understand and practice this process as a way of assimilating experience. We don’t just swallow experience, we take a pause to feel it, we chew on it, and in this way we can digest it and integrate it.

I would say that the cornerstone of FOT is our theoretical and experiential focus on the process of assimilating experience.

Continue reading this article on TFI website

Serge PrengelSerge Prengel, LMHC, is in private practice in New York City. He sees change as a creative process, driven by the depth and immediacy of felt-sense experience. He is certified in Focusing, Core Energetics and Somatic Experiencing, and was deeply influenced by Yvonne Agazarian's systems-oriented approach. Serge is a graduate of France's Sorbonne University and HEC business school. He started and operated an ad agency in New York City for many years. In the early 1990's, his focus shifted to exploring creativity as a tool for personal growth. He wrote Scissors: A Whimsical Fable About Empowerment and other books, and is the editor of Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy. He has also been leading experiential workshops in a variety of venues.

upcoming

Upcoming Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

Zen and Focusing Retreat
Meditation, Focusing, Yoga led by Eleanor Buscher, MS, LPC, NCC and Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, LCSW, DCSW on September 27-29, 2013 at the ZEN GARLAND SANCTUARY, Airmont, NY.

Celebrate Gene Month in Manhattan, NY Sponsored by Lynn Preston and the Experiential Psychotherapy Project on Sunday, October 6th at the National Institute of Psychotherapies, New York, NY.

Advanced Four Module Certification Training Program on Wholebody Focusing The Wisdom Body of the Conscious Elder: Carrying the Wholeness of Life Forward Inside our Relationships and Communities at Stony Point Center, New York with Kevin McEvenue and Karen Whalen, Ph.D. Starting October 9-12, 2013.

Introduction to Focusing: Level 1
with Janet Pfunder on October 20, 2013 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City, NY.

Focusing Level 2
with Janet Pfunder on October 27, 2013 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City, NY.

Connections and Crossings Across Cultures
Advanced and Certification Workshop at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. November 1-7, 2013.

Celebrate Gene Month Teleconference
hosted by Serge Prengel (in English) on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8 PM EST. This teleconference is for people who are unable to attend a "live" event or if there is no event scheduled in your area.

Pacific Winter Retreat: Stepping Forward Into MY LIFE
February 15-22, 2014 in Chacala, Mexico with Charlotte Howorth, Karen Whalen, and Mónica Gómez Galaz. Space limited to 30 participants - register now!

International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference
The Third International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference. will take place on May 14-18, 2014 at Stony Point New York, an hour outside of NYC.

 
celebrate

Celebrate Gene Month

October 2013

During the month of October, Focusing communities around the world will be sponsoring fundraisers for The Focusing Institute (TFI), which was founded to promote Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit, practice of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

At each event, the same compelling video will be shown of Gendlin speaking about and demonstrating his essential ideas on how psychotherapy works. In it, he brings us step by step into his experiential thinking about the nature of being human and the wider implicit bodily living that can be accessed and unfolded.

Worldwide Celebrate Gene Month events are now being organized in over 20 countries!

Click here to learn more and find an event near you!

 
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Featured Event

Connections and Crossings Across Cultures:
The Advanced and Certification Weeklong

NOVEMBER 1-7, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

Click here or the image below to listen to podcasts from each of the Weeklong teachers

WSeeklong podcasts

The Focusing Advanced and Certification Weeklong is a celebration of your transition to being a Focusing trainer, therapist, or professional, as well as a representative of Focusing to the larger world. Each year a unique group of trainers and trainees attend the Weeklong as the final step of the certification process. Set in the tranquil and contemplative space of the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, the Weeklong provides the perfect setting in which certification candidates and other advanced Focusers can deepen their world/community connections, learn new skills, and launch or reinvigorate their Focusing practice.

Click here or the image below to watch the new Introductory Weeklong video. You can now watch this video in English, 中文, Français, Italiano, 日本語 , Nederlands and Español.

Click here for more information
or to register!

 
resources

New Resources

Click on the links below to see some of the new items that have been added to the TFI website over the past few months.

9/2013 Focusing - Learn From the Masters - Four Training Manuals by Lucinda Gray, Ph.D. New product in the TFI store.

9/2013 Gendlin, E.T. (2013). The derivation of space. In Cruz-Pierre, A. and D.A. Landes (Eds.), Exploring the work of Edward S. Casey: Giving voice to place, memory, and imagination. Bloomsbury Academic.

8/2013 The Theory of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy with Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D. 2 DVDs: 90 and 60 minutes. New product in the TFI store.

8/2013  Video introduction to Connections and Crossings Across Cultures in 中文, English, Español and Nederlands. The Advanced and Certification Weeklong on NOVEMBER 1-7, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

8/2013 TFI Members Discussion Forum A new forum open to TFI members, only.

8/2013 イン・フォーカス June 2013 Japanese In Focus Newsletter

7/2013 イン・フォーカス May 2013 Japanese In Focus Newsletter

7/2013  聚焦「心理」-- 生命自覺之道 Translated by: 王一甫 譯 Published by: 東方出版中心 (Chinese Translation of Gendlin's Focusing)

7/2013 MEMOIRS: STORIES OF ONE AHA TRANSFORMATIONAL FOCUSING EXPERIENCE Featuring 47 written memories—memoirs from members of our Focusing community. The diversity of insight, growth, change, and inspiration is both heartfelt and often astounding. Now available as a free digital eFolio or as a printed version which can be purchased in the TFI store.

7/2013 Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change by Ann Weiser Cornell. New book in the TFI store.

7/2013 Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships by John Amodeo. New book in the TFI store.

6/2013 June 2013 Newsletter is now on the website.

6/2013 The relational 'revolutionary pause': How Focusing Therapy welcomes the deeper nature of 'between' by Greg Madison

6/2013 June 2013: Anna Christensen. This month's conversation is an experiment in communication, with Anna Christensen and Serge Prengel

6/2013 By-Laws of The Focusing Institute, Amended 5-20-13 [PDF]

Folio Cover New Folio: MEMOIRS: STORIES OF ONE AHA TRANSFORMATIONAL FOCUSING EXPERIENCE

Featuring 47 written memories-memoirs from members of our Focusing community. The diversity of insight, growth, change, and inspiration is both heartfelt and often astounding. Now available as a free digital eFolio or as a printed version which can be purchased in the TFI store.

 

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