The Focusing Partnership Program
"I am tremendously happy with the program. It seems like a complete success and very well implemented. I have found two focusing partners."
Many people all over the world have a focusing partnership. This means that they receive a half hour of attention from another person, and then they give the person a half hour of their attention, at least once a week at a regular time, either in person or on the phone.
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Most people use the time to work on their main concerns that day, which might be inner experiences, their attempts to develop as people, or a difficult letter to write, the next thing to do in one’s work, or whatever one finds uppermost.
Your partner offers no advice, no judgments, no comments. We have learned that people can go deeper and arrive at creative steps forward, if the listener refrains from adding anything in. Judgments, advice and comments express the person who is giving them, not the person to whom one is listening. Your partner will not say that your talk is superficial, or that it doesn’t make sense, or that you are wrong, weak, or selfish, nor will the partner praise one thing and condemn another thing in you, or in what you say. We only say what we want to.
All new Focusing Partnership Program members must either be a Certified Focusing Professional, or have a Proficiency as a Focusing Partner (PFP) award or have their TFI Trainer or Coordinator send us a written recommendation. If you meet these requirements, please send us an email and we will send you instructions for joining the FPP.