This is session 4 of a 4-session course. It is 40 minutes long, cut into 8 segments for ease of use. Ideally, listen to all of it. If you are pressed for time, you can just do the 3 sections marked with an asterisk and highlighted in yellow (C, D & F), for a total of 20 minutes (+ 15 minutes for the experiential exercise).
A – Questions about previous sessions (6′):
Participants asked questions about:
– how to deal with a rigid mental attitude [beginning of video clip]
– finding a Focusing partner [at 2′ 10″]
– difficulty initiating awareness intentionally [at 4′ 40″]
B – Summary of the previous sessions (3′ 40″):
– Session 1: listening partnership [beginning of video clip]
– Session 2: Disruption, orienting like a GPS [at 40″]
– Session 3: Felt sense [at 1′ 55″]
|* C – The 6 steps of Focusing (9′ 30″):|
The 6 steps are the way that Eugene Gendlin described the process of Focusing. We are reviewing them here, not as a protocol to follow, but as a description of the process:
|* D – Key insights from the 6 steps (7′):|
A way of accessing and processing experience.
E – Questions & comments on this process (8′):
– Documenting the process? [beginning of video clip]
– Starting from a sensation vs a topic [at 4′ 20″]
– What about crying? [at 5′ 30″]
|* F – Your own experience of this process (3′):|
This video clip provides instructions on exploring your own experience. Participants in the live class were invited to explore this in pairs. If you are taking this online class with a partner or a friend, please follow the same instructions. That is, for each exercise, take turns: one of you listens to the other and summarizes for 5 minutes; change roles for the next 5 minutes. If you are doing this on your own, see alternative instructions below the video.
If you are doing this on your own, I suggest you do the following:
G – Comments on the experiential (1′):
H – Closing (1′):
What do you want to keep with you?
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What next: Share this course with a friend: then, the two of you will be able to do Focusing together.
Follow-up course: Changing Your Life, Moment By Moment: Focusing as an Active Pause. This course will make you eligible for a Proficiency in Focusing from The International Focusing Institute.