“It’s like I don’t deserve to feel this happy.” “I hate this weak, sad part of me.” “Why do I always have to be so stupid?” No matter what kind of inner work they do, at some point people always encounter an experience that can be called the Inner Critic. In this article, Ann provides an in-depth exploration of the Inner Critic and how the process of establishing an inner relationship of trust – a radical gentleness – the Inner Critic transforms. She explains how to identify the criticizing process, how to bring the Presence of Focusing to that process, and the relationship of fear to the Inner Critic. She also details several effective ways of working with severe inner criticism through practical examples.
Focusing is a body-based process. It happens, we say, in the body. And this statement gives rise to much trouble, because, in fact, we do not all mean the same thing by the word “body.”
There are three key qualities or aspects which set Focusing apart from any other method of inner awareness and personal growth. The first is something called the “felt sense.” The second is a special quality of engaged, accepting inner attention. And the third is a radical philosophy of what facilitates change. In this article, Ann explores each in turn.
Are you blocked? Can’t get yourself to do what you need to do? Can’t even get yourself to pursue what you love?
In this article, Ann explains how the attitude of not-knowing is a fundamental to Focusing.
I don't know what I'm feeling', 'I don't know what to do', 'ouch that hurt', so many things every day to bring our focusing awareness to.
"We are almost always experiencing only a tiny, momentary part of ourselves, but we talk as if we are whole.” Thus Larry Letich begins his wide-ranging, fascinating exploration into the metaphysics of the Focusing process.
Focusing is a force for peace because it frees people from being manipulated by external authority, cultural roles, ideologies and the internal oppression of self attacking and shame. This freeing has to do with an ability to pause the on-going situation and create a space in which a felt sense can form.
Bev Stevenson describes a Focusing session with a woman who had no idea what Focusing was but had heard that stress and pain relief might be one of the benefits of Focusing. She had been living in constant pain for eight years, had undergone foot surgery, had extensive medical bills, and now sought alternatives in dealing with her pain. This article explores how Focusing can be used in cases of severe physical pain.
The ‘Victim,’ the ‘Critic,’ and the Inner Relationship: Focusing with the Part that Wants to Die by Barbara McGavin
This article by Barbara McGavin, co-writer of the Inner relationship Focusing manual, examines her personal journey with focusing.
Abbotsford Convent- the physical home of Focusing Australia www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au
Ann Weiser Cornell www.Focusingresources.com
Kevin Mcevenue http://wholebodyfocusing.com/kevin-mcevenue
Focusing Institute in New York Focusing.org
Gene Gendlin library www.Focusing.org/gendlin
Focusing as a social movement for peace and equality http://pausemovement.org