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Creating Space for Lasting Change

Empowered to Trust, Part 4 Focusing Course

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Sandy Jahmi Burg 2019
Empowered to Trust, Creating Space for Lasting Change, Part 4

Sandy Jahmi Burg, Certified Focusing Coordinator

Where & When

Online via Zoom
Class meets eight times every other week on Sundays from 2pm -4pm ET. Sept 8 - Dec 15, 2024
Eastern Time, New York, USA

Online Joining Information

For the Video Web Conference class, we will be utilizing a program called Zoom. You will need to download it onto your computer or phone to join us via video. You can also attend audio only via your phone. You’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher, one-two assistants, and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the world. With video, we will be able to see each other. We will use breakout rooms for our paired exercise during class.

Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!

Meeting Format

Our goal here is to return to the essence of Focusing and ourselves as living process. What does it really mean when something within us moves forward? We’ll have more support for embodiment practices and noticing how does this inner process transpire outward and change how we experience and live in the world. We’ll gain clarity around these two normal states of being: Presence and Partiality and how they affect our experiencing. What is it to be a healing space for ourselves.

We’ll delve deeper into the principle of the Radical Acceptance of Everything and look at how it applies to distractions, images, sensations outside the middle body, physical symptoms & more. We’ll look closer at the inner criticizing process, it’s reactors and exiles.

Betty Szatkowski, another Focusing trainer who regularly uses TAE to practice Focusing, will lead our 4th class on Thinking at the Edge. We will go around again a bit deeper with the concepts of Stopped Processes by Gendlin and Tangles as taught by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. We will get a feel for Gendlin’s philosophy by crossing his three types of theories with neuroscience concepts. We’ll glimpse more understanding of our natural divisions of left-right hemispheres and top-bottom brain contributors into our daily experience of life. We’ll play with body movement and shared Presence as offered by Wholebody Focusers. And so much more…

Here are Part 4 general class topics:

Class 1: Focusing as a Way to Grow; Sensitive Empathic Listening goes a Long Way.

Class 2: Presence and Partiality: I AM a Healing Space

Class 3: Inner Criticizing Process and Its Reactors, Intro to TAE – Thinking at the Edge

Class 4: Thinking at the Edge: Crossing as a Way to Explore Edges

Class 5: Holding it ALL with Stopped Processes and Tangles

Class 6: Focusing Unites Brain and Body; Neuroscience

Class 7: Wholebody Focusing, Exploring Body, Movement, Gestures and Beyond Body, Transforming Trauma, Shared Presence

Class 8: A New Sense of Self in Living Life as Process, Crossing Project Presentations

We’ll meet approx. every 2 or 3 weeks for 2 hrs a total of 8 times or for about 3-4 months. Our first hour will be checking in and exploring our topics. Our 2nd hr will revolve around a demonstration in class with process appreciations from all those observing. Unlike Parts 1-3, there is no partner practice during class unless you are in the Demo. Class will be limited to 7 participants and designed so that each person will get an opportunity to be both a Focuser and a Companion for a class demonstration.

Reading involves completing Ann & Barbara’s Inner Relationship Focusing Student Manual part two. There are also a variety of articles provided and some handouts that I have created. The reading is relatively deep, the type that reveals something new for us from year to year. Other than the Student Manual, it is your choice how much of the reading to complete. Often students repeat this class again a few years later and find they get it all that much more. Focusing encourages us to explore that new edge and there is plenty of new emerging in this field to choose from. Thus, each group that comes together will create a somewhat different experience as we re-ground in a deeper level of trust in ourselves, our current experience and that it’s all going somewhere life-thriving.



I ask that participants are Focusing weekly with a partner at least one month before class begins and throughout our time together. This is to ensure you have Focusing time to explore the many concepts we cover in class experientially. If you have a regular Focusing partner, you are welcome to Focus with them throughout this class. If not, I will suggest partners either from this class or our greater community.

Even with all of this practice, we cover so much here, that often people come back and repeat this level. Part 4 is a great place to return to whenever you would like to go deeper with your process from wherever it is.

Creating Space Part 2 Sundays – 2024

6  Sunday afternoons – Starting September 8

2-4 pm Eastern New York Time, 1 - 3 pm CT, 12 - 2 pm MT, 11am - 1 pm PT or your equivalent

Sept 8, Sept 22, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

Prerequisite: Part 1 or equivalent Focusing partnership experience

*Daylight savings is November 3 for me. Our time will shift backward 1 hour from then onward. 

Course Fee: $260

Support for payment options is available. 

Contact me at [email protected] to register. You can visit my website for more information HERE.


Contact me at [email protected] or 540-552-0203 to register.

Registration Information

Contact me at [email protected] to register. Entry into this class requires a 30 min Zoom chat with Sandy for us to sense if this is a good fit. Please register early if the dates/times work well for you. Class size is limited to 7.

You can visit my website for more information HERE.

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