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Introduction to Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning for Focusing practitioners

Focusing Highlights is a series of interactive, online pay-what-you-can classes.

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Hideo Tanaka, Ph.D.

The International Focusing Institute - Hideo Tanaka, Ph.D.

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Thursday, August 10, 8pm-10pm
Eastern (New York) Time

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Meeting Format
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Thursday, August 10, 2023 from 8PM to 10PM New York time
(9AM-11AM Friday, August 11 Tokyo time)

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Presenter: Hideo Tanaka, Ph.D. with
Moderator: Akira Ikemi, Ph.D.

This offering is in English.

Webinar will be recorded for all registrants and available for viewing for one month.

Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning (Gendlin, 1962/1997) is a seminal work from Gendlin's early years. It is the theoretical cornerstone for practices such as "Focusing" and "Thinking at the Edge".

This work explores in detail how words and felt sense support each other. The more you unpack the work, the more you will see what roles words and felt sense each play in "forming a felt sense," "getting a handle," and "resonating the handle."

This presentation will explain the functional relationships between words and the felt sense that is a core part of this work, while also explaining the terms "experiencing," "felt meaning," "direct reference," "explication," "metaphor," "comprehension," and "creative regress".  The presentation is also intended for those who have some experience with Focusing but are not as familiar with Gendlin's theoretical and philosophical writings.


We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the presenter and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the live session by typing them. Highlights presenters may at times invite a small number of participants to unmute or to join them onscreen during the webinar (optional).

You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the class. So if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still be able to view it for one month.


Hideo Tanaka, Ph.D. is a Certified Focusing Professional and Adjunct Lecturer at Kansai University, Japan. He has been focusing for almost 30 years. He conducted an interview with Eugene Gendlin about the philosophical background of Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning at a TAE workshop (2004) in New York. He completed his master’s degree with Prof. Naohiko Mimura, studying Gendlin's philosophy. He completed his doctorate with Prof. Akira Ikemi, studying Gendlin's psychology. He has been invited to be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming Gendlin Symposium to be held online this fall.

Registration Details

Hideo is offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.

If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

Refunds: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee (regardless of the registration fee paid) for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable.

Registration Policies: TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats. Please note that the class will be recorded and may be distributed to a wider audience. By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

2023-07-03T12:00:00 - 2023-08-11T00:15:00

PLEASE NOTE: After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

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