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Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do.
Understanding who we are in an embodied way is a powerful way to grow our emotional regulation and emotional intelligence. When we know what it feels like in our bodies when we get scared, or mad, or are happy—or when more complicated patterns or parts emerge—then we can more quickly notice these shifts in our autonomic nervous system. This clarity helps us know when we need to self-soothe or reach out to others for co-regulation.
If one does not have the felt meaning called “understanding the context,” one will only grasp a very limited, superficial part of a symbolization.
—Eugene Gendlin, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, page 128
In addition, growing our access to our grounded and calm self with Focusing practice, ensures that we can more easily access that part of us when something does happen.
In this course, we use Focusing to explore our autonomic nervous system, getting to know the three main kinds of experiences we can have in our nervous system. We do so using Jan Winhall’s Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ as a model for the nervous system and Internal Family Systems as the roles the parts play:
- grounded (flock, fun, flow)
- hurt (wounding interaction that takes us from flock/fun/flow to fight/flight/fold/fixate/freeze)
- protective (fight/flight, fold, fixate/freeze)
Using Focusing, we get to know a few parts of ourselves each class and steadily build a timeline of our life to date. We notice when parts emerged. How old were we? What happened to spur it to life?
The class spends the first three weeks in the grounded parts, building a “safe nest” to do the deeper Focusing on our wounded and protector parts in weeks four to seven. As we map our parts, we also map out our timeline. At first with the key memories, and then with the parts that are connected to the memories. We finish the class by completing our timelines and noticing what additional insights emerge for us in being with the timeline.
Insight involves our ability to shape and tell our story in a way that is both coherent and that maintains emotional contact with its meaning. We are neither overwhelmed by, nor disconnected from, what happened to us, and we have a developing sense of meaning about our pathway through life. Only through integration of the limbic-based memory with the capacities of the middle prefrontal region in both hemispheres does this capacity emerge.
—Bonnie Badenoch, 2008
Timing and other details
- Thursdays, February 24-April 21 2022 (no class March 24)
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm Eastern (New York Time)
- Evening option: I will offer an evening option if there is enough interest. Please email me at [email protected] to let me know what days would work for you (Monday, Wednesday or Thursday)
Course size: this course is capped at 16 people
Who is this course for? The course is designed for beginners to intermedia Focusers. Some previous Focusing training is required (the steps are not taught in depth, and can be learned in the 4-week beginner course). The course emphasizes getting to know and name in an embodied the main parts of ourselves.
Course location: Zoom
Sliding scale pricing: There are spots available at a reduced rates. Please use coupon code 30OFFTIMELINE to receive 30% off. If you need more support, please email me to arrange a pay-what-you-can fee.
- Not sure if this course if for you? Book a time with me for a complimentary 30-minute meeting and to learn more.
- This class is part of the PUPA Focusing Training Programme. Consisting of five courses, it covers learning Focusing, learning about who you are (this course), learning who you want to be and what you want to bring into the world with TAE, transforming a large block using the 8Cs of self-leadership, and finally a course on taking action with embodied leadership. To learn more about the full training, including what additional requirements are needed to become a Certified Focusing Professional with The International Focusing Institute, see my training page.