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April 2013 Newsletter


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  April 2013
kye Note from Kye

Dear Focusing Community,

This issue of the newsletter is loosely organized around the theme of felt sense literacy. Felt sense literacy is a way of naming our intent to teach anyone how to access the felt sense level--including those who can't afford to pay to learn, or who are cut off from this opportunity in some other way. We want to make the felt sense level universally available to anyone regardless of their life circumstances. We have just launched a new 'felt sense literacy' section of our website, which includes a letter from Mary Hendricks Gendlin, laying out a vision for felt sense literacy.

Included in this issue is a podcast in which Serge Prengel interviews William Hernandez of Ecuador about the Literacy of the Pause, which is William's approach to felt sense literacy. Some years ago Mary wrote a powerful article about the revolutionary pause. The Literacy of the Pause is a simple way William found to teach the revolutionary pause, so that people from every walk of life could learn it in a very short time.

The Literacy of the Pause is one way to offer felt sense literacy to those who would not otherwise have access to it. In a very different way, Children Focusing also gives this gift. I think what Children Focusing offers is profound, because it allows a person to form the habit of felt sensing at a time of life when habits are only just being formed. We have a front row seat as a child is supported in accessing this level, in René Veugelers' article.

Till next month,

- Kye Nelson, Co-Executive Director, The Focusing Institute

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In this issue:

Note from Kye
"I really need some support" How a Focusing approach allows a child's inner voice to emerge by René Veugelers
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article "I really need some support!"

How a Focusing approach allows a child's inner voice to emerge.

by René Veugelers 

Certifying Coordinator, Focusing Trainer, The Netherlands

quote   As a guide, I am asking myself again and again:
"Is my saying or doing against ...for...about...the child?" This attitude helps us to be near and be with a child"


Anyone living close to the energy of a child knows there are profound life skills that adult carers can nurture in children that empower them to grow up, more open to the guidance of their felt senses. As more adults come to understand the advantages this can bring to themselves and the children in their lives, this 'self-empowerment' of children will spread. By supporting each other worldwide, we can help children have the intrinsic motivation and support they need to bring something new into the world.

Here is an illustration of how to guide a child to use their own inner responses, rather than substituting "adult" experience or reactions.

Children Focusing

"I really need some support!" said Rex - with a huge sigh. This came during my third session with a 13 year old boy. So . . . what would you do with such a personal question when you see a boy before you asking for help? His parents are divorced, he has a low opinion of himself and he experiences difficulties with learning.

First, I just mirrored his words, and also his sigh. "There is something in you, that really needs support, and there is even a sigh coming with your words..."

He answered with an even deeper sigh. "Yes!" And I saw that he was touched by this mirroring, so I mirrored this as well. "There is also something touched inside..."

He nodded. Then I suggested that he sense inside, to see if he could notice something about of all this. I saw him checking in, and after around10 to 15 seconds he said

"No, I cannot feel it."

So we sat there . . . each of us being with the other, being with his question of support and noticing nothing yet in his body. This was an important moment in the process. So despite my inner "Oh God ~ what do I do ?", I simply reflected this back to him, that he noticed that there wasn't a bodily reaction yet, and that my intervention may have come too soon.

"Sometimes words, feelings or questions can have colors or movements-and you can invite your attention to check this inside yourself." I paused, and immediately he said: "It's red!" "Yes Red!" I said, using the same energetic tone of this word. "Maybe this Red wants to express itself on a piece of paper. Just invite your hands to make the choice, they know how it feels inside..."

Continue reading this article on TFI website

Rene VeugelersRené Veugelers is a Coordinator specialising in Children's Focusing with an emphasis on the non-verbal world, teaching parents, therapists, teachers and others how to be with children in a Focusing way, how to (re)connect to their own inner child and how to work with their creativity. René's experiences as an art therapist embrace an expanded richness of creative elements and support a natural unfolding of creative process. René lives and works in the Netherlands and teaches internationally. He is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who brings considerable experience, subtlety and joy to every person attending his workshops or training.

Upcoming Workshop with five Master Focusing teachers, including René Veugelers:

FISS 2013: 8th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School
August 16 - 22, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.  


Conversation with William Hernandez

This month's conversation is an invitation to start to explore the pause

by Serge Prengel

Click to listen to the conversation with William

quote   You don’t assume you know, you take a moment to let yourself not know, you pause. In so doing (or not doing), you allow your whole self to respond to the situation."

William Hernandez This month's conversation is very different from the others. To tell you how different, I'm going to use the "good news, bad news" format. Starting with the bad news: It's more difficult to follow than other conversations, partly for technical reasons (the recording is not as crisp as most others have been). Partly also because, in order to overcome the language barrier, we had an interpreter translating in each direction.

Now, the good news is that it is really worth it to go through these difficulties to actually listen to the conversation. Because it is about another approach that is both true to the spirit of Focusing, and at the same time boldly opening new horizons. Suffice it to say that Mary & Gene Gendlin have been very excited about the Felt Sense Literacy initiative during the past few years, and involved in its development.

So this is not just a conversation among many. This is the beginning of an ongoing project within the Focusing community.

Continue reading this article on TFI website


Upcoming Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

Giving Language to Stress
A 5-week phone course in Applied Thinking at the Edge with Dr. Evelyn Pross and Beatrice Blake, CFT. Tuesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7, 14 and 21, 2013.

Focusing Level 2
with Janet Pfunder in New York City on May 11, 2013. Open to anyone who has completed an initial full day of experiential introduction to Focusing

Four-Day Introductory Focusing Workshop in Brazil
April 25 - 28, 2013 with Charlotte Howorth in Chan Tao – Jundiaí – Brazil. In this four-day introductory workshop students will learn about the steps and process of Focusing.

25th International Focusing Conference Coming Home
May 29 - June 2, 2013. Lucerne, Switzerland.

Thinking At The Edge (TAE) - A Philosophical Practice
Carrying forward by languaging - instancing - crossing. Sunday, June 2 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Hotel Seeblick, Emmetten Lucerne, Switzerland during the Post Conference after the 25th International Focusing Conference in Switzerland.

FISS 2013: 8th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School
At the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. August 16-22, 2013.

Connections and Crossings Across Cultures
Advanced and Certification Workshop at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. November 1-7, 2013.

Zen and Focusing Retreat
Meditation, Focusing, Yoga led by Eleanor Buscher, MS, LPC, NCC and Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, LCSW, DCSW on September 27-29, 2013 at the ZEN GARLAND SANCTUARY, Airmont, NY.

Generative Thinking At The Edge: Part 2 - Moving Forward With Generative TAE with Nada Lou on October 3-6, 2013 at the Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, NY.

Third International Conference On Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies
The Third International Conference On Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies will take place on May 14-18, 2014 at Stony Point New York, an hour outside of NYC.


Featured Event

Connections and Crossings Across Cultures

The Advanced and Certification Weeklong
November 1-7, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

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Connections and Crossings Across Cultures - The Advanced and Certification Weeklong is a celebration of your transition to being a Focusing trainer, therapist, or professional, as well as a representative of Focusing to the larger world. Each year a unique group of trainers and trainees attend the Weeklong as the final step of the certification process.

Set in the tranquil and contemplative space of the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, the Weeklong provides the perfect setting in which certification candidates and other advanced Focusers can deepen their world/community connections, learn new skills, and launch or reinvigorate their Focusing practice.

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or to register!


New Resources

Click on the links below to see some of the new items that have been added to the TFI website over the past few months.


Featuring 47 written memories-memoirs from members of our Focusing community. The diversity of insight, growth, change, and inspiration is both heartfelt and often astounding. Now available in the TFI store.

3/2013 Direct Engagement with the Cleared Space in Psychotherapy by Doralee Grindler Katonah, Psy.D., M.Div. From Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. Vol. 9, #2. 157-169. (2010). [PDF]

3/2013 ホールボディ・フォーカシング--- グラウンディド・プレゼンスにいること WholeBody Focusing --- Being in Grounded Presence ケヴィン・マクエヴェニュ 認定コーディネーター,フォーカシング・トレーナー,トロント・カナダ (日笠摩子訳)

3/2013 Le Focusing dans la globalité du corps (WBF) - Être dans la présence enracinée par Kevin McEvenue. Publié dans le bulletin de nouvelles de l'Institut de Focusing In Focus Mars 2013. Translated by Marine de Freminville

3/2013 Felt Sense Literacy by Marion Hendricks-Gendlin  Français  Español

3/2013 Experiencing first hand the revolutionary power of the pause by Soti Grafanaki Español

3/2013 Gendlin, E.T. (2013). Arakawa and Gins: the Organism-Person-Environment Process, in Keane, J. and Glazebrook, T (Eds.) Arakawa and Gins Special Issue of Inflexions Journal, No. 6: 225-236

3/2013 Spiritual Path - in focusing oriented psychotherapy by Ifat Eckstein [PDF]

3/2013 נתיב רוחני בפסיכותרפיה מוכוונת התמקדות אקשטיין יפעת

3/2013 Wholebody Focusing resources index page

3/2013 Wholebody Focusing – Being in Grounded Presence by Kevin McEvenue Published in TFI Newsletter in Focus March 2013

3/2013 Snapshots from the First Winter Focusing Retreat By Sara Snyder Published in TFI Newsletter in Focus March 2013

2/2013 Zeven geheimen om een blokkering op te lossen. Vertaling van: The Seven Secrets to Getting Unblocked. Door Ann Weiser Cornell. Bron: Website Focusing Resources (, 14/10/2012. Vertaald door Sara Broens en Tine Swyngedouw, oktober 2012 [PDF]

2/2013 Ons innerlijk weer. Vertaling van: Our internal weather. By Shoji Tsuchie, Trainer in training, Shimane, Japan. Staying in Focus, The Focusing Institute Newsletter, volume III, number 1, Applications of Focusing, January 2003. Vertaling door Tine Swyngedouw, mei 2011. [PDF]

2/2013 February 2013: Serge Prengel This interview of Serge Prengel, the editor of the "Focusing Conversations" series, was conducted by Dr. Rae Johnson, as part of the Mystery of Embodiment Online Summit organized by Meridian University's Psychology Program. This is part of our "conversations" series which you can access from the "Felt Community" menu or from to audio file


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