Thinking at the Edge

Find new possibilities in life with Focusing and Thinking at the Edge

The world is calling us to shift our thinking. We can’t address the existential problems we face by relying only on conventional concepts and beliefs. The current moment shows us that we are intimately connected to our planet and everyone on it in a way that we do not understand and can only glimpse with wonder.

Felt sensing opens us to a larger reality

Our human bodies can sense what is going on in our lives through the bodily felt sense. Our bodies feel and know what we are going through and what next steps we need. In Focusing, we pause and ask “What is my felt sense of this situation?” 

That moment of pausing and asking can bring us in touch with the life process going on inside us all the time. Eugene Gendlin, PhD, the philosopher/psychologist. noticed this constant experiencing process and described it. At first, the bodily felt sense of a situation is vague and difficult to put into words. When we stop to listen to it, it comes into focus, and becomes a source of process steps that lead to change. That’s why it’s called “Focusing”.

Process steps have an intricacy and a power to change us, far superior to our concepts. What comes in process steps surprises us. A much more sophisticated “territory” shows itself than we are capable of formulating or inventing.                                            –Eugene Gendlin, PhD

I’m Beatrice Blake, a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute and a Focusing trainer for twenty years. I would love to help you explore how to think and feel beyond conventional conceptual frameworks and belief systems. Focusing and the related practice of Thinking at the Edge show you how to use felt sensing to

  • deepen your personal life and relationships
  • articulate things that you perceive that need to be said
  • find what has meaning and motivation for you
  • explore how you want to contribute to the world at this time of transformation.

Working with me starts with a free, introductory appoinment.

After that, if you are new to Focusing, you could take a 3-person online class or sign up for a package of three individual sessions

If you’re already familiar with Focusing, you might want to take an online class in Thinking at the Edge, or sign up for  customized TAE sessions that help you listen to your Inner Mentor.

Learn more about Focusing, Thinking at the Edge and Generating a Culture of Peace:

Focusing is the practice of inviting a bodily felt sense of a situation to form, describing it, and allowing it to unfold.  Because your body knows you, that unfolding carries meaning for your life.  What was stuck or unclear comes into focus, and you find that the meaning you have grasped has changed you and the situation at the same time….Find out more

Thinking at the Edge (TAE) shows you how to think with the bodily felt sense. Of course you want to gather all the information you can, but at a certain point, the felt sense will show you what really interests you, or it will tell you what is missing, or give you sense of where to go with it all.  Getting in touch with your bodily felt sense of a situation opens you to receive intricate knowing from your lived experience…Find out more

Generating a Culture of Peace combines Focusing and Nonviolent Communication to resolve interpersonal conflict. We study Marshall Rosenberg’s theory, applying felt sensing to all aspects of the process. Participants share their struggles and their successes in using these simple practices to improve relationships at home, at work, and in community….Find out more