About Beatrice Blake
I originally studied Focusing with Dr. Robert Lee, Joan Klagsbrun and Neil Friedman and went on to study Thinking at the Edge and the Philosophy of the Implicit with its founder, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, and with Kye Nelson, Nada Lou and Evelyn Fendler Lee. I became a Focusing Trainer in 2000 and have studied with Gene and many other members of the Focusing community. I’m a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute.
I see a world in which children are raised to trust their felt sense of situations by parents who know how to listen to their own felt sense. Although I was originally trained as an acupuncturist, Focusing does not have to be wielded by a “healer”. It is a life-long exploration that anyone can practice by slowing down and listening in a friendly way to what is going on inside. You can get a feel for it by trying a Listening Partnership.
I have had many opportunities to define and redefine my role throughout my life. Focusing and Thinking at the Edge have helped me understand that the times when I felt lost, stuck, or not knowing my direction forward, it was because life was urging me to explore something that as yet had no definition. Now I know that listening to my felt sense is my life force guiding me to more life.
Peggy Smith was my first Nonviolent Communication teacher in 2006. When I arrived in El Salvador in 2007, people were more attracted to NVC than Focusing, so I have used it as a doorway to teaching Focusing for the last 12 years.
The combination of these two practices has given me confidence in dealing with conflict in my personal life. I love hearing examples of how the class heals and smooths the lives of my students.
Empathic Communication is based on Nonviolent Communication, a theory developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. NVC teaches that all human beings have needs, and that our needs are beautiful because they motivate us to live fully. Anger, sadness and distress arise when our needs are unmet. NVC teaches us to identify our needs and to express them clearly to others. NVC can be deepened and enhanced by getting the felt sense of situations, as we do in Focusing. Nonviolent Communication can also be an effective doorway to Focusing. That is why it is not necessary to have studied Focusing before taking my class on Generating a Culture of Peace.
I’d love to accompany you as you explore your next steps with Thinking at the Edge, or as you learn Focusing through the doorway of Empathic Communication, or how it dovetails with NVC or in becoming a Certified Focusing Trainer.