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Thinking at the Edge

In Thinking at the Edge (TAE), you work over time with a  certain issue, goal, problem, quest, paradox, etc. This  process  brings you in touch with the wellspring of life that is available when you pause, allow the bodily felt sense of a situation to form, and listen to the felt sense as it unfolds. In this course, you will become familiar with the foundational practices of Thinking at the Edge: pausing, felt sensing and listening.

Steps 1-11 of Thinking at the Edge

My TAE classes are designed to familiarize you with the TAE process so that you can use it on your own or with a partner. In between each class, you will have Focusing partnerships with other class members. Here’s a description of what happens in each TAE class.

Deepening into Thinking at the Edge (TAE)

Deep transformational processes start to unfold as a result of Thinking at the Edge. This year-long class is designed to allow those changes to develop fully within a supportive group.

Listening engenders change

Listening in a Focusing way Listening in a Focusing Way will take place on Tuesdays, November 1 through December 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern (seven 2-hour sessions).  Mentor: Beatrice Blake, a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute (TIFI). Prerequisites: Focusing Level One or at least three Focusing sessions with a certified Focusing trainer. To […]

listening that allows the felt sense to carry forward

Carrying forward is an interactive process that can be blocked by conventional cultural notions.  Pre-existing forms do not recognize the body’s capacity to make meaning. The body’s meaning-making process always wants to go further toward life. But this can only be seen by looking back on the progression of change-steps.

Focusing partnership and truth

In Focusing partnership, the Listener doesn’t have to understand the details, the “story”, or the context behind the Focuser’s expressions. The Listener relaxes into knowing that the felt sense is leading the Focuser along the road to truth.

Gendlin's A Process Model

A Process Model can show us how to describe Focusing in a new way. All Focusers have the same problem: how to communicate what Focusing is. We can say “Focusing accesses the wisdom of the body.” Or “Focusing is a way of getting to know how you really feel.” If you have done Focusing, I’m […]

Focusing addresses the mental health crisis

People all over the world need mental healthcare and it is not available. The conversation about how to fill that need often ends with “We can’t possibly pay for it.” This is because the current treatment model relies on professionals with extensive training in mental health diagnostics and treatment. Focusing Trainers can address this need. 

Gendlin's A Process Model

The “kindness” fostered by Thinking at the Edge I recently attended the Gendlin Center’s online symposium, Saying What We Mean. At the gathering, the Embodied Critical Thinking project (ECT) demonstrated how they create an environment in which meaning can be expressed and grow. The group uses Thinking at the Edge (TAE) as one of their tools. […]