Pausing, felt sensing and listening in TAE
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. You’ll learn
- the differences between emotions and felt sensing
- the importance of authentic self-empathy when working with the body
- how to wait for the felt sense to form
- how to listen for the unfolding of the life process in yourself and others
As you experience this learning, you’ll start to understand one of Eugene Gendlin’s most revolutionary discoveries:
“What comes [at the edge] has a characteristic novelty and intricacy. You can tell that neither you nor the Focuser could have invented it.….Such steps do not follow by logic, and yet they make sense — we can follow them. They have a certain kind of order, different from logic and from irrationality, something deeper, more exact, more specific, more intricate…I call it “carrying forward.” It changes as it moves forward.
” Interaction… is “carrying forward”, picking up on where the person is, making contact with where the person really is. And the very contact changes the form.” —Gendlin, The Small Steps of the Therapy Process
So whether you are listening to someone else, or listening to a part of yourself, you’ll see how the very contact changes the way we conceive of situations. Problematic situations become opportunities to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others.
Readings to prepare for The Foundational Practices of Thinking at the Edge
The class will be based on Gendlin’s article, The Small Steps of the Therapy Process: How they come and how to help them come, and on Robert Lee’s Domain Focusing. I’ll send you the reading material when you sign up.
Proposed dates and times
Tuesdays, December 12 and 19, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
10 a.m. US Eastern (3 p.m. (1500) GMT, 4 p.m. (1600) Central Europe
5 p.m. (1700) Eastern Europe. Each class lasts 90 minutes. If these dates and times don’t fit with your schedule, please let me know. Adjustments can still be made.
US$295, payable by PayPal: PayPal.me/BeatriceBlake
To let me know of your interest in The Foundational Practices of Thinking at the Edge, please contact me.
Your TAE Mentor
I became a Certified Focusing Trainer in 2000 and took my first TAE course in 2004 with Gene Gendlin, Nada Lou and Kye Nelson. I’ve been a Certifying Coordinator with TIFI since 2011 and have been teaching TAE in English and Spanish since 2013.
I love to see how TAE brings Gendlin’s philosophy to life. This happens as I guide you through your own exploration and you witness the transformative processes in your TAE-mates.
“I trust how you bring forth the learning potential in each of us by your personal way of presenting TAE.” —Michaël Hebert, Focusing Trainer, Quebec