Thinking at the Edge (TAE)

Thinking at the Edge Online


Thinking at the Edge grounds your ideas in your lived experience.

Is there something that you’d like to do or write about but you lack the confidence to begin? TAE helps you sense into the “more” behind your ideas so that you can write and act from what you know.

Do you long to contribute to the world from the richness of the insights life has given you? With TAE, you delve into your own experience so that your new direction follows from of all you have lived.

Maybe you need clarity and next steps about a persistent problem or a complex issue. Thinking at the Edge helps you find the unique gifts within the challenges you face.

Thinking at the Edge is a revolution in philosophy

To participate in Thinking at the Edge is to directly experience Eugene Gendlin’s earth-shaking revolution in contemporary philosophy. You’ll be empowered to actually think, create and contribute from your own experience. You don’t need to study philosophy in order to do this. All you need is to discover the vast realm of development that opens up to you when you allow yourself to dwell in your felt sense of an issue. Here is a video of Gendlin talking about Thinking at the Edge. (Thanks to Nada Lou for her extensive videos of Gendlin).

Thinking at the Edge training allows you to Focus about an issue over time

You receive the attention and space you need to grow in TAE. The understanding you start with evolves throughout the TAE process.  Your felt sense will take you to moments in your life that give relevance and insight to the issues you face today. You’ll discover how the unique pattern of each experience enriches your understanding. You can’t reach this by intellect alone. As a result, TAE becomes a journey of transformation. You share this journey with your TAE companions, by exchanging Focusing sessions with a partner between classes. This shared interactive process forms a feeling of inspiration, encouragement and support for each person in the class. 

What participants are saying:

“It is really interesting to see how training in Thinking at the Edge influences our lives. I notice that creativity is coming back in my daily routine in a new way and I can touch again the confidence in the joy of the creative being. Thanks for opening and holding the space that allows this to happen.”  –Delphine Heymans, visual artist, facilitator and Focusing trainer, Belgium

“Thank you for your course in Thinking at the Edge. I found so much depth and direction in my project, and discovered a love of being “at the edge”. Until recently this represented a place of fear, if not terror, as far as my writing was concerned. It was lovely to see how you reflected our words and process, and warmly held the group as we found surprising new insights. Thank you for a wonderful experience.” –Donna Abela, playwright, Australia

“I love the way you hold the steps and the uniqueness of each person’s journey, to make it encouraging and right for our own pace. Now that I have some experience of TAE, I feel less intimidated and more excited to read more of Gendlin’s philosophy.” — Olivia Lin

Class format: 

One or two steps of the TAE process (Steps 1 to 11) are presented in each class. You’ll have the opportunity to be guided through each step and will gain understanding as you observe the process of your companions.
Between classes you will practice each step with a partner from the class.
All sessions will connect via Zoom.

Prerequisites:

Some background in Focusing and Focusing partnership. If you are not familiar with Focusing, contact me about getting a package of three individual sessions, or about taking an introductory class in Pausing, Felt Sensing, and Listening. If we have not met before, please sign up for a free consultation.

Live, interactive classes in Thinking at the Edge

  • 4 months: 8 two-hour classes every other week with practice sessions in between. US$495.
  • Yearlong: 1 two-hour class per month with several partnership practice sessions in between. US$495
  • According to your schedule: private 1-hour sessions. US$595

All the above live, online classes will include the following pre-recorded material to supplement and support your learning:

  • eight video lectures with English subtitles
  • eight video demonstrations of the TAE steps with English subtitles
  • links to Nada Lou’s videos of Gene Gendlin working with each step
  • class materials and commentaries to aid understanding for those new to TAE.

Dates for all 2024 classes are still being determined. If you’d like to get up-to-date information and let us know your time preferences, please submit the contact form below.

Your TAE Mentor

Beatrice Blake, 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 one of us by your personal way of presenting TAE.”  —Michaël Hebert, Focusing Trainer, Quebec


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