Level 4: What to do when Focusing becomes difficult or blocked

When Focusing becomes blocked, it’s hard to know what to do. Blocks to Focusing are often due to a lack of self empathy, critical inner voices, and complex situations that are difficult to address. At those moments it’s good remember that most of us are still learning know how to listen to ourselves with openness, compassion and curiosity. As Focusing partners or Focusing guides, there are things we can do to help ourselves or our partners slow down and notice our inner attitudes towards our feelings and needs and our subtle felt senses
This is an advanced Focusing class for those who have taken at least Focusing Levels One and Two and and who have had solid experience in Focusing Partnership. We will go slowly and with care in each session. There will be demonstrations of each concept in each class, and partnership practices between classes.

Basic course information:

Course: Focusing Level 4: 7 two-hour classes
Cost: US$345
Dates: Tuesdays November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15
Time: 1 p.m. US Eastern; 6 p.m. Iceland and UK; 7 p.m Europe
Prerequisites: At least Focusing Levels One and Two, solid experience with Focusing partnership, and free interview with Beatrice
To sign up: Schedule your free consultation by filling out the contact form

Readings for the class:

The Focusing Student’s and Companion’s Manual, Part Two, by Barbara McGavin and Ann Weiser Cornell. A .pdf version is included in class fee. Order a hard copy here.

Class 1: What to do
  • when you feel overwhelmed, overloaded, cluttered, confused,
  • when something feels too intense or scary,
  • when you have doubts about your approach,
  • when you feel sleepy,
  • when there is more than one “something” calling for your awareness
Class 2: Which issues are the most difficult for you to be with? 

How do you react when you come in contact with your difficult issues?

Class 3: When focusing becomes blocked, it is often due to 
  • feeling afraid,
  • fear of being overwhelmed by intense feelings,
  • fear of what you might find,
  • impatience,
  • rushing the process,
  • imposing a solution,
  • criticizing or arguing with the process,
  • analyzing, diagnosing, deciding, fixing,
  • forcing a choice,
  • doubting what is happening,
  • not wanting to feel pain
Class 4: The inner critic–how do you deal with it?

Do you collapse under it? Agree with it? Argue with it? Try to ignore it?

Class 5: When accompanying our inner experience gets complicated

Listening to the feeling about the feeling about the feeling

Class 6: Bias and Exile
  • Giving equal attention to all parts of oneself  
  • Relating to what has been exiled
Class 7: How to do a Focusing process with two or more parts

For more information or to sign up, contact Beatrice.