Focusing

Eugene T. Gendlin, founder of an innovative self-actualization technique with transformative potential, talks with Linda Heuman.

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So it’s a new kind of body experience we have all the time, but we don’t notice it because we don’t have a grid for it? It isn’t already there, but you can let a felt sense “come” any time. The felt sense is a little further down. If we refer to that place, then it comes and develops.

How would you teach beginners to find the felt sense? Suppose you are stuck. You make a spot from the stuck—a place. You say to yourself, “This spot here has me stuck; there seems to be no way out here.” After a while you learn it will have a way out; it just seems in the ordinary thinking to have no way out. Once you make a felt sense of it—that takes a little time— it will generate new points, new possibilities, and new distinctions.

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