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Accessing the Felt Sense: The Art and Practice of Focusing with Eugene Gendlin

Today’s Wisdom: NP0029 – Session 2

Learn how to bring freshness and novelty to your life and practice by moving beyond habitual patterns. Join Eugene Gendlin as he shows how to use our “Felt Sense.”

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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8 Responses to Accessing the Felt Sense: The Art and Practice of Focusing with Eugene Gendlin

  1. art miron says:

    I must say, at the risk of appearing to be a curmudgeon, that I found Eugene Gendlin to be very difficult to follow… I respect that he has experience and knowledge, but its usefulness in a therapeutic process really escaped my awareness. (By the way, is he a philosopher or a therapist, or both…that wasn’t clear)And Rich Simon acted like a compatriot, not an interviewer, so Rich was out of touch entirely with my experience, and I believe, probably the experience of many who listened (interestingly there are no other postings). So, in summary, I found Gendlin’s presentation very frustrating.

  2. Leticia Tayabas says:

    I found the interview fascinating, I´ve followed Eugene Gendlin since my first readings about philosophy and psychotherapy, Gendlin is both a therapist and a philosopher, I was fascinated to see the change in Rich´s attitude from the beginning of the interview to the last, he was really changed in this hour, exhuberant, and yes, stronger and bigger. Thank you both for this experience.

  3. Emely Verba says:

    Gene Gendlin truly embodies wisdom. I felt him leap across cyberspace as a powerful, felt presence. Thank you for the incredibly enriching hour.

  4. M2012 says:

    What a privilege to witness the interactions of Rich Simon and Eugene Gendlin. I appreciated Rich’s authenticity as well as the widening of my understanding of the therapeutic process. Gene’s approach demonstrated respect for the uniqueness of each individual’s reality and acknowledgement of the stories created around them. The therapist appears more of a facilitator than a superior, empowering and validating the client’s capacity for positive change.
    Thank you!

  5. James B says:

    Wonderful! I have been looking forward to this interview since I heard Gene Gendlin would be a part. His ideas have opened up a simple and direct way for me to help my clients connect with their bodily awareness and emotion and shift from just trying to “figure it out” with their intellect. His deep wisdom, in-touchness with the mystery and hopeful belief in the body’s ability to heal gives me great energy for the journey. Thanks for this incredible chance to see and hear from such a deep soul and mind.

  6. I use focusing in most of my sessions with clients. A long time protege of Gene, Ann Weiser Cornell has developed a training for clinicians using Gendlin’s process that makes clinical application of focusing in the therapy room very effective and very clear. I loved Gene’s description of “the stairs” and being at the top with our feelings. “Don’t you want to go downstairs? Aren’t you curious?” It is wonderful to accompany our clients downstairs with them and befriend all that we find there, and in the process of felt sensing and acknowledging those feelings and perspectives, lasting change is evoked with places once stuck and overwhelmed. This was a great interview with one of the greats. Thank you for featuring Gene Gendlin in this wisdom series.

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