Testimonials & Notes on Rob’s teaching
Question: “Rob’s essay on the Implicit, on his web-site, was very clear. I find Gene’s philosophical writing tougher to parse – not enough examples – so it seems like Rob might be a good teacher. Do you agree?”
It is a lively hour when we meet! Many participate in the discussions and Rob has a remarkable way of listening to really hear what someone is asking in a question. As Rob models this listening we learn to listen to ourselves and others more and more. Rob refers us to this quote from Wittgenstein:
“Why is philosophy so complicated? It ought to be entirely simple. Philosophy unties the knots in our thinking that we have, in a senseless way, put there. To do this it must make movements that are just as complicated as these knots. Although the result of philosophy is simple, its method cannot be if it is to succeed. The complexity of philosophy is not a complexity of its subject matter, but of our knotted understanding.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“I sense good teachers of this material need to have done their own inner work (this is about more than intellect), or risk having their own emotional blocks or lack of spiritual awareness impede progress toward clarity. Do you think Rob Parker has done so?”
In response to your question about Rob’s sensitivity, Rob has a lovely way of distilling the concepts and emphasizing the essence of the reading. Rob is flexible in addressing each person’s question and responding to comments. He patiently develops a theme until there is some sense of satisfaction for everyone. At the same time Rob stops a discussion if it is too far afield of the study; often he will offer time after the end of the first hour of the seminar to develop a thread, postponing the question. These discussions are included in the recording, so those who are interested but cannot stay are able to listen later.
As a Focusing Oriented therapist, Rob contributes to several community projects such as a program for troubled teenagers and the rehabilitation of batterers and their families in New York. Rob practices meditation and shows us how spiritual practice parallels principles of the Process Model. Yes, he continues to do his own inner work. Process Model is itself a practice for Rob and many of us in the seminars. I find Rob to be a good teacher and a very kind person with concern for all of humanity.