Aug 1, 2020 Step Three:
The Feeling Process, 7 thru 12, pages 11-20
The full article is at http://previous.focusing.org/pdf/personality_change.pdf
We are having a bird’s eye view for these weeks to Aug 22, 2020, and then to study each section more closely during the following weeks.
HERE are section headings with a few quotes to ponder
The Feeling Process-How Change Takes Place in the Individual
Page 11 ~ 7. FOCUSING. “Focusing” (or, more exactly, “continuous focusing”) will be defined in terms of four more specific definitions (8-11) below. “Focusing” is the whole process which ensues when the individual attends to the direct referent of experiencing.
Page 12 ~ 8. DIRECT REFERENCE IN PSYCHOTHERAPY (PHASE ONE OF FOCUSING). A definitely felt, but conceptually vague referent is directly referred to by the individual. Let us say he has been discussing some troublesome situation or personal trait. He has described various events, emotions, opinions, and interpretations
Page 11 ~ 9. UNFOLDING (PHASE TWO OF FOCUSING). Sometimes, in focusing on a directly felt referent, there is a gradual step-by-step process of coming to know explicitly what it is. Yet, it may “open up” in one dramatic instant. Most often there is both a gradual coming to know it better and some instants during which there is a very noticeable “opening up.” With a great physical relief and sudden dawning, the individual suddenly knows
Page 14 ~ 9. UNFOLDING (PHASE TWO OF FOCUSING). Sometimes, in focusing on a directly felt referent, there is a gradual step-by-step process of coming to know explicitly what it is. Yet, it may “open up” in one dramatic instant. Most often there is both a gradual coming to know it better and some instants during which there is a very noticeable “opening up.” With a great physical relief and sudden dawning, the individual suddenly knows.
Page 16 ~ 10. GLOBAL APPLICATION (PHASE THREE OF FOCUSING). This global way in which the process of direct reference and unfolding affects many aspects of the person is noticeable not only in his later reports of the resulting difference, but also in the moments which immediately follow the unfolding of a felt referent. The individual is flooded by many different associations, memories, situations, and circumstances, all in relation to the felt referent. Although conceptually they can be very different, they share the same felt meaning with which he has been dealing. Except for this they may concern quite different and unrelated matters .
Page 16 ~ 11. REFERENT MOVEMENT (PHASE FOUR OF FOCUSING). A definite alteration or movement in the direct referent is felt. This “referent movement” often occurs after the three phases just described. When there has been direct reference, dramatic unfolding occurs, and when the flood of global application subsides, the individual finds that he now refers to a direct referent which feels different. The implicit meanings which he can symbolize from this direct reference are now quite different ones. It is a new direct reference: and so the fourphase process begins again.
Page 20 ~ 12. THE SELF-PROPELLED FEELING PROCESS. As the individual engages in focusing, and as referent movement occurs, he finds himself pulled along in a direction he neither chose nor predicted. There is a very strong impelling force exerted by the direct referent just then felt. The individual may “get off the track,” “talk about something else,” or put up with considerable distracting comments and useless deductions by his listener; and still the given felt, direct referent remains strikingly as the “next thing” with which he must deal.