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Astrid Schillings “Dwelling in the Process of Embodied Awareness- Letting Fresh Life Come Through Whole Body Focusing Therapy”

  • Chapter 5 in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Greg Madison (Ed.) Jessica Kingsley Publications
    Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Innovative Theory and Applications
    Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Beyond the Talking Cure
  • Contributors to Greg Madison Book Contributions by: Leslie Ellis, Kenichi Itoh, Susanne Vahrenkamp, Shirley Turcotte, Joan Lavender, Isabel Gascon, Joan Klagsbrun, Doralee Grindler Katonah, Eunsun Joo, Mary K. Armstrong, Glenn Fleisch, Astrid Schillings, Salvador Moreno López, Mako Hikasa, Bernadette Lamboy, Emmanuil Vantarakis, Karen Whalen, Mia Leijssen, Catherine Garnett, Heinz-Joachim Feuerstein, Jan Winhall, Jeffrey J. Schiffer, Kevin McEvenue/. Foreword by: Mary Hendricks Gendlin Edited by Greg Madison

Is “Wholebody Focusing” Focusing? (Page 160)
Why Wholebody Focusing? (Page 162)
The Wholebody process in Focusing and in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT)
Case example: Lisa (Page 163)
Basics and fundamentals of ongoing process (Page 169)

Wholebody Focusing basics (Page 170)
1. Grounding into being here (Dasein) (Page 170)
Case examples: a larger grounding (Page 173)
2. Allowing inner-directed movement (Page 175)
3. Holding both in embodied awareness to let fresh life come (Page 178)
Case example: Jennifer (Page 178)
4. Allowing life-forward movement to take root (Page 181)

Fundamentals of ongoing process (Page 181)
1. Holding in awareness and letting fresh life come (Page 181)
2. Consciously dwelling in “not yet knowing (Page 182)
3. Listening with the whole body (Page 184)
4. Just sensing your aliveness and
5. Embodying the pause (Page 184)
6. Wholebody awareness from person to person (Page 185)

Conclusions (Page 185)
References (Page 187)
Note (Page 188)

References (Page 187)

Feldenkrais, M. (1981) The Elusive Obvious. Capitola, CA: Meta Publications.
Gendlin, E. T. (1964) “A Theory of Personality Change.” In P. Worchel and D. Byrne (eds) Personality Change (pp.100–148). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Gendlin, E. T. (1973) “Experiential Psychotherapy.” In R. Corsini (ed.) Current Psychotherapies. Itasca, IL: Peacock.
Gendlin, E. T. (1978) “The Body´s Releasing Steps in Experiential Process.” In J. L. Fosshage and P. Olsen (eds) Healing Implications for Psychotherapy. New York: Human Sciences Press.
Gendlin, E. T. (1993) “Words Can Say How They Work.” In R. P. Crease (ed.) Proceedings, Heidegger Conference” Stony Brook: State University of New York.
Levine, P. (1997) Waking the Tiger. Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Ludwig, S. (2002) Elsa Gindler—von ihrem Leben und Wirken: “Wahrnehmen, was wir empfinden.” Munich: Christian Verlag.
1 Gendlin uses odd grammar to point to the primacy of an organism as interaction with its environment as well as living from itself. The correct grammar, “to be in interaction with…”, loses the primacy of the interaction.

Quoting Astrid Schillings

Is “Wholebody Focusing” Focusing? (Page 160)
Excerpts From: Greg Madison. “Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.” iBooks.
“Most of Eugene Gendlin’s descriptions of Focusing are also true for what we now call WBF.”
“In Focusing (1978) Gendlin uses the word “body” to mean much more than the physical machine.”
“Gendlin says that we actually are the body-environment-interaction.”
“Most of Gendlin’s writing explicates how holding the felt sense as the edge of awareness can differentiate the whole complexity of the sense of our bodily lived situations and thereby bring change.”
“There is a specific quality of directness and immediacy opening in the dynamics of WBF awareness that radically invites a “self-propelled feeling process” (Gendlin 1964, p.14), where experiencing is “ahead of his (the focuser’s) concepts”

Quoting Astrid Schillings:

Why Wholebody Focusing? (Page 162)
Excerpts From: Greg Madison. “Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.” iBooks.
“Central to the development of WBF is the work of Kevin McEvenue, Focusing trainer and Alexander Technique teacher who has brought together the two disciplines in his work” … [by noting] “specific qualities of awareness and attitudes of not-doing”
“My shift into WBF was gradual and from different paths, … I sensed a truth in each of these paths … yet I was amazed at how some of the teachings and rationales seemed not only to be in conflict with each other, but also to claim exclusive rights to the truth [ but missing one of them would have meant missing a vital part of me.””

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