If Focusing is the doorway then Felt Exploration is the unfolding of and the encounter with the deep mysteries of our ordinary lives. It is the ever surprising discovery of inherent richness and meaning.
As a trained teacher of Focusing and student of Eugene Gendlin’s therapy method and philosophy, over time I have developed a more inclusive approach that I have termed, Felt Exploration.
Felt Exploration includes all the good stuff from Focusing but has a different frame of reference and looks to expand the definition of self so that it can include alternative and higher levels of perspective that enables the client to discover a more inclusive, harmonious and liberated sense of self.
Using my approach I work alongside the client to help them develop their lives by bringing tools and understanding from many other disciplines including the practice of life coaching.
I want our work together to make a difference and not fall into the trap of going around in circles and therefore the client never really experiencing the lasting change that is possible as often is the case in therapy or spiritual approaches to wellbeing.
If transformation is to occur it is important we discover life beyond our regular patterns of living, our bias and our blind spots. Furthermore, it is vital we recognise the two distinct streams of human development possibilities. We can both grow up as a human and develop our spiritual realisation and these two although strongly correlated are not the same. Once this is comprehended we can already understand why our many efforts have not brought the change we wanted, we can understand that perhaps, or even most likely, we have been applying the effort in the wrong area. As part of the YouFirst approach, an integral orientation to inner growth and development, Felt Exploration is a vital tool and can be likened to mindfulness, the application of attention to lived experience, a tool when used correctly can bring ongoing change.
Felt exploration is a dynamic and intimate engagement with our lived experience. Sensing ourselves inwardly and making contact with our experience reveals deeper levels of knowing and meaning. Our ordinary experience is revealed as a dynamic river of unfolding gestalts.
Similar to fractal patterns, when we inquire into the human experience it reveals more and more, there is no end to the intricate and fascinating shapes, forms and patterning. As we bring attention to our felt experience, it opens to reveal more and we discover it has a potential for more at all times.
This “more” is not the random meaningless pattern that we are led to believe by much of science but the very life energy, the universal whole evolving itself as you and I.
Learning To Be Real
Many of us long for the truth. We long for the authentic and the real. We may not recognise this in those terms, but nevertheless when we are in contact with our sense of being, our unencumbered realness we feel alive and free. As we develop our skills of exploration and apply them to our life, we find an increasing capacity to be real, to be open authentically present. Instead of clinging to, defending and propping up outdated self-images we willingly let them go and experience ourselves as including what was once thought to be who we are. We expand our sense of identity, not simply as an idea but a felt experience of our living.
Endless Fresh Discovery
Furthermore, Felt Exploration brings us into contact with deeper layers of meaning, our life becomes a continuous river of discovery. The quality of inward and eternal life is enriched and expanded as we learn to utilise our inherent capacities to discover the “more”.
After some time of formal Felt Exploration it begins to seep into our daily lives, our whole life becomes impacted and affected by our love of the truth of our experience. Our work, relationships and interests are all impacted. Nothing is outside of the scope of Felt Exploration.
If you would like to find out more about how I help people find a meaningful connection with themselves, to discover their inherent goodness and their capacities to bring lasting change to their lives then get in touch and schedule a free half-hour session.