Brisbane Counselling – Connect Hypnosis
Accessing the wisdom of your body - a Focusing Approach
Are you stuck in the same old emotional habits? Does it feel like something in you keeps telling the same stories over and over, using the same old labels for what happened and what it all means? Do you long to connect with a fresh, constructive energy and move forward? Focusing offers you a way to do just that.
In our culture we are used to associating intelligence with the brain. But that cerebral dominance is beginning to shift as we understand more about the importance of the primal connection that exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination. This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, or if we’ve made the right choice.
Mere intellectualizing or talking about problems can keep us stuck in old patterns of behaviour because we can we are overlooking new, fresh information that isn’t in our cerebral brains but in our “body brain”. What’s so different about Focusing is that it takes you into your own “felt sense,” or inner knowing of the problem, a moment when there is a potential to experience more than you already know and to break through old, stuck patterns.
Focusing is a way to bring you in touch with a larger intelligence inside you, an intelligence that is body-based and that can sense what needs your attention, it is a part of yourself that you can trust and follow.
With Focusing, you learn to be with your emotions, rather than being your emotions, and this allows them to change. Your feelings, even your most challenging feelings, no longer have to be the enemy inside when you can be with yourself with empathy and compassion.
When we can be with the problem, rather than be the problem, change occurs, naturally.
Focusing can help in so many ways, in stressful times, in challenging relationships, to transform frozen patterns and beliefs, for emotional and physical healing and more.
Focusing is simple, natural, and in a way revolutionary – because you are learning to trust your own inner knowing instead of relying on other people’s opinions or even your own thoughts and ideas about you.
Once you learn how to access this inner knowing for yourself it changes the way you relate to yourself and to others. You will be able to turn toward your challenging emotions with compassion, rather than being caught up in them. And as you discover how to be kinder and more accepting of yourself you will experience how your relationships with others become easier.
I had the privilege to be trained by Ann Weiser Cornell, world-renowned Focusing educator who has taught this modality throughout the world. It is my privilege to show you how a Focusing approach can make a difference in your life.
I went to see Lee because I was so tired of feeling caught in the same old, all too familiar problem/reaction patterns. I felt like I’d become an expert of the problem but what I really wanted was a way forward and learning Focusing with Lee has given me a fresh perspective and clarity on those old issues. And I found the process so gentle. It’s not like talk therapy where you’re re-telling the old story, this is more like being in a new story as it’s being written, a process of discovering that so much more is possible.