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The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing Paperback – May 1, 1996
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“The Power of Focusing clarifies an essential human skill many of us have forgotten and takes it a quantum leap farther along its evolutionary path. Here are germinal teachings and deep human wisdom expressed in a way that can improve anyone’s emotions, well-being, and life.”
—Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Laws of Spirit
“Ann Weiser Cornell approaches Focusing with moment-by-moment sensitivity and years of depth. This is one of the most powerful therapeutic techniques of which I am aware an may even be said to be the basis of all good therapy.”
—Jeffrey Mishlove, author of Roots of Consciousness and host of television’s Thinking Allowed
“Most people make life’s important decisions by using their intellect. They think and become logical. Thus their path in life becomes path-o-logical. As a physician, I know how important our feelings are. We store a lifetime of feelings in our bodies. If not felt and responded to, they lead to disease—once again, a state of pathology. Learn to focus, and let the wisdom of your body teach you what it feels like to be happy. The wisdom of this book can help you heal the pathology. This book is an excellent resource for healing your life and body while guiding you to your life’s true path.”
—Bernie Siegel, M.D.,author of Love, Medicine and Miracles; Peace, Love, and Healing; and How to Live Between Office Visits
“I have included Ann Weiser Cornell’s Focusing work in Intuitive Training classes with excellent results. I see the Focusing technique as an invaluable tool for students of the inner life, particularly psychic-intuitive training.”—Helen Palmer, author of The Enneagram
About the Author
Ann Weiser Cornell learned Focusing from Eugene Gendlin, who first discovered the technique. She has gone on to achieve an international reputation as one of the field’s leading innovator and theoreticians. She taught at Gendlin’s Focusing Institute in Chicago, developed the first workshops for Focusing guides, and now regularly teaches popular workshops throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. Ann is editor and publisher of The Focusing Connection newsletter and has served as president of the Association of Humanistic Psychology. Ann currently makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she offers classes and workshops through her organization, Focusing Resources.
Top Customer Reviews
It is most helpful to share Focusing by having a recent book which contains the fruits of over 15 years of the author's teaching. The first Focusing self-help book, the classic by Eugene Gendlin, anchors the practice - it has a history. Now when I pass Focusing on, I can add Ann Cornell's book as an example of the living tradition of Focusing, one of the ways it has developed since Gendlin's book was published in 1981. It is an excellent illustration that while there are Focusing basics, such as the attitude of respect, there is always something new to learn and more applications in using the process. For instance, I am a certified Focusing teacher, but one of my new learnings from this book was a clearer concept of what "guiding" is. Addtionally, Ann Cornell's examples are very good illustrations of the concepts she is teaching. One of my favorites is "Matt," because it shows how Focusing can combine in a useful way with other factors when one is making a major decision.
Finally, from a marketing standpoint the book is very attractive and has great endorsements on the cover. I hope there is a 100th printing!
It is particularly useful in sorting out dilemmas or problems where you feel ambivalent, are conflicted, or fear you have lost objectivity. Should you quit your job, leave your spouse, marry your girlfriend, change careers? Is your relationship with a spouse/friend/sibling/child frustrating you? Are you at your wits end with a boss or co-worker? Can't figure out how to express yourself to those you care about?
I've found Focusing powerful because it is such a *fast* way of developing new insight and articulating what you really think and feel. And it feels good and may help you stay more aware of what matters to you during your day.
I just recommended this book to someone who is almost a stranger but who is facing some big, confusing decisions. If that's where you are too right now, this book is worth taking a chance on.
I read the book some years ago and I still return to it regularly for inspiration to help myself get back into the groove that it facilitates.
Maybe as children we all started out doing this kind of attending to our "bodyminds", but now that we "know" a lot of stuff, we may tend to talk ourselves out of what our bodies know--and thereby hamper ourselves. Getting into Focusing can get us back to much of the wisdom of childhood, with adult wisdom added.
Ann learned this art from Eugene Gendlin, author of "Focusing," who taught at the University of Chicago, though she has her own slant on some aspects of it. If only Ann and Eugene had taken some courses in marketing, Focusing might be as big now as TM was once upon a time, and then maybe the world would be a lot better place. In any event, if you read this book, I bet you will think that its ridiculous sales rank of 15,911 shows that Oprah's help is needed to get a lot of people in on something that could help us all live better. Instead of having Oprah's Dr. Phil tell you what's what, Focusing empowers you to tune into your body's messages to find out what's what for yourself. This is the best kind of self-empowerment I can think of.
This book is easy to understand, based on though experience, and above all, useful.
I have found Focusing personally invaluable, and this book makes the process accessable. I really can't recommend it too highly.