3 Ways to Learn Focusing for Free


Focusing is a process for helping your mind listen to the wisdom of your body.  It is a skill we all have, but many of us have forgotten how to use it. 

Imagine you didn’t use an arm or leg for a few weeks.  After a surprisingly short time the muscles don’t want to work any more, and you have to train the muscles to work again.  If you have ever had a limb in plaster, you might remember that you were advised to exercise your fingers or toes while the plaster is still in place.  Then afterwards, before you are fully mobile, you need to exercise to get back the mobility you had before the accident or surgery.

It’s the same with Focusing.  But it’s less visible. 

Children are master Focusers.  Even before they can speak, they know when they need food, a cuddle, help, praise, exercise, sleep, and everything else in a child’s life.  As they grow, we teach them different ways to respond to these needs, so that they don’t cry whenever they are hungry, and to ask for attention at appropriate times, not just when things are not going their way.

Sometimes children are taught these things so assiduously that they, to some extent, submerge some of these feelings.  And as adults they (we) can find it difficult to get in touch with things going on inside us. 

Our bodies still hold this knowledge and wisdom, and Focusing is one way of getting to know it again.

So how can we learn this for free?

  1.  When we train as Focusing Practitioners, we need to have practice in introducing newcomers to Focusing.  So one way to learn Focusing for free is to contact a Focusing Teacher and ask if any of his/her students would like a volunteer for their practice.  You can find Focusing Teachers on the UK website  and on the US website.  Don’t worry about the distance as Focusing works very well on the phone or Skype.  (And just a reminder here that Focusing is not therapy or counselling.)
  2. On the US Focusing Institute website is a self-help guide.  On occasions, the Focusing organisations offer free or pay-what-you-can on-line courses.  Keep an eye here and here. Other information includes a video clip of two people Focusing on Skype.
  3. And there are books.  Three I can highly recommend are:
    • Focusing: how to gain direct access to your body’s knowledge: How to open up your deeper feelings and intuition by Eugene Gendlin
    • The Power of Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell
    • Bio-sprituality: Focusing as a way to grow by Peter Campbell and Edwin McMahon.  This last book is written from a spiritual point of view, and I would like to emphasise that Focusing is available to everyone, whatever your beliefs.

To join my introductory Focusing course, contact me on my contact page,

or email csfocusing [at] carolannsamuels [dot] co [dot] uk