Felt sensing and the Subtle body: “In Touch”


Some people are naturals at this.


They know how to slow down, feel into the interior of their bodies, and begin to find words and images that resonate with what they subtly sense.


They are able to be in touch with themselves and how their lives are unfolding.


These folks also tend to benefit the most from psychotherapy regardless of the therapist or the therapist’s theoretical framework.


This important discovery was made by the philosopher and psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin, PhD, who spent fifteen years at the University of Chicago with the preeminent American psychologist Carl Rogers, PhD, researching factors that led to effective psychotherapy.


Gendlin discovered that certain clients had the native ability to tune in to their inner experience and get a sense of what was going on.



They always received the most benefit from psychotherapy.



This outcome could be accurately predicted within the first two sessions.



In 1963, Gendlin coined the phrase “felt sense” to describe this phenomenon.


He found that there is a kind of internal body awareness that, although used occasionally by only a few people, could be learned by anyone.



This discovery is one of the most insightful and useful to come out of twentieth-century psychotherapy.



It has both transformed and transcended its own field, since anyone can learn and practice it on their own.



Its applications go far beyond psychotherapy.



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on January 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm


  2. Posted by Laurie on January 26, 2018 at 5:02 am

    What does this practice entail and what is the ultimate benefit?

  3. This practice entails an intimate, specific kind of focus on the breath, combined with letting the grip of thought, of judgment and control go.

    It is a very simple, very powerful mundane looking, daily practice. It is a repetitive practice that builds focus strong enough to withstand our fight or flight mechanism firing.

    It is an internal investigation to know our nervous system and inner world intimately.

    The ultimate benefit is freedom and happiness.

    We release the grip of the Egos constant thought bombardment, roughly 60,000 a day, more than one a second. We release and let these offerings pass on by.

    Living with our mind empty of thought, totally fixated on what the eyes see, nose smells, skin senses, ears hear in great detail.

    You know happiness occurs mostly when thought has resided and intuition, our unencumbered senses become free of thought and bias.

  4. Posted by Paging Mrs Zen on January 27, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Returning to the present.. the only place oracle can reside..

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