ON EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY, PSYCHEDELICS & INNER GUIDANCE
OPENING TO INNER GUIDANCE USING THE FELT SENSE.
EUGENE GENDLIN outlined six steps for doing his focusing technique to access inner guidance, but we don’t have to exactly follow those six steps. Gendlin says that it’s best to let it flow in its own way. The steps may show up differently for different people. Because I’ve done it a while, I’ve made this method my own, as he suggested we do. So I want to share with you how I’ve come to use what Gendlin introduced to me and what I’ve made my own, with the hope that it will inspire you to make it your own, too, because if it’s going to be about inner guidance, you really have to make it your own.
So here is how I do it.
EUGENE GENDLIN'S DISCOVERY.
I WANT to talk about my mentor Gene's exploration of the in-between and why I love so much what he's done. How he's inspired me, and how I feel he's given me permission to take what he's given to me and take it further into the spiritual domain.
I also want to talk about other people who have done this, working with the in-between, but I want to make it most about Eugene Gendlin, and how these other people have gone where he's gone, but how they weren't able to go as far as he went. I think that will help me understand Gendlin more and help me communicate what I feel is the breakthrough that Gendlin accomplished that created a breakthrough for me. He broke open a new trail for me and I only just now am seeing it—how I can follow his way but how I’m going to do it in my own way. What I think I can contribute comes through taking in my intuitive sense of what he's accomplished and putting it in new words that are more accessible to others, and also help me understand it more deeply. I have to take his words inside myself, metabolize what he's saying and come up with an easier way for me to think about it.