FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
The condensed reflections below are intended to offer brief answers to some frequently asked questions about focalizing and are therefore limited in scope. There are always more dimensions in these complex processes. You can find more in-depth information on this website and in a number of available books and videos as well as by joining us for upcoming workshops and practicing the focalizing process itself.
What is a “body drop”?
This is the term used to describe an ideal focalizing condition. When we do a drop we close our eyes (or cast a soft gaze) to eliminate visual distraction. We begin to imagine the everyday world being left behind, creating an opportunity for gradually focusing inward. An “embodiment visualization” often opens this inner attention, allowing us to notice sensory perceptions as we visit parts of our body. This allows our normal (thought-invigorated) displacement of energy to begin to distribute through our being, often generating a more relaxed sensation. The body drop also allows for a sense of grounding, as we notice whatever is holding us up (chair, floor, etc.) along with nature’s invisible presence of gravity. Once this embodiment is established and we have quieted the chatter in our consciousness, we are well positioned to engage the transformative aspects of the focalizing process.
Is focalizing psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is one label that focalizing can fall under. If the focalizer happens to be a licensed psychotherapist, then this process is an accepted way of ministering to the psyche and can enhance any psychotherapeutic format. For insurance and other purposes it is billable as psychotherapy. However, focalizing was primarily developed as a new human technology that can also be utilized without the psychotherapeutic trappings. One is not required to be a psychotherapist to be a focalizing coach or to focalize Dynamic Links. Either can be done by one who is naturally inclined, knows the fundamentals of focalizing, and is empowered by others.
How is a body drop used to heal past traumatic experiences?
Once a body drop brings a person to a place of sensed embodiment, one can artfully use the elements of the 9-Pointed Star. Trauma resolution begins here in this moment by allowing for sensorial resource energy (usually prompted) to awaken in the body. Only then does one shift attention to a remembrance of the traumatic episode, as much as is comfortable. One is guided (by self or another) to curiously observe any changes in their inner condition as one brings a soft focus to the trauma. Generally a participant will report unpleasant, contractive experiences within. Then an often mysterious, pendulating process is facilitated between the resource energy of the earlier embodiment experience and the contracted energy of the remembered traumatic experience. The intended results are an alchemy that gradually occurs to melt the constrictions, while a third, more whole feeling emerges. This is often a flowing, embodiment experience that leads to trauma resolution in the central nervous system.
During a body drop, am I under hypnosis?
No, not in the traditional sense. Any non-ordinary state of consciousness can be called hypnotic. Focalizing induces a non-ordinary state of consciousness quickly and gently. Within minutes we leave behind the everyday world of judgmental thinking and create a non-ordinary state of awareness of our interior condition. The important discernment to be made is that unlike some forms of hypnosis, in focalizing one never fully loses present consciousness, and never surrenders the power of voluntary action. To the contrary, when focalizing one is experiencing co-consciousness, always with a sense of the present moment, fully empowered to make choices and requests even while also fully sensing the deeper, timeless, focalized experience. Co-consciousness is always present when focalizing, as distinct from most types of hypnosis..
Sometimes when I remember certain unpleasant situations from my past I have intense feelings of fear or anxiety. Will I relive those unpleasant feelings when we are working to resolve a trauma?
While focalizing is most often intention-driven (for any liberating desire), trauma healing is a frequent intention that is brought to the process. Interestingly, when focalizing with a perceived non-traumatic event often a trauma surfaces as part of an interior block to the intention and is then resolved as part of the focalizing process.
Because we start the process in a relaxed and embodied state, when trauma is recalled or mysteriously surfaces one’s “curious observer” will notice those past intense feelings differently, more somatically. One is never expected to tolerate feelings they cannot bear. So, the answer is, no, you will not relive them—you will resolve them.
What happens if the feelings of fear or anxiety are so intense that I start to panic? Can I come back to ‘reality’?
Under embodied focalizing conditions, we have never witnessed this level of panic happening—only perhaps the fear of it, which passes quickly in this state. One is more likely to come back to a more integrated, balanced and grounded inner reality.
What is “resource energy”? How does it relate to focalizing?
Resource energy is any calming, soothing or loving energy. It is more available to us than we usually realize. We’ve been conditioned to think about the next problem or deficit, not about our last special moment. Yet under the embodied focalizing conditions, the memory of a pleasant or meaningful moment can quickly present itself, followed by recall of the sensorial experiences of the best of that remembered moment. Resource energy, once embodied, allows for a pendulation between it and the contractive energy of the original physiological barrier or trauma, dissolving the stuck-ness stored in our central nervous system.
What happens if I can’t come up with a pleasant image/thought in order to draw upon source energy for a visualization exercise?
If you cannot allow a pleasant image to surface from your past or even from nature, or any meaningful moment at all, you are trying too hard. Simply go back and suspend trying and a resource message will certainly present itself. Once the image is present, it is helpful to circle only the past parts of it (we don’t want ‘legs’ leading from the image to a less pleasant memory), allowing them to develop in the mind’s eye along with the physical and sensorial experiences (quality of light, smells, breezes, etc.) that were also pleasant.
I have heard that focalizing makes permanent changes at an organic/cellular level. How does this happen?
There is scientific evidence that after a successful focalizing session, the autonomic nervous system experiences a sense of reregulating itself to a more comfortable, balanced place. This affects the biology and—most importantly—the neuropathways of the brain, nurturing and strengthening pathways that support this stronger, more balanced, more regulated experience. Since the brain’s plasticity is unlimited, one can easily imagine a multitude of new pathways being birthed to support this new state as well. Once these changes occur, we are forever changed on a cellular level.
Does focalizing work by physically ‘rewiring’ the way my brain operates?
Yes, that is one way of perceiving the experience. Yet this rewiring effect comes only after the shift in physiology is tangible. It is only then that the mind can observe and integrate the experience as part of its knowledge, affecting future choices.
Why am I asked to breathe through my mouth when doing certain focalizing exercises?
There are two focalizing techniques in which specific breathing techniques are very helpful for particular situations. One is a healing imagery method used most often as an antidote to involuntary self-destructive or limiting behavior. This simply requires breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth from one to three times as one element of the process. The other, most helpful in specific situations, is used more for focalizing while laying down. This technique utilizes a yogic method of mouth breathing with a small pillow placed under the neck for more expansive airflow in the throat.
Is the healing that takes place during a focalizing session enough to make tangible changes in my life? Is one 50-minute session per week really enough to have a significant impact in my life?
The answer is a limited yes. Once a week is quite sufficient. Yet, because focalizing conditions include “respecting present realities,” some can do sessions which are just as effective less frequently. Every focalizing encounter is a unique experience. It all depends on one’s needs and other resources. It is important to remember that once the focalizing conditions are invoked, we shift into a timeless (and sometimes formless) experience of change and possibility. Each person focalizes as he or she is able, in a traditional therapeutic 50-minute session or on one’s own, with countless variables, including group focalizing.
How long will it take for me to see some results?
One almost always experiences tangible felt results with the first encounter. The effects can be instantaneous or felt gradually over time.
Should I work to set some specific goals and objectives for each session?
We would suggest shifting the word “work” to “prepare”. Rarely does focalizing require work. Simply being present and noticing can actually feel more like play once one is accustomed to the process. That said, yes it is important to bring a specific intention to a focalizing session. One often creates one just as the session begins, from whatever is limiting the flow of life,
How is progress measured? Are there quantifiable assessments that I make at specific times during the process?
The individual who is doing the focalizing measures his or her own progress. One will notice shifts and changes in interior condition, usually manifesting in more balance, strength, and clarity. One measures when enough has been done to give what is wanted; you are the assessor of your experience and further choices. Therefore, there is only your interior condition to determine progress. That said, there will also often be surprising reflections from physical realities, or associates may observe an unexplainably increased comfort in your presence.
What can I do to accelerate the healing process? Can I train my body to process healing faster?
In the world of somatic healing, there is a mantra we live by: slow is fast. It is a paradox that avoids putting any additional stress on the nervous system. Contrary to a mind with a rigid, conditioned focus, this elimination of rushing the process serves to facilitate more rapid movement.
How do you relax your mind enough to get to a point of meditation?
It is not the meditative state we are looking for, though it is similar. We relax or respectfully suspend the mind as we are guided to connect to resource energy. We “allow to float away” inner voices of judgment (should or should nots), cynicism and fears for the duration of the session. Many are surprised by the absence of head noise as they focus attention on the body, breath, sensations and mental imagery.
There are times when powerful energy is triggered in my body and emotions. I take myself through the focalizing process, yet still feel that the energy is not completely released—it feels stuck half way in and halfway out. Are there specific aspects of the focalizing process that can help me get unstuck?
Yes: allowing the stuck energy to coexist (not in opposition) with a sense of release, while holding no judgment or agenda. Then when the feeling is relaxed and embodied, bring a soft focus to your experience of that little sense of release, allowing that to transform or release the stuck energy gradually or swiftly.
When I guide through the focalizing process a person who has a difficulty feeling body or emotions, how can I facilitate his or her ability to feel?
Invite them to bring a gentle focus to however they notice their body. It could be a sense of numbness or blockage. These too are sensations and must be honored in order to be resolved. Giving space to these unnoticed “no feeling” sensations often allows a dissolution process that begins a progression of inner revelations to occur.
Does focalizing fix everything in my life?
Focalizing is not about fixing anything. At its core is the realization that nothing is broken, yet there are disconnections in the inner flow of source energy and well-being. The focus is on creating the conditions for reregulating the organic nervous system: from fear, blockage, and discontent to a sense of balance, strength, and joy.
Can I use it to achieve a goal?
Absolutely. However in the focalizing milieu we replace the word goal with intention. The first has a linear pass/fail component that is often detrimental. Intention, on the other hand is a directed forward moving energy (force) that is not encumbered by failure. Focalized intentions are often materialized—or something even better occurs.
How will I feel after doing a focalizing session?
No two sessions are the same, yet most people feel more present, whole and grounded after a session.
Can one be coached through a focalizing session by phone or skype.
Yes! Distance focalizing is highly effective and quite popular.
What is the difference between focalizing and Dynamic Linking?
Focalizing helps to create the appropriate energy for Dynamic Linking. Generally folks think of focalizing as a way to experience a better flow of source energy, resulting in more contentment in their personal lives. Dynamic Linking consciously brings that flow out into the world, our lives and affiliations (by living it). This expanded perspective amplifies our own energy flow as we experience a sense of dynamism with the energy flow of others, of groups, and of our collective existence, creating a win-win-win sensation.