What is Focalizing?
Focalizing is a healing technology that enables participants to completely reinvent their lives by resolving the barriers that prevent them from experiencing their fullest potential of well-being and joy. These barriers can be in the form of conditioned thinking, traumatic experiences, stress, depression, sexual and intimacy barriers and more. Once these blocks have been brought to resolution, Focalizing takes on the form of a creative tool that supports participants to access levels of awareness that allow them to act and make decisions that are deeply informed by their body and whole being. Read a longer explanation here.
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 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.
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.
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.