Enhancing recovery with felt relating

Embodying our Spirituality

What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on
the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Alcoholics Anonymous p. 85

Beyond diverse doctrines, religious interpretations, language, ethnic, cultural, and social variations, the one reality we all share in common is the human body. This is our ultimate common ground, a starting point from which to begin the search for a global spirituality.

“Why? Because we believe the next step in human evolution will flow from a maturing inner wholeness. But this will never occur unless each person’s inner struggle to grow can somehow be situated within the earth’s larger organic movement toward unity. The organism which best experiences these two movements together as a seamless whole is not our mind, but our body’s unique way of knowing and being in the world.

“There is felt truth, a felt meaning, a felt direction within our bodies that can guide us into this life of growing unity which we call–Spirit. “BioSpiritual Focusing is the body’s lookout point into this hope-filled future.”

In the Twelve Step world, the addictive process is considered to be a physical, mental, and spiritual condition that is healed with a change of personality via a spiritual awakening. The practice of connecting and relating with ourselves, each other, and a “power greater than ourselves” is how we continue to grow along spiritual lines. Focusing deepens and enhances our spiritual awakening by allowing us to experience it in our body. Rather than it being a fixed concept, spirituality becomes a lived, felt, embodied experience of connection, relatedness, belonging, and meaningfulness. 

This page on The International Focusing Institute’s website has many links on Focusing and spirituality.

Here are a few other articles:

Focusing: A practice to complement meditation. David Rome. Published in Tricycle magazine

Recovering The Body’s Spirit (Seminar handout), Glenn Fleisch — This is an unpublished manuscript, not to be used or distributed without specific permission of the author

Defining the Spiritual Experience, Elfie Hinterkopf

Spiritual path-in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy, Ifat Eckstein

Focusing and the Spiritual Life,  John Amodeo

Focusing and Spirituality, Elfie Hinterkopf

Opening Doors to The Spiritual in Psychotherapy

Please feel free to browse the Focusing Institute’s website for more.


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