Experiential Focusing can be quite useful for allowing
the spiritual program of the Twelve Step Recovery
to be experienced and realized in
a bodily way.
Actual change in one’s
life of recovery goes faster
and is realized
at a deeper level than without Focusing.
With few exceptions
our members find that
they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource
they presently identify with their own conception
a Power greater than themselves.
We found the Great Reality deep down within
Recovery Focusing groups explore each Step of the Twelve-Step Pathway in a felt sensed
way in order to experience it inside “now,” allowing its felt meaning to be revealed freshly. Topics for discussion
or from meditation books are also explored in this way. For treatment centers or addiction counselors, Recovery Focusing works
as a powerful, meaningful introduction to the 12 Step pathway and to the life-changing practice of Focusing.
Focusing is a practice of waiting for the inner feel
of something to emerge from inside us. Vague at first, as this inner feel comes into “Focus,” meaning emerges.
The symbols that come into “Focus” include words/phrases, body senses, images, metaphors, memories, gestures/postures,
inner parts, songs, flavors, colors, etc. The way we are living our situations suddenly “make sense” to
us. (Thus, the term “felt sense.”) This insight, and its accompanying felt release, open up new possibilities
inside us, and we feel good — full of hope and inner lightness of being. Steps forward reveal themselves in the new-found
Some benefits of Focusing include:
- Felt Sensing frees us from
stuck patterns, enabling us to move forward in our life.
- We are naturally
able to have a compassionate, creative relationship with ourselves and others.
- It enables us to ground ourselves in Presence to process feelings and situations in a safe,
spacious way, gaining access to our body’s inner wisdom.
- We heal old wounds and begin
truly loving life and living as our authentic self.
- We learn how to listen fully and tenderly to another person in a safe, compassionate way.
- We find our voice and inner truth while being
heard by a safe, caring companion.
- We simply feel better!
TWELVE STEP RECOVERY
The Twelve Step Pathway is
a way of living that enables us to find freedom from the physical, mental, and spiritual chains of an addictive or compulsive
process. Through the practice of the principles implied in each Step of a “Program” of Recovery, we heal our connection and relationship with ourselves, others, and with the greater life force of the universe.
Recovery Focusing explores the principles and values of this pathway in a group way, using the three-phase H.O.W. We Heal model for group process.
As a group model, participants
stay in the group for the three phases, sharing and listening together. A new Focusing concept may be introduced during each
Step. Or, groups may decide to simply use the H.O.W.We Heal model in a more open way, as long as it relates to recovery.
The three phases of the H.O.W. We Heal model are:
- Honoring: Resourcing with a positive felt experience
- Opening: Exploring what needs
our attention, like a stuck pattern
- Welcoming: Imagining (envisioning) what could be (recovery).
is reflective and groups usually do round-robin sharing and listening (that is, they go around the circle).
With Recovery Focusing, we seek to compare and contrast the feel of the addictive
process with the feel of healing and recovery. This gives us an embodied feel of the reality of both and clarifies our daily
choice of returning to addiction or staying in recovery and enjoying the best of it. It is thus a gentle yet powerful practice
for addiction counselors or others who wish to facilitate groups that aim to jump start recovery.
a LINK with the Principles, Practices, and Promises of Recovery Focusing.
is a LINK to a Recovery Focusing Powerpoint.
LINK that summarizes in chart form the Steps and the H.O.W. We Heal model as applied to the Steps.
Feel free to visit the Recovery Focusing blog: The Felt Meaning of Recovery: Discovering our inner experience of recovery.
If you would like to learn H.O.W. To Facilitate these groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.RecoveryFocusing.com
A manual on how to facilitate these groups is also available at http://www.lulu.com (Recovery Focusing: A Manual for Group work).