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Welcome to The Edge, a blog about Processwork in all its applications and manifestations. As a practice and theory of human experience, those applications are unlimited and as varied as all the individuals and groups who make use of it. I hope these posts, by Processworkers in different walks of life all over the world, will draw you in and inspire you to discover how Processwork can support growth, creativity and communication in your own life and work. By Elva Redwood, Managing Editor, The Edge History of Processwork Processwork originally grew from Jungian psychology in the 1970s and 80s, when Arnold Mindell practiced at the Jung Institute in Zurich. Dr. Mindell’s deep curiosity and work with people on body symptoms led
By Ger Halpin “Conflict is a gateway to a deepening of relationship with myself, with others, and the world.” I’m afraid (in fact I’m terrified) to speak about the spirit of war and conflict, especially at a time when there is so much suffering and fear in the world. I have not lived through the horror of war. I haven’t lost my loved ones or seen them suffer in ways that are unimaginable to me. Attempting to speak about conflict is brazen and potentially dangerous, and a huge part of me questions my right to say anything about any of it. But something wants me to share my very small experience with you. The Fighting Spirit Inside Me Within me,
By Gary Reiss “I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death,” he said. “History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.” French President Macron speaking at a ceremony honoring the breakout of peace of WWI, November 11, 2018. Psychology The central principle behind psychology focuses on individuals and their personal lives. It is about me or you and if we expand our lens, it is about our families also. This important central focus, however, covers about half of what psychology needs to cover. The missing half is not personal to me or you but what we carry psychologically due to our extended multi-generational family system,
These are my Life-Myth Superpowers… what are yours? by Matt Stella I am laying curled up on the back porch. Brown painted floor and railing. Crying. About five years old. A little boy alone, upset, in the fetal position. The porch is raised up from the yard like a stage, yet I must be outside of the house trying to hide and be alone. The little backyard is nicely manicured: flowerbeds with a nice stone border, and a perfectly green lawn that extends to the back fence. Closer to the fence it’s darker in the shade of a big maple tree. The grass there is not as lush, with some bare spots and patches of dirt. The back fence is
by Brianna Wunderlin I had two main traumatic events as a child that affected my mind, body, and spirit, though I didn’t remember either until I was an adult. This is quite common as the mind can protect itself until it is safer to start the process of uncovering and healing. The coping mechanisms and triggers are ways that the mind, body, and spirit are attempting in effective or ineffective ways to protect us from further harm. The issue comes when these ineffective ways produce more harm than good, keeping us from living a life that is living resiliently in the present. Trauma and Dissociation Trauma affects everyone differently, but often has a physiological response, which is the nervous system’s
by Sanae Hashimoto Why me? Why was I born with a disability? This question came to me suddenly when I was a teenager, and my journey to find an answer has been on-going since then. Processwork, with its many tools for discovering meaning in what troubles us, has transformed this journey into a wonderful treasure hunt. Life with a Disability I was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, which is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. Because of this, I am very short and I have been using a wheelchair throughout my life. In my school days I was always the only child who used a wheelchair or who had such a different stature, but I was
By Sherry Tara Marshall I Never Thought I would go Public about Dying of Cancer But why not? At our first meeting, the surgeon announced I’m going to die in two to five years. “Is he a God?” I thought. It put me into an extreme state; I lost awareness of myself. I was 62, fit and healthy, with no cancer in my family. Two years later – a blur of chemotherapy – the shock still reverberates. But Time has become a trickster. How fast those 2 years have raced by, and yet my Processwork training helps me also see it as a wonderful wake-up call. “Bow to Life and Death” My high dream, the best it can be,
By John Herold I was in fourth grade when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. From that moment I wanted to be an astronaut. There was something about racing into space as well as the inherent risks in trying that held a strong appeal. By the time the shuttle Discovery was retired in 2011, I assumed my space career was over. I Didn’t Expect My Wish to Come True Looking back, that 10-year-old aspiring astronaut wasn’t very specific about exactly where he wanted to travel. Outer space or inner space? And by what means? In December of 2012 that childhood wish came true in an unexpected and disturbing way. My trip to the stars happened not on the space shuttle, but in
By Niyati Evers A little girl in South Africa let me know my pain had become my identity when she stopped using my name and called me “the lady with the broken back.” My Known Way of Being I’d struggled with severe back pain for many years, but I would not allow it to hold me back. Even if getting into a taxi made me cry. Even if the only way to get to my hotel room was by sliding along the walls. Even if I had to call a doctor to come inject me with painkillers just to cope. That was my known way of being, what we in Processwork call our primary identity. I was someone who
By Rho Sandberg A Process-Oriented View of Organizations In order to thrive in today’s constantly changing environment, most organisations recognise the need to become more agile. They’ve often experienced first-hand the challenges that arise when structures, hierarchies, rules and work practices become rigid or are slow to transform. Many organisations are attempting to cultivate new approaches, so that they can catch the wave of change early. Leaders are now becoming deeply curious about the changing world around them. They work with their teams to discover ways of operating that anticipate and are responsive to their dynamic and complex environment. Anyone familiar with Processwork will recognise this movement to understand the dynamic forces at play within organisational life as an
By Rami Henrich Believing in My Path of Heart One of the greatest gifts Processwork has given me is the ability to accept my wild, adventurous, intense, and outrageous nature with greater ease. I had a tendency to pathologize my curiosity, my intensity, my sexual explorations, my counter-culture relationship, and my general out-of- the-boxness, but Processwork helped me value my own inner diversity. Processwork suggests what you doubt about yourself or what you think is wrong with you may in fact be the seed of something beautiful and useful that wants to unfold and be lived more completely. For me, the idea that my family’s polyamorous relationship (35+ years now!) might somehow be perfect and hold exactly what is needed in the world was
By Bill Say Innerwork is Facilitating Your Own Awareness In this post, I use the word Innerwork to refer to the Processwork form of Innerwork, as distinct from the many other forms in the world. Processwork Innerwork focuses on individuals facilitating their own awareness. We can practice Innerwork by sensing how we interact with physical sensations, following our bodily movements or allowing inner parts to speak to one another. Innerwork also Connects us to Others Innerwork is “working on ourselves,” often by ourselves. This is distinct from relationship or group work. That said, Innerwork can also be a powerful practice when done in public! Of course this is not what every individual or group chooses to focus on.
By Lukas Hohler When we switch on the TV to fighter jets taking off or “fire and fury” speeches, why does that grab our attention so much more than ongoing peace-negotiations elsewhere in the world? Are peace negotiations just not as juicy as saber rattling? Is there good reason we’re not transfixed by orderly people having rational peace talks about highly emotional problems? Is it partly because many of those peace agreements will not last for long? When Arnold Mindell first developed Worldwork in the late 1980’s, he said, “We are looking for something that is more exciting than war and more sustainable than peace.“ That is what attracted me to the Worldwork approach more than 20 years ago.