Eugene Gendlin has invested much of his life-time in developing practices as well as a philosophy. The philosophy is inspired by the practice and the practice by the philosophy.
In my lecture I want to make a strong point that we gain alot if we begin to develop a practice of Focusing and Thinking at the Edge that is deeply informed by Eugene Gendlin’s philosophical approach.
Both these branches of Gendlin’s life work should not be kept apart. They belong together. They strengthen and they imply each other. I would even like to say: Gendlin’s philosophy opens up an environment of thinking that makes one understand that Focusing is not just self-help, or a Western meditation or a creative practice, but a deeply appropriate practice of being human within an intricate, responsive, vulnerable web of living interactions. In the intellectual environment of an “official theory“ in which the subjective realm is not relevant for knowledge systems, as the philosopher Gilbert Ryle summarises the basic conviction of our scientific Western culture, the social and political relevance of Focusing cannot be properly understood. Gendlin’s life long work contributes new kinds of basic concepts for process, interdependence, inter-affection in which one can gain an understanding why it makes sense to practice something like Focusing and why it would even seem more and more necessary in the crisis we are bearing today.