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Buddhist Trainings: Christopher McLean

Level 1 Focusing Training: thefocusingspace

Christopher's Blogs

Awakening Positivity Lived World Practice Process Philosophy & Focusing

Coming: Mindfulness of the Body Blog, and a TSK and Focusing Blog

The Matrix of Mystery

Living in Presence


At one time or another in my life, by mere fact of being centred in my thinking function, I've experienced the anguish of feeling cut off from an aspect of my being which is much more fundamental to life; that is, from a raw, unmediated kind of 'experiencing.' 

I have engaged, therefore, for about forty-six years, in a process of understanding the relation of thought to experiencing. I've put my heart into learning how to contact and dwell in the primary and embodied dimension, known since ancient pre-Socratic times as 'Being.'

In this endeavour. my debt is to many - teachers and teacher-writers, philosophers, mystics, and artists - those who, having applied themselves whole-heartedly, have illumined this particular aspect of the human condition. A deep bow to all these teachers for pointing the way beyond nihilism.

I particularly learned mindfulness and meditation from several schools of Buddhism. I bow to my  primary teacher, Subhana Barzaghi. It was Subhana who invited me to teach.

And I bow gratefully also to: Douglas Harding, Sogyal Rinpoche, Susan Murphy, and Christopher Titmuss - for significant shifts in my heart's work, moved by their personal input

In spiritual work, I am also indebtedto my former teacher in the Ridhwan school, Jean Berwick, for more than ten years of very valuable work recognising so many facets of Essence .

I, furthermore, learned the art of embodying through the process of felt-sensing, or 'Focusing.' This I learned from the works and activities of Eugene T. Gendlin, and from his student Ann Weiser Cornell. Special thanks to Ann for empowering me to teach Focusing.

Apart from these practices, I am greatly indebted to many sources from the rich psychotherapeutic lineages in the West, particularly the humanistic and client-centred lineages. I particularly acknowledge here Carl Rogers, Eugene Gendlin, and Erich Fromm.

But, of course, everything that I have learned through Focusing, and  from the Philosophy of the Implicit, from psychotherapy, and from the Buddhadharma, pales in comparison to returning to the source - the true teacher; that true teacher which, for now, I'll call 'This.' (And, here I ask you to imagine a sweep of the hand that indicates your all and everything, everything known and unknown.)

These pages and their links are about relating to 'This,' about experiencing 'This' in the form of the net of Being. May all beings dwell in the peace and joy of  'This.'