My training is in Process-Oriented Psychology, or Processwork: an awareness-based practice that follows the nature of individuals, communities, and ecosystems. As a paradigm, Processwork supports the emerging potential in any given moment. Through unfolding the meaning and useful information behind disturbances, Processwork supports individuals, teams and groups to discover themselves and reveal innate solutions.
The Wild and the Calm of Process-Oriented Psychology
Illustration from Carl Jung’s “Red Book”
Arnold Mindell and his colleagues developed process work in the 1970’s. Their research bridged psychology; communications theory, quantum physics and non-linear dynamics, creating a framework that can work with the full scope of human transformation. Mindell also drew inspiration from psychologist C.G. Jung, who saw the unconscious mind, disturbances, and obstacles, as resources for growth and creativity. From this perspective, problems and disturbances are often viewed as holding the seeds of resolution or clues pointing toward innate solutions.
Levels of Reality
Processwork focuses on the concurrent existence of three levels of reality::
The aspects of reality that people generally agree upon, such as facts and figures, time and measurements.
Emotions and subjective experiences that are felt and sensed but not necessarily seen or measurable.
The deepest and most subtle non-dualistic space that gives rise to all of our experience. The essence is the feeling atmosphere and background intelligence which holds and organizes all experiences.
Drawing information from each level and following the flow of experience through intended and unintended expressions of communication, Processwork strives to support what is trying to happen. When a challenge arises or information is stuck, accessing another level of reality can spark new insights, deepen awareness and create flow. Embracing each level of reality helps us to welcome all aspects of human experience, including experiences that are marginal, facilitating a deeper understanding of any system in its entirety and increasing our impact within that context.