Focus on sensations: how to sustain awareness at the lower levels

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


Eva de Hullu & Ger Schurink: Focus on sensations: how to sustain awareness at the lower levels
Presenters: Eva de Hullu & Ger Schurink
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A core goal of Method of Levels (MOL) Therapy is to bring the client’s awareness level-up, in order to resolve conflicts. In practice however, we experience that there are many cases in which level-up awareness doesn’t sustainably reorganize the system in cases when the lower levels in the hierarchy are actively excluded from awareness because some feelings are too threatening.
We would like to demonstrate and discuss ways in which, naturally adhering to the MOL goals of asking curious questions and noticing disruptions, sustained attention can be held at lower levels in the hierarchy: exploring painful sensations, emotions, feelings. Through a sustained focus on sensations and expressing lower-level perceptions that come to mind, clients will be able to explore areas in their experience that are normally blocked out of awareness. Keeping awareness at a painful perception and expressing what comes to mind while not actively doing anything to change the perception allows for reorganization at these lower levels.
Period8 Oct 2021
Event title31st International Association for Perceptual Control Theory Conference and 2021 Annual Meeting
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational