What makes a human being?

I used to think that a human being was like this:

Fig2HierarchicalModelThe mind was in the driving seat of the personality, and emotion was a result of what the mind thought. Floating over the top of this was the spiritual life. Others might call this bit intuition, religious life, or perhaps not have this in their model at all. For me, it represented the highest part of me, definitely on a higher plane than the rest, and sometimes at war with the mind. The body was there to carry the brain and therefore the rest of me around from A to B.

Now I have changed my mind – and all the rest of me.


I now see it more like this:Fig2IntegratedModel

In this way of looking at at it, I recognise that all parts of us are equally essential to our sense of being. Above all, I realised that obvious: that we are embodied beings. Each of these parts of our self overlaps, influences and is moved by the other.

We now know much more about the interrelation between the body and the mind, for example. We know that the body remembers things that we experience, good and bad, in its own way. Think of how a scent, or a piece of music, can conjure the past in great immediacy in a way that mere thinking might struggle to do.

More in my next post.




Focusing workshop: “Inner Presence” Sunday 25th June 2017, Bleddfa Centre

How would you like to treat yourself to a special day in the beautiful space of the Bleddfa Centre? It sits in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh Marches near Presteigne and Knighton.

I am excited to be taking a day’s workshop-cum-retreat on ‘Focusing: Inner Presence’ together with Sue Akehurst (www.sueakehurstcounselling.co.uk) on Sunday 25th June 2017 at the Bleddfa Centre (http://www.bleddfacentre.org).

Sue and I are passionate about the practice of Focusing, which enables us to deepen our connection with our inner selves.

Focusing is akin to mindfulness, but offers a deeper way of relating to what is within, turning towards our inner selves with ‘a compassionate curiosity’, and using the body’s own wisdom – this temple of our spirit – as a key to relating to all the different parts of our life.

Our workshop is a gentle and hopefully relaxing introduction to the ways in which Focusing can deepen our sense of our spiritual and life journey, opening up further our empathic understanding of ourself.

We are currently finalising details of the workshop – so watch this space. Please ring on 07795 324 575 or let us know using the CONTACT form in this website if you think you might be interested in coming along.