Discovering the Feeling Mind

Doorway to a New Era of Thriving

A Breakthrough

Twenty-five years ago I was struggling with the roller-coaster mood swings of bipolar disorder. Twenty-four years ago the bipolar disorder ended, dramatically, in the space of a single day.

The events of that day shattered my expectations about the human mind and catapulted me into exciting new territory. 

Joe Shirley, developer of Feelingwork, investigator of the feeling mind

New Territory

Feeling, mood, emotion — these are not the secondary, physiologically-mediated epiphenomena we have come to believe them to be. 

Yes, emotion expresses the body’s responses to threats and opportunities. But laid on top of that is a profoundly complex and intelligent layer of feeling which serves as the foundation for all human agency.

New Possibilities

The feeling mind is a thing unto itself, an elegant creature that the trajectory of our cultural development has led us to denigrate and suppress to our great detriment.

I have spent the last quarter century investigating this feeling mind. What I have learned has the power to initiate a new era of humanity — an era of congruence, creativity, peace, and thriving like nothing we have ever known. It also has the power to open your own personal life to this magnificent thriving just as soon as you step through that door.

Mapping the Feeling Mind

The images you see here are maps of specific, unique feeling states, drawn by myself and my clients as we’ve gone through a process I call Feelingwork. (The more complex images above are composites of nine feeling states in full sets.)

Feelingwork gives form to feeling. It brings the ephemeral into tangible relief and grants us the power to interact directly with it. In so doing, we very efficiently reveal the underlying structures that drive our separation from life. We resolve those structures, releasing ourselves back into an inherent trust and intimacy with the wisdom and power of the feeling mind.