What Feelingwork Reveals About the Feeling Mind

Mapping the Complexity of the Feeling Mind

As we begin to map feeling states, we very quickly discover that feeling is very clearly distinct from the physiological responses of emotion and creates a complex layer of experience between emotion and thought.

  • We discover, for example, that the actual experience of feeling extends beyond the body, and is something beyond somatic sensation.
  • We find that feeling is endlessly diverse, taking unique forms from one person to another and even within the space of a single person.
  • Along with this, we discover that our common vocabulary for feeling is woefully deficient and leads more often to covert miscommunication than to any satisfactory level of mutual understanding.​
  • Finally, we discover that feeling occupies consciousness largely outside of awareness. We can turn attention to it, but almost always our focus is elsewhere and feeling influences our perceptions and choices, thoughts and behavior from behind a veil. Through Feelingwork we turn a focused attention to the feeling mind, identifying and mapping its complex sets of interrelated, coexisting states.

Working With the Bedrock of Consciousness

When we shift feeling directly, we discover very quickly that all the rest of our experience shifts along with it. Facilitating a shift from someone’s fear of public speaking, for example, to a feeling of centered peace and aliveness directly transforms the accompanying beliefs, perceptions, body posture, motivations and more.

Rather than needing to analyze the cognitive structure of the fear and try to swim upstream against the feeling itself, we simply shift the feeling directly and the entire edifice of the fearful way of being collapses. In working with feeling, it seems we are working with the underlying structure, the scaffolding, the bedrock of our entire conscious experience. Working at this foundation level supports us in organically, spontaneously filling in the details in ways that honor and support our authentic nature. We feel more ourselves, and we feel more at home in ourselves.

Relying on an Unwavering Inner Compass

Surprisingly, when we transform a feeling state, we don’t have to decide ahead of time what we want it to become. Instead, what works most powerfully is to facilitate with a neutral hand, open to surprise about what this specific feeling state wants to be feeling instead.

When we invite instead of direct, we discover that each feeling state has distinct and clear preferences. This one wants to become warmer rather than cooler, and to become exactly 75 degrees. It wants to become that shade of purple, not darker and not lighter, and most definitely not red or orange. It wants to be somewhere between a liquid and a gas, having qualities of both but being committed to neither.

In this way, the feeling reveals itself as having a unique identity. We can trust this identity and the compass that points to it. It’s one of the most liberating aspects of Feelingwork, this ability to fully trust the true nature of every part of a person to come through.

Revealing the Inner Architecture of the Feeling Mind

We can make sense of this compass by understanding that the feeling state is actually an expression of an underlying entity which is more truly characterized by the ideal state. This underlying entity, or “part” of ourselves, behaves as a module among other modules, each pursuing their unique, interdependent purposes. We have best access to each part’s purpose when it arrives at its ideal feeling state expression, and the insight we gain there helps us understand what this part was attempting to achieve in the expression of its reactive state.

Examining the relationships among parts that coexist in a single set, we see aspects of human nature not previously evident. There exists an elegant, universal architecture that illuminates many of our ancient teachings as well as pointing to possibilities not yet realized. This architecture strongly suggests that consciousness is an integral characteristic of all existence, that it has a structure that resonates from the purely physical world of matter and energy all the way to our most sublime conscious states.

Want to participate in conversations about the feeling mind? Over the coming year (2019), depending on interest, I’ll be I’ll be hosting live, group calls where we can go much deeper into the material and practice the skills. If you think you might be interested, please reach out to me.