Sober Sex in Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

One of the most significant blocks to more fulfilling sober sex is the “sexual-spiritual split.” After facilitating countless workshops with thousands of people in recovery, one thing is certain. The healing of the internalized schism between our sexual and spiritual (love) energies is the most provocative topic, and the most intimidating (apparently, but not necessarily) task we can address. I have yet to meet one recovering person who does not highlight this as one of their foremost challenges.

Click here to read article.

Seeking Source Energy: In Search of Lost Connectivity

Focalizing, meditation and creative pursuits can help us reconnect with source energy, achieve clarity, and embrace a new sense of connectivity.

Three things that block us from experiencing vibrant energy:

  • Distracting thoughts (often based on past conditioning)
  • Unresolved trauma
  • Erotic barriers and frustrations

In my article published today, Good Therapy recognizes Focalizing as both a healing modality and a creative process that can foster the continuous flow of energy through us and help this energy express itself with clarity.

Click here to read article.

Focalizing Training for Therapists, Psychologists & Counselors

Dr. Michael Picucci, Holistic Psychologist
Author and Recipient of NIH/NIDA Leadership in Research Award
Founder of the Focalizing Method: Going Within to Move Beyond

This exclusive 16-week training will be experiential and cognitive and is limited to eight participants*. You will learn the human technology of Focalizing from the inside out. The method can be integrated with many other processes – allowing for potent treatment that provides tangible results in each client encounter.

Upon completion of the above, along with Parts B & C, participants will receive a certificate as a:

Focalizing Practitioner

Sponsored by the Focalizing Institute.
CEU hours available from NASW & NADAC
Fee: $1,875 (Part A, Focalizing in Action, Parts B & C Optional)
2 Hours per week, 30 hrs of training

Part A begins Wednesday March 23-June 29, 2015, 10AM - 12PM

Location: 44 East 12th Street, Suite #3C, NYC

Visit: www.michaelpicucci.com, www.theinstitute.org

If you would like to participate, contact Dr. Michael Picucci

212-242-5052, ext. 1 or michael@michaelpicucci.com

* There will also be a webinar training, please inquire.

Focalizing Institute Fundraising Campaign Ends December 31st

Someone brought this mug to a recent event and shared that it reminds her to shift to the other, more connected reality that is always within to access a better and more content flow of life. Pretty cool! I'm very grateful to have been a co-creator of this process, and it is part of my year end celebration. There is much suffering around us. It is good to have tools to modulate it and shine toward a better future. BTW, our fundraising campaign ends December 31st. Simply send check to Focalizing Institute, 111 East 14th Street, Suite 222, New York, NY 10003, or send through PayPal. Any size donation will be appreciated and utilized to make Focalizing available to more groups and individuals. Please join us on this journey.

Help the Flowering of Generations to Come

Hello, My Friends

What if you could change the lives of thousands of people with only a few clicks?

As anyone who has felt the healing power of Focalizing knows firsthand, learning and practicing Focalizing is a life changing experience. For this reason the Institute is answering the call of so many young adults of the Millennial Generation who are looking for a way to live more authentically and find freedom from the constant head noise that can get in the way of fulfillment in life.

The Institute and its volunteers have created the The Millennial Energy Project  to do nothing short of change the world. Supporting the Institute’s program to teach Focalizing and Dynamic Linking to young adults can have the power to change the course of not only the Millennial Generation, but the institutions they are beginning to take leadership positions in. This project provides the opportunity to share Focalizing with Millennials today and allow its wisdom permeate and support future generations.

Please follow this link to join this movement with a donation of $50, $100 or $500 to ensure we are able rise to this vital challenge.

Thank you all so much, Michael

You Are Invited...

Dear Friends,

You are invited to a one-time, special, free performance on Sunday, November 8, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Rubin Art Museum (150 West 17th Street).

We are celebrating my 70th Birthday and the Focalizing Institute's 15th Anniversary (as a chartered research and educational non-profit organization.

If you able to attend, please reserve your (or you and friends) free seat(s) asap by emailing register@theinstitute.org w/name and number of seats desired. Your reservation will be confirmed.

Hope to see you there, and feel free to forward this to anyone who you feel would appreciate it. Tickets are limited, as the theatre seats only 110 people. Click here for graphic invitation.

 

Throwback Thursday

A Notable National Honor

Dr. Michael Picucci, left, received the prestigious "Leadership in Research" awarded in the year 2000.conjointly by Nat'l Institutes on Health, Nat'l Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Nat'l Assn. of Addiction Counselors. It was presented by Tim Condon, Deputy Director at NIDA. At lunch a kind, senior NIH researcher (very familiar w/my research) shared "Don't be disappointed, Michael, if your eye-opening research takes 20 years before mainstreaming." I now see the wisdom in his words.

It's Happening...

Get relief from the Chaos of Traumatic, Somatic Memory:

This Fall the Focalizing Institute is launching new programs (real-time & virtual) to do just that. I'm thrilled to be collaborating on it all with such a diverse and talented community. All offerings will be a specific, personal, and global healing energy experience.

There will be a special performance piece in NYC that says it all, and we intend to make this virtual as well. There will also be focalizing workshops and the launch of Millennial Power Project, the prototype for numerous projects in the pipeline. This frontrunner is also intergenerational, with younger folks and elders supporting the unique evolutionary attributes that make this generation a power beyond anything humanity has previously experienced.

See more at these links:

Stay tuned, or contact us: theinstitute.org/contact-us

The Time Is Now

August 9, 2015 By ABDI ASSADI

These are some intense times we are surfing. In my own personal life, the life of those around me as well as those in my care it has been a hell of a couple of months. Rest assured, it is not supposed to be an easy time. After all, we are shedding tens of thousands of years of programming and life times of forgetfulness. The anxiety and grief that is floating around is astounding. As is the desperation in trying to keep it all at bay. Many of us are down on our knees with our hands up in surrender as our internal and external life is getting dismantled. Some of us are still insisting on keeping our head firmly up our ass while whistling dixie as the internal nudge becomes intolerable. Such is the power of our communal and personal hypnosis to keep a tight lid on all the pain. However and as always, resistance is futile.

All of our repressed individual as well as communal material both is coming up to be healed. It wants to be seen, be acknowledged and integrated. There are lots of useful energies and tools that have been thrown aside unconsciously over the years with this repression. Take time to sift through it all to know what stays and what goes. We cannot repeat the past and not suffer. The old does not work and the true is birthing itself moment to moment. Trying to continue to work our will without allowing the truth to unfold will just increase the pain.

I know it gets tiring from constantly having to let go of people, places and things that do not fit any more. We are all being forced to clean up our act. But there is no other way. We are the birth canal, the mother, the child as well as the midwife. That is a whole hell of a lot of work but we signed up for it. You are not alone, go inside and ask for help. Better yet, scream and beg for it. Give up the shtick that has kept spirit at bay: the victim, the caretaker, the manipulator, the narcissist. We are all afraid, it is ok to feel lost and confused sometimes. We need to stop the cruelty of hiding behind beautiful words. We have to tend to the deep festering wounds inside and outside of ourselves. The time is now. It has always been now but the urgency has been turned up to eleven.

This energy is intensified by the fact that we are all becoming deeply intuitive. Much of the time we do not know whether what we are feeling belongs to us, a person or animal close to our heart or the community at large. These feelings are so big and overwhelming that we really do need to sit with them to sort that out. Spend some time everyday with yourself without manipulation. No prayer, no chanting, no repeating of a mantra, no forcing another demand on your poor brain and heart. Sit your with yourself and listen with all the compassion that you can muster for yourself. It will not be much but you have to start somewhere. Put down these words and start right now.

 

The Vast Universe as a Healing & Creative Tool

Energy and Somatic (body-oriented) methods of healing and creativity mysteriously draw on the essence of one of my early mentors.

"You're really nothing. But this is most incredible nothing. So cheer up! You see? The essence of your mind is intrinsically pure. Pure means clear, void. See? If you think of this idea of nothingness as mere blankness, and you hold onto this idea of blankness then kind of grizzly about it, you haven't understood it. Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole universe. All the sun and the stars and the mountains, and rivers, and the good men and bad men, and the animals, and insects, and the whole bit. All are contained in void. So out of this void comes everything and You Are IT. What else could you be?”  ― Alan W. Watts, The Essence of Alan Watts

This is the visceral experience that so many experience with Focalizing and other similar methods, how wonderfully liberating to have (and begin coming from) this larger, vibrant perspective.

What Sustains You? Focalizing Builds on 12-Step Program Tools and Sustainability

My new article was published this month at "Good Therapy." It explains how we can inventory what seems to work and what may not, and avail yourself of the myriad of human technologies for living a fuller, more embodied life.

Focalizing is a process that came to me through my experiences, my teachers and by directly building on AA wisdoms and Stage 2 resolutions. I also found that such a human technology is very helpful to folks who are not in any particular addiction recovery, but who are experiencing what we call “stuck-ness.” It has been my experience that carrying such interior conditions and physiological barriers to what we want can indeed act like an addiction.

Enjoy the full article at Good Therapy, click here: http://tinyurl.com/px78pam

New Focalizing 8-Page Primer Now Available

Focalizing Institute News

We recently published our Institute's 1st  to offer a brief and clear introduction to the human technologies of Focalizing and Dynamic Linking. You can download it for free. We are excited to share with you our latest thinking. The primer is forward looking in its emphasis on the practical, hands-on applications of these simple and easy to use human technologies for creating a future that transcends the limitations of the past and unlocks more of the potential for healing and flourishing available to individuals and communities. We are excited and energized about the many directions our work can take in support of a better, more creative and generous future for all with less stress and more effectiveness. The Primer is both our statement of purpose and our invitation to you to join us on the journey.

The Primer captures the essence of Focalizing and Dynamic Linking, outlines what happens in a Focalizing session, defines Source Energy, and describes a range of applications such as removing barriers to fuller self-expression; trauma resolution; recovery; and helping Millennials access their creativity and resourcefulness as individuals and as a generation to benefit themselves and our world.

The Focalizing experiences we have included will give you a taste of the possibilities for transformation that open up when engaging with these human technologies.

Contact as at info@theinstitute.org and share your inspirations, intentions, and ideas. We are happy to connect and co-create with you!

Readers Supporting Millennials In Creating a Positive Future

My recent article for Psychology Tomorrow magazine entitled 18 to 35 Year-Olds are Awakening (click for full article) speaks to the many ways the so called Millennial generation differs from previous generations including in the challenges they are facing as well as the many contributions they are uniquely positioned to make.

Millennials are confronted with realities that humankind has not experienced until now such as ubiquitous access to news and content in a world connected 24/7 and the rapid disintegration of structures and certainties considered unassailable only a decade ago.

The article calls attention to the breadth and depth of qualities Millennials have the opportunity to cultivate and bring to fruition. Among their gifts are open-mindedness and optimism about the future, the ability to allow and include multiple perspectives, and the unwavering pursuit of self-expression and self-determination.  Alongside recognizing the many new possibilities Millennials can host and cultivate as a generation, Michael calls for a more conscious effort on the part of other generations toward nourishing the seeds of those new possibilities and Millennials’ emerging ability to shape a positive and generative future.  

What is particularly revealing are the comments to this recent article in one of my LinkedIn forums.  Members of the group are unanimous in recognizing the role of older generations as elders, guides, and space holders.“It's up to us now to support those Millennials (called Z generation in most of Europe) towards a fresh vision of the future; dysfunctional is not hopeless,” expresses a woman from France. “I hope all the older generations will pay attention to them and support their efforts to redesign culture and action, “ adds an educator. A creative professional joins the discussion by sharing her excitement of being a “bridge builder” between generations. It is clear that working in the space between generations evokes a certain deeply held and cherished sense of potency, creativity, and positive expectancy. A social entrepreneur and innovator from Israel shares how genuinely inspired and impressed she has been by her interactions with young entrepreneurs. She emphasizes the importance of helping them step more fully into taking responsibility and having the courage to be different and true to themselves.

In response, Michael shares the hope he has found in witnessing and contributing to more and more intergenerational collaboration. He also expresses the desire to broaden the scope of his inquiry and understanding to include the experience of young adults in countries around the world.

Dr. Picucci’s intention when it comes to supporting the Millennial generation is well captured in a statement he makes in response to a reader’s comment, “We have to ask ourselves how can we hear them better and best support their efforts, even when we don't fully understand them. They are being prepared for a world that we cannot imagine, not even in our dreams. Thanks so much for hopping aboard the intention that they flourish in a win-win-win way, 3rd win being the collective of us all.”

The passion and resolve felt by Michael in working with Millennials are carried forward by the most recent initiative launched by the Focalizing Institute, a non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Picucci. Below is a short excerpt from the Institute’s Focalizing Primer that speaks to the intention and vision behind this exciting new intergenerational initiative.

We believe that Millennials as an aggregate bring tremendous energy to progressive social change and conscious evolution. This makes catalyzing intergenerational collaboration and co-creation an imperative of great significance. The human technologies of Focalizing and Dynamic Linking are uniquely suited to facilitate easy and effortless access to that immense creative potential individually as well as collectively.

The Focalizing Institute’s Millennial Energy Project aims to introduce young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 to Focalizing and Dynamic Linking as a means of clarifying inner intention and supporting outer action directed toward building a better future for all. We support groups of young adults to enable the emergence of new ideas and projects or to help strengthen the impact of existing initiatives.

We welcome your comments, ideas, and questions.

Interviewed for Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy

Recently, Dr. Michael Picucci was interviewed by Serge Prengel as part of the Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy series. 

The interview opens with Dr. Picucci sharing little known details about the beginnings of his path as a psychotherapist and his ongoing exploration of body- and energy-related psychotherapies. He recounts his experience with a particular type of bodywork many years ago which resulted in the sudden and spontaneous release of decades of trauma and sparked a life-long interest in somatic approaches to psychotherapy.

The conversation continues with a lively exchange on the essence of Focalizing - a human potential technology developed by Dr. Picucci and used widely for healing trauma as well as for dissolving any barriers that might hold us back in the course of daily life.  As part of that discussion, Dr. Picucci touches on the experience of Source Energy that he defines as "being with the energy we are made of" and which underlies the healing potential of the Focalizing approach. 

To learn more about Focalizing and Source Energy and hear the rest of the conversation, listen to the interview here.