Here's What You Will Learn in This Course

  • Quieting your self-criticism and inner critics that block access to your inner wisdom.

  • Developing an inner relationship with all your feelings and avoid being hijacked into reacting rather than responding..

  • Recovering awareness of your body's implicit forwarding process and the "felt sense" of what it knows about your deepest truth.

  • Becoming the self-compassionate resource for any "emotional stoppage" due to heart-wounds and trauma without having to relive the past experience.

  • Acquiring skills that you can use for a lifetime to quiet your mind, tap into deep inner wisdom and creatively respond to any situation with confidence.

How Can These Skills Help in My Everyday Life?

  • When your inner critic raises it's voice that judges you: “You should have known better.” “You should have known better.” “You can’t change.” The inner critic sometimes is less direct and plants the idea (as if it is your own) that “Whatever I do has to be perfect” or “Don’t express an opinion unless you know everything about the issue.” You can overcome self-doubt and self-judgment and find confidence in being yourself. length of individual points can be shorter or longer depending on your needs

  • When you find yourself feeling stuck and caught up in habits that hijack you from what you really want to do? We can be sidetracked by searching the internet for more information, binge-watching moving, social media or computer games? This course will assist you in being with the “something in you” wants to divert your attention away from what you want to accomplish. You will be able to become unblocked and move forward with what you want to create.

  • When you have one of those stressful days at work or you're overwhelmed by the daily responsibilities of life, imagine if you could have a way to pause and find a peaceful sense of your truest self and step back for being over-whelmed. This course with help in those situations to find the peaceful, inner wisdom to creatively respond to stressful people and overwhelming situations.

Finding Your Quiet Inner Wisdom for Confident Living

  • Find Your Quiet Mind

    Finding that you can actually pause, be present in the moment and with a quiet mind you can find a life-affirming response instead of reacting and regretting it.

  • Making Wise Choices

    Learning skills that you can quickly tap into your implicit deep inner wisdom to choose your responses to situations where before you might have made fear-based choices or felt-paralyzed.

  • Confidently Create Your Life

    Confidently making decisions from an inner awareness and deep felt-knowing that fuels persistence rather than procrastinating, avoiding or delaying for the "perfect time."

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Course

    • Let's Create a Safe Learning Environment

    • Seven Rules for Focusing Partnerships - View and/or Print

    • How to use this course

    • Suggestions for Using Zoom

    • Resources to View and Download Before Each Class

    • Class Attendance Agreements

    • Weekly Focusing Partnerships

    • Participants Enrolled

  • 2

    Week 1: Tuning Into My Body's Inner Awareness

    • Our Life-Forwarding Resources Before Trauma

    • How Trauma Creates Our Emotional Stoppage

    • Week 1: Key Concepts

    • Lesson 1 Focusing and Companioning Skills - Outline Slides to Print

    • Lesson 1 Focusing and Companioning Skills - Video Lecture

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 1 (print this)

  • 3

    Week 2: "I did it again! Why?": The Anatomy of My Negative Reactions

    • Key Skill: Being Self-in-Presence

    • Week 2: Key Concepts

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 2 (print this)

    • Lesson 2: Anatomy of Negative Reactions and SIP Superpower - Slides and Outline

  • 4

    Week 3: Daring to Name My Dreams and Desires

    • Changing By Not Changing

    • Focusing Skill: Going Deeper

    • Companioning Skill: Aware Reflecting

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 3 (print this)

  • 5

    Week 4: Transforming My Inner Critics

    • Staying on the Murky and Unclear Edge

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 4 (print this)

  • 6

    Week 5: Holding Space for My Authentic Presence

    • Don't Shortchange Your Lead-in

    • HCS Focusing Lead-in - Copy to download

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 5 (print this)

  • 7

    Week 6: Transforming Emotional Stoppages to Forward My Life

    • Slow Down to Go Deeper

    • Advanced Reflection Skills

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 6 (print this)

  • 8

    Week 7: Embracing My Discernment, Clarity, and Inner Wisdom

    • Reflecting Skill: Shifting Nouns to Adjectives

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 7 (print this)

  • 9

    Week 8: Resilience for My Life's Marathon

    • Taking Focusing/Companioning Into Life Plus Trauma and Focusing

    • Clearing A Space When Things Feel Too Confusing

    • Peaceful Path to Confident Living 1 - Exercise Week 8 (print this)

  • 10

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Dates and Times for the Fall Tuesday 2021 Course

The session will meet 7:00-8:30 pm on the Sunday listed below. Participants will receive a link before each class meeting. Sunday Session dates include October 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 21, January 4, 18, and February 1.

What Are the Course Requirements?

  • A pre-requisite for enrolling in this course is completing the free online course “Growing Bigger Than What’s Provoking You!” or an interview with the instructor: Paul Fitzgerald

  • Attendance at all Sessions: Please plan your schedule to attend all of the sessions for the complete class sessions. If you need to miss all or part of a scheduled class session, email me as soon as you know. We will be pairing you with a Focusing Partner each week and providing time at the end of each session for partners to discuss a time to meet or make arrangements to confirm a way to connect.

  • Participation in Peer Focusing and Companioning: Each class member will be paired with a Focusing Partner each week to share a focusing experience. Each will have an opportunity to be the Focuser and the Companion for the Focuser. The partner assignments will be posted. You will have a simple partnership feedback form to complete about how you experienced the session as Focuser and as Companion.


Disclaimer & Diversity Policy

This site does not provide medical or other health care or fitness advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The site and its services are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. GraceConnexion LLC, Paul Fitzgerald and Susanna Fitzgerald, and HeartConnexion Seminars are committed to valuing the fundamental uniqueness of each individual we encounter, whether a class participant or a Focusing client. We endeavor to respect each individual’s needs, goals, values, and point of view. We commit to treating all people with respect and dignity. Regardless of race, color, age, nationality, gender identity (including transgender and non-binary status), religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or status as a parent.