About Community and Creativity

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

from The Essential Rumi

We value a community of practitioners and our aim is to cultivate a community of creativity and sharing within the developing energy psychotherapy field.

We feel tremendous gratitude to the pioneers in the field, especially to practitioners such as Asha Clinton who integrated so many methods from different energy therapy modalities, and, in Advanced Integrative Training has given us a solid foundational structure of learning energy methods. Asha presented us with a rich body of work and we are indebted to her for the depth and breadth of her ideas and tools to help in healing the body, mind and spirit

We also feel much gratitude to other pioneers, particularly Tapas Fleming with Tapas Acupressure Technique and Gary Craig, who, with Emotional Freedom Techniques popularized ‘tapping’ and made it accessible to so many people.

We feel especial gratitude to Phil Mollon in the UK who has been so open and generous, freely offering demonstrations, sharing his knowledge and information and encouraging the development of a diverse and healthy energy therapy community in this country. So many of us owe our introduction to the field to him.

Howard Brockman with his Dynamic Energetic Healing has brought a different dimension to our work

People often have particular loyalties to the ‘brands’ of their trainings, so we would like to honour all the teachers. At the same time, since energy itself is vast, wide and open to us all, moving beyond ‘copyright’,  ‘ownership’ and ‘brand names’ of energy work seems desirable, so we can share in the rich discovery of co-creation and exploration. Integrating, synthesizing and co-operating together is potentially an exciting, rewarding and growth-full area for psychotherapy. We aspire to create a community which comes together loosely under a wide umbrella holding all energy psychotherapies, and sharing in the new discoveries.

As we develop as practitioners in energy psychology we go through a process where first we need to ‘own’ it by embodying its processes in our work – and then, as we gain in confidence, we start to use it more creatively.

We are now in the second or even third generation/wave of energy therapists. Where divisions and splits in a small community might in former times have been seen as potentially destructive, we opt for adopting the healthy and positive meaning which sees division as the ground for creativity, rich diversity, cross fertilization and the growth of new shoots and ideas.

We feel fortunate to be part of this  new phase of creativity in energy psychology, wonderful exciting developments are happening, things change and grow, and don’t stay still. We are excited by the creativity of the growing edge, where we are curious and don’t know where we are going and by the freedom to explore infinite possibilities.

In developing the Converging Streams training, we really appreciate what we have learned from all our teachers; Phil Mollon’s Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy and Asha Clinton’s Advanced Integrative Psychotherapy have been foundational for us. Donna Eden’s methods and the work of  Dorothea Hover-Kramer and Howard Brockman, Tapas Fleming amongst others, brings a spirit of openness, curiosity and discovery.

Alongside the Converging Streams course we are plan ‘Green Days’ which are one-off CPD events open to all psychotherapists and counselors using energy psychology methods in their work, and events where invited teachers provide new perspectives

We warmly invite you to participate in developing our community.

 

 

Birdwings

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

(The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks p 174).