In OI, we talked about Outsight and how positive aspects of ourselves that are not yet integrated are projected out in our relationship with our environment so we can begin to relate to them. This positive aspect of our shadow is the foundation of embracing what it means to be human and whole. Powerful catalysts for inner and outer change, the Summit amplifies marginalized topics and voices, and does so in a way that genuinely celebrates diversity on multiple levels. It's important to pace activity and avoid going over threshold by managing habits that can quietly increase intensity and drain energy. Come and hear about practical lifestyle strategies you can begin using immediately.
What is Organic Intelligence®?
Organic Intelligence is a paradigm shift. Tiffany has this incredible ability to create a safe and warm atmosphere that opens up space to share anything. By exploring compassionately, witnessing and mirroring back what is present in the moment Tiffany has lead me to a greater sense of wholeness and acceptance by weaving in and differentiating layers of sensing, imaging, meaning and feeling into my felt experience. Working with Tiffany feels like a huge gift and has touched and enriched many areas of my being. Sessions can be done in person or online and happen in the space of a free association conversation. Shifting our attention to the present moment, mapping our environment with our senses, re-orients us in our lives. This is the opposite of disorientation.
If we drop underneath the interpretations of immediate experience, we find a very alive world of sensations such as contraction, expansion, freezing, speed, pressure, excitement, numbing, intensity, flatness, nausea, constriction, spaciousness, dullness, warmth, and cold. We can experience these on their own as well as components of more complex conditions such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. In a moment of emotional activation — say with panic, despair, shame, or rage — it can be helpful to temporarily set aside these words and make direct contact with what is unfolding in our immediate experience. For many of us, the habit is to turn from this somatic experiences, exiting into interpretation and other forms of dissociation as we have come to associate connecting with certain self-states as being unsafe, overwhelming, and placing us on the brink of being thrown outside our window of tolerance. This turning from ourselves in times of need is the actual root cause of our continued suffering and struggle. Underneath these triggers are the hidden emotions, events and feelings that belong to these younger vulnerable parts of ourselves, long hidden. These need to be gently and lovingly prized apart or brought together to bring them to a place where we can heal them, discover or rediscover their joys and heal their sorrows through connection, as we integrate them into our older wiser self. In moments of activation, we need ourselves more than ever, to encode new pathways of self-care, replacing the older circuitry of self-aggression and self-abandonment with the slower responses of empathy, attunement, curiosity, and compassion.
Rebecca Renfrow is a resilience counselor and group facilitator using Organic Intelligence, Somatic Experiencing and the Creative Community model to help individuals and communities cultivate resource to support and sustain movement toward equity, dignity, vitality and joy. My training in Organic Intelligence helps me see and understand the patterns at play in the bodies and minds of my clients and to choose interventions that support deep lasting change, well beyond the surface level. Rather than focusing on pathology and trauma, OI helps clients connect to and build on innate resilience and inner resource. OI uses image, sensory and somatic tracking, mindfulness, and the free association conversation to help the client integrate previously overwhelming experiences.