Process Work is an innovative approach to individual and group change, which combines psychology, systems thinking, social activism and spirituality in a single paradigm. Its broad-spectrum applications include psychotherapy, bodywork, relationship conflicts, extreme states, business and organisational development.
Process Work was developed in the 1970s by Dr. Arnold Mindell and has continued to develop under his guidance and the work of an international community of Process Workers engaged in ongoing research and practice worldwide. Although it has grown out of a therapeutic setting what makes it such a dynamic and exciting paradigm is its ability to work with a variety of situations beyond a therapeutic setting, such as groups and businesses, large corporations as well as world conflict situations. It is also used to assist those in extreme states of consciousness, comatose states, near death experiences, psychiatric disorders, physical symptoms and addictions.
Processwork is founded on the principles of Jungian psychology, Quantum physics, Taoism, Systems thinking, Anthropomorphic concepts, Holographic theory and Indigenous cultures. Mindell broadened Carl Jung’s work with night dreams when he first discovered that the information that comes to us through dreams is mirrored in our body experiences. This discovery suggested that it is not only in sleep that we dream. He later discovered that ‘dreaming’ not only manifests through body symptoms but also through relationships, family, groups, accidents, random incidents and collective phenomena.
Essentially it is an awareness practice which avoids interpretation and specific programmes. It is not prescriptive. The only goal is to bring awareness to the experience that is happening in the moment, believing that the process is the carrier of new awareness which supports change. The premise behind this is the uniqueness of each individual’s experience, which when unfolded will naturally reveal new information. All experiences, even those we find disturbing, when approached with openness and respect, lead to new insight and an energetic shift that is vital for personal, professional, community and global development.