WE TRY TO FOLLOW NATURE, IN PEOPLE + OUR pLANET...
...for Psychology, Physics, Art, organizations
...and the TAO
Welcome to Amy and Arny Mindell’s website!
Here you will find out about our work and lives, and about Process oriented Psychology, or what is also called Processwork. Our work is based on the science and art of following processes as they appear in individuals, relationships, groups, organizations, society and nature. We work with people in just about all states of mind, alone and in large groups.
Since the 1970's, Arny, and later Amy, have been studying how to work with process and how to facilitate the challenging, mysterious, wonderful and sometimes agonizing, human and natural world we live in.
We teach seminars around the world and consult with individuals in private practice, and also work with families, organizations, and governments. Find our Schedule above and more information About Us.
Find all our Books here.
We have seen that awareness of the flow of events, attention to signals in the body, the environment and everyday life of individuals, relationships and groups often brings relief, resolution, and sustainable, personal and social change.
Together, by following the “process” in individual and group experiences, we often find unexpected resolutions to personal and collective issues. The basic idea is that the process (that is, deep feelings, dreams, signals, and events) show the way.
For recent viewpoints see Arny's Facebook page (on this page's right side).
What is Processwork?
Processwork is the art, science, and the psychology of following the nature of individuals, communities, and eco-systems.
What is this nature exactly? It appears in the descriptions or self descriptions of nature and people, as well as the subtler often missed signals and deep experiences of everyone and everything involved. Following this nature is often a great help for everyone involved. Following nature often gives meaning and necessary change.
Processwork, also called process oriented psychology, is a multicultural, multi-leveled awareness practice including people and their natural environment. It is an evolving, trans-disciplinary approach supporting individuals, relationships and organizations to discover themselves.
Processwork uses awareness to track psychological and physical processes that illuminate and possibly resolve inner, relationship, organizational, and world issues. Processwork theories and methods, skills and metaskills are available for anyone to experience and can be tested.
Applications: Processwork can be used to help people in all states of consciousness: that is in so called "normal" awareness states, or in altered states such as "psychotic" or extreme states, comatose and near-death states. It can be applied to psychological problems, body symptoms, groups, organizations, governments, and has been used for very young and very old people.
Arny’s first book Dreambody: The Body’s Role in Revealing the Self (1982) described his findings about how body symptoms can be found in dreams. His 1985 book River’s Way: The process science of the dreambody laid out the principles and concepts of process oriented psychology. Arny’s 2010 book The ProcessMind: A User’s Guide to the The Mind of God describes a subtle force-field body intelligence experience that moves us in a way that mirrors the movements of our dreams.
Arny's 2013 book, Dance of the Ancient One, shares a new space-based movement meditation to facilitate personal and international issues. Thisinterdisciplinary method connecting psychology, physics, and spirituality can be used to work with difficult personal situations and organizational issues.
Amy Mindell created and defined the concept of metaskills in her 1995 book, Metaskills: The Spiritual Art Of Therapy. For a creative introduction to the Processwork approach to therapeutic work, see Amy’s book, Alternative To Therapy: A Creative Lecture Series on Process Work (2002).
For process oriented approach to innerwork, mindfulness and meditation see especially Arny’s book Working on Yourself Alone. Kindle version released 2014. And Amy’s book, The Dreaming Source of Creativity: 30 simple ways to have fun and work on yourself .
New Phase Oriented Process Concepts
Since Sept 2014, Amy and Arny have been researching and experimenting with a new, and widely applicable phase-oriented process concept. They will show how noticing the phases of individual, relationship, and large groups can help facilitators understand and organize their work better. The new work contributes a "meta-view", or overview to help predict and understand what people go through. They will publish this work near the end of 2016.
Worldwork combines ecology’s interest in the environment, psychology’s focus on the individual, and social theory’s comprehension of historical change. Worldwork takes politics beyond mundane problems to creating community, the most sacred and perennial interest of human beings.
Arnold Mindell, Sitting in the Fire (1995), p. 23.
Worldwork is Processwork applied to small and large groups, communities and organizations, international events and environmental problems. Deep democracy is the core principle and practice of worldwork. It is the inclusion of not only all viewpoints, but also all levels of our experience including facts, feelings, dreams and the subtle, intangible atmosphere between us.
Deep democracy brings democracy to life in the moment as a living reality. In deep democracy, everyone ‘wins’ in the sense of gaining more meaningful relationships and more sustainable resolutions."
Amy Mindell, ‘Bringing deep democracy to life’ (2008), p. 213.
Processwork is practiced and studied in many centers around the world. (To see those centers, click International Association of Process oriented Psychology for the global community).
Even within the most lifeless-looking object or experience lies a wealth of potential. The “real” world that seemed so static a moment ago transmutes into a fluid field of possiblities. [With a beginner's mind we can discover] the unfolding and creative force…inherent in materials, our bodies, sounds, the environment, words, images and – perhaps most importantly – in our experiences in daily life.
Amy Mindell, The Dreaming Source of Creativity, (2005) p.5.
We believe and always find that human processes are inherently creative. Amy practices, writes and teaches about developing creativity, music and art using Processwork. See our Schedule for Amy's ongoing Creativity classes.
See Amy’s book The Dreaming Source of Creativity.