Participating in the three-day training with the creator of the Brainspotting method, Dr David Grand, felt like when I personally spent days at Leonard Orr’s Rebirthing camp. These creative minds inspire me with their radiating presence. What they know can be best acquired by absorption and not didactic learning. You can, however, learn methodically from the first front-line students, who learned even more from the master’s presence. With a brain hungry for knowledge and socialized to learn, they noticed the nuances and tricks, then passed them on in a structured form, wrote them down, researched them, and proved them. It is a bliss to belong to a community like this!
I am an intuitive person, and as such I can genuinely appreciate that the Brainspotting technique reinforces the healing power of nonverbal attunement. At the same time, I couldn’t help but notice the benefits of precise knowledge as I was watching David Grand’s live demonstrations: as a background to the non-intrusive accompaniment of the processing, there is a vast pool of theoretical knowledge about the functioning of the body and soul. Trainings like this are designed in a way that you acquire not only theoretical, but practical skills as well. During my practicum, as I was accompanying an older lady from Illinois, I felt that cultural and age differences melt away when a nervous system meets another nervous system. In the healing process, as we sat there attuned in the darkness of my Hungarian nighttime, all my empathy as a human being and all my knowledge from anatomy, hypnotherapy, symbol therapy, schema therapy, trauma psychology came into play. I can still hear the words “you are amazing, Edith” ringing in my ear. Not because of the words of acknowledgment, but the tone of those words, resonating a healthy relief. It is not me, who is amazing. It is the method.