The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing


by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

(Oakland: New Harbinger, 1996)
113 pages, Paperback

Book: $16.95


The Power of Focusing is the culmination of Ann Weiser Cornell’s search for a way of teaching Focusing so simple and clear that it would be accessible to anyone, no matter what their background or personal style.

Since 1980, Ann has taught hundreds of Focusing seminars, all over the world, continually learning from her students and refining her teaching. This book incorporates her latest breakthrough: a way of teaching Focusing without steps, so that the flexibility and flow of the Focusing process is available immediately.

Through The Power of Focusing you can experience the clarity and warmth of Ann’s teaching, and have an easy and powerful way to introduce Focusing to others.

Download a PDF of Chapter One.

What People Are Saying about The Power of Focusing

  • “Most people make life’s important decisions by using their intellect. They think and become logical. Thus their path in life becomes path-o-logical. As a physician, I know how important our feelings are. We store a lifetime of feelings in our bodies. If not felt and responded to, they lead to disease once again, a state of pathology. Learn to focus, and let your body teach you what it feels like to be happy. The wisdom of this book can help you heal the pathology. This book is an excellent resource for healing your life and body while guiding you to your life’s true path.”


    Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
  • “Ann Weiser Cornell’s The Power of Focusing clarifies an essential human skill many of us have forgotten, and takes it a quantum leap farther along its evolutionary path. Here are germinal teachings and deep human wisdom expressed in a way that can improve anyone’s emotions, well-being, life.”

    Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Laws of Spirit
  • “I keep several copies of The Power of Focusing on hand so I can lend them to clients. The majority find Focusing very helpful, and it is not only useful in counselling but also when you need a rapid response to a person in distress.”

    Dave Ferguson, volunteer counselor for abuse victims

Additional Information

Translations Available



Publisher/Where to Buy


Focusing—der Stimme des Koerpers folgen

Rowohlt Verlag,


De kracht van focussen: luisteren naar je lijf kan je leven veranderen, een praktische gids

De Toorts


Il potere della focalizzazione nella vita e nella pratica terapeutica

Crisalide Edizioni, call +39 0771 64463 in Italy



Cosmos Library,


Ko’Cha Shel Ha’ Heet’Mak’dut


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About Your Guide

Ann Weiser CornellAnn Weiser Cornell struggled with addiction, social anxiety, and an inability to do one of the things she most wanted to do – write. Ann created Inner Relationship Focusing with her long-time colleague, Barbara McGavin, to help alleviate the thinking and feeling cycles that kept her stuck in hard places. It changed her life, and it became her mission to help others create quiet miracles in their lives too.

For over 35 years now, Ann’s been teaching this practical, revolutionary process to people all over the world. With her The Power of Focusing book, you get the benefit of Ann’s expertise and the development of her Focusing philosophy over the course of many years so you can discover or deepen your understanding of the simple, yet powerful process of Focusing.



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