How to be a guest to your magnificent brain?
by Nancy Tung, RN
Each morning after a brisk walk in the neighborhood, I would approach the small nature reserve nearby and invited myself to be a guest and just observe!
I become a quiet, respectful and unintrusive guest of the inhabitants there, such as  the giant Big Leaf Maple trees, short Oregon Grape shrubs, ground hugging grasses, wildflowers, and native plants such as Salal.
The reward received includes seeing bunnies feasting on the purple grapes of Salal, Robins picking pink berries off the Service trees, hummingbird buzzing and dashing toward me at arm’s length, woodpeckers pecking loudly on dead tress for grubs, and the tiny wrens dancing from branch to branch singing their joyful melodies!
Been that almost motionless guest observer like a fixture, I received the incredible bounty from nature and from the Creator. A well-known poem by Rumi came to mind, the Guest House!

The same principal so eloquently versed by Rumi a thousand years ago applies to how I work with my own challenging issues as well as how I help clients move through layers of trauma, sometimes with lightning speed and yet other times we crawl through one knee forward at a time!

Being in the helping profession for over 40 years, I am grateful that there are so many healing modalities to help us release from past PTSD, so we can be more present for the here and now and the future. I personally have tried many and benefited from them tremendously!

Yet, I have come to realized that if our neurobiology, body and brain, are engaged during the healing process, no matter what modality is used, the results are multifold!

My go-to modality is Brainspotting, a gentle, client lead, subcortical, bottom up, and laser focused, mindfulness open model which has the ability to integrate with many other wonderful healing modalities.

During a Brainspotting session, clients often report that they are observing their brain and body in their own nature reserve with many events, emotions and relationships interplaying with each other vividly. As they respectfully and patiently witness them as guests, amazing clarity and insight are bountifully reward by their neurobiology!

I am proud to say that the healing results are phenomenal. This drives me to share Brainspotting to those who are curious and open to learn more about it.

There are several upcoming workshops available for you to be a guest! 


April 13th, 2023 (Free for SEBI members)

12:30 pm- 1:30 pm EDT

Integrating Family Systems Constellation with Brainspotting  

SouthEast Brainspotting Institute


August 25, 2023 (Free, BrainstormLIVE)

12:00-1:00 CT

Brainspotting Basics with BrainstormLIVE (1 CE credit):


1:00-1:30 CST BrainstormLIVE “After Hours” Collaborative Community Discussion (No CE credit)


Please contact Nancy if you wish to co-host a workshop: [email protected]

Nancy Tung, RN is a Certified International Brainspotting Trainer and Consultant. She offers Brainspotting Phase 1 and 2 trainings, as well as monthly Brainspotting Embodied Learning Circle Groups, which allow Brainspotting practitioners to strengthen their skills. Learn more & register here:
RMBI members get automatic access to Nancy’s 2019 RMBI Brown Bag talk “Systemic Approach to Healing and Chronic Illness and Pain with Brainspotting and Family Constellation” with Cori Woodland.
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If our brains change during therapy, perhaps the mystery of yawning is a helpful way to integrate these profound changes.

Understanding what creates calm, as well as the science behind trauma and recovery, is important to long term health. Jennifer Delaney, LPC , a body-centered psychotherapist certified in Brainspotting, explores why humans and animals yawn, and how yawning stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. Read the full article here.

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Watch this video about Boulder triathlete Sam Long (and son of RMBI member and Brainspotting practitioner Bette Sheldon Long PHD) who will be competing in the Professional Triathletes Organization’s 2020 Championship December 6, 2020, in Daytona, FL. Sam participated as an athlete in a 2016 Phase 3 training with David Grand – he has been doing brainspotting since he was 11 and worked with Dr Grand the year he went pro.

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“I was born to ignorance, yes, and lesser poverties
I was born to privilege that I did not see
Lack of pigment in my skin, won a free and easy in
I didn’t know it, but my way was paved.”

-John Gorka – “Innocence and Privilege”

RMBI recognizes the deep, ongoing trauma which racism causes for members of the Black community who have experienced and continue to be subject to systemic injustice and inequality.

RMBI stands in solidarity with Black Americans and all people of color at this eye-opening and tragically critical time. Wherever each of us is on the journey to understanding the inherent racism in our society and working to combat it, as an organization we want to foster discussion, understanding and healing. This begins with listening, and believing what those who have experienced the trauma are saying. White people cannot presume to know how to bridge centuries of injustices. As in every good Brainspotting session, we welcome staying in the tail of the comet and waiting – before talking ourselves. For many of us “I didn’t know, but my way was paved” seems to fit.

As Brainspotting professionals, RMBI members are positioned to help individuals cope with the effects of this ongoing trauma. Please commit with us to doing this important work and let us know if you have specific ideas on how we can be a force for change.

You can view a podcast by Dr. David Grand and Dr. Mondo from 6/16/20 on “Helping White Ears Listen to Truths About Racial Injustice” 

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by Jennifer Delaney MA, NCC Psychotherapist, Boulder
OwlHeart Healing Arts

Brainspotting shares similarities with traditional talk therapies, and there are marked differences. The main commonality is that “talking” is also part of Brainspotting, especially at the beginning and end of a session. Talking lights up the neocortex as we report, analyze and, ultimately, integrate important insights and information.

I’m going to spend some time here explaining the main difference that makes Brainspotting so effective.

The body speaks
Brainspotting can initially be disconcerting to people accustomed to “figuring things out.” Chronic thinkers feel confused and even somewhat threatened by the body-centered process. It can feel like not enough is going on to be successful. I encourage thinkers to notice the agitation coming up.

Problem thinking
Most thinking is overthinking initiated by the primal brain and not the creative and logical neocortical brain. This kind of thinking is part of the problem and not the solution.

Overthinking distracts from emotions, so if you take away the constant think-think- thinking, you might feel exposed or vulnerable and uncomfortable. Brainspotting therapists are pretty safe people, therefore, ultimately, clients’ bodies become willing to trust the process, especially when clients begin to see and feel the wonderful benefits in their lives.

Continue reading Access the Deep Brain with Brainspotting

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 by Roby Abeles PsyD

There’s a whole story I tell about Crocodiles which is my metaphor for addiction. Thats why it is called Crocodile set up. You don’t need that. But I do teach that too when I teach this method. It is basically a set up for relapsers. But of course can be used with first time attempts for sobriety.

Continue reading The “BSP Crocodile Set Up” for use with Addictions developed by Dr. Roby Abeles, BSP Trainer, Australia

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