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The One Inside: An Internal Family Systems (IFS) podcast

Aug 14, 2020

On today's episode, I talk with Tom Holmes. He and his wife, Lauri wrote the book, "Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life." Sharon Eckstein created incredible illustrations which are in the book and the Inner Active cards.

The book and the Parts Work Inner Active cards are some of my favorite IFS tools. I can't express how much I love- and use- the parts cards!

Tom has been around the IFS community for a long time- Dick mentions him in the epi we did last fall. Tom tells us his journey with IFS and how his personal work helped him with burnout (we have heard that many times of this podcast).

He describes the origin of the book and cards and describes how he has seen over and over again the power of these very special cards across cultures.

Tom now travels the world teaching IFS or what he sometimes calls Parts Work, Internal Systems Therapy, or Integrated Internal Systems Therapy.

Tom is passionate about integrating Spirituality and IFS and is working on his next book exploring spiritual paths.

I wrote down so many quotes of Tom's such as:

"As a person gets centered in Self, their spiritual life awakens and deepens."

We can "water the seeds of Self" (through spiritual rituals, meditation, nature, etc).

"When we bring peace to our inner system, we bring peace to the world."

"If we can help people tap into and access Self/Spirit/Connected Energy- what else is more important?" (That is a loose quote!)

Email Tom at if you want to talk with him about teaching IFS at your organization.

Tom's website has many videos of him teaching and with a demonstration of the Parts Work Cards. My son and I love the video of Tom using the Inside Out Puppets!

If you want to connect with me, I am at #ifstammy on Instagram and at The One Inside Facebook page. I will see you for Season 2 in September!

Enjoy and take care!