Gestalt literally means whole form. As a therapeutic term, gestalt is intent on the wholeness of the human organism as nature intended. As a gestalt practitioner, it follows that my intent is on promoting the concept of whole (gestalt) humanness through personal growth and awareness.
There is a natural cycle of human development that begins always with awareness, specifically with self-awareness. Only when one stops to see, to acknowledge, to dissect the self is one able to determine consciously the path of his or her life as they wish to proceed. It is the same with any goal or destination; that we must have a target at which to aim. When we look inward for our answers and our desires, we are then able to draw a direct line towards them. As an airline pilot knows, there are constant corrections made to keep our craft (our selves) on the path. We learn and we correct via our lessons. We set and reach destinations of our intent. What does not happen is the reaching of our goals when there are no defined targets. So it makes logical sense to take a moment each morning before launching into the day, and meditate and intend specific actions. For example: Today I intended to write about the meaning of gestalt. I took a few minutes to think about ways in which to present the concept most simply and most easily grasped. The concept of ‘wholeness’ is simple. It would make little to no sense if I were to pretend that I have a complex idea to present here. Likewise, human beings are simple. We may like to think otherwise, however, we are all carbon-based, predictable, and in search of the same thing, which is feeling valued. Where and how we choose to get that emotion filled is the variable to the human condition. Many people look outside themselves for external validation and support. The real power, however, is not outside. True empowerment is in the consciousness of each being. And the power is in recognizing this awareness. Authentic growth is a sprout of self-esteem. And self-esteem building is my priority in every group I facilitate and in every book and article I write.
With that said, start today to acknowledge something wonderful about YOU. Express self-love and acceptance and begin the journey towards wholeness, towards gestalt enlightenment, consciously now.
~As always, from Paris with love.