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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gestalt prayer and new beadwork

Gestalt Prayer
Gestalt therapy is complicated and controversial, but this "prayer", and gestalt principles had a lot of resonance with hippies, so it was one that I did grow up with hanging in my home.
I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.
(Fritz Perls, 1969)
The problem with it for a lot of people is that on the surface, it seems very selfish, but that's not how my mom took it, and not how it was meant. The basic idea is that people need to be self-aware, to view themselves as a whole person and to fulfill their needs in order to be completely functional and to really appreciate other people's needs. It's about making improvements in who we are by not living up to other people's expectations of who we are, and instead really looking in ourselves to see what we want to be and working on that.
(more about Gestalt therapy here)

Anyway, like I said, there was a very popular poster in the 70s that was in a lot of hippies homes, including mine. I decided for my version, that I'd use a photo of seagulls that I took recently.
Click on the image for the larger printable version.
Gestalt Prayer-printable version

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  1. I like that saying, very much. Thanks for sharing it -- I'd never seen it before but it speaks to me. :)

  2. I sent this to my mother via Facebook. This was inset in a coffee table in my home as a child growing up. Thanks for the memories.


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