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I believe Fritz Perls, who was a “natural” Gestalt Therapist,” did a great job doing what he did, however, he was not a great teacher of what he did.
Why do I suggest this? Because what he did virtually ceased to be great [and was thought to be eventful] after his death, merely because the physical act of dissociation by shifting chairs is itself an effective thing to do. But Gestalt in the hands of someone who is not Enlightened, is just a “parlor trick”. And like so much of psychiatry today, Gestalt has been captured by Intellectualism and the physical disassociative element is actually more harmful than helpful … when practiced by someone who is not “Enlightened”.
The Gestalt practiced by Perls was perhaps thought by him to be much more intellectual than it actually was… Because Perls [in my opinion] was not aware of the Esoteric elements naturally operating “Within” himself, which caused his work to be effective and helpful to people!
Perls made use of an elevated level of Empathetic Understanding, or a peculiar advanced level of MIND to MIND telepathic ability that existed “Within” himself, that I believe he mistakenly attributed to his brain and intellect.
In my limited reading of Perls, and hearing him speak on recordings, I believe he possessed a Soul that possessed an extraordinary level of Empathetic Understanding. But this Spiritual “gift” was not recognized by him, and thus he was unable to “teach” others, since he was unaware of the reason he could do what he did?
To do Gestalt successfully, one must possess a high level of “C’etc” [Pronounced “C_etcetera”], and this refers to the Virtues of Life: Conscience, Discretion, Knowledge, Acceptance and Empathetic Understanding. In other words, in Reality we have people who are quite intellectual, and we have people whose Souls possess a high level of C’etc. Gestalt can be done by Enlightened people, and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED BY people who are simply intellectual.
How do we know the difference, you must listen to a person carefully…
Peace, Brother James