In order to develop a strong and flexible sense of self, we must engage in the ongoing process of developing our awareness and discovering our own personal truths. These truths may cause us pain before giving us a new freedom and expanding our world horizons. Turning toward our intellect and away from feeling can be a result of painful childhood experiences. When we choose to remain content with intellectual wisdom, we deceive ourselves and limit our possibilities.
While we cannot change the past, we can change ourselves and what we have come to believe about ourselves and our capacity for intimacy and belonging. This kind of inner transformation occurs in what philosopher Martin Buber called “I-Thou” relationships, through a process of personal dialogue that is shaped by mutual respect and validation.
Five weeks of Relational Gestalt Process with Dorothy Charles will provide participants a group setting in which to develop awareness and self-responsibility, as well as to create relationships that are supportive and enlivening. Gestalt theory, body awareness exercises, dyads, and group process will be part of this program.