Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Claudio Naranjo, Gestalt Body Mind Spirit Therapist

Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean-born anthropologist and psychiatrist, organized Gestalt therapy into three basic principles:

· Actuality: nothing exists outside the present moment

· Attention: awareness of feelings, thoughts, body posture, breathing rhythm, physical sensations, sights, sounds, tastes, smells and so forth to enhance day-to-day experience

· Responsibility: taking full responsibility for your own actions, feelings and thoughts.

In addition to his work with Gestalt therapy, Naranjo experimented with mind-altering susbstances and was a major figure in the Human Potential Movement and the Fourth Way.

Perls, meanwhile, became associated with The Esalen Institute in California in 1964. People who had no conection to psychotherapy often recognized Perls as the author of a 1969 quotation described as the “Gestalt Prayer”:

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.

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