FRITZ PERLS---out of your head, into the NOW
(From Growth and Adventure)
Ernest Kinnie, PhD
Copyright © 2013 by Ernest Kinnie
Fritz begins exactly where you are right now as you read this sentence, and he says moments like this are all you ever have. His goal is to make you aware of the NOW---be it beautiful or ugly, boring or ecstatic, petty or magnificent. His techniques, theory, pomposity and blustering are all designed to shake you out of your head, into the NOW. The NOW of this moment for me as I type this, and the NOW of this moment for you as you read it. Being in the NOW connects you with reality. From the NOW you make the changes that lead to a more creative and satisfying life.
Fritz uses the Four Zone Shift to get you out of your head and back to reality, back to NOW. There is nothing wrong with being in your head, as fantasy and thinking are essential for survival. But if you spend too much time there, you lose contact with the richness and vitality of life. I suspect our ancestors would see many of us as zombies, smothered by layers and layers of lifeless words and habits, far removed from nature, and living a short distance from our bodies.
As T. S. Eliot and Jamake Highwater put it:
“Those who have crossed,
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom,
Remember us, if at all, not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men,
The stuffed men.”
“Primal peoples live among animals and vegetation constantly in close contact with the sources of nourishment and death, understanding their environment and expressing their ideas and feelings in terms of the natural world. In contrast, people in the West have created an idealization of their relationship with nature which has neither life nor spirit.”