This book offers people the experience in awareness with a series of exercises and experiments the author has used in teaching Gestalt therapy. These experiments are for everyone to make use of. Our main sense of identity is found in this state of being awake and aware in which you are reading this book. Let's call this Ordinary Waking Consciousness (OWC). This is a way of being in the world we are very familiar with. There are more states than this one and this book explores them with the reader through these experiments in awareness.
About the Author:
Brian O'Neill, B.A. (Hons), MAPS is co-director of the Illawarra Gestalt Centre, past president of AAGT and on the editorial boards of the Gestalt Review and Studies in Gestalt. He has published on field theory, relationship therapy and edited the text Community Psychotherapy and Life Focus: A Gestalt Anthology of the History, Theory and Practice of Living in Community (Ravenwood Press). He has collaborated with his wife Jenny in writing on gestalt couples therapy and the use of group in training and they have been training and supervising therapists for many years both in Australia and internationally. Brian is currently a senior fellow in mental health at the University of Wollongong and works in private practice on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. As well as developing gestalt therapy in the relationship field in Australia through organisations such as Relationships Australia, he has worked extensively in Drug and Alcohol (was Head of the NSW State Drug Treatment Unit), and Mental Health (awarded the Australia and New Zealand Gold Medal for mental health achievement by the Governor General, Sir William Deane)