We are essentially fluid beings constantly changing as we breathe and move through life, opening and closing, learning, forgetting, remembering. We can easily forget this though and lose our presence in fixed roles and seemingly solid identities …as if… we were objects untouched by feelings. Gabrielle, in her Mirrors mapping’ called these states “ego characters”. Circumstance combined with our innate sensitivity often leads us, particularly in the company of others, to act …as if… we were these characters that we hide behind. Presenting ourselves in some way as if we have life nicely managed, we learn to become self limiting, hoping to be approved of, to be loved, hiding the very vulnerability which makes us “human” in the best possible sense, This humanity, which can so unite us, create community and deep empathy can, when fear arises become quickly covered over with judgment and isolation. We lose the ability to see and clearly feel the beauty behind the mask. We both fear and seek attention from “others”. Using the Perspectives process which offers individual attention within careful group holding we can uncover more than these ego character styles, detaching from them, making them more visible for all to see, hold, respond to and release.
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