…It Flows by Itself.”
Released by author and Gestalt therapist Barry Stevens, it was the self-help book of my generation.
The pages are well worn, dog-eared, book-marked and highlighted in my copy of the 1970 book.
I often recommended it to friends, who were quick to notice that the title just about says it all. The original is no longer in print, and that’s too bad. It is the kind of book that is more of an experience, than merely a good read.
Barry Stevens, 1902-1985, born Mildred Fox, documented her 1969 experience at the Vancouver Gestalt institute under the teachings of Fritz Perls.
This high school dropout, who claimed that in 1918, she “could not learn what she wanted to know in school”, went on to study Zen Buddhism, Native American practices, and the teachings of Krishnamurti, and presented a book that flows very much like life itself.
There have been many times in my own life that I’ve forgotten the lesson of letting the river flow.
This photo triggered some wonderful memories, and maybe a return to my bookshelf for a bit of a refresher course.