Aroha emanates from this poem by New Zealand Gestalt therapist Anne Maclean. She writes about “The Heart of Gestalt”4:

When I call all my senses home

into my central core

then I know a deep peace

just simply being.

Here is unconditional love and compassion

Heart deepening and expanding

to accept whatever I am

or have been, or will become.

No tugs of war between anything,

and all of me

simply here.5

From: Grounds for Gestalt, Foreground Press, 1994

I’ve been reading/studying about New Zealand since I’m planning to go there late fall. And the term “aroha” surfaced on a website so I did a search on  it… and this is an excerpt from a paper about Aroha and Gestalt Therapy which can be found at:

Beautiful, beautiful concept. And my sense is that it goes so much deeper than this poem… to include all of the natural world. Indeed, All Our Relations…


About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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