The awareness continuum and the organism/environment field have been the unexamined foundations for Gestalt therapy’s theory and practice since its beginning in 1951. This paper questions their adequacy. It argues that "awareness" is too broad a concept to describe the rich and complex experience of being human. The "awareness-consciousness continuum" and "environment-lifeworld" are proposed. Persons, as animal organism as well as meaning-making existential human beings, can then be fully considered with the language of our modality. The terms by which we consider our work express our attitude towards our patients.
Keywords: Contact-boundary, field, creative-adjusting, consciousness, phenomenology, lifeworld, self functions, awareness-consciousness continuum, organism/environment-lifeworld field.