How Deviating from Norms Inspires Liberation and Transforms Society
Black Sheep, Corran Brownlee. 99 x 134.5 cm, Oil on Canvas
"Black sheep" is often used to describe someone who deviates from the norm or stands out from the crowd in a unique and often positive way. Embracing one's identity as a black sheep can be empowering, as it signifies the courage to be authentic and true to oneself. These individuals challenge societal expectations, break barriers, and pave their own paths, often making significant contributions to various fields and inspiring others along the way. Being a black sheep can be a catalyst for creativity, innovation, and change, ultimately leading to a more diverse and inclusive society. So, embrace your inner black sheep and let your individuality shine!
Black Sheep, Ronald Ventura, 112 x 80.5 cm, Courtesy of Sotheby's
Bert Hellinger, the renowned psychologist and researcher of family constellations, states about black sheep:
The black sheep of a family are actually liberators of their family tree.
They are family members who do not conform to the rules or traditions of the family, those who constantly seek to revolutionize beliefs.
Those who choose paths contrary to the well-trodden routes of family lines, those who are criticized, judged, and even rejected.
They are called to free the family from repetitive patterns that frustrate entire generations.
These so-called "black sheep," those who do not conform, those who howl with rebellion, actually repair, detoxify, and create new flourishing branches in their family tree.
Countless unrealized desires, shattered dreams, or frustrated talents of our ancestors manifest through this revolt.
By inertia, the family tree will do everything to maintain the oppressive and toxic course of its trunk, making the rebel's task difficult and conflicting.
Object: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Paula Rego, Series: Nursery Rhymes. Courtesy of The British Museum
If today, you woke up with the feeling of being the sheep of your family, feel lucky and proud about that. Stop doubting and take care of your uniqueness as the most precious flower of your tree.
You are the dream of all your ancestors.
BE THE BLACK SHEEP, NOT THE SCAPEGOAT, Marlyn Daggett, Oil On Canvas, 96 x 72 in