Statement by Francine Weber, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, and District Clerk
My name is Francine Weber. I began my study of Aesthetic Realism in consultations and later with Eli Siegel over 30 years ago. I was a young wife and mother then, with two small sons. My husband, Robert, and I had a marriage of ten years that was violent. For years we looked for answers because we wanted our lives to change, but with all the therapies available, and we tried as many as we could find, nothing helped and nothing changed. It was a desperate life with no hope in sight.
At this point, I comment on the stark, glaring lie that Eli Siegel and Aesthetic Realism splits up the family. This lie about Eli Siegel and Aesthetic Realism is so disgusting to me because it is not true. In consultations, I tested the principles of Aesthetic Realism with my life; and before my very eyes, the violence ended and our lives changed permanently. Aesthetic Realism brought a family that was falling apart together and we were able to make sensible and happy lives for ourselves.
Today, my son, Robert, who had Aesthetic Realism consultations, lives in Minnesota and is studying prosthetics and orthotics. Thomas, who also studied in consultations, is successful in the music business. The compassion and thoughtfulness they have for people and the world make me proud of these fine young men. The principles of Aesthetic Realism are magnificent and true and are deep within our hearts and minds. Most often, in families where there is abuse, the children continue the violence into another generation. This will not happen to them or their families.
Eli Siegel was a great critic with a profound desire to know the truth. In classes with him, I saw his knowledge, good will and wonderful sense of humor change people's lives and I am grateful to say mine is one of them. The beauty and truth of Aesthetic Realism abide within me and will guide my life forever.
Oceanside, Long Island , NY