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Psychosynthesis

 

 

 

 

 

Psychosynthesis is a holistic approach to life that seeks to develop a dynamic attitude and a gradual establishment of a constructive state of harmony within the human being. The objective of Psychosynthesis is the integration and transformation of the elements of our personality.

 

“Each individual is a complex network of many disparate elements that have very different origins, existing at different levels of the psyche, acting and reacting upon each other, and forming a single unique person, a synthesis. But this is not all. This combination of elements is not static: new elements become part of the person constantly, while others dissolve and still others are transformed through an internal process of organic development and transmutation. The human being is constantly changing.”

Roberto Assagioli

 

 

Although psychosynthesis was born closely linked to psychology, with the passing of the years it has developed and expanded, resulting in an approach that has contributed in the fields of education, personal growth, spirituality, and human relationships. In fact, Assagioli often spoke of three dimensions of Psychosynthesis: personal, interpersonal and transpersonal. Personal Psychosynthesis deals with the individual and has a goal the development of an awareness, understanding and transformation (or transmutation) of the energies and elements that are alive in each of us.

 

The trend toward synthesis and evolution is intrinsic to all organisms and living system, it is their purpose. Synthesis happens spontaneously but, in human beings, it usually results in moments of crisis and deep changes in consciousness. We can, and actually should, partake in the process of synthesis with awareness, creativity and joy. The development of self-consciousness is endless, a path or way of living that gradually frees us from our inner blocks and, gradually, makes our lives more genuine and focused, more compassionate and more meaningful.

 

The center of consciousness, the heart of any human being, is the internal observer. This observer is compassionate and free of bias, and so it usually receives the name of the Self or Higher Self. This center of awareness has the role of directing the different components of our lives towards integration. According to Assagioli:

 

“Therefore, unity is possible, but we should be very aware that it is not a starting point, and it is not a free gift; it is an achievement, the highest award of a long work. This work can be hard but it is also magnificent, varied, interesting and fruitful for us and for others well before it reaches full completion. This is how I understand Psychosynthesis.”

 

Like its founder, Psychosynthesis is a rich and multifaceted approach, opened to dialogue with other disciplines, techniques and approaches to personal growth. For this reason, there are several ways to understand psychosynthesis, but they all respect the vision of the human being proposed by Assagioli. In this vision, the human being is made up of four fundamental dimensions or planes: the physical, the emotional, the mental plane and the spiritual plane. The effort to understand and include the spiritual or transpersonal dimension has always been a characteristic feature of Psychosynthesis and, in fact, Assagioli is recognized as a pioneer (one might say, a founder) of transpersonal psychology.

 

It is important to highlight that transpersonal Psychosynthesis cannot exist without personal Psychosynthesis, as both are to be understood as ongoing an interlinked processes. The integration of the personality, of its parts or components, is accompanied by an integration of the whole personality with higher levels of consciousness and the Self. This is exemplified in the search for deeper meaning in life, for alignment and fusion of the personality with Consciousness, Self or Soul. There are a number of defined and tested techniques to facilitate this alignment that have been developed by Assagioli after careful research of contemporary psychology and the Ageless Wisdom. Transpersonal Psychosynthesis also includes an ethics of living because contact with the Higher Self is always related to the transformation of our lifestyles, relationships, communities, and connection with the environment.

 

 

Therefore, Psychosynthesis also includes an interpersonal dimension. In fact, the first relationship that Psychosynthesis is concerned with is the right relationship with ourselves, fundamental to building right relationships with others. Hence, to begin with, Psychosynthesis is a way to deepens and better our awareness, change the way in which we relate to our loved ones, acquaintances and friends, family and groups and, ultimately, with the whole world. In this sense, it is an ecological approach that can be called eco-bio-psycho-synthesis.

 

 

Summing up, the different levels explored through Psychosynthesis include the vertical dimension (relations with ourselves and with our inner components), the spiritual dimension (relations with the Higher Self or Soul) and the horizontal dimension (relations with others and the world).

 

Sections extracted and adaptaded from Wikipedia: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psicosintesi