Psychosynthesis is a form of therapy that can help us in our desire to live a more meaningful and authentic life. Often we are taught to see and know our world in terms of absolutes, of right and wrong; to be sure and not doubt. Rather than rely on our own inner wisdom we adapt ourselves and dismiss our intuitions; finding personal fulfillment, purpose and meaning can get lost in the process. Rarely are we encouraged to allow ourselves to explore the creative process which can at times be an uncomfortable and frustrating experience. Trusting on our own inner wisdom feels too risky and we can begin to doubt our own unique guiding force. We suffer in doubt.
Psychosynthesis psychology is founded upon the work of Italian psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli, a colleague and contemporary of both Freud and Jung. Along with philosophy and mysticism he also studied in depth both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions of the world. Assagioli observed within human beings an innate drive towards synthesis, the process whereby seemingly unrelated fragments can come together to create greater wholeness. Referring neither to religious doctrine or practice, he described the psychospiritual aspect of this therapy as referring to our deepest, innermost relationship with the sacred.
Psychosynthesis is more than are model for treating psychological distress, by holding our wounds and struggles with compassion, insight and imagination, it is possible to connect to and develop a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and direction. By also including the spiritual and transpersonal dimension in the healing process we are able to access the higher faculties of heart and mind. Working in this holistic fashion also acknowledges and accepts the uncertainties of our life journey, the journey of the soul.
This form of therapy is not only for people who are dealing with different types of crisis but also for those seeking to explore and understand their personal way of being in the world. With increased awareness of the inter-relatedness of the different aspects of ourselves we can begin to apply this knowledge to live and function in ways that are more meaningful and authentic in our day-to-day lives.