Publications by Roberto Assagioli - Psychosynthesis
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In groups, guidance can come from asking, "Where is the energy right now?" This often points the way toward solving a problem or provide cues for recognizing that a person or subgroup is strongly motivated to make a contribution. Awareness of the flow of energy gives guidance for facilitating the group process without imposing the will of the leader.
Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis, and the Esoteric …
Psychosynthesis also recognizes what analysts call character defenses. (Reich, 1949) A common one among people exploring spirituality is a spiritual-mystical facade which denies one's true emotional range, or excludes the body, or places an overemphasis on inner world experiences, discounting political, social and economic realities. The spirit of psychosynthesis is to strive to integrate inner and outer, higher an lower to achieve a sense of wholeness. Unblocking the higher unconscious is often the major key to psychological healing. A classic article in psychosynthesis, "The Repression of the Sublime", includes an in-depth discussion of the features of the higher unconscious. (Haronian, 1972) After exploring aspects of the sublime the higher consciousness Haronian explains the difficulties of realizing this realm in everyday life. These difficulties include the fear of too much mobility, avoiding risks inherent in growing, the fear of the unknown, and concern being too different from others. There is the also the avoidance of sharing deeply with others when lacking a strong sense of personal identity: the fear of getting lost in others' needs and the fear being diminished or "taken over" by the power of one's own Higher Self and tendencies. To facilitate growth beyond such fears and defenses, psychosynthesis has developed methods of opening the doors of perception to higher consciousness and techniques for integrating higher energies into the everyday world. Thus psychosynthesis is tied to the need in psychology for what Robert Gerard calls a "psychoanalysis of the spirit." (Miller, 1981)