Transpersonal Development: The Dimensions Beyond Psychosynthesis.
Psychosynthesis is part of a wider movement of psychospiritual development, exploration and enquiry. It’s sometimes called a ‘transpersonal’ approach because it integrates the spiritual aspect of human experience.
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According to Assagioli (1975: 29) the above stages are not meant to be followed in any strict succession, because he clearly understands the uneven development of man. Assagioli claims that some people have developed a genuine realization of transpersonal Self-realization, but lack adequate development of the personality functions in order to express themselves properly in the world (personal Psychosynthesis) and vice versa (Assagioli, 2002: 121).
Many people are already attuned to the spirit of peace and the power of synthesis. They choose to participate consciously in the larger whole. They identify themselves as planetary citizens, members of the family of humanity. These people have already achieved some measure of synthesis within a necessary step toward inter-individual psychosynthesis. They have learned to overcome the inner fragmentation, the sense of alienation, the effects of so much stimulation in our urban environments.Psychosynthesis is one means for us to move toward that inner harmony. With a sense of wholeness within, individuals can draw on inner resources to sustain responsibilities and commit to higher values, leading to group and planetary synthesis.From the standpoint of synthesis all polarities can be seen as potentially harmonious as interrelated and complemental rather than necessarily opposed and conflicting. There is a shift from an "either/or" attitude to a "both/and" attitude. On the planetary level, for example, there are signs of the beginnings of a rich blend of viewpoints joining aspects of East and West; North and South; First, Second, and Third Worlds. This creates such possibilities as a global economy that combines the best features of capitalism and communism.As individuals become more integrated as personalities, transpersonal qualities can emerge from the higher unconscious. In other words, when we are not in conflict or fragmented, our deeper human tendencies can come forth. [his combining of the everyday personality with higher potentials is the true individual synthesis. This involves more than altering or rearranging various personality elements. To synthesize the personality with an inner talent or higher quality or transcendent human ability brings a profound change of identity. This kind of change goes beyond an inner adjustment: it changes our world.In psychosynthesis the personal aspect of the individual is seen as interrelated with a whole network of other personalities, and capable of transcending limitations by contacting and expressing higher human qualities and abilities. The personality experiences separateness, diversity and change. There is a sense of individual identity, a variety of roles to play and a range of actions, thoughts and feelings each day. The personality is thus a multifaceted, dynamic entity with the potential to grow throughout the life cycle.The growth process is seen as a series of awakenings. New awarenesses require a reordering of personality-elements to accommodate a broader self-concept. New modes of experience and expression and new degrees of mastery become evident as life goes on. The goal of personal psychosynthesis is to promote growth and to integrate this personality: to coordinate various personality aspects, to resolve inner conflicts, and create a sense of ease and harmony. There is also the recognition that at each level of integration, the personality has the potential to transcend itself once again, temporarily dis-integrating on the way toward a more inclusive and comprehensive sense of wholeness.The personality may be viewed from several perspectives, each of which will be explored below. The personality:(1)as conscious and unconscious elements,(2)has a set of psychological functions,(3) consists of a multiplicity of subselves or subpersonalities; and (4)has a three-part structure body, feelings and thinking mind with an integrating center and a relationship to higher consciousness.One way of conceptualizing the personality is by recognizing that it is influenced by conscious and unconscious factors. Assagioli's "egg diagram" portrays these factors and includes both personal and transpersonal dimensions:
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According to my research there seems not to have been any attempts to implement the modern developmental research, which Wilber is using, within Psychosynthesis theory. Assagioli seems to be the only writer who has used Maslows findings to create a model of human development, which is a lot more dynamic, than his very static Egg Diagram offers. By combining the different lines of development with the Egg Diagram in the same way as Assagioli does with the need line in Figure 9, we get a much more detailed understanding of our clients varied stages of development. This is crucial when we seek to develop the weak psychological functions in order to create a well-integrated personality.
The Soul of Psychosynthesis, By Kenneth Sørensen.
It provides a powerful model of personal growth, human development and individual healing. The Transpersonal model places problems, infirmity and complexity in a larger context of growth. Self actualisation, conscience, enlightenment, becoming a better person, spirituality, growing awareness, is given greater emphasis. It invites us to step beyond our partial or regular response to our situation by drawing on the wisdom of all of who we are: body, mind and spirit. Transpersonal counselling draws on a wide range of modern and ancient traditions incorporating both empirical and esoteric perspectives to enable an individual to contact an expanded perspective on their personal life issues. The purpose of transpersonal counselling is to allow the client to engage in their own personal healing journey. Typical ‘personal’ problems such as:
Chapter 11: Growth Resources in Psychosynthesis
In this evolutionary development there can be a healthy or a pathological fashion of what has to be learned and integrated. Wilber (2000c: 98-99) claims that every level has a characteristic psychopathology that must be addressed by the appropriate psychotherapeutic intervention or treatment modality. His model includes personal as well as transpersonal pathologies so no stage of development is beyond a need for treatment, if the healthy transition through that stage failed. In Wilbers (2000c: 97) model all psychotherapies are relevant, at their appropriate level, because they each have specialised with specific types of pathology. Wilber (2000c: 109) introduces the term a full-spectrum therapist and states that he/she: works with the body, the shadow, the persona, the ego, the existential self, the soul and Spirit. Psychosynthesis, which claims to be a synthetic treatment, might be inspired by that vision.