I am trained in Psychosynthesis Psychology at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London. Here is a little about psychosynthesis. It was developed by Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) who was trained in neurology and psychiatry. He was influenced by Freud’s ideas of the lower unconscious where childhood hurts and traumas can be repressed, but felt this was an incomplete model of the human being. He pioneered psychosynthesis, influenced by Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious, bringing in the idea of the superconscious, which is above our normal level of conscious awareness. Our superconscious he thought, was where higher values such as creativity, love and wisdom reside. When we are disconnected from these values, as is so easily experienced in our busy lives, then we can feel there is something missing.
Often we can be overtaken by unconscious patterns from the past, or swept away by possibilities and dreams. So strengthening our understanding of who we are in the here and now, aware of our tendencies to get caught up with the past and the future, is an important part of psychosynthesis. This awareness creates choices for us; if we use our Will and act on these choices, we can be free from previous patterns and open up to new experiences and ways of being.
The Will is central to psychosynthesis. Our Will can get trapped by fear or anxiety and then we feel powerless. But when our Will is aligned with our purpose and values then there is an ease to our actions. Those actions then benefit us and those around us, a ripple effect which can be a force for good. In this sense, psychosynthesis can be called a psychology of hope for the future.
Psychosynthesis is the ground on which my coaching is based. It involves starting to allow in our creativity, our dreams and connect to what is important to us, our values.