How does Psychosynthesis promote personal and spiritual development?
Psychosynthesis was developed early last century by Roberto Assagioli, an Italian doctor who wanted to bring together the two traditions of psychology and mysticism. He saw that psychology was becoming rather dry and rational and needed infusing with a sense of soul and meaning, whilst those who practice the mystery traditions could benefit from the grounding and reflective qualities of psychology.
Since his time, Psychosynthesis has been developed into an integrative approach to growth and healing. Its aim is to help us discover our true spiritual nature, then to effectively utilise this discovery in everyday life. Without dogmatism or prescription, Psychosynthesis addresses both personal and spiritual development, honouring the unique creativity and path of each individual, their place in the world and in relationship.
Psychosynthesis is a practical system that integrates principles and techniques from many approaches to personal and spiritual growth. It is not about the application of techniques, however, but learning to live with a vision that comes from deep within oneself.
Why Distance Learning?
There are many reasons why someone may choose to study Psychosynthesis through distance learning. For instance:
– some people want to learn Psychosynthesis primarily for their personal and spiritual development;
– not everyone wants to do a counselling training which is what most centers offer;
– some counsellors and therapists want to study Psychosynthesis as part of their continuing professional development;
– some people want to learn how to apply Psychosynthesis to their existing work and interests;
– there are those who for financial or geographical reasons cannot attend group based courses at Psychosynthesis centers;
– some people just prefer to learn in their own space and at their own rate, taking the time to thoroughly integrate Psychosynthesis into their lives.
Psychosynthesis Distance Learning Programme
Course 1: PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL PSYCHOSYNTHESIS
This is the starting place if you are new to Psychosynthesis or want to review your existing knowledge. You learn Psychosynthesis at your own pace thus enabling you to integrate your learning into your daily life. Through careful tutoring, you are encouraged to utilise your own resources to successfully follow your unique journey of Psychosynthesis. Course 1 offers you: an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself; the ability to take positive action; a clearer connection to the transpersonal realms of soul and spirit; ways of grounding creative energies and manifesting true life purpose; an improvement to your inner life and interpersonal relations.
You learn Psychosynthesis at home in a practical way with reading, writing, visualizations, drawing, rituals, self-observation, meditations and other exercises. Following the course work, combined with a personal project of your own choice, you keep a journal and send material at regular intervals for appraisal and comment. You work at connecting Psychosynthesis into your own life experiences, enabling it to become of living, meaningful value to your personal and spiritual development.
Everyone is encouraged to engage in regular therapeutic work with a local practitioner. This can take many forms depending upon individual life needs and circumstances, for example psychotherapy, counselling, body work or healing.
On completion of Course 1, a Certificate is awarded to those students who demonstrate they are integrating Psychosynthesis into their lives. How long this takes depends upon your personal progress and rate of work, but the twelve lessons of Stage 1 average one to two years to complete.
Course 1 is a complete introduction to the subject, enabling students to apply an understanding of Psychosynthesis to their own life journey. For those who wish to continue with further guided study and practice, Course 2 and Advanced Tuition are available. Students engage in ongoing dialogue with Will through the course work, their journal entries and personal projects. Whilst for those who live further afield it is not always feasible, where possible students are requested to meet with Will for an individual session before completing this stage of tuition.
This course is for those who have either completed Course 1 or who have undertaken some previous Psychosynthesis training.
This course deepens the student’s connection with Psychosynthesis. The twelve lessons are designed to facilitate a co-creative approach to research and practice. Will and the student work together to discover living, practical ways for the student to develop and deepen her or his journey of Psychosynthesis. A Diploma in Psychosynthesis for Personal and Spiritual Development is awarded upon successful completion of this course.
Advanced Tuition: PSYCHOSYNTHESIS IN LIFE
For graduates of Course 2 or other education or training programmes in psychosynthesis.
The more you work with Psychosynthesis and integrate it into your life, the more interesting and useful it becomes. The visions and values of Psychosynthesis live with you in everything you do; increasing your awareness, deepening your connection to soul energy, giving you assistance in manifesting who you are and what you want to be in life. Advanced tuition is available to those who can demonstrate their continuing commitment to their personal and spiritual Psychosynthesis. We have detailed discussions about how each graduate may appropriately proceed with this stage of work.