This website has two objectives. The first is to provide a platform for psychosynthesis practitioners to discuss and brainstorm on the role of psychosynthesis in the modern world.
By doing this, we also aim to achieve our second goal of informing those who are not involved in psychosynthesis about what it can offer as a self-development tool, as a psychotherapy and as a coaching model for use by individuals or in the workplace.
For more about the purpose of the psychosynthesis.community website please click here.
The website was set up initially by Peter Stewart, who is still mainly responsible for the content. Please click here for more details about my interests in psychosynthesis.
Please note that the website is going through some structural changes so you may occasionally find items that do not work on it. It will be appreciated if you could send me a short email if this happens. I am at email@example.com. To find out about recent work being done on the website, please go to the bottom of this page and you will find a short log of the work being completed.
The website offers many points of contact with the psychosynthesis community. It will be supplemented by a monthly newsletter summarising key developments from around the psychosynthesis community, to be called Psychosynthesis Today.
The term VUCA has been frequently used to describe our modern world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. One of the strengths of psychosynthesis is that it respects people as complex, multi-dimensional beings.
While psychosynthesis does not espouse any specific causes or beliefs, it recognises a spiritual dimension in the human psyche that has often been ignored by a society focussed on technological and material achievement.
This website also seeks to integrate the various psychosynthesis resources available on the web, through an extensive directory and links.
Please note that the website is being built iteratively, and therefore it will always be a work in progress. I will use the blog at the bottom of this page to signal progress made so far, and any emerging developments on the website.
This website partly emerged from a discussion group that was created during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, which itself took shape from an online seminar led by Paul Elliott and Aubyn Howard, the co-founders of Psychosynthesis Coaching Ltd (PCL).
Many people felt that the pandemic had positive and negative aspects, but that it was in some sense a “call to action” to the psychosynthesis community.
Action for what purpose? Of course, everyone has different personal goals and so there was little agreement on any specific agenda for change. But I felt in the discussions that followed that there has been an emerging sense of common purpose among some participants.
It seemed timely to set up a “community” website where people with an interest in psychosynthesis can share ideas and no doubt — often — beg to differ as well.
Latest Blog Updates
“This volume should be considered as a beginning, and not as an end,” Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, wrote in “The Act of Will”. My own copy of the Act of Will, published by Turnstone Press in 1984, is dog-eared, covered in pencil notes, and its...
The lotus is an ancient and powerful symbol. The close connection between spiritual growth and creativity makes it a potent symbol for artists. But the metaphors that give it symbolic depth are also relevant for contemporary leadership challenges. I have a personal...
Aubyn Howard’s book on Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching is timely given the seismic and convulsive changes in leadership that we have seen in recent months. Aubyn has written a series of Crisis blogs during the Covid-19 crisis, and although this book is not about...
Sam Pope took the MA Course in Psychosynthesis at the Institute of Psychosynthesis and runs her own coaching practice, Sam Pope Coaching and Mindfulness. She worked for many years as a successful entrepreneur. Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis,...
Paul left his employer Rolls Royce in 2002 after many years in management positions. He trained at the Institute of Psychosynthesis (IoP) in London from 2003-2007 and founded Psychosynthesis Coaching Limited in December 2014 with Aubyn Howard and IoP. The...
“A contrast is sometimes made between meditation and action, but this is erroneous. The mastery and application of psychological and spiritual energies are actions; for they require will, training and the employment of appropriate techniques; and above all because they are effective — they produce results.”
Thanks goodness 2020 is behind us. Many thoughtful people I know have said that they are grateful for what they have learned during this most difficult of times, but personally I am glad to see the back of 2020 and I am looking forward to 2021, despite an unpromising start with the latest UK lockdown.
Effective 11th January, i have embarked on a major revamp of the website, with several new sections and significant changes in the structure. This will take me a few days to complete, so please be patient. I will update this section again when the website is ready.
27th July: I changed the Materials tab at the bottom to Creativity. This was partly in response to discussions among one of the users groups I have worked with.
20th July: I’ve got most of the framework for the website ready. Still quite a lot of content that still has to be added, but the framework itself is more or less ready.
Now I need volunteers to submit some sample content — initially by email, that way I can edit it and curate the content before it goes out. I would be very grateful for 2-3 volunteers to submit content so I can get a feeling for how the site might be used. Really whatever you want, but I will put it out in public (the whole iterative development approach means everything is LIVE as the website is built).
- I am currently trying to develop an events handler (using WP plugins) that will allow Past and Future events to be flagged
- I will add a Creativity tab on the footer, and use it to highlight creative work by those in the community
- I will add some better forms for Comments from readers in due course
Thanks for listening. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org