Foreword by Philippe L. De Coster, D.D.
This volume of the Collected Works of Dr. RobertoAssagioli, M.D., contains extracts from his books, essays,interviews and conferences given at Sundial House,Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK. This collection is only asmall part of the psychologist’s life work, today translatedin many languages, and world-wide spread. Through hispioneering work in psychosynthesis, he brought so muchto our understanding, clarifying that which was formerlyso obscure about the microcosm (
), and the macrocosm (
), psychic and physical energies. In a way, he brought light to muchobscure Jewish and Christian Dogma’s, exactly the way the Jesuit Teilhardde Chardin did. The last was totally unheard in the Vatican, even avoided,but he persisted in his work.Especially through Carl Gustav Jung and Roberto Assagioli, we now know,that:- Psychic energies possess quantity and mass, just like physicalenergies.- As different forms of psychic work and psychic potentiality, they canbe transformed into one another.- They can be converted into physical energies and vice versa, by meansof psychological processes.Dr. Roberto Assagioli went even further than Carl Gustav Jung, he workedout another discipline, and that is psychosynthesis. However, he remainedcloser to Jung than to Freud, emphasizing that dynamic psychology shouldnot only be concerned with depth (
but also with the height(
). And, he found that “visualization” was very useful inmaking concrete the difference between therapeutic interventions which wentdownwards into unconscious material (
mountain tops and chapels
).Assagioli’s ‘egg diagram helps to make it all clear.The view of psychosynthesis is that the subpersonalities must become awareof one another before any integration can take place, so a phase of coordination is necessary where this happens. During this phase, there areinner changes within the subpersonalities – they cease to be dominant and