The key approach that I employ in my therapeutic work is Psychosynthesis.
Psychosynthesis is an integrative transpersonal psychology. This ‘model’ was developed by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of Freud and Jung, who saw the value in both Eastern and Western traditions and philosophies. From his studies emerged a new approach, which he called Psychosynthesis. In its most basic sense, Psychosynthesis is simply a name for the process of personal growth. Assagioli believed that everyone contains within them a drive to evolve, to become the fullest expression of who they can be.
Assagioli believed that while our childhood experience affects our present living, we also have within us the vast human potential for healing and change. He considered difficulties in life not simply as problems to be solved but more as signals or ‘signposts’ that, if followed, explored and worked through will lead us to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I am also influenced by Eastern philosophies such as Taoism and Tantra.
Yin Yang is perhaps the most famous symbol of Taoism. It can be conceptualised as two halves that together make up wholeness. Yin Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. We encounter examples of Yin and Yang every day. As examples: night (Yin) and day (Yang), female (Yin) and male (Yang). It can be illustrated as follows:
When people see things as beautiful,
ugliness is created.
When people see things as good,
evil is created.
Being and non-being produce each other.Tao Te Ching, Chapter 2
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.
Tantra is such a misunderstood word and concept here in the West. When people hear the word Tantra, they think of neo-tantra and all that it symbolises – Sting, tantric sex etc etc. Without claiming to be an expert, my understanding of Tantra is that at its very essence and core it is about an all-encompassing acceptance of each and every aspect of life, including sex and death. In Tantra there are no taboos. Everything is welcome.
“Tantra acceptance is total; it doesn’t split you… Nothing can be killed out of existence; nothing can be destroyed. Tantra says a transformation is possible, but destruction, no! And a transformation comes when you accept your total being. Then suddenly everything falls in line, then everything takes its own place; then anger is also absorbed, then greed is also absorbed. Then without trying to cut anything out of your being, your whole being rearranges itself. If you accept and say yes, a rearrangement happens, and whereas before there was a noisy clamour inside, now a melody – music is born, a harmony comes in.”Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh a.k.a. Osho
Tantra: The Supreme Understanding