ISTITUTO DI PSICOSINTESI
fondato da Roberto Assagioli - Associazione di Promozione Sociale

Workshops - Session A

Friday June 22, 2012
9:45 am - 12:45 pm

A1
ROBERT ANDERSON (USA)
Exploring the Collective Unconscious COMPLETE
Roberto Assagioli and Carl Jung both touch on the Collective Unconscious. In recent decades, the limitations of conventional science have been eclipsed by published studies of controlled experiments in the effectiveness of prayer, powerful effects of imagery, confirmation of premonitions, and the effectiveness of a host of non-touch therapies such as therapeutic touch. Remote Viewing, documented dream coincidences, and the unexplainable phenomenon of the double-slit experiment call on us to expand our thinking. Open discussion of quanta of energy moving faster than the speed of light, the possibility of a multiverse, and the invocation of a probability wave in sub-particle physics also push us to expand the horizons of our experience outside the limits of the Psychosynthesis egg diagram. Personal experiences will also be included in this presentation. Participants will have an opportunity to share their own "outside the egg diagragm" experiences in the safety and full acceptance of the assembled group.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: English

A2
PENELOPE ANDRADE (USA)
Emotional Medicine Rx: A Bio-Psychosynthesis Approach
Emotions are designed by nature to be action imperatives, filled with important information for our survival as well as connecting us to what matters most for our lives and spirits. Even when we don’t act or acknowledge them, emotions cause subtle changes in our viscera, musculature, moods, relational and spiritual responsiveness. For some, fear of emotional flooding and irrationality and/or the neurobiologically frozen energy of trauma leads to shutting down awareness, splitting ourselves off from this essential human, spiritual resource. This workshop offers a new paradigm for healing this inner emotional split, as well as support for restoring our ability to take effective, embodied, spiritually aligned action in the world. Integrating John and Ann Gila Firman’s Immanent/Transcendent Self, Bioenergetic and Biodynamic emotional charge/discharge theory, and Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution, participants will have an opportunity both theoretically and experientially to learn how to let their bodies lead them to wholeness and transformation.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: English

A3
LORELLA P. BETTI, ALESSANDRA G. MARSON (Italia)
Sounds & Words
“Sounds & Words” is a lively and creative workshop. Writing and Musical Therapy are used as a means for putting participants in touch with their own psychological functions and the different aspects of their inner world.
There will be exercises of Creative Writing specifically designed for contacting and exploring the different aspects of one’s inner parts, as well as techniques of Musical Therapy for training awareness in listening to the infinite vibrations and resonance of the Soul.
The exercises are aimed at increasing one’s ability to observe and express parts of oneself through “Sounds & Words”, creating a “Resonant Poem” for each aspect contacted.
The workshop is conducted by two leaders from the professional backgrounds of the artistic areas represented: Music & Writing, a perfect pair for an explorative-evolutionary journey within oneself.
Experiential
Language: Italian

A4
MOLLY BROWN (USA)
Courage and Compassion in times of crisis
Today we see wide-spread evidence of a Great Unravelling throughout the world brought on primarily by human greed and arrogance. At the same time, untold numbers of people across the planet have taken to the streets, protesting the oppression and destruction, and calling for a Great Turning towards a just, cooperative, and sustainable world. In this workshop, we will draw on Psychosynthesis, eco-psychology, and the Work That Reconnects (as developed by Joanna Macy) to build our capacities for courage, compassion, and wisdom in this time of global crisis.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A5
HAZEL CAREY (UK), MARIELLA LANCIA (Italia), ROSI ROBERTAZZI (Italia)
Wyse Elders programme: redefining the role of the elder in a changing world
I Presentation of the Wyse Elders programme: origins, aims, methods, links
with Psychosynthesis
II Experiencing exercises and techniques used in the Wyse Elders Programmes:
a) Circle of Concerns (exploring and facing our concerns and fears about ageing)
b) Meeting the Wise Elder exercise, to intuit how the role of the Elder ought to change to meet the needs of the next age followed by panel discussion
c) Deep Time Ceremony (outside) convening ancestors and beings of the future
d) Art work: drawing a symbol of being an Elder in a changing world.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A6
GIOVANNI DE GREGORIO, MASSIMO RUSSO (Italia)
The path of what is possible. A model for welcoming socially disadvantaged minors:the “Namaskar” residential community.
The youngsters who come to the Community are often afraid of expressing themselves and have a sense of personal inadequacy. To lack confidence in their own possibilities has been imprinted in them. How can we hope to see them develop and transform if firstly we do not see what they may become?
Even the educator may feel disorientated initially towards “whom” he sees, but this may be overcome by looking ahead and taking into consideration not only what the youngster shows at that moment, but above all what he may really become. Bearing in mind the finished product that can be created, the educator must take account of the raw material in front of him for that purpose. No matter if the finished product is as yet unknown, what does matter is to favour the process that leads to its realization and that urges the spontaneous unveling of the different phases of actuation. Helping the youngster to blossom means, in fact, believing that, given certain conditions, he has that possibility and it is highly probable that those conditions have not yet been met. The residential Community then becomes the catalyzing instrument and the place for starting to make all that happen, favouring a synthesis between receptiveness, empathy, respect and authority for breaking the old viscious circles.
Experiential - Theoretical
Language: Italian

A7
UTA GABAY, EFRAT TENNENBAUM, YEOSHUA STARRET (Israel)
Psychosynthesis in Jerusalem
A less known aspect of Assagioli’s work is his application of the Psychosynthesis model to national entities, specifically to the Jewish people. As recent research into the Assagioli archives reveals, he dedicated much inner and public work to it over many years. A group in Jerusalem has taken up this seeding work on the Psychosynthesis of the Jewish people and is developing it further.
The workshop addresses:
• Assagioli’s research and public work concerning the Jewish People
• Psychosynthesis in Jerusalem
• ‘Psychoenergetic Inquiry’ - a meditative method we have developed to work with the personality and the soul potential of a group or national entity, in this case the Jewish people.
This will be a group presentation by members of the Hechal Centre for Universal Spirituality in Jerusalem, including lecture, a guided meditative exercise and discussion.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: English / Italian

A8
JOANNE GRAHAM-WILSON (France)
New Start
Unemployment is a daily subject in all the media and a major source of fear and worry among populations in every country. With a rising world population and increasing economic crises, unemployment is also rising.
Finding oneself unemployed, especially over a long period of time, becomes a period of such self-doubt that identity questions need to be addressed before practical issues on succeeding a job interview can be mastered.
This workshop condenses 42 hours of training sessions into a 3-hour experiential session showing how the unemployed can overcome personal insecurities so as to be clear in their needs and able to reassure a recruiter or future clients.
Before developing a strategy for prospecting the work market, candidates learn to identify:
• their qualities and successes and how to feel comfortable speaking of them
• the job that represents a conciliation between acquired competencies and realistic aspirations
• where and how to find the ideal job, strategic methodology and motivation aids
• attitudes that reassure recruiters and clients; preparating oneself psychologically and spiritually for an interview
• the sufficiency of their competencies as compared to an employer's needs; knowing how to say "No"
Experiential
Language: English

A9
STEPHANIE GUASTELLA LINDSAY, LORI RICHLOFF (USA)
Embodying our Subpersonalities COMPLETE
The expressive arts can be used to elicit our own and others’ sub-personalities and to transform our own and others’ relationships with their sub-personalities. Using movement/dance, improvisation, drawing, creative writing, and poetic dialogue, participants in this experiential workshop will be guided through a process of disidentification and then work in depth with a sub-personality of their choosing. Participants will discover that each sub-personality has its own story, its own personal mythology, to disclose.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A10
INGRID GUNBERG (Sverige)
Constellation together with Psychosynthesis
In this workshop, we will focus on both the therapist involvement in their own system as well as that of the client in order to see where there is an opening to solutions. Using the practice of constellations around a live case, we will explore hidden forces that may impede the therapy-process such as entanglement, disengagement, support or the lack of it. Outcomes will be both personal and professional, focusing on what can emerge from hidden depths. There will be space for two or more issues.
Constellations are a powerful and unique way of resolving issues of great weight in ways that point sensitively and simply to seeing anew. The founder of constellations work Bert Hellinger also calls this work "Orders of Love" and says:
“When we understand the systemic laws that allow love to unfold, we may be able to help suffering families and individuals to find solutions. It’s profoundly moving to observe clients approach the Orders of Love and spontaneously melt into soft and intimate love, even after a lifetime of hate, anger and abuse.”
Experiential
Language: English
/ Italian

A11
ELKE GUT (Schweiz), ANTON FIECHTER (Italia)
Psychosynthesis and Astrology
Can we find a parallel between the Psychosynthesis method and astrology? Is there a relation between the three levels of the personality: physical, emotional and mental and the astrological planets Saturn, the Moon and the Sun? How can dis-identification be applied from the astrological point of view? The transpersonal planets Uranium, Neptune and Pluto – an attempt at a psychosynthesis interpretation. How can the will be interpreted with psychosynthesis astrology in an example regarding the theme of birth? These questions will be addressed and elaborated in the workshop.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: German / Italian

A12
MASSIMILIANA MOLINARI, ELODIE MIGLIORINI (Italia)
From stereotypes to archetypes: from dependence to Unity – a psychosynthesis proposal for emotional dependence
We propose a group experience in which participants will be invited to use body techniques, art and imagery for recognizing gender stereotypes. A process of disidentification from these will be actuated along a trail that will unravel to the point of awareness of the male and female archetypes resonating within the individual’s inner world. The workshop will end with a meditation on inner union and Universal Union, drawing also from the theory of quantum entanglement.
Experiential
Language: Italian

A13
FRANCESCA PECCI (Italia)
The myth of Persephone and the transmutation of limits through Developmental Drama
Developmental Drama is a process of Personal Growth. Initially it helps to develop an integrated personality; subsequently it renders service to going beyond the personality and accessing a higher dimension of Consciousness with one’s own Qualities, creating Harmony and Beauty. The substratum theory of the work proposed is the dimension of Greek Myths and the Eleusinian Mysteries, in particular the trial undergone in the Myth of Cyane and Persephone. The Myth describes symbolically the journey that human Consciousness must undergo in order to evolve and it reminds us of the contribution that Psychology can offer to that effect. During the Workshop participants will discuss the Myth and its subtle sense also through brain-storming; aided by the leader they will create a series of representations using improvisation and will be able both to express themselves and their tensions as well as nurture and activate a dimension of Group work.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: Italian

A14
PIERO RIGHELLI, NURIEL FRANSOSA (Italia)
Psychosynthesis and Coaching: building the future
Psychosynthesis and Coaching have many points in common regarding the process of change. Both may be proposed to people or groups who wish to reach new personal or existential objectives, to build their own future. Both facilitate the way from the present state to a desired state, placing the accent on the individual’s responsibility, on his creative capacities and on the use of the will (also as a factor of choice). They favour and sustain the process of self-realization. Psychosynthesis can enrich Coaching with perspective, depth, vision, techniques and methods. Coaching can enrich the Psychosynthesis processes with its specific ways of self-confrontation, questioning, encouraging the realization of personal or group resources. Concerted action between Coaching and Psychosynthesis permits the development of a new type of Psychosynthesis professionalism that can operate in new areas of work, responding to a great request already voiced. In the workshop participants will experience points of contact and of development in the meeting between Psychosynthesis and Coaching, common and specific instruments and will explore possible future perspectives.
Experiential – Theoretical
Language: Italian / English

A15
WILLIAM PENNELL ROCK (USA)
Neo-Exorcism: Dealing with Your Inner Saboteur COMPLETE
A force exists in each of us to generate the Shadow whose intent is to deaden and ultimately destroy us, presenting challenges only survived by those who are psychologically fit.
The bad news is that this Saboteur, devious in ways that defy imagination and greatly strengthened by our prevailing blindness to it, more or less rules our lives. The good news is that every adventure and love story tells us how to transform it. Their underlying archetypal forms express the process of Psychosynthesis, by which this villain is challenged and its essential power reclaimed and reintegrated into the whole. In the ORIGINS workshops participants come to recognize that they are living out a personal myth in which this power sabotaging their lives must be confronted and transformed.
In this three hour workshop you will have the opportunity to experience the part of the ORIGINS Process, called “neo-exorcism”, that exposes your Saboteur and its work. It includes witnessing your self-sabotage, vigorously embodying and expressing its archetypal agent, your Saboteur, and realizing that it is fuelled by your own energy whose disposition is finally your own choice.
Come if you dare.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A16
RENZO ROSSIN (Italia)
Oneiric roots of the future – dream in education and in personal growth
For thousands of years dreams have nourished the evolution of our species, absorbing and creatively re-elaborating our daily experiences, unveiling the threshold to intuition on diverse planes and contributing to discoveries and inventions in all fields. Greater consideration of the “night-school” teachings and a wiser application of these on our part can offer us, even in childhood, precious images and ideas full of inspiration for both personal and collective growth. This can open up the natural way to the language of symbols for youngsters; in adults it can help revalue psychic activity more easily in connection among the psychic functions, the most faithfully available to the will.
Excercises: - Make good use of your dreams at home and at school – Social dreaming and intuition about the future.
Experiential
Language: Italian / English

A17
ARON SALTIEL (Österreich)
Constellation Work in Psychosynthesis Counseling and Therapy
Constellation work (often referred to as "family constellation") proves to be an effective method for representation of relations between individuals, such as partners, family members, group members. We can also externalize intra-personal elements, e.g. subpersonalities, I, the Self and observe their relationship as the representants interact, which can be helpful for strategies of conflict management and problem solving, as well as to gain deeper understandig of oneself, of the "next step" in one's psychosynthesis.
In this experimental workshop we shall work with exercises that demonstrate the use of constellations in the context of Psychosynthesis.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A18
MANOLIS SKOULIKAS (Hellas)
Between Hope and Fatalism: The archetype of the Healer in a time of Crisis
In our times of crisis we are called upon as psychotherapists to help our clients and our fellow human beings to deal with loss and express mixed feelings of anger, guilt, pain and find a “meaning” to an ongoing traumatic situation. In this soul’s journey we will face the archetype of fatalism with its five heads of fear, guilt, hopelessness, cynicism and defeatism. In search for an opposite force to counter this we will discover the archetype of Hope through the ancient Greek myth of “Pandora’ Box”. We will address techniques against mass media manipulation and will focus on ways to reclaim respect for humanity and act from our true centre, the eye of the storm in times of continual degradation of human value and human values.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian

A19
SCOTT THOMPSON, LAWRENCE WINTERS (USA)
Dialogue at Intersections: Social Healing between Veterans and Civilians

Like Russian Nesting Dolls we as humans inhabit and express ourselves through multiple psychological and social identities. Psychosynthesis has come a long way and excels at assisting greater harmony with our psychological healing. Social Healing is our next frontier. It is a type of healing that is beyond the boundary of our psychological life and exists as social identities between people, groups and nations. This experiential workshop, utilizing cutting edge psychological and social healing processes, will demonstrate one application of social healing between two identities that remain painfully unrelated to each other. Our focus will be the unresolved rift between veteran soldiers and civilians in every country. We are learning that war touches the lives of all people. Perhaps more
than any single social enterprise, war shapes the character of individuals, families, cultures and nations. Yet, war’s mythic role in national life often hides the wounds it exacts on all members and dimensions of society. Social Healing between Veterans and Civilians is a conscious exploration of the impact of war upon both groups, each having something vital for the other.
Experiential
Language: English / Italian