Who was Roberto Assagioli
A brief introduction to the founder of Psychosynthesis
Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) was the founder of Psychosynthesis, an approach to human spiritual and personal development intended to make the best of Western and Eastern magical teachings applicable in a grounded psychological context.
Assagioli was Jewish and because of the anti-Semitism rife at his time, chose to keep secret the more esoteric aspects of his system, except to a select few. Despite this avoidance of quoting mystical sources, Assagioli, in creating Psychosynthesis, constructed a psychological system that is clearly in tune with the ancient wisdom of Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and particularly Kabbalah. Many of the main principles of psychosynthesis reflect those found in Kabbalistic teachings, especially the central importance attached to the presence of love and the act of will, and the inclusion of a 'transpersonal will' (or Purpose) as well as the individual will.
Assagioliís writings are full of a depth of wisdom and understanding that is rarely matched.
If you would like to read articles by Assagioli, you can find lots of interest at Dirk Kelder's excellent Psychosynthesis pages.