FREEDOM IN JAIL: A REFLECTION ON PIGEONS, PAPER, AND PARADISE
Nearly all of us have experienced some form of “lock down” during the past year of the pandemic. This Webinar offers you an opportunity to learn more about Roberto Assagioli’s reflections on the deeper meaning of ‘freedom’ – a word that is bandied about without much thought – from advertising soda drinks to promoting war. The concept of freedom will be explored through Assagioli’s autobiographical account Freedom in Jail. This book outlines Assagioli’s own experience before, during and after his own imprisonment in Regina Coeli prison by the Italian fascist regime in 1940. Freedom in Jail offers insights into Assagioli’s understanding of true “inner freedom, pure freedom … attained rising above the fetters, a sense of expansion ...” We will begin with a presentation by Catherine Ann Lombard, the editor of Freedom in Jail, on how Assagioli described his time in prison, practiced his psychosynthesis concepts and techniques, and ultimately experienced his own personally transformation and self-realization. This will be followed by Q&A. Then we will break up into smaller groups and share our thoughts on a specific excerpt from the book. At the end, we will gather together as a larger group and share whatever insights we might have gained.
Learning Objectives - Attendees will: Hear about what happened to Assagioli before, during, and after his imprisonment. Become aware of the magnitude of Assagioli’s meditations on the concept of freedom. Read and reflect on a specific passage from Freedom in Jail. Engage with others in a smaller group on the passage in order to gain insights into one’s own experience of ‘imprisonment’ and ‘freedom.’ Gain a deeper understanding of the concept of ‘freedom’ through the sharing of insights with the larger group as a whole.
Catherine has requested that you click on this link:https://aap-psychosynthesis.org/resources/Reading%20Freedom%20in%20Jail%20AAP%20Webinar%20Material.pdf and read the attached before attending the webinar and that you bring paper and something to write with.
Presenter: Catherine Ann Lombard is the researcher who edited, annotated and wrote the “Introduction” to Freedom in Jail. Biography: Catherine Ann Lombard, M.A. is a psychosynthesis psychologist, practitioner and researcher. She has had numerous scientific articles published on psychosynthesis and is currently exploring the relationship between Roberto Assagioli and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet and Nobel Prize winner of Literature. She writes a bimonthly blog on psychosynthesis at LoveAndWill.com.
Synthesis in an age of Polarization
We are pleased to announce that Aubyn Howard, co-founder of Psychosynthesis Coaching Limited (https://www.psychosynthesiscoaching.co.uk/) is presenting: Synthesis in an age of Polarization This webinar draws upon Roberto Assagioli’s teaching about synthesis, evolution and the principle of polarity and develops and applies these to the crises we are facing today at different levels – inner and outer; individual and collective; leaders, groups, systems and society. It introduces new techniques and offers guidance to practitioners and leaders for engaging with polarization from a psychosynthetic perspective. Learning Objectives Attendees will deepen their understanding of how to work with the principles of synthesis to resolve issues or polarization at different levels: self, relationships, groups, organizational systems and society. Learners will explore the principles of synthesis in their own lives, in their inner and outer worlds. Learners will discover and practice new techniques for working with conflict within organizational systems. Learners will recognize how systems forces of polarization are at play in our wider society and explore new ways of engaging with these.
TRANSFORMING COMPLEX TRAUMA INTO RECOVERY AND GROWTH
Presented by Jean A. Rhea, LCMFT (KS), LMFT (CA), MS This session is oriented towards those who may have experienced complex trauma, recovery and growth personally or are now interested in or currently guiding others professionally. One of the key take-aways from this webinar is the importance of asking the question, "What's happened to you?," instead of the often misguided question, "What's wrong with you?," thus opening to the possibility and opportunity for transpersonal recovery and growth. Learning Objectives: Explore moving away from the stigmatizing, marginalizing and polarizing label of 'addiction', instead using substance use and misuse. Explore seeing and holding substance use and misuse as a healthy survival strategy and important primary relationship! Identifying survival subpersonalities with creative, incredible strengths and survival skills. Practice identifying and simplifying complex trauma (individual, family, community national and global) and patterns of substance use and misuse into a single snapshot using a new model I am currently developing: Complex Trauma, Recovery and Growth: A self-directed wellness plan. Explore how to turn Survival Subpersonalities and their Survival Skills and Strengths into new and more Authentic Selves with Recovery Skills and Strengths. Identifying recovery and post-traumatic growth as an often immediate response.
“Psychosynthesis in the Great Unraveling.” with Molly Brown
As we face together the pain, challenges, and transformation of the Great Unraveling, may we draw upon the reserves of strength, creativity, and resilience we have found through psychosynthesis --and move into a Great Turning to a just, peaceful, and vibrant new world.
20/20 Vision: Living our Way into Purpose in the New Year Presented by Jon Schottland
This webinar will feature the theme of “Purpose, Meaning, and Values” with Jon Schottland, senior trainer at the Synthesis Northeast institute. We will explore purpose as a guiding principle in psychosynthesis, both in terms of how it informs our personal lives and as well as implications for working with clients.
Assagioli identified purpose as the first stage of the Act of Will. Thus, as we begin to orient towards purpose we find ourselves drawn into the experience of being willers, and by extension, we arrive at the door of the Self. From this larger perspective, purpose becomes not just a destination but a moment-to-moment journey of living and being that is most resonant with Self.
Come join us for this lively and interactive conversation about cultivating vision, being guided by purpose, and living with intention as we move into both the new year and a whole new decade. May psychosynthesis find an ever growing audience in the 2020’s and help contribute to a world of peace, harmony and collective well being!
About the Presenter: Jon Schottland has been a psychosynthesis practitioner for 16 years both as a trainer and clinician in private practice. He is the founder and director of Synthesis Northeast (www.synthesiscoaching.org) and previously served as president and senior trainer at The Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA. Jon was a presenter at the international psychosynthesis congress in Sicily and has led numerous workshops at AAP conferences here in North America. Jon has also worked in higher education as adjunct faculty in the graduate psychology program at American International College and the Global Masters degree program at Sofia University. Email: email@example.com
PERSONAL AND TRANSPERSONAL KNOWING
Presented by Keith Hackwood
Building on the interest in the Personal & Transpersonal Knowing webinars, this is a continuing exploration of the interactions between the personal and transpersonal through the body, mind, spirit and collective using theory, case material and experiential practices. We will consider the relational edge, the fluidity of consciousness within space and time, and ways of working sensitively with subtle states and energies.
Aims & Learning Objectives
Relationship as a Journey
Presented by Ilene Val-Essen, PhD
Target Audience: appropriate for all people interested in relationship, whether romantic, interpersonal, professional, parental, or educational. The session is oriented towards personal growth and will address professional applications as well.
Presented by Ilene Val-Essen, PhD, a LMFT in private practice since 1975. Dr. Val-Essen has authored two books on parenting, Bring Out the Best in Your Child and Yourself and Parenting with Wisdom and Compassion and has created the Quality Parenting programs, which have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. She is also a contributing author in a psychosynthesis book about relationships to be published in 2020 and has taught at UCLA, Education Extension. The principles, mindsets, and practical skills she applies in various relationships have proven to be applicable in diverse communities.
In this interactive webinar, we’ll engage with two sets of foundational principles, which invite us to enter a new paradigm of relationship that can dramatically improve how we relate to the people in our lives. As doors open that were previously closed, we become free to interact with others with a wiser and more compassionate heart—even during extraordinary stress when buttons are pushed and fears take center stage.
We’ll experience a bridge exercise to the higher and become acquainted with a higher-self character, which I’ve named Faithful. Faithful helps us recognize the transformational opportunities in relationship when we value connection more than personal upset. As we work with foundational principles, a bridge exercise to the higher self, and Faithful, a powerful higher-self character, we’ll gain support in being in relationship with greater wisdom and compassion.
Learning Objectives: by the end of the session, you will
Dr. Val-Essen has enjoyed working with parents, families, children and teens, as well as couples and individuals during thirty years as a psychotherapist in private practice. She believes that people of all ages want to grow and enjoy a full and meaningful life. She creates a safe environment to encourage the process of growth. Drawing upon many approaches from Western psychology as well as Eastern traditions, Dr. Val-Essen’s goal is to help people discover and bring out their best. Dr. Val-Essen is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. http://www.counselingcalifornia.com/IleneVal-Essen90230
Personal & Transpersonal Knowing Webinar
presented by Keith Hackwood
In this webinar, we will explore the interactions between the personal and transpersonal through the body, mind, spirit and collective using theory, case material and experiential practices. We will consider the relational edge, the fluidity of consciousness within space and time, and ways of working sensitively with subtle states and energies.
Participants in this webinar will experience
Keith Hackwood, M.A., is an experienced Psychosynthesis therapist, Supervisor and Mindfulness teacher living and working in South Wales, Great Britain. He has worked across a range of settings, including schools, universities and prison and these days he works in private practice and online.
Keith is fascinated by language and creativity and he brings the power of image, metaphor and story to bear upon his work. Keith is a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School and an executive committee member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy’s Spirituality Division and he authored the Creative Mindfulness course.
Much experience working individually and with groups, running retreats, courses and speaking at conferences, trainings and event
I have sought to engage my interests in Mindfulness (which I teach and lead retreats on), with an informed and open therapeutic method, also integrating my studies of many of the world’s religious and spiritual wisdom traditions (such as Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Kabbalah, the Western Hermetic Schools, indigenous and shamanic traditions, the Christian mystics etc) and a lifelong love of art and poetry. This larger synthesis has been fascinating and enriching and allows a developing context for understanding the work in larger contexts – the cultural, historical and societal aspects in particular. I have also been pursuing my interest in Ecopsychology, especially as a means to think about living systems and the human impact upon them. To my mind this has profound implications for spirituality.
Awareness & Will: a Psychosynthesis Webinar
with Kenneth Sørensen
Target Audience: Psychosynthesis-trained counselors and coaches.
Description: In this webinar, we will explore how an awareness- and will-based counseling could look like through experience, theory and dialogue.
The realization and direct experience of awareness and will are central in psychosynthesis counseling because they constitute the ground of being and the psychological centre of an individual. What Assagioli called the conscious “I” is exactly this contentless awareness and the dynamic force of the will-to-be-self.
Supporting the client’s discovery of their centre of “pure self-consciousness and will” is one of the first objectives in psychosynthesis counseling because from there the client will be able to observe the inner conflicts of his or her psychological life and chose the most appropriate way of healing the internal splits.
Learning Objectives - Attendees will:
There will be room for questions, dialogue and we will tune in to the emergence of Self as we go
*Presenter: Kenneth Sørensen has a Master’s degree in Psychosynthesisfrom the University of East London and is a psychotherapist, astrologer and author. His latest of six books are The Soul of Psychosynthesis (2016),Integral Meditation(2017) and The Seven Types(2019).Kenneth
*Biography: Kenneth is the former director of training at the Norwegian Institute of Psychosynthesis. His website www.kennethsorensen.dk offers more than 100 English articles about psychosynthesis. Kenneth recently launched a new website: www.jivayou.com/en/where his company offers online identity profiles based on Roberto Assagioli’s seven psychological types.
The Unconscious as Ally
Presented by Dorothy Firman, Ed.D, LMHC, BCC
Target Audience: appropriate for all people interested in attending to their own unconscious as a way to become more whole. The session is oriented towards personal growth, but professional applications are considered as well.
Presented by Dorothy Firman, Ed.D, LMHC, BCC is theFounder & Director of Training, of The Synthesis Center and a Founding Director of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.
In this interactive webinar, we will play with the unconscious as it shows up in dreams, in daily life, in synchronicity and intuition, and in the imagination. We will start with the assumption that all that we carry or access from our own unconscious or the collective unconscious can be used as an ally. Even nightmares can be befriended towards our own growth and well-being. Especially in difficult times, be they personal or cultural, trusting the unconscious widens our scope of possibility and responsiveness. By accessing our larger knowing, we can choose beyond old and limiting stories and into new and expansive ones. To trust our unconscious is to build a bridge between our Higher self and our personality, allowing us to live resonantly with our inner Call of Self.
Learning some simple methods for being open to the unconscious, working with it, and knowing how to keep it contained, as needed, allows participants to have a fluid relationship between conscious and unconscious words, between waking and sleeping, between knowing and not knowing! Issues that have been hard to resolve may find easier resolution in this alliance. Equally; intuitions, gut feelings and desires can be allowed into the conscious mind for inclusion and consideration. Learning to have a strong centered Self, facilitates the interplay between these worlds.
AAP Presents Pathways to Action in Troubled Times: Psychosynthesis and the Work that Reconnects
Saturday, June 17th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST, Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div., will guide a live and interactive webinar via ZOOM that will invite participants to look honestly and clearly at their efforts in the arena of social change during these times of great political, social and environmental urgency. We will engage psychosynthesis principles to identify the most vital work we feel called to do in the world; to dis-identify from what is holding us back from fully engaging in the arena to which we feel called, and to Self-identify as a member of the universal community of all beings, in order to receive support, increase accountability, and be witnessed in unfolding as engaged agents of change. Please join us as we explore these practices to honor our pain for the world, renew our gratitude for life, and find new paths of heart for the Great Turning toward a life sustaining society.
Pathways to Action Part 1
Pathways to Action Part 2
Young Adult Anxieties and the Path to Greater Self-Confidence
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Dr. Richard Schaub led a live webinar on young adult anxieties and how to use the skills of psychosynthesis to cultivate greater self-confidence and greater self-respect. The webinar included discussion, suggestions, techniques and case examples. It was intended for a wide audience of health professionals, educators, parents and young adults looking for new skills and ideas.
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