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From Assagioli to Almaas. A Rough Guide to Transpersonal Psychology Keith Hackwood The Transpersonal is the future of Psychology. Why? How? Culminating Crises in Positivist Materialsm Present from the outset Wide Vision. Contextual Crises. Outer. Inner.

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from assagioli to almaas
From Assagioli to Almaas

A Rough Guide to Transpersonal Psychology

Keith Hackwood

the transpersonal is the future of psychology
The Transpersonal is the future of Psychology
  • Why?
  • How?
  • Culminating Crises in Positivist Materialsm
  • Present from the outset
  • Wide Vision
contextual crises
Contextual Crises





Loss of Meaning

Loss of identity


  • Climate Change
  • Resource Depletion
  • Limits to Growth
  • ‘End of Progress’
  • ‘Problem of Civilization’
Civilizations don’t just happen… the spiritual impulse that originally gave rise to our Western culture is still presentPeter Kinglsey
a return to essence
A Return to Essence
  • How?

Art or Science



‘Therapy’ is too small a word

the world behind the world
The World Behind The World



psychosynthesis in print

Psychosynthesis in Print

Doctoral Thesis 1909-1910

Psychosynthesis ‘Manual’ – 1965

The Act of Will – 1974

Transpersonal Development - 1993

principal ideas
Principal Ideas
  • Model of human being
  • I-Self Axis
  • The Will
  • Disidentification
  • Stages of Psychosynthesis (personal/transpersonal)
the only w ay out is the way up
“The only way out is the way up”

The Egg Diagram

Assagioli’s Draft


He was very early. Who was there to hear such a large and balanced statement? Not many.

From the Eulogy for Assagioli, by James Vargiu

transpersonal disciplines
Transpersonal Disciplines

Relates to:

  • Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
  • Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Theory
notable peaks
Notable Peaks
  • C G Jung (Especially the Red Book)
  • Archetypal Psychology (Hillman)
  • Spiritual Psychology (Sardello)
  • Ecospychology & Ecophilosophy
  • Stanislav Grof
  • Integral Studies (Wilber)
notable peaks1
Notable Peaks
  • Washburn
  • Naranjo (Gestalt & Enneagram)
  • Influence of Buddhism (Watts, Suzuki, Trungpa, Elias Capriles)
  • Sufism
  • Kabbalah
  • Sri Aurobindo
back to basics1
Back to Basics
  • Freud the ‘godless Jew’
  • From ‘hysterical misery’ to ‘common unhappiness’
  • Fear of the ‘black tide of mud of occultism’

Therapy as Shamanic Operation

the structure of reality
The Structure of Reality
  • Being / Soul / World
  • Personal Essence
  • Essential Aspects
  • The Theory of Holes

“Disidentification means the cessation of identification, the cessation of taking something to be you, or to belong to you, or to define you.”

  • Inquiry

Socratic & Psychodynamic

  • Presence

Embodied ‘felt-sense’ / limbs and hara

love of truth
Love of Truth
  • The soul is fundamentally faithful to the truth, but she is ignorant
  • The truth is now and your life is now
  • Giving ourselves to truth means giving up defences – the self cannot give itself up
the paradox
The Paradox

The Way of Silence & the Talking Cure

From Knowing to Being

coming soon
Coming Soon…

Divine Rebel:

The Life & Work of Roberto Assagioli

By Mark Jones & Keith Hackwood

Publishing Date: September 2014