WE must not be surprised if Han Ryner, the latest follower of Epictetus, is also a gifted poet. Stoicism, which for the reporters of daily papers is a synonym of pathological insensibility, may be a source of great poetry. To believe this it suffices to have read the inspired hymn, in which Cleantus celebrates the harmonious order of the Universe, under the name of Zeus. What, on the contrary, must astonish and delight us is the quality of Han Ryner’s poetry, quite unusual nowadays?
Letter of Roberto Assagioli sent on November 11-1967, to the presidents, members of the Boards of Directors and other officials of the Foundations, Institutes, and Centers of Psychosynthesis.
The yearning for Immortality is something of primary importance for men. Maybe it is connected to the instinct of self-preservation, or to a wish produced by the fear of death, or maybe a sign, a more or less clear intuition of an essential truth, a glorious reality?
This question has two different answers, in order to set ourselves and the others free from the materialistic denial and the doubt about Immortality.
We found this article of Assagioli in the Archive of the house which has been once his residence and nowadays the headquarters of the Institute of Psychosynthesis. We retained it useful to publish it, despite the outdated language, as an opportunity to reflect for all of us. It contains some teachings of high moral and ethical values, which may or may not be shared, but anyway put us in front of our individual responsibility about what to do with our lives. As Editors, we would appreciate to receive letters and comments about this article in order to open a constructive debate on major issues of contemporary man.
How does a couple bring out the highest possible potential between them? And how does a nation realise the inner soul that are the true identity of that nation? Some suggestions are given here to these questions.
Every psychological age has its good and bad qualities and it is important to keep in touch and develop all the ages in order to be a fully functioning human being.
Humour is a quality of the soul, which is why laughter is so important. Assagioli talks about the many beneficent effects of laughter and the different kinds of humour.
Can joy coexist with pain? According to Assagioli, spiritual joy or bliss is the keynote in connection with spiritual ascension. It can coexist with the pain that the purification process causes
In this paper Assagioli looks at the different types of psychosynthesis from the individual psychosynthesis to the psychosynthesis of humanity.
In this paper Assagioli gives insights to the importance of evoking and developing cheerfulness. It opens the door to joy and is a good way to deliberately change the psychological states.