By Roberto Assagioli, Lesson XII, 2 June 1963, Assagioli Archive Florence.
“The doctor first of all teaches the patient the techniques of meditation. Then he trains him to perform it by means of “guided meditation”; that is, the doctor does the meditation with the patient, pointing out the different stages as it proceeds and, in the case of reflective meditation, doing it aloud. During the silent receptive phase, exchanges may occur as spontaneous transmissions both from the doctor to the patient and vice versa. This is not to be wondered at, as telepathic exchange between doctor and patient occurring also outside meditation have been verified many times, even by Freud and other psychoanalysts.
Meditation done by the doctor on behalf of the patient constitutes its third use in psychotherapy. He avails himself of reflective meditation to consider the case in hand in its different aspects and works out a programme of treatment. Then receptive meditation can serve as a channel for the reception on consciousness of intuitions, ideas and incentives bearing on the therapeutic action.
“in the preceding lesson we spoke of meditation being one of the most effective methods of achieving psychosynthesis.” … “meditation is of great help first of all in creating awareness of personal responsibility, and then in the various phases of self-analysis and self-synthesis.”« Back to Glossary Index