PSYCHOLOGICAL EXERCISES AND TRAININGS
VISUALIZATION EXERCISE FOR WORLD PSYCHOSYNTHESIS
By Roberto Assagioli. (Doc. #23377 – Assagioli Archives – Florence. Original Title: Esercizio di Visualizzazione per la Psicosintesi Mondiale. Translated by Jan Kuniholm)
Imagine that we have a globe on a table in front of us, and we see on it the Arctic at the top, then Europe with its peninsulas (Spain, Italy and Greece) and its major islands (England and Ireland). We thus realize the geographical unity of Europe, a continent of which each nation is an integral part.
Then, below Europe, we “see” the Mediterranean Sea and, below that, the continent of Africa, which is itself a geographical unit.
Now imagine that the globe slowly begins to turn, making Siberia, Mongolia, Tibet and India appear before us; then China, Indonesia and Japan. The globe spins again and presents us with the Pacific Ocean; we see Australia, New Zealand and, further south, Antarctica. Next we see the American continent appear: North and South America. Then the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores, the Canary Islands; finally Europe again.
This is the image of the world as it is in its material geographical reality; we try to perceive it as a whole, as an inseparable whole, with its intercommunicating oceans and seas.
Let us now imagine the dense network of communications linking humans together: trains, ships, airplanes. Let us focus our attention especially on the myriad of airplanes that fly continuously, day and night, from one nation to another, from north to south, from east to west and vice versa, from continent to continent.
All these means of communication carry human beings, letters, newspapers and books. And through the ether they propagate communications by means of radio and television.
Let us realize how those means of communication constitute the pathways for psychological and spiritual relations among human beings, among the various parts of humanity, which is also composed — like the human body — of “organs” and groups.
Beyond geographical unity and material exchanges, therefore, there is a psychological and cultural communion made possible by the substantial identity of nature — underlying all differences — that exists among all human beings. And, above this, there is an essential spiritual identity, of which humanity is beginning to become aware.
So let us realize that all separation is relative; all “loneliness,” however intensely felt and suffered, is subjective and illusory. In reality, each of us is a “cell” that both receives and transmits, necessarily in solidarity and sharing, through the groups of which we are part, of and in the great bio-psycho-spiritual Entity: Humanity.« Back to Glossary Index