PSYCHOSYNTHESIS, another word for individuation or ‘inner journey’, is a process I have been engaged in for several years now on an experiential level, though I have some catching up to do on the theoretical side to explain what is happening to me. Throughout this site, I will stick to the term psychosynthesis, as it better describes the journey towards individuation, which is more commonly used to describe the end result. This page reflects my understanding as it is now – it may well change over time as I become more familiar with the dynamics of my own psyche.
Psychosynthesis is an approach to psychology that expands the boundaries of the field by identifying a deeper center of identity, which is the postulate of the Self. It considers each individual unique in terms of purpose in life and places value on the exploration of human potential. The approach combines spiritual development with psychological healing by including the life journey of an individual or his unique path to self-realization. (Source: Wikipedia)
PSYCHOSYNTHESIS will be a recurrent theme in my future writing projects but I won’t even pretend to have read all the titles listed below – it is more of a personal bucket list! Since it’s still a work in progress, please bear with me while I tidy it up over time. Some may be out of print and for others, more recent editions may exist. Let me know if you spot any bloopers before I do. The titles in bold are current reads/rereads and are most definitely up to date.
If you are new to the subject of ‘the inner journey’ and interested in further research, Gary Kidgell’s The Inner Journey (Claregate Publishing) is a sound and relatively digestible starting point, though it does assume some previous knowledge of ancient wisdom teachings.
If you’re tackling Jung for the first time, Memories, Dreams and Reflections (listed below) is a good starting point.
- Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings, 2012
- Douglas Baker, Esoteric Psychology. 3rd edition, Baker Publications 1996
- Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine, New World Library 2013
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New World Library 2008
- Edinger E, Ego and Archetype. Shambala 1992
- Firman, J & Gila, A, Psychosynthesis: A Psychology of the Spirit, State University of New York Press 2002
- Fordham F, An Introduction to Jung’s Psychology, Penguin Books 1953
- James Hillman, The Soul’s Code: On Character and Calling, Bantam 1997
- Carl Jung, Four Archetypes, Princeton University Press 2012
- Carl Jung, Man and his Symbols, Arkana 199?
- Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Vintage Books 1989
- Carl Jung, Psychology of the Unconscious, 1912
- Carl Jung, Symbols of Transformation, 1952
- Carl Jung, Synchroncity: A Causal Connecting Principle, 1952
- Carl Jung, The Integration of the Personality, 1939
- Gary Kidgell, The inner Journey, Claregate Publishing 2015 (see above)
- Rupert Sheldrake. The Presence of the Past, Fontana 1989
- Anthony Storr, The Essential Jung, Fontana 1998
- The Act of Will: Guide to Self-Actualization and Self-Realization, Crucible/Aquarian Press, 1990
- Transpersonal Development: The Dimension Beyond Psychosynthesis, Smiling Wisdom/Inner Way Productions 2007
- The Ancient Wisdom, Theosophical Publishing House 1911
- Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation, New World Library 2004
- The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology, Shambhala 1994
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol)
Slightly off topic, some practical advice for anyone considering writing a memoir:
The following are my own attempts at making sense of some of the primary archetypes discussed in Jung’s work: