Wings of hope languish
from lack of use.
When wings dissipate and weaken,
life begins to lose its value.
Every cell in your body is created to rise to challenges.
Your life is meant to confront
everything that holds you captive.
Don't sit at the bottom of the well,
not caring about salvation.
Listen to the voice within calling to you.
Reach for eminence
beyond your maturity!
- Rumi, 13th Century Persian poet and Sufi mystic
Deep within human beings is an innate drive to embrace and actualize the whole of who they are. Given proper nurture, a person develops with the power and direction of a growing seed, synthesizing emergent abilities, acquired skills, and life experiences into a whole, coherent expression of oneself in the world.
The recognition of this impulse stands at the very beginnings of Western depth psychology. Sigmund Freud saw that "psycho-synthesis" within the personality was so fundamental that it need not be addressed directly but would operate naturally if obstacles were removed; Alfred Adler described a basic striving toward wholeness and an "ideal end form" present in both the human and natural worlds; and C.G. Jung wrote of the unification and transformation of the personality initiated by a deeper Self beyond the conscious ego.
The Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of these thinkers, placed the process of synthesis at the very center of the psychology called psychosynthesis. By psychosynthesis he meant a movement toward organization, coherence, and harmony within the human personality, among individuals, and among human groups. He, with Jung, recognized a deeper self as the ultimate source of this process, and, like Adler and later Carl Rogers, saw this process operating in the natural world as well.
-- A Psychotherapy of Love, psychosynthesis in practice, John Firman and Ann Gila
And so now I'd like to say - people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks - I am one of them. But we've all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything - this is something that I'm beginning to learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other. That's because they've been dehumanised. It's time to take the humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain't going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you're nothing. That's my spiel.
-- Joe Strummer, British musician, songwriter and founding member of The Clash
Loving the self makes one loving. Accepting the way makes one accepting. When you have no preconceived expectations, you will open to the beauty of grace. Brilliant inner beauty is like a magnet that others cannot resist.