Finding the Voice of the Self: Psychosynthesis and Intuition

One of the central tools of psychosynthesis is the exploration and integration of a person’s subpersonalities. To ensure its survival, the ego has developed a complex network of subpersonalities that enables it to fulfil its specific needs. The subpersonalities are the functions of our ego that are specific to a particular individual and serve to maintain our sense of self and the identity of the ego. They are the masks and protective disguises that the ego uses to create a sense of identity. As an individual progresses in psychosynthesis, they are able to integrate their various subpersonalities so that they are no longer divided into separate and competing parts, but form a unified functioning system.

But who is the conductor of this orchestra of subpersonalities within each of us? How are we able to connect with the sense of Self that exists at our true core? This inner knowing is what we call intuition. It takes place in stillness and in the presence of inspiration that comes from another level, often through asking and waiting. The ability to feel this oneness with the Self develops through constant exploration of one’s inner world and through a process of introspection that enables one to recognise the various masks and disguises of the subpersonalities, the various roles and self-images that the ego plays. To bridge this gap, mind and heart must be ready and there must be at least a beginning of trust in one’s own ability to “know”. We can develop intuition and a sense of the presence of the Self by simply sitting quietly and observing what is present in the mind and heart.

Intuition does not have to be taught, it has to be allowed. It is an ability that has always been dormant within us, waiting for us to turn towards it, just as a flower turns towards the sun. To develop intuition, it is helpful to be mindful, to sit still and observe what is there. We can begin with a small willingness to “know” more of the truth, light and wisdom when it comes to our own lives and the lives of those we love. We can begin to welcome in the removal of obstacles that cloud our understanding or affect our perception of truth. We can begin to trust ourselves and the truth more as we notice our thoughts and feelings, as we pay attention to what is happening in the world and to those around us. We can begin to observe our everyday activities and recognise the masks and disguises that our ego plays up.

The desire to get in touch with a greater clarity opens the doors to inner knowing, especially if this desire is accompanied by a willingness to receive and pay attention to what we hear or see. There are people who “know” things but do not believe what their inner senses tell them. They judge and reject what they feel or believe. This decision closes the doors to higher perception because it gives more power to fear: the fear of being wrong, the fear of being different, the fear of having to change one’s life because of what one hears. To open the doors to intuition and keep them open, we must be willing to hear and know, and we must be willing to trust.

Trust is not an easy thing, because it often requires a re-evaluation of how we have lived our lives. It may be that life has forced us to become more practical, more focused on the daily tasks of living and caring for others. Or it may be that we have made mistakes in the past when it came to who or what we trust. It may also be that we have forgotten that we have the capacity to feel more, sense more or be more open to life on all levels. Trust does not only involve the willingness to receive something from another level of our being. It also involves the willingness to believe in our own ability to flow with life and to change what needs to be changed on the outside or on the inside to do so.

The more we stay true to ourselves, the more our lives begin to change, the more we open up to ourselves and the more we open up to truth. The more we stay true to ourselves, the more our lives begin to change, the more we open up to ourselves and the more we open up to the truth.

Especially today, when we as a collective humanity are faced with so many major problems and so many actions are being taken that can have profound effects on all of humanity, it is crucial that we reclaim our capacity to know and trust, from which intuition springs. Otherwise we find ourselves in the precarious position of not knowing what or who to believe, not knowing what direction to take to improve the world and alleviate the immense suffering that currently exists. Without access to the deeper intuitive sense that is a part of us, we live at the mercy of public opinion rather than in the presence of truth. We have not forgotten the power of intuition, the power of what we feel to be true. We have only forgotten the depth of our own intuition. We have only forgotten that we have the capacity to feel more, to sense more or to be more open to life on all levels.

It is time to allow our inner senses to awaken and become the beings that we are. The times we live in demand this of us, and for each of us, the heart demands this of us so that we can begin to solve the problems and challenges that are immediately before us. We do not have to go to remote places to develop this ability further. We can begin to develop intuition in our daily lives by paying attention to the inner guidance that can guide us through our daily actions and decisions. We can begin to trust our intuition, our inner knowing, and if we are willing to open ourselves to the truth, intuition can be a powerful guide to making the right choices. The world is full of signs that tell us what to do. Signs that tell us to be healthy, to care for the environment, to be in harmony with ourselves, with society and with nature. We can begin to trust the signs that are there, to listen to what we believe to be true, to pay attention to what we feel in the body and to remember that there is much we do not need to understand or know in order to make good choices for ourselves and our loved ones.

Recognising the gifts of intuition may not happen immediately, but it will happen. The more we begin to open our hearts, the more we can listen to the voice of the heart and the more we can be guided by it. We can make the decision at any time to listen to the heart and return to the Self. With this simple action, we break through the ego’s defences and act with and for the soul.


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