Piero Ferrucci is a psychotherapist and a philosopher. Piero was Roberto Assagioli’s student, assistant and collaborator and is currently a staff member at the Psychosynthesis Institute in Florence. He has authored many books, bringing the concepts and tools of psychosynthesis to a global audience.
I first met Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis, in 1969. I had returned from an extended stay in California, which in those days was a forge of new ideas – among them, those that most interested me: realization of one’s own potential, transpersonal psychology, altered states of consciousness. I had spent some time at Esalen Institute, epicentre of all the research and activity on these themes. There, I had heard talk of the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli as an important figure in this field: “What! You’re Italian and you don’t even know him? He lives in Florence.”.
When I returned to Italy, I wrote to him, then went to visit him. The night before, although I had never seen him in person nor in photograph yet, I dreamt him: a thin, smiling elderly man, with white beard, and the air of a wise rabbi. He was in the back seat of an impressive, luxury-model car. He said: “Come, I’ll take you for a ride.” The next day I met Assagioli. He was just like the character of my dream. Thus I decided to go for a ride with him. The ride on which he took me was a profound inner transformation and an extraordinary broadening of my perspectives.
These were normal experiences for anyone who worked with him. You had strange dreams that were beautiful and intense, and sudden inner transformations, weird coincidences, sensations and feelings previously unknown. You could really see what change was.
And yet Assagioli was no guru or wizard. On the contrary: he belonged to the best scientific and cultural tradition of the early twentieth century. He had written for Prezzolini’s authoritative journal La Voce, had been a friend of Jung, and Freud himself regarded him as the representative of Psychoanalysis in Italy – not surprisingly, as he was the first to translate and publish psychoanalytic work into Italian. He had rubbed elbows with people like Martin Buber and Rabindranath Tagore, D.T. Suzuki and Inhayat Khan. Most important of all, he had founded psychosynthesis, a school of psychology with vastly stimulating ideas for people concerned with personal transformation.”
~ Piero Ferrucci from http://pieroferrucci.it/psychosynthesis.html