Life in the 21st century throws up many challenges. At one level, the human race has never been so connected, at another never so isolated. The fragmentation of families and communities, prolonged economic uncertainty, the relentless pressure of change and transition mean that we are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress. The Ancient Greeks recognised two ways of being in the world – ‘mythos’ and ‘logos’. ‘Logos’ was the practical, rational, forward-looking energy that enabled man to increasingly understand and master his environment. ‘Mythos’ helped man to find deeper meaning, beyond the realm of ‘logos’. Since the Enlightenment, with an ever-increasing emphasis on the benefits of science and technology, ‘mythos’ has become discredited and man has over-relied on rational thinking to deliver everything we need as humans to lead a rich and fulfilled life.
In response to the demands of a 24/7, ‘always on’ lifestyle, our minds run on overdrive and our physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing is frequently neglected. Early Celtic communities embraced the role of the ‘anam cara’ or ‘soul friend’, someone with whom could be shared the deepest intimacies of our inner world to facilitate the process of healing, learning and bringing forth what is calling to be expressed in our life. In Psychosynthesis, this is the role of the guide or therapist; helping individuals to recognise and move beyond adaptations and limitations linked to early survival, re-connect with our inner wisdom and realise our true potential.