Monday, April 29, 2013

The Life Wheel

Periods of crisis occur i everyone's life

To live is both to meet what we need and to meet resistance. Both of these make us grow. Sometimes what is resisting us can feel so heavy, that we end up in a personal crisis. If one takes this crisis seriously, one grows.

Most of us meet these periods of resistance in all phases of our lives. Whether we call these periods crisis or not depends on our attitude, but the characteristics of these periods often follow a general pattern, that can be illustrated by the following picture:

The text inside the brackets describe the risks there are for serious consequences in connection within the different crisis periods. These risks are larger, the less one takes the crisis seriously, or the less oneself or people around understand it. The risks can although be completely eliminated with good self-knowledge and/or with help of personal support, coaching or therapy.

The LifeWheel as illustrated here, contrasts with the old tradition of western countries often called The Ages of Man, which implies that life after 40 is "downhill". I rather adhere to another, and in fact an older tradition, the Ayurvedic, that describes Ages of Man in a much nicer (and today, with higher health levels, more realistic) way:

  0 - 12   Childhood
13 - 19   Adolescence
20 - 39
   Young Adult
40 - 59
   Younger Middle Age
60 - 89
   Middle Age
90 -
       Old Age

Different types of crisis require different therapy forms

In this blog there is a focus on Psychosynthesis. This does not mean that Psycho-synthesis is better or more superior other coaching and therapy forms. Referring to the "Life Wheel" above, different therapy forms are differently well suited for the task, depending on where in life one is and which type of crisis one has come into. The following picture illustrates this:

I work in all of these levels, with some of the therapy forms shown in the picture: counseling, personal support, Transactional Analysis, Reality Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Psychology, and of course, Psychosynthesis. I also work with cognitive methods, NLP and Cognitive Script Therapy (CST). Other, not traditionally therapeutic, methods are also used, like meditation, affirmation, prayer.

One method from Psychosynthesis that specifically can be mentioned is visualization. A number of generalized Psychosynthesis Visualizations are gathered in this site, and you can  purchase and download them.If you are a Newsletter Subsciber you can also listen to them for free on-line.

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