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An individual's response to stressful stimuli can be traced back to early life experiences that change the brain and set up an habitual pattern of responsiveness for the rest of our lives. If these neuro­-networks are based on the activation of the fear system rather than a positive pathway our personalities can be based on negativity and hopelessness rather than love and optimism.
Neuroscience now shows that the brain is plastic and that we can develop new neural pathways so we can see our world with a positive outlook. If we imagine doing something and then do it the same areas of the brain are activated. The brain cannot distinguish between imagination and reality.
Psychotherapy changes the brain by helping clients to develop new neural pathways or levels of consciousness. Roberto Assagioli gave us a model that addresses the three levels of consciousness, lower, middle and higher. It's the human potential at the level of higher consciousness where Psychosynthesis offers a unique contribution. Here we can develop new neural pathways as we explore the activation and expression of the higher unconscious and have a direct awareness and experience of communion with our higher consciousness.
It is by truly understanding the effects of brain plasticity through psychotherapy and neuroscience that we can begin to understand the mystery of human possibilities.
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* See Stratford (2009) "Neuroanalysis of therapeutic alliance in the symptomatically anxious: the physiological connection revealed between therapist and client" at Neuropsychoanalysis International Conference

"The transpersonal self manifests at the level of universality, where personal plans and concerns are overshadowed by our wider vision of the whole."
Piero Ferrucci