Self (Transpersonal Self or Higher Self)

Assagioli recognized that “I” is the reflection or projection of a deeper source of being, Self (also Transpersonal Self or Higher Self), which is supraordinate to “I” and the personality as a whole. Self is experienced most essentially as a sense of “vocation” or “call,” providing direction and meaning not only for individual unfoldment, but for living out our relationships with other people, nature, and the planet as a whole. Here is Assagioli writing of the relationship between “I” (via personal will) and Self (via transpersonal will) which forms the axis of Self-realization:

Accounts of religious experiences often speak of a “call” from God, or a “pull” from some Higher Power; this sometimes starts a “dialogue” between the man and this “Higher Source,” in which each alternately invokes and evokes the other. (The Act of Will, p. 114)


Thus Self does not belong to the individual, but rather the individual belongs to Self; Self is not “my Self” except in the sense we might say, “my God” or “my higher power.” Self exists both within and beyond the individual, and can be met not only in the heights and depths of the human psyche, but externally in synchronistic events, the routines of daily life, sacred environments, and authentic relationships.