Following Assagioli closely, a clearer distinction has developed over the years between the personal and transpersonal dimensions of growth and the process by which we hear and heed the deepest promptings of our hearts—whether an intuition that a specific choice is the right one for us, a gut feeling that we need to stand up in a particular situation, or a sense of being called to a certain life task.

The art of discerning and responding to such invitations is called Self-realization because these invitations are thought to arise from a deeper Self existing beyond the bounds of our conscious personality. Following the invitations of Self can lead us along either or both dimensions of growth at different times. Self-realization can also be understood as the relationship between personal will, or the will of “I” (see consciousness and will), and transpersonal will, or the will of Self.

The path of Self-realization presents itself to us from the earliest moments of life, and if pursued, will lead to our most meaningful directions, callings, and vocations in life. The notion of Self-realization provides the context of meaning and purpose for all work—whether personal or transpersonal—in psychosynthesis theory and practice.