Freedom in Jail by Roberto Assagioli is the first book in the new series Quaderni dell’Archivio Assagioli (Archivio Assagioli Notebooks) published by The Istituto di Psicosintesi, Florence.
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Edited, annotated and introduced by Catherine Ann Lombard, Freedom in Jail is now available in English, the original language of Assagioli’s manuscript.
Roberto Assagioli intended that his “prison diary” might become an autobiographical account of the time he spent in Regina Coeli prison under the fascist regime in 1940. Now held in the Archivio Assagioli in Florence and curated by Gruppo alle Fonti, the manuscript was never completed. Nevertheless, Freedom in Jail offers a vivid picture of Assagioli’s experience through multiple lenses – from the raw concreteness of everyday events to his interior world. Throughout his testimony, Assagioli offers a personal example of how to use difficult life events as an opportunity to develop one’s personal and spiritual psychosynthesis.
Freedom in Jail also provides – for the first time – an intimate look at Assagioli’s own trials and profound insights as he uses his psychosynthesis concepts and techniques towards personal transformation and self-realization.
This book is a priceless testimony for anyone wanting to learn the process through which Roberto Assagioli realized “inner freedom, pure freedom… attained rising above the fetters, a sense of expansion…”
What Readers are Saying
I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the splendid work you did with Freedom in Jail. You have turned it into a microcosm, with useful psychological, spiritual and historical material that will benefit many people. Assagioli often would have the inspiration for a book, would write the outline perhaps, then leave it because he was too busy already with something else. But this book represents a milestone in his life and a crucial theme of his teachings. So I am very glad you took care of it in such a precise and complete way. The editorial level is first-rate.
Piero Ferrucci, Psychotherapist and Philosopher, Author of What We May Be
This is an excellent, thought provoking, important book and what a wonderful job Catherine has done. Having read the original file in Casa Assagioli, I appreciate the challenge she took on. It would have been much easier – and more limited – to simply print Assagioli’s handwritten notes. However, she has supported contemporary readers, helping them to connect with the depth of Assagioli’s writings by giving a lovely introduction and skilfully adding notes, images, articles etc. I particularly enjoyed Luisa Lunelli’s description of Assagioli’s “Arrest & Return.” I would never have found that article! It brought Roberto Assagioli alive to me as a human being.
Eina McHugh, Author of To Call Myself Belove
Freedom in Jail is a remarkable view of Assagioli’s microcosm: how he perceives events of reality and the events of his inner world. Like Viktor Frankl (whom he specifically refers to), Assagioli was also given the opportunity to test the effectiveness of his own therapeutic method on himself under fierce and difficult circumstances. We are given a picture of his arrest, the circumstances he undergoes, and his release, but most essentially Assagioli reveals his own inner universe including: his consciousness exercises, the awakened inner energies and the results achieved. Catherine Ann Lombard has expertly assembled his manuscripts and complemented them with a thorough, intuitive introductory study, extensive footnotes and several well-chosen explanatory notes. Because of Freedom in Jail’s extraordinary insight and universal wisdom, this work is largely recommended not only to the discipline’s specialists but also to the lay audience.
dr. Tibor Dávid Teszár, Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle (Hungarian Journal of Psychology), June 2017