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Diana Whitmore on Massimo Rosselli & Jean Hardy

Massimo Roselli and Jean Hardy

From Diana Whitmore, January 2018

The Psychosynthesis Community has lost two bright lights this month – Massimo Rosselli and Dr Jean Hardy. Both were senior Psychosynthesis Trainers, practitioners and passionate about the Transpersonal; and both contributed much to our collective body of knowledge, especially in the realm of social and global psychosynthesis.

Jean Hardy was less well known than Massimo as she lived quietly in Devon in her last years, but she was active in psychosynthesis at the Trust for many years in the 1980’s and 90’s. Her seminal book, Psychosynthesis: A Psychology with a Soul, researched all of the influences on Assagioli’s thinking that led to his compilation of psychosynthesis.

I heartily recommend it as vital reading for any serious student of psychosynthesis. It enables us to see the life long, vociferous studies that Assagioli did in a multitude of fields – from western mysticism and psychology, to eastern philosophies.

I remember well my first meeting with Jean when she applied for the Postgraduate Diploma training. She was a Political Science professor at Brunel University, a staunch feminist, politically outspoken and highly challenging – in effect, she was scary in her bigness and her forthrightness.

However, she was completely taken by psychosynthesis and saw it as a highly intelligent and dynamic way of living. Jean was always willing and generous with her time and always actively helped where she could. Applied psychosynthesis was her passion, from the individual to the global.

Massimo was one of a group of young doctors and psychiatrists who surrounded Assagioli in the 1970’s. I had the privilege of being with Roberto in the last months of his life and although Massimo was in California the summer Assagioli died, he was very close to him. Throughout the days of Roberto’s dying, the group of young doctors was present all the time and I was the only woman there, besides his beloved housekeeper who served him with humility and passion. Massimo never lost his deep and abiding connection to Roberto and would often quote him in his teaching. Roberto would have been extremely proud of Massimo’s capacity to think outside the box, of his willingness to be on the edges and to challenge traditional thinking, his wonderful combination of the conventional and the radical – a gift he gave to us all.

We all can celebrate their contribution and commit ourselves to keeping their spirits and the spirit of psychosynthesis alive, which is to wholeheartedly honour the redemption of pain and the evocation of potential which psychosynthesis aims to achieve.

With love and Blessings for 2018,

Diana Whitmore

6 Comments

    • hEATHER wILLIAMS
      reply

      tHANK YOU dIANA FOR YOUR WORDS ABOUT Massimo, WHO I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SPEND MANY HOURS WITH AT HIS iNTERNATIONAL sEMINARS IN Tuscany. such A WONDERFUL AMAZING COMPASSIONATE LOVING MAN.
      PLEASE COULD YOU LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS LIKELY TO BE SOME SORT OF mEMORIAL/cELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE TO BE HELD AT THE tRUST?
      sO SORRY TOO TO HEAR ABOUT jEAN hARDY, I AM REREADING HER BOOK FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME WITH IMMENSE INTEREST & PLEASURE.

      with BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR 2018 & WITH ETERNAL GRATITUDE TO ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I HAVE STUDIED UNDER AT THE tRUST, & THE MANY FRIENDS I HAVE MADE THROUGH PSYCHOSYNTHESIS. HEATHER, GROUP 8

    • Ewa Danuta Bialek
      reply

      It is an enormous lost. I met Jean at Schumacher College 18 years ago and visited her house. I had her first edition of her book and she gave me new one. She was very proud of expressing the Spirit of psychosynthesis. It touched me deeply. I am very upset of this news.

    • KATHLLEEN
      reply

      thank you Diana I knew Massimo through training his APPRECIATIVE STUDENTS. bUT i HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH jEAN hARDY ALL YEAR WITHOUT SUCCESS. jEAN WAS MY TUTOR FOR THE ma. AND REALLY PUSHED ME and I was able to achieve distinction which GAVE ME CONFIDENCE so that I later studied for A pH.d. WHICH WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PUBLISHED. i WANTED HER TO KNOW AND TO THANK HER AGAIN. both these trainers were exceptional for their capacity to inspire.

    • Susie Rosselli
      reply

      Dear Diana, dear All…
      I am taking advantage of this space to reach the multitude of colleagues, pupils and ex-pupils from years and years of Massimo’s dedicated teaching of, and passion about, Psychosynthesis. A heartfelt thankyou to all those who have come to visit me and our Family in Florence, who have e-mailed, written letters, telephoned, and who are sending support through their loving thoughts for Massimo and for our family and the Whole of the psychosynthesis community, as well as for all the other institutions both italian and internatonal with which Massimo was deeply involved. Simply thankyou…
      A little correction of Diana’s message: Roberto Assagioli died on august 23rd 1974, just 6 days after our daughter Caterina was born in Florence on 17th august, and Massimo spent those days going backwards and forwards between the hospital where our little daughter and I were, and Capolona, near arezzo, where his beloved master Roberto was leaving this earthly plane… it was Piero ferrucci who was in the States at that time I believe. and Now, again, Death and new life come close, with what also for Massimo was the joyful imminent arrival of our little grandson Leonardo this april…
      with love to you all, Susie and Family.

      • The Trust
        reply

        Dear Susie. Thankyou for writing, and for giving us this additional part of the story. With love to you and your family

    • Susie Rosselli
      reply

      I want to say that I know how much Massimo appreciated Jean Hardy and her very valuable contribution to Psychosynthesis. She also will be missed…

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