This manifesto (continuously evolving and integrating) intends to present the central themes of the Academy, those that it itself promotes and teaches and which are guiding principles of the team of trainers and counselors who are part of it.

 

Loving kindness

In order to explore, every living creature needs a safe base from which to start and return. From our point of view, the secure base that allows the path of self-exploration is embodied in the quality of loving kindness.
L’amorevole gentilezza è l’accoglienza totale verso la propria vulnerabilità e, di conseguenza, verso quella degli altri. È intenzione di non nuocere. E’ anche interesse incondizionato, benevolo e attivo verso l’altro.
Questa pratica è necessaria ed irrinunciabile per ogni persona che scelga di essere trainer e counselor, affinché il processo di esplorazione e auto-conoscenza di ciascuno sia garantito e protetto.
Counselor, in questo senso, è chi ha rivolto sufficiente amorevole gentilezza verso di sé, verso le proprie parti vulnerabili e reattive, da poter trattare con lo stesso atteggiamento le vulnerabilità e le reattività di chi è, come lui, in cammino.
Sappiamo che poter dichiarare la propria vulnerabilità, in un campo psichico protetto dal criticismo, ci consente il passaggio dalla forza reattiva alla forza radicata, in cui la reattività diventa risposta amorevole.

 

Integrity

Integrity in our context is understood as a process of deep listening and resonant guidance of oneself that leads to the question: how are my behaviors consistent with what I believe in, with my values?
It has nothing to do with what is often meant by this term, such as "being all in one piece". Instead, it corresponds to the criterion of usefulness and efficiency in the process of going in the direction we have chosen to follow for ourselves.
It is therefore more similar to an internal compass, an orientation tool.
It is free from any moralistic attitude.
It is a dynamic process of integrating internal parts towards one's center of awareness.

 

Self-awareness

Swami Vivekananda, in Practical Yogas says:

“Over time, man discovers that his goal is not happiness, but knowledge, that pleasure and pain are both great teachers and that one learns from pain no less than from pleasure.”

Sri Aurobindo reminds us that the best gift that can be given to a boy is to teach him to know and master himself. It is an invaluable property for every being to have learned to know and master himself.
Mastering oneself means knowing the reasons for one's actions and reactions, the why and how of everything that happens within oneself.
Mastery means doing what you have decided to do, not doing anything other than this, not listening and following impulses.
Therefore, adhering to the principle of self-knowledge is equivalent, from this point of view, to fulfilling and realizing our own nature, which rejoices in the discovery and exploration of ourselves and the world.
The most suitable condition for this journey within ourselves is to adhere to the value of trainability.

 

Trainability

Everything is initially difficult before it becomes easy: by trainability we mean that internal attitude that allows us to explore new terrains of knowledge, supports the possibility of making mistakes, and therefore of fully honoring existence.
How does this allow us to explore?
In freedom and safety, because we know that in the terrain of this exploration it is not our being that is at stake, but rather a dynamic process through trial and error, as for every healthy living organism.
It is precisely trainability that, as openness to experience, allows us to "make mistakes in peace", continuously learning from the feedback received from the environment.

 

Feedback

Feedback - literally nourishment back - gives us the opportunity to open ourselves to information that arrives from the outside as a retro-action/response to our actions. Even the practice of feedback (like the principle of exploration) is modeled on the functioning system of nature around us: the root of the tree receives feedback from the ground and directs its search for nourishment through this information.
In this sense, being clear about the difference between feedback and judgment (understood as hostile criticism) is fundamental. For us, feedback is such if it is a comment - supportive and constructive - on the person's behavior, with a view to greater awareness and competence.
The judgment is aimed at the being, is often expressed linguistically with "you are + label" and has the connotation of devaluation and disqualification of the person. Feedback has the intention of care, support and interest towards the other. Hostile judgment is the intention to accuse and hit the other.
Consequently, the feedback underlines the strengths from which to proceed in the evolution, the judgment underlines the weaknesses and affects the vulnerability.
Why is feedback so important in a self-knowledge process?
Because it protects us from one of the major impediments to learning, which is the internal reference, or the mental propensity to legitimize one's thoughts, one's feelings and one's actions exclusively through one's own point of view, which becomes a criterion of truth-justice unquestionable.
It is good to remember that the point of view is only the view from one point: what I think and feel obviously has fundamental importance, but it cannot acquire true value if
not immersed in a relationship of non-judgmental comparison with the feedback that comes from someone other than me.
This is why trainability, feedback and internal reference are inextricably connected constructs.
They define each other, because only by giving up the limitation of the internal reference will I be able to open myself to feedback and only by opening myself to the gift of feedback will I be able to implement the choice to be trainable.
An organism that acts according to these three interconnected principles embodies the most effective conditions for self-knowledge.

Essential note:
It is good to remember that the practice of feedback is a specific skill, almost an art, both in receiving and giving it; therefore it is good to also deal with the "feedback of the feedback", asking yourself regularly: is the way in which I give and receive feedback within a training setting technically accurate?
It is also appropriate to remind ourselves that the practice of feedback is within a trainability setting, or rather within the mutual agreement of wanting to train, we underline as a free and conscious choice.

 

Freedom and responsibility

They define each other, in the sense that no one wants to change anyone: we simply ask each of us, anyone who chooses to freely join this project, to make themselves responsible for their choice and their actions within this configuration, bringing their specific contribution.
Questo perché crediamo fermamente che ognuno di noi sia portatore di una grande responsabilità: quella del benessere proprio e del gruppo.