I first wrote about ontosynthesis in a paper I presented at the National Conventional of the American Psychological Association in Los Angeles in 1994. The title of the paper was, “Ontosynthesis: A new approach to integrating creativity in psychotherapy”. However, the vision for ontosynthesis occurred 12 years earlier in 1982 as an undergraduate student in psychology and philosophy. At the time I had a vision that took me 12 years to articulate.
Ontosynthesis is to humans what photosynthesis is to plants. Photosynthesis transforms light into life. Ontosynthesis transforms life (experience) into love (compassion). When we bring heart centered consciousness to our experience we turn suffering into wisdom and compassion. Ontosynthesis is not a theory as much as a description of a process that is always already going on all around us – it is the process that happens when we choose to live consciously. At ONTOS we are committed to helping turn experience and suffering into wisdom and compassion. This is the process of whole-making. Our exercises, practices and guidance are oriented towards helping people live more conscious and whole lives – in so doing helping fill the world with more wisdom and compassion for ourselves and each other.