e is a remarkable man who has just left us, a man who has lived
tirelessly driven by a thirst for knowledge and an astonishing ability
to create theoretical and practical bridges between fields as diverse
as psychology, spirituality, music and sacred plants… Like the great
men of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment, he offers us an
integration, a modern synthesis of the paths, generally separated, of
science, art and spiritual awakening.
Both psychiatrist and conservatory pianist, he was touched by the grace
of the beings he met on his life journey such as Tótila Albert, Fritz
Perls, the deep sadness of the untimely death of his son Matías, Idries
Shah, Oscar Ichazo, Bob Hoffman, Suzy Stroke, Muktananda, Tarthang Tulku
and many more. He wholeheartedly embraced the complexity of human existence,
especially the condition of the human suffering.
Claudio participated in the 1960s wave of the Californian counter-cultural
movement, the rapprochement between Western and Eastern traditions of
spiritual openness. He bequeathed us a decisive contribution to the development
of the Hoffman Process. He was a pioneer in transpersonal psychotherapies
and the therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs. He developed the Enneagram
of Personality which includes the Psychology of Enneatypes, and designed
the SAT program, a “university for love and global consciousness”, as
he liked to call it. He has worked in the field of education as a way
to transform the world and leaves behind over 200 books and articles.
In a contemporary landscape that is losing value and guidance, he has
shed unique light on the difficulties created by the patriarchal world
and has offered us different ways out, by laying deep trust in our human
potential for self-regulation and mutual assistance.
It is within the big union of brothers and sisters that Claudio brought
to life, that we, Katrin and Cherif, have grown up, got to know our selves
and met each other. Under his confident guidance, we then joined our
intentions and strengths to organize, with the support of our teams,
the various cycles of the international SAT program in Germany and France,
since 2009. These wonderful and powerful multicultural seminars, are
a unique and privileged space to develop the courage to be and to share
the mystery of presence in relationships.
There were also other international workshops of great experimental audacity:
2010 in Todtmoos
, then in Paris 2012
, Claudio introduced the Psychology
of Enneatypes and Subtypes to an international audience. Montpellier
, an intense encounter with Balzac's genius was an opportunity to
recognize and play the different Enneatypes in the light of literature
and cultural history. 2016 in Bad Meinberg
and 2017 in Zist
, his delicate
musical sensitivity allowed us to listen and to hear the meaning and
essence of classical music as a subtle language towards the transcendence
of the human mind. In Bremen last year
, with an already fragile health,
he guided us, from his home in Barcelona, on a journey through the hells,
purgatories and paradises of self-realized beings. His life experience
and his acute awareness of impending death gave his words the strength
of a personal will on the challenges of the spiritual adventure.
What beautiful gifts!
We will miss Claudio's clear vision, and it is now up to us to initiate
the next steps without him. For our part, it is with deep gratitude that
we receive his legacy and commit ourselves to taking care of this heritage
of wisdom, remaining faithful to the spirit of his teachings through
our own maturity and creativity.
Katrin Reuter, Cherif Chalakani and the team of SAT Germany France