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Mauro Ventola

Being a clearing for the future

“In this immeasurable darkness, be the power,” Rilke wrote. He was referring to that darkness that Martin Heidegger had referred to as the midnight of the world, the condition of our time. To be the power was to get to the heart of the matter: how to be, in the night, an ‘aurora’? There is an idea whose time has come, which lies at a precise point in the 20th century (in the philosophy of existence) and which must be released by returning to it with a second focus: the existence of each individual is a ‘clearing for a future’. The human being is an opening in which himself, others and life appear. This opening is a function of the possibility – or future – from which it comes. Thus transformation in the ontophenomenological sense is to be a clearing for that future that we cherish and, as guardians of that possibility, to be responsible for its preservation and expression in the world. In the midnight of the world, the dawn is to be a clearing for the future.


Mauro Ventola (Naples, 1990). Founder and president of the Centre for Ontological Transformation and creator of transformational ontophenomenology, an approach that aims to promote the critical re-founding of transformation in existentialist ontology as ‘being a clearing for the future’. He was previously Director of the Centre for Psychosynthesis in Naples from 2017 to 2020 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Psychosynthesis founded by Roberto Assagioli, where he contributed in particular to the development of the ‘Will Project’. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of Federico II with a thesis on bioeducational sciences and furthered his education at the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies. He is the author of numerous publications and some twenty books, including L’esperienza transpersonale (with Sergio Guarino, ITI), L’orizzonte di un mondo nuovo (with Alberto Alberti, L´UOMO), (with Marco Guzzi, Nuova Era), Il coraggio di volere (Istituto di Psicosintesi).