the freedom to question

exploring life paradoxes and dilemmas. learning not to know.

Characteristics of “Transcenders”

Blog, Living Transcendence

I recently read an article by Abraham H. Maslow (one of the most influential psychologists of the last century) called “Theory Z”, in which he distinguishes between two sub-groups of “self-actualizers” (those at the peak of his “pyramid of needs”), which he called “transcenders” and “nontranscenders”. He wrote:   “[Transcenders] may be said to be Read More ->

Enlightenment, Take 2

Blog, Philosophical-Spiritual, Spirituality

During the first dozen years of my spiritual journey, all I was really interested in was the possibility of “enlightenment”, which to me meant “direct, unmediated contact with reality.” I had to “get there,” no matter what. Then, at the age of 29, I was catapulted into an enlightenment experience or state, which lasted (at Read More ->

Shaky Identities: Interview with Admiel Kosman

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An interview I did some years ago with Israeli poet and thinker Admiel Kosman was translated to English and published at the Poetry International website. Here it is: “I don’t have much to say about being Israeli” Amir: Admiel, who are you? How do you define your identity? Admiel: This might sound strange to you, but Read More ->

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