Have you ever felt thankful for adversity? I think a lot of us have, but usually not until the hard stuff is over and we can look back and see what benefits were gained. How would it feel to live as a person who welcomes adversity? I am not talking about being self-destructive here, or enjoying painful experiences. What I am referring is being able to embrace hardships, conflicts and disappointments, because you know they will be good teachers. Sounds good, huh? So how do we get there? I am on this journey with you. There are 2 parts to this path: First is
Hippie culture had already shown me that there were ways to live outside of the dominant culture. You could dismiss the status quo and think about who you wanted to be, intentionally creating yourself as you saw fit. But what I didn’t know until reading Ken Keyes’ book, is that it is one thing to deprogram cultural expectations and live an alternative lifestyle, and quite another to deprogram your mind.
I have to say that “Transcend” may have made me fall a little bit in love with the mind of Maslow, and Kaufmann is responsible. If I were asked the question “which person would you conjure up from the dead to have a conversation with?” I just might choose Abraham. I am a drawn to his grand ideas, poetic theories about human nature, and his belief in our vast potential.