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Learning to Fly


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Sam Keen regularly conducts Upward Bound workshops at the Omega Institute and at his farm in Sonoma, California. The author of twelve books, including the bestseller Fire in the Belly, and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he served as consulting editor of "Psychology Today" for many years.


"Sam Keen is one of our liveliest minds. It's a joy to go with him as a guide to the byways of the soul in the search for greater meaning in life." --Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence "[Keen uses] flying trapeze as a channel for enlightenment." --"The New York Times" "Like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Learning to Fly is both concrete and metaphorical and, as usual, Sam Keen is honest, thoughtful, wry, and inspired. In this book, flying is a metaphor for risk, transcendence, overcoming the boundaries of the self, and ecstasy. And yet, the writing isn't so lofty that we earthbound mortals can't learn from it. Read Learning to Fly and soar." --Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other "The topic of flying trapeze promises dramatic reading, but in the hands of literary maestro Sam Keen it becomes a school for living. Combining sixty-plus years of wisdom with the passion, honesty, and enthusiasm of a beginning flyer, Keen conveys how Learning to Fly provides a path to timeless adventure and newfound joy. Whether or not you plan to take up the trapeze, you can learn to fly." --Dan Millman, author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Everyday Enlightenment "With the same derring-do that Sam Keen has approached philosophy, religious studies, and his whole life, Keen offers a passionate view of the freedom from stagnating fears which can be attained by leaping toward the strong and outstretched hands of one's deepest desires. Sam Keen is a man with an examined life, one of leaping, catching, and landing with both humor and verve." --Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story, and The Faithful Gardener "An adventure of the soul and psyche. . . . Not only is it tremendous that Sam Keen managed to fulfill his dream at the age of sixty-one, but it is wonderful that he has had the opportunity to write about his experiences for

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