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When You Go Beyond the Ego You Become an Offering to the World

Known around the world as a radiant embodiment of unconditional love, Ammachi literally hugs everyone who comes to see her. But her disciples also know her to be a fierce and demanding guru. This captivating interview with one of India's greatest contemporary saints asks: What is compassion in the face of the ego?

Issue 17
What is Ego?
A Report from The Trenches
Issue 17
Yoga, Ego and Purification

In this groundbreaking interview—his first since being asked to step down as the director and spiritual teacher of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health five years ago—a world-renowned yogi speaks candidly with Andrew Cohen about yoga, purification and the dynamics of trust in the student/teacher relationship.

Issue 17
What is Ego?
Friend or Foe...

Is the ego our fiercest enemy on the spiritual path or our greatest ally in negotiating the vicissitudes of life? What Is Enlightenment? magazine presents a provocative look at the true nature of this elusive phantom that lies at the core of the human psyche.

Issue 17
The 1001 Forms of Self-Grasping
or ... Do You Really Have to be Somebody Before You Can be Nobody?

Do we need to strengthen the ego before we let go of it? Is psychotherapy necessary on the spiritual path? A provocative dialogue with the psychiatrist and Buddhist meditation teacher who coined the phrase, “You have to be somebody before you can be nobody.”

Issue 17
The Man with Two Heads

What happens when you combine a leading transpersonal psychologist and an ordained Sufi sheikh . . . in the same person? WIE interviews the alter egos of Dr. Robert Frager, founding president of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology and Sheikh Ragip of the Halveti-Jerrahi order of Sufis to find out how one man walks the line between psychology's endeavor to heal the ego and Sufism's call to destroy it?

Issue 17
Who is Satan?

The acclaimed director of The Devil's Advocate discusses his film's powerful portrayal of the precarious balance between good and evil, the ever-present temptations of ego and why selling our soul to the devil is always just one choice away.

Issue 17
The Seeds of the Self

A pioneering psychologist whose theory of “object relations” has revolutionized our modern conception of the self shares his encyclopedic understanding of the forces that shape the human ego, and explains why distinguishing between “healthy” and “pathological” narcissism is essential on the spiritual path.

Issue 17
Self-Acceptance or Ego Death?
Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Cheri Huber, Paul Lowe and Saniel Bonder

Has the traditional goal of ego death been replaced by the need to “accept ourselves as we are”? Four spiritual teachers comment on the popular new paradigm of self-acceptance on the path to liberation.

Issue 17
Was ist das Ich?
Featuring: Leon Hoffman, James Hollis and Henry Stein

The fathers of modern psychology—Freud, Adler and Jung—debated their theories of the self in early 1900s Vienna and Zurich, launching a revolution in Western consciousness and culture. But these pioneers eventually came to radically divergent conclusions about the nature, structure and purpose of the ego. Three leading torchbearers of their legacies speak about the elusive “I” and the key role it plays in our psychological, and spiritual, evolution.

Issue 17
In the Meantime ...

WIE asks one of America's leading exponents of transpersonal psychology if this contemporary form of psychotherapy can really take one beyond the personal.

Issue 14