Jacob Needleman: author, philosopher, teacher

Needleman's latest book is I am Not I, kind of the idea that the interview below is about. 

Needleman's latest book is I am Not I, kind of the idea that the interview below is about. 

As you know, I'm reading this book, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three.  The author, Cynthia Bourgeault, mentions Jacob Needleman as being a modern-day philosopher who's also a Gurdjieff student.  I looked him up and am glad I did.  He's got a great intellect, but has also integrated what he's learned into a wonderful presence, compassion, and wisdom, at least that's what I picked up from the one interview I watched.  Educated at Harvard and Yale, he's written several books over the last four decades- I believe I remember my parents owning a copy of The Way of the Physician in the 80's.  He teaches philosophy at San Francisco State University- pretty good for being 81 already. 

Here's a video interview from his website- it's full of little gems of wisdom, but in one big brush stroke, it's an unfolding of the main problem faced by us here in the West- not enough time, and how we can slow it down, or rather, heal our frenzied consumption with awareness that our hunger to consume isn't "us"- the unsatiable consumer is our ego self desperately trying to reaffirm its identity; on the other hand, our true, deeper self can just be.  When we tune into our Essence with a practice of mindfulness, we can enjoy "timelessness" and deep meaning.