“The core of transpersonal psychology includes the premise that wisdom, creativity, and intuition are essential qualities within each individual. The goal of transformational education is to facilitate our access to our own rich inner resources”- Robert Frager, Ph.D. Founder ITP, Chair META
Robert Frager is the founding president of Sofia University. He is the Chair of the Master of Education in Transformational Arts program, a spiritual guide, transpersonal psychologist and Aikido teacher.
Robert is ordained as a sheikh, or spiritual guide, in the Sufi spiritual tradition and has been directing the spiritual guidance program at Sofia since 1998. He trained in Aikido in Japan, where he was a personal student of the founder of Aikido, and he holds a 7th degree black belt—the highest honor awarded to a westerner. He has taught Aikido since 1968 and has founded Aikido dojos at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Sofia.
Robert has written several books on Sufism and Islam, and his personality textbook Personality and Personal Growth, written with Jim Fadiman, is now in its seventh edition. He has also edited Sharing Sacred Stories, a collection of writings on spiritual guidance.
Through a set of different theoretical lenses, Personality and Personal Growth gives students the opportunity to understand their own lives and the lives of others. By observing their own reactions, readers’ come to their own conclusions regarding the value of each theory.
The seventh edition continues to have a streamlined organization to help students understand its cross-cultural, global, and gender-balanced perspectives in psychology.
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
Understand new research developments in psychology and its significance today
Support readers in evaluating theories for personal knowledge
Relate psychological ideas to readers own life and lives of others
Heart, Self, and Soul is the first book by a Western psychologist to explore the rich spiritual tradition of Sufism as a path for personal growth. Western psychotherapy aims largely to help us eliminate neurotic traits formed in childhood and adapt to society.
In contrast, the Sufi goal is ultimately spiritual: Yes, we need to transform our negativity and be effective in the world; but beyond that, we need to reach a state of harmony with the Divine.
Full of stories, poetry, meditations, journaling exercises, and colorful everyday examples, this book will open the heart, nourish the self, and quicken the soul.
This book presents an intoxicating mix of essays to satisfy the spiritual thirst of those with long experience in Islam, as well as those encountering Sufism and the meaning of spiritual love for the first time. Themes including generosity, faith, self-knowledge, patience and love are developed with stories and teachings by Turkish Sufi master Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak. A mesmerizing storyteller, master teacher, and prolific author in his native country, he was ideally suited to bring the richness of the Sufi tradition to the West.
The chapters of this book, skillfully edited and compiled by the psychologist and Sufi teacher Dr. Robert Frager, were derived from talks given during Sheikh Muzaffer’s visits to New York and California over the last years of his life.
Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak understood Westerners as almost no Sufi master before him has. His religious bookshop in Istanbul attracted hundreds of Western seekers visiting Turkey. In his travels, he initiated hundreds of Americans and Europeans into the Halveti Jerrahi Order, interpreted their dreams, and answered their questions about everything from theology and mysticism to marriage and earning a living.
These stories and teachings are memorable, yet highly enigmatic, and meant to be told and retold. Like great spiritual parables, the themes are universal and their applications ageless. The astute reader will appreciate new levels of meaning in these profound teaching tales with each reading. “Love is the Wine” is a treasury filled with priceless items of Sufi wisdom.
Among the practices Dr. Robert Frager teaches are Zikr, or remembrance of God through chanting; Halvet, or spiritual retreat; and Adab, or “right action.” Thus do we develop character-or, rather, restore the character we had at birth. “I’ve never seen a baby with a bad character,” he says. “We are all born in a pure state. With hard work and God’s blessings we can return to it.” Other topics include Obstacles on the Path, Reducing Narcissism, Inner Work, Prayer, Marriage, Generosity, Taking Responsibility, and Waking before We Die.
No matter what one’s religion, the reader will find such universal wisdom in this book that he will agree with Frager’s teacher Muzaffer Efendi who once advised, “You can tell these stories ten thousand times and people will still benefit from them”