Journey to Feel like a Man: Olympic Fencer, Gurdjieff Work, Tai Chi Teacher

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Journey to Feel like a Man is different than most books about sports because it examines the effort and the struggle that goes on within the athlete, rather than the result that comes out. The book describes extraordinary inner experiences, actually experienced by the author, resulting from intense high pressure athletic competitions, as well as intentional spiritual exercises that took place entirely off the athletic field.

These experiences indicate the existence of levels of...

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Overview


Journey to Feel like a Man is different than most books about sports because it examines the effort and the struggle that goes on within the athlete, rather than the result that comes out. The book describes extraordinary inner experiences, actually experienced by the author, resulting from intense high pressure athletic competitions, as well as intentional spiritual exercises that took place entirely off the athletic field.

These experiences indicate the existence of levels of reality beyond our ordinary everyday experiences. They can re-shape one’s view of reality and therefore, of the meaning of life itself. The book’s main theme is that our inner world needs to be cultivated and developed as much as our efforts in the outer, external world. Skills developed on the field of play need to become applicable in all aspects of our lives. This is the true measure of maturity and human development.

The author’s friend, Neil Diamond, the well known singer-songwriter, has contributed the 'Liner Notes' from his album "The Bang Years" describing his own early struggles to find success. Neil's 'Liner Notes' have been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award, and help broaden the scope of the book far beyond the realm of being just about sports.


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Swordplay gives way to spiritual funk in this sometimes breathless, sometimes ruminative memoir. Too small for team sports, Cohen (The Soul of Nature, 2009) found an outlet for his competitive drive on a Brooklyn high-school fencing team that included Neil Diamond, of all people. (The singer-songwriter contributes an out-of-place but engaging chapter of reminiscences about his salad days trying to break into the music business.) Cohen's prowess with the foil was considerable, but erratic: During a sublime practice match at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics he defeated a line-up of world champions, only to be ignominiously eliminated in the early rounds of actual competition. He discovered that the real struggle, in fencing as in life, is psychological and spiritual rather than physical--a struggle to be present in the moment, to empty the mind of anger and distraction, to avoid "a separation between inner and outer reality." The first half of his memoir, centered on the cut-and-thrust of sword-fighting theory and practice, is intense and often exciting. ("I felt a second tap on my blade … instantaneously, I exploded with a lunge straight into his chest.") But as Cohen's fencing career fizzles, his story loses focus. He moves on to a ho-hum computer job, studies Tai Chi and joins the Gurdjieff Work movement, a mystic sect that performs menial labor as a kind of therapy. Effusions mark his crooked path toward enlightenment: lengthy scenes of push-hands exercises with Tai Chi masters ("his yang force was suffocating me"); a passage in which Cohen recalls gazing at the stars and feeling at one with the universe; an out-of-body experience that reassures him that "life exists on more than one plane." One senses the author reaching for a new physical regimen to provide transcendent meaning, a new way to feel like a man after the quieting of his fencing ambitions. Unfortunately, once it detaches itself from his energizing passion for the sword, Cohen's narrative loses its edge. A sharp, vivid account of competitive fencing that ultimately stumbles with inconclusive soul-searching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982232330
  • Publisher: A Spiritual Evolution Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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