Sam Keen

Sam Keen

Sam Keen, PhD, is a renowned pioneer in the personal mythology movement. He holds graduate degrees from the Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University, but prefers to be known as a natural philosopher. While an editor at Psychology Today for 20 years, he brought thinkers such as Joseph Campbell to national attention.

Keen is the author of 15 books, including the best-sellers Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man; Learning to Fly: Reflections on Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go; and To Love and Be Loved. He also coproduced the award-winning PBS documentary Faces of the Enemyand his work was the subject of a PBS special with Bill Moyers called Your Mythic Journey With Sam Keen.

By his own admission, Keen is a “seriously addicted, chronologically challenged,” frequent trapeze flyer. He teaches courses on trapeze flying with Peter Gold, who was the “catcher” for five trapeze acts, toured in eight circuses, including Ringling Brothers, and taught in a circus school in France and with Club Med. David Katzenstein, an experienced flyer, also works with Keen.

What People are Saying About Sam Keen

“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

“Sam Keen...takes us back to the most elemental human emotions—gratitude, trust, wonder, joy—and demonstrates how they can become genuine bearers of the sacred. Without an ounce of naiveté, he opens a wide door for future possibilities.”
—Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Faith

“[Keen uses] flying trapeze as a channel for enlightenment.”
New York Times

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