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When I decided to return to the academia at the age of 60 (I dropped out of medical school 30 years earlier), it was with the intention to continue my spiritual journey in that framework. My research questions are, accordingly, my spiritual questions. 

Wishing to actively engage with the possibility of living on a "spiritual high plateau" (Maslow's term) I embarked on a PhD research on Living Transcendence: A phenomenological study of spiritual exemplars at the University of Haifa, Counselling and Human Development Department. This research enabled me to conduct multiple interviews (mostly by Zoom) with 32 spiritual exemplars of the Abrahamic, Eastern, shamanic / indigenous and humanistic / transpersonal psyhcology traditions around the globe about their lived experience.

As of now, 2024, I am completing my PhD thesis (scheduled to be completed in 2024 Q3) and planning my follow-up research, which will be on some or all of the the topics in the Topics page here: Spiritual Examplars, Spiritual Transmission, Unlimited Love, Spiritual Surrender, Spiritual Shared Space, Experience of Being, Living Transcendence and/or Spiritual Individuality.


  • Tadmor, Y., Freimann, A. (editors). Education - Essence and Spirit. MOFET Publications, Israel (2012)

  • Tadmor, Y., Freimann, A. (editors). Education - The Human Questions. MOFET Publications, Israel (2015)

  • Freimann, A. Spiritual Transmission: Paradoxes and Dilemmas On the Spiritual Path. Monkfish Book Publishing, Rhinebeck, NY. (2018)


  • Freimann A., Mayseless O. Surrender to Another Person: The Case of a Spiritual Master. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. (December 2020). doi:10.1177/0022167820975636

  • Freimann, A., Mayseless, O., Hart, T., & Johnson, A. (2024). Living transcendence: A phenomenological study of spiritual exemplars. The Humanistic Psychologist. Advance online publication.

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