The Passionate Mind
     A Manual for Living Creatively with One’s Self
by Joel Kramer



  1. Belief
  2. Pleasure
  3. Freedom
  4. Fear
  5. Death
  6. Time
  7. Analysis & the Unconscious
  8. Images
  9. Love
10. Sexuality
11. Meditation
12. Evolution


     Editing these lectures by Joel Kramer has been a stimulating and enlightening experience….Each time I reread a passage, invariably, it felt new and fresh and seemed to kindle some new spark of understanding, some new flicker of awareness.
     For those interested in encountering a different prospectus on the game of life, this book may have a profound effect. It delves deep into areas our conditioned minds are reluctant to probe. It goes beyond the world of ideas, beliefs, and images in which each of us personally lives to reveal the obvious, the “what is” that is constantly dangling before our very eyes, but which most of us could spend an entire lifetime not seeing.
     Thousands of books have been written about the world around us. This book explores the world within. It takes the reader on an exciting adventure into the unknown—himself. It presents a new way of seeing, a new understanding of being. The trip may not be pleasant at times, but it’s always revealing.
     The validity of Joel Kramer’s presentation must be judged by each reader individually. Hopefully, it will encourage a new way of seeing so that readers can continue this exciting adventure after they’ve reached the final page.
                                                                                                                               – Jules Kanarek


     This book represents years of talking with people about the fundamental problems of living. It is a collection of transcribed and edited lectures. It is also an expression of my own inner inquiry….With words I am attempting to communicate aspects of being that are fundamentally non-verbal. The precision of language was my main concern. While the presentation may at first appear unusual, I feel it contains a directness and simplicity that can be understood by any human being really interested in exploring the nature of him or herself.

                                                                                                                                                     – Joel Kramer