Issue 96 | The Sun Magazine

November 1983

Readers Write

Dealing With Pain

A motorcycle crash, hair loss, schizophrenia

By Our Readers


You don’t tell the quality of a master by the size of his crowds.

Richard Bach, Illusions

The Sun Interview

Going Against The Dragon

An Interview With Robert Bly

Some dragons don’t want to be lifted up into the heart area. That’s their place down where they are. You go down and meet them on their ground. “I’m going to lift you up and bathe you in the violet light of the heart.” What do they care about that?

By Sy Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Pernicious Oneness In Spiritual Thinking And Practice

Spiritual seekers, in their thirst for the “oneness” experience, are easily led toward simplistic ways of thinking and impotent practices which, at best, may be a waste of time and energy and lead to self-delusion and, at worst, may lead to mental and emotional disturbance.

By Steven Hendlin
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


There’s the pain denied so many times, in so many ways, that I know its disguises in others, can tell an honest man from a block away: he sways on his vulnerability, no flower but fully human, bends to his breeze, weeps in his rain.

By Sy Safransky

Predestination Vs. Free Will

The cartoon in this selection is available as a PDF only. Click here to download.

By Mark Mitcham