Circling back to the ways the transcendent Ego was permeating Nathaniel’s life, he expresses his own drive toward “improving the relationship of [one’s own] consciousness to reality.” As a teacher this guided much of his writing either implicitly or explicitly. As an individual this has resulted in a progressive openness to all of the phases of his life, an integration of the many threads that had been woven. Nathaniel then shares one welcome side-effect of all of this: he glows in the dark. The radiance of the Self is shining through and people simply notice it.
Nathaniel begins part three with a reflection on the importance of effective communication. The result of this discovery was a kinder, more gentle self as observed by his friends and a deepening of the capacity to witness reality as experienced subjectively. As Nathaniel admits, so much of what this period involved was the development of a richer understanding of his own concept of ego. He and Ken then discuss the terrible misunderstandings surrounding the notion of the empirical ego and the transcendental Ego that is so common.
Nathaniel speaks of the transition from rationality to transrationality marked by the loss of Patrecia and the formation of a new relationship with the woman, Devers, who would soon become his wife. He and Ken explore the nature of reason as it moves into vision-logic and then beyond. Nathaniel then tells the story of how he learned of Dever’s psychic capacities and his budding enthusiasm for this phenomenon. Both he and Ken reflect on the nature of paranormal abilities and their dismissal despite evidence of their existence.
Nathaniel shares several stories from his time with Patrecia, including their experience of Baba Muktananda, a story which serves as a reminder of the complexity of spiritual development.
Nathaniel Branden, Ayn Rand’s former lover and the inspiration for her famous John Galt character, was at ground zero during the rise of the Objectivist movement. Listen as Nathaniel offers an intimate insider’s view of the origins, major contributions, and inevitable limitations of Rand’s philosophy and the intellectual movement it sparked. Masterfully hosted by Ken Wilber, this talk offers invaluable insight into Ayn Rand’s legacy, the human potential movement, romantic love, self-esteem, self-transcendence, and the art of conscious living.