We at the Alef Trust would like to congratulation Rosemarie Anderson on her wonderful achievement in being awarded the Abraham Maslow Heritage Award! Rosemarie’s work in opening significant new methodological approaches has benefitted not only those wishing to research transpersonal phenomena but also many in other branches of psychology. She has generously provided profound guidance to our students in their journeys into research in transpersonal psychology. Students frequently comment on the liberating value of the techniques that Rosemarie’s work has introduced—as if a window had been opened to allow fresh air in! Together with her esteemed colleague, William Braud, she has shown us the ways to bring a transpersonal perspective not only to the topics being researched but also to the ways in which we engage with the whole process of inquiry.
On a personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sense of privilege in being able to accompany Rosemarie on her most recent challenge, that of setting up The Sacred Science Circle. Rosemarie’s acute awareness of the sacred is palpable, and has been an inspiration to many. I view the challenge of recognising the ways in which our science can honour the sacred as one of the most pressing in our day. It is to Rosemarie’s credit that she has identified and formulated the need, and is continually finding ways to meet it. The Circle offers a valuable forum and resource for the growing number of scholars who similarly seek a relationship to the sacred through their research. The Circle is yet young, but I believe it will grow to fill this important niche, becoming a vibrant bridge connecting contemporary research with major strands in the great wisdom traditions.
Thanks for your valued contributions, Rosemarie!