Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

Adam Blatner, 1937-2021

Adam Blatner, M.D., “floated to the finish” (in his own words) in October. Inspired as a child by his primary physician’s kindness, Dr. Blatner declared his intention to become a doctor even before elementary school, saying “I want to help other little children, like you do.” Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, where he […]

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Becoming Mandalas

Trying to express the dynamic beauty of becoming from the ground of being — what the physicist Rupert Sheldrake said was the “implicate order” of “emergence” — to fully becoming. It consists of translating aesthetic intuitions and perhaps mathematical hypotheses into form. The best structure I’ve found is the “mandala” — a Sanskrit word form […]

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Hello All! I have some things to share with you. (1) My book, Action Exploration is available. (2) We are beginning to divest. I didn’t think it would happen this soon, but it is! (3) I am retreating and saying good-bye, although I have not received a death sentence from any doctor. It’ll take me […]

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Download My Books for Free

I’m giving away three of my books for free as PDF downloads: Foundations of Psychodrama, Acting In, and The Art of Play

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A Decision to Become a Doctor

When I was seven years old, Dr. Dixon operated on me at the Mayo Clinic, leaving me with a colostomy for a year. I went back a year later and he closed it. He wrote articles such as this shortly afterwards: Surgical Clinics of North America; Volume 28, Issue 4, August 1948, Pages 889-902: In […]

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My Books of the “Bible”

The world is so full of a number of things, I should think we might all be as happy as kings! Robert Louis Stephenson said something like that is his children’s poetry book, which suggests several things: (1) The author of many esteemed books can be simple as a child! (2) The world is indeed […]

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Mandala Movie

Some of Adam’s mandalas, set in motion:

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The Un-Acknowledged

I am reminded  that for much of the world, what is history for us goes unspoken! Indeed, there are peoples who live with massive repression! Let’s not talk about that! Let’s not even THINK about that! Indeed, that is a way of life for perhaps most of the people in the world! I’m fortunate indeed […]

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Maturity Becoming Obsolete

The very idea of “maturity” as having “grown up enough” is passing. We live in an era of exponential development where, by the time someone has grows up, the world has changed. The maturity involved in being fully “mature” keeps receding, like the horizon. “Maturity” has advanced beyond us, and even the best of us […]

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Hello and Good-Bye

I’ve just written birthday cards to friends and relatives and I realized that these may be among the last few score or hundred that I ever write. If you’re not in email contact with my descendants, you’re “out of it,” literally. Postal mail, greeting cards, are going the way of penguins and parrots. It may […]

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