Murat's Seven Ways To Knowledge

Updated: January 15, 2014

This page is offered by way of introduction to some of the key principles New Horizons has taken from Murat Yagan’s teachings of the ancient traditions of his native Abkhazian people, called Kebzeh. These, in addition to other select precepts, are the fundamentals of New Horizons two main initiatives; the Small “Zones of Peace” Project and the Possible Society In Motion Project . The latter includes the Possible Human, Possible Society Study. The conceptual framework for the two initiatives is identified as our “Cultural Mediation Paradigm.”

The particular principles that follow are excerpted from Murat's monograph, “Transformation And The Seven Ways To Knowledge.” Also, please explore the many articles on this site for additional principles and their applications to day-to-day life, as taught by Murat and my earlier mentor, Martin G. Groder, M.D.

New Horizons has been merging those teachings that came through Murat with our original foundations, based on Transactional Analysis (TA) since 1999. Details and information on the expansion of TA theory and treatment that became the “Groder-Rosen therapeutic community model for treating relationship and personality addictions” can be found at this link.

An in-depth exploration of the complete collection of available, published and unpublished materials, prior to and since 1999 – and then some -- is needed in order to adequately comprehend the  full scope of our model.  The New Horizons prototype, as it stands to date, is called the “Cultural Mediation Model.” The basic principles of the model can be read here. Application of these principles, in their totality, are available, at this time, only through private consultations and mentoring and the trainings and community building days of New Horizons at our Harpers Ferry Retreat Center.

Check for details regarding New Horizons’ trainings and events as posted on this site. Specially designed trainings for groups and organizations can, also, be arranged. 

Contact Anastasia at: or cell: 240.409.5347.

We invite you to begin your adventure through this treasure trove by, also, visiting New Horizons’ archival web site at: My personal blog site, Anastasia The Storyteller, and two related radio shows, The Possible Society In Motion Show and Anastasia The Storyteller Radio Show will, also, aid your exploration.

(Books by Murat Yagan and his monograph series are available for purchase through New Horizons Support Network, Inc. as well as through Kebzeh Puiblications.)

From “Transformation And The Seven Ways To Knowledge” 
by Murat Yagan

(Note: Murat identifies these as “ways” in his monograph. I am interpreting them, here, as “levels.” They are presented as a progression, one building upon the other. In practice, however, they typically overlap.)

Level One: Telling. Murat states: “The first way to knowledge is by being told. There are certain things one can know only by being told.”

"I will be right back," Mother tells the infant who is anxious, sensing she may be leaving the room.

Level Two: Showing. Murat states that “The second way to knowledge is by physical contact.”  Gaining knowledge through our five senses, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting.

Mother shows the infant, by holding it and speaking to it, that she is present.

Show and Tell” seems an apt label, we think, for what Sue and I offer as New Horizons' offical tour guides on our Bus Ride Story Adventure. We are the "tellers" of Murat’s original Bus Ride Story when we read his story to you. 

Then we become the  "show-ers" when we guide you through the adventure as an interactive process.  

Storytelling, which is an intrinsic aspect of all New Horizons' programs, invites those present to "show and tell." Thus storytelling becomes a vehicle for building bridges of understanding with one another; each of us both student and teacher. 

Listen in to New Horizons' radio show broadcasts on our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show Join co-hosts, Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery, as they tell their stories and share insights to co-create a Possible Society in Motion Conversations Forum with guests and other  participants .

Level Three: Study: Murat offers this example, “…if you want to know what kind of city it is, how big an area it has, its population, the specific characteristics of the climate, average precipitation a year, then you need to study in order to know these things.” 

The remaining four levels of acquiring knowledge, according to Murat’s offering are:

Knowledge gained by:

Level Four: Understanding;

Level Five: Doing;

Anastasia and Sue, combined between them, have accrued close to one hundred years of study time, comprehension and practical application, "doing," time on individual and collective transformation. This has enabled New Horizons to develop its Cultural Mediation Model to its present spectacular level. (And, we aren't even "old" yet!)

Level Six: Feeling;

Level Seven: Being.

Beyond Levels One through Five: Sue and I are, in some ways, as much students as teachers/tour guides. We are, however, grateful we have been able to travel this far though the other levels still challenge us, daily.  We have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors, such as Murat and Marty Groder and Barry Morley, one of Sue's greatest teachers, to guide us thus far.

We are, also, passionate and skillful as teachers who want to travel with you. And, we are hoping you will want to travel with us by sharing in our up coming Bus Ride Story Adventure events. We have a distinct destination in mind; the Mountain of Awe

Reaching the peak of this mountain has certain special characteristics, procedures, rituals and practices. The primary characteristic is that it is a work of co-creation; an experiential learning process. New Horizons offers this adventure as an opportunity for participants to have an experience, albeit breifly, to be an active part of an exceptional community. 

Murat offered us a window into the essence of that experience with these words. 
“If you want to go further and say, “I want to “know it,” then the way of knowing must be different. In order to “know it” you have to be there, not just read about it, or see a picture, or a movie, or a travel agency brochure.   
To know this adventure is to participate in it.

And, travel from start to finish of the trip! 

Our destination is to climb to the peak of the Mountain Of Awe with you. 

Every intention upon which our every action is predicated is geared toward this