Regarding Yalom’s Four Ultimate (Human) Concerns :
- Loss of Freedom
These concerns are fundamental to human existence and thus have been the impetus for spiritual quests throughout the ages. Adopting a worldview that encompasses a spiritual perspective on life can assuage these concerns. However, when one has a direct experience of the spiritual essence of human existence these concerns lose their potency entirely. By “spiritual essence” I mean that part of a person that is not tied to the body or mind and does not enter into the flow of time. Moreover, this essence is inseparable from everything else, unlike the physical self. These are not mere religions or philosophical assertions. Rather, they are life-transforming realizations that can compel an individual to see that:
- Death of the body is not the end your Being
- All beings are connected to all of existence
- Love and beauty are the underlying essence of everything, providing the ultimate meaning to life
- A person can be entrapped mentally and physically, but their spiritual essence is by nature free.
In no way am I saying that the four concerns are immaterial or unimportant. They are in fact the grist for personal development, which is why we have this human existence. But, in my view, an even more compelling purpose of our existence on Earth is to fully awaken in our human form to our underlying spiritual essence.
 Yalom, I. D. (1980). Existential psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books