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The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years
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This book seems like a worthy memoir of it all. A sort of collective Big Chill for the rest of us.
He wrote in the Preface to this 1983 book, "This book is primarily a chronicle, a story of Esalen and the people and ideas that became associated with it. In that regard I am, like any other historian, a retailer of other people's experiences. The analysis that weaves through the narrative is, of course, mine."
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"(Michael) Murphy and (Richard) Price agreed that their programs would be open and flexible, not wedded to any particular school or discipline. They would establish a center for the exploration of new ideas. The guiding principle would be synthesis: the flowing-together of East and West, the ancient and the modern, science and religion, scholarship and art." (Pg. 48)
"Although Esalen never became a truly political place---certainly not the hotbed of revolutionary thought that a few of its supporters hoped it would be and a few right-wingers believed it was---its programs reflected many of the conflicts that would sweep through the decade." (Pg.Read more ›
The stories of Michael Murphy, Dick Price, and the early days are inspiring, thrilling, and a testament to the power of a few to change the consciousness of a generation.
Would recommend to all with an interest in the human potential movement in California which began in the 60's and continues to this day...