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Mystical Experience
Code Name Price Description  
00601 Ram Dass
Creativity and Spirituality
$18.95 Everyone has the choice of being the creator or the creation. Ram Dass talks about ways to go beyond our personalities to the doorway through which we begin to meet the creative impulse - the breath-taking creative abundance which is pouring forth in the universe. - 1987 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
00609 Ram Dass
3rd Darshan: Methods For Coming To One Pointed Consciousness
$18.95 1978 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
00806 Grof, Stan
Journeys Beyond The Brain
$11.95 Grof discusses observations of the human mind from LSD research and techniques of mysticism that we cannot squeeze into established ways of thinking. - 1979 Esalen - One Audiotape
00807 Grof, Stan
The Birth Trama
$18.95 Grof speaks in depth on his views of the relationship of the birth crisis to life patterns of one's later experience. During the birth trauma, he says, the fetus is brought to a critical stage with all alarms on, which can cause a transcendental experience. - 1981 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
01102 Huxley, Aldous
Visionary Experience
$11.95 Huxley explores that other world of the mind familiar to mystics, artists, children, and poets whose intellect gives way to luminous vision. Evidence of the visionary is found in art, religion, theater, and pageantry, and we all hold some unconscious inkling of it. (Titled Natural History of Visions in 1959.) - 1961 Cambridge - One Audiotape
01103 Huxley, Aldous
Why Art?
$11.95 Art as helps us find order and meaning in an otherwise incomprehensible universe. That art is a mysterious thing at its highest level can somehow bypass the essential ineffability of experience and create a kind of experiential equivalent with symbols. (Titled Art in 1959) - 1961 Cambridge - One Audiotape
01104 Huxley, Aldous
On Language
$11.95 Huxley explores both the liberating and limiting aspects of language in our lives and how language can determine our world views. He talks of the frustration artists and mystics find in using words to express experience, and how we communicate the incommunicable. (Titled Language in 1959) - 1961 Cambridge - One Audiotape
01118 Huxley, Aldous
$11.95 Art as helps us find order and meaning in an otherwise incomprehensible universe. That art is a mysterious thing at its highest level can somehow bypass the essential ineffability of experience and create a kind of experiential equivalent with symbols. - 1959 Santa Barbara - One Audiotape
01119 Huxley, Aldous
Man And Religion
$11.95 Huxley illustrates what he calls the two main kinds of religion: religion of immediate experience or direct acquaintance with the divine, and religion of symbols or knowledge about the divine. He finds no conflict between the mystical approach to religion and the scientific approach. - 1959 Santa Barbara - One Audiotape
01121 Huxley, Aldous
Natural History Of Visions
$11.95 Huxley explores that other world of the mind familiar to mystics, artists, children, and poets whose intellect gives way to luminous vision. Evidence of the visionary is found in art, religion, theater, and pageantry, and we all hold some unconscious inkling of it. - 1959 Santa Barbara - One Audiotape
01127 Huxley, Aldous
Integrate Education
$11.95 Since our minds have both objective knowledge of the outer world and subjective experience, the most important task of modern education is to show the relationship between these separate worlds. Huxley speaks to the problem of highly specialized technical learning and the need to interrelate isolated disciplines. - 1959 Santa Barbara - One Audiotape
01129 Huxley, Aldous
Image and Reality
$11.95 1959 Santa Barbara - One Audiotape
01401 Maslow, Abraham
$11.95 Maslow defines self-actualization as living on the sacred level in everyday life without denying the bodily life. He also explores the biological roots of the spiritual life. - 1966 Esalen - One Audiotape
01402 Maslow, Abraham
Psychology Of Religious Experience
$11.95 In his study of self-actualized individuals, among those with a mission outside themselves Maslow found examples of states written about by great religious teachers and mystics. He speaks about integrating the spiritual search with everyday existence. - 1967 Esalen - One Audiotape
01404 Maslow, Abraham
The Eupsychian Ethic
$56.95 Maslow, in discussion with workshop participants, makes an effort to critique the work of organizations like Esalen and to make explicit the implicit philosophy behind them. He discusses ways in which the benefits, including peak experiences, can be carried over into other learning situations and everyday life. - 1969 Esalen - Six Audiotapes
01406 Maslow, Abraham
Informal Weekend
$36.95 Education should help people toward being world citizens, says Maslow, in these passionate talks and dialogues about what it means to be fully human, about self-actualizing people, mystical and peak experiences, friendship and intimacy, education, and other pertinent issues of his life's work. - 1966 Esalen - Four Audiotapes
01601 Metzner, Ralph
Metaphors and Symbols Of Transformation
$11.95 One needs to find words for one's experiences in order to bring them from the inner world through to the outer world. Metzner describes ten classic metaphors for transformation and evolution to other dimensions of being. - 1980 Esalen - One Audiotape
01603 Metzner, Ralph
Psychedelics and The Inner World
$11.95 Metzner reviews psychedelic compounds and their effects, explores the relationship between the psychedelic experience and Eastern philosophy and practice, and speaks of the rituals of traditional peoples who carefully design and control psychedelic use. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
01902 Pearce, Joseph Chilton
Intelligence Of The Heart
$11.95 One of the pioneers of development psychology, the author of Magical Child presents a compelling case for seeing our lives as a process on which evolution fulfills itself through our growing understanding. He describes a feeling of hidden greatness common in adolescence that signals a profound transformation and, if supported, puts us in touch with the very purpose of creation. - 1992 Esalen - One Audiotape
02101 Ring, Kenneth
Near Death Experience
$18.95 Ring reviews the research of near-death experiences and explores the spiritual implications for both everyday life and planetary evolution. - 1985 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
02402 Smith, Huston
The Nature Of Reality
$11.95 Science forces much that is basic to human life, purpose and direction into the realm of dream and illusion by calling it merely subjective. - 1979 Boston - One Audiotape
02501 Watts, Alan
Divine Madness
$11.95 According the Watts, we call insane those who cannot live simultaneously in the world of consensus social vision and the world of the personal vision. Watts discusses the ignorance, intolerance and harm done to those who have variations of consciousness. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
02508 Watts, Alan, Stan Grof and Julian Silverman
The Science Of Madness
$18.95 Watts talks of how differences from the norm are regarded as pathology, irrespective of whether it is a madman or a saint who is involved. Grof`s LSD studies led to his discovery that both "mad" and "normal" subjects eventually entered into experiences with religios qualities. Silverman discusses how some psychotic patients improve, not in spite of their psychosis, but through the psychosis. - 1968 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
03303 Griffiths, Fr. Bede
Hindu and Christian Experience Of God
$18.95 What happens when we get beyond the ego, beyond the sense experience? What is the ultimate reality and how do we experience that? Fr. Bede discusses these and other questions from both Hindu and Christian perspectives. - 1983 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
03901 Lilly, John
Continuous Satori-Samadhi
$11.95 Lilly describes the levels of satori, using a numbering system developed by students of Gurdjieff, and describes his own experiences of each of these levels. He also discusses the teaching methods of Oscar Ichazo and relates his personal reactions to them - 1971 New York - One Audiotape
03906 Lilly, John
Problems Of Satori
$18.95 Lilly reciunts his work with Sufi Oscar Ichazo at his "esoteric" school in Chile. Oscar teaches that satori is "natural, simple, easy, obvious and continuous." Lilly talks about how esoteric schools are no longer only for the elite - anyone can have access to satori. - 1971 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
03910 Lilly, John
Ego, Self and Essence
$56.95 Not long after Lilly returned from Oscar Ichazo's Arica Training in Chile, he conducted this practical workshop, in which he detailed the theory, concepts and experience he had arrived at. Pain and ecstasy, karma and satori, complexity and simplicity, ego, self, and essence, provide a wealth of material for Lilly's carefully organized presentation. - 1971 Esalen - Six Audiotapes
04202 Naranjo, Claudio
Dante's Way To The Stars
$11.95 Midway in our life's journey I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. Thus Dante begins his journey, which may lead one to one's full spiritual goal after knowledge of hell. Naranjo relates Dante's way to mystical schools, religions and modern psychology. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
04303 Nin, Anais
Art and Spirit
$11.95 One Audiotape
05102 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
Healing Starts From Heart
$18.95 Brother David describes mysticism - something older and more basic than any religious tradition - as the experience of communion with the divine, the ultimate reality. He explores how each mystical tradition has made different discoveries. - 1985 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
05103 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
Approaches To Christian Mysticism
$56.95 Awareness of Eastern mysticism makes many people curious about the mystical tradition in the West. Can one find meaning in it today? Br. David has spent more than 30 years in both Eastern and Western monasteries exploring the roots of mysticism. In this Esalen workshop, he helps participants search for these roots in their own life experiences. - 1987 Esalen - Six Audiotapes
05104 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
The Body: Sensuousness and Spirituality
$11.95 Br. David explores the misunderstandings and confusions created in religious traditions by the words body, sensuousness, and spirituality. When the power of what is real flows into you - when your body is ablaze in the glow of spirit - these moments give you the standard from which everything else is measured. - 1990 Esalen - One Audiotape
05106 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
Enjoying Poetry
$36.95 What is the point of poetry? Through discussion and poetry reading, Br. David illuminates how artists and poets capture that still point, when we feel particularly in touch with the source of the design of life, when everything makes sense, when for one moment we are really present, when the whole dance of life seems to be contained in this particular point. A good poem will take you to that still point and give you the language to express imprecise feelings and very subtle realities. - 1992 Esalen - Four Audiotapes
05107 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
Mysticism As A Frontier Experience
$36.95 Br. David explores ways in which the mystical core that underlies all religions can be an active force in personally experiencing union with the Divine. He refers to the parables of Jesus, religious rituals and moral guidelines as examples that can either help or hinder our practice. - 1985 Esalen - Four Audiotapes
05108 Steindl-Rast, Br. David
$11.95 Spirit means aliveness, life-breath, life-force .... According to Br. David, flesh, the traditional opposite of spirit, has often been misinterpreted as body, when in fact the true meaning of flesh is deadness, decay, the corpse after the life-breath has gone out. When we are truly alive, we can experience spiritual bliss in our bodies - All the mystics, when they talk about their highest encounter with the spirit ... use the language of sexual intercourse ... The two are one. - 1990 Esalen - One Audiotape
06602 Henderson, Joseph
Sioux Shaman
$11.95 On Black Elk's vision and seven secret rites of the soul. - 1970 San Francisco - One Audiotape
07201 Murphy, Michael
Bodily Transformation
$11.95 For many years Esalen co-founder Murphy has been collecting data of exceptional physical functioning and looking for patterns of the body's ability to transform itself. Even if we are not conscious of the process, he says, we are often engaged in acts that have the earmark of an advanced yogi. - 1980 Esalen - One Audiotape
10103 Rudhyar, Dana
The Illuminated Path
$18.95 In this lucid, informative talk, Rudhyar describes the goal of a transformative journey as the building of a completely new and immortal organism of conscious selfhood, which is attuned to cosmic rhythms and which becomes a permanent factor in the universe. - 1969 Berkeley - Two Audiotapes
11401 Tarnas, Richard
Astrology, Psychedelics and The Archetypes
$11.95 What astrology seems to be is a highly developed form of meditation into archetypal consciousness, says Tarnas, describing astrology as a series of highly subtle, very liberating clues to help us map experiences that transcend our normal conception of ourselves and the external world - experiences he refers to as archetypal. He speaks of finding a profound correlation between astrological transits and the experiences of participants in Stan Grof's psychedelic therapy sessions. - 1979 Boston - One Audiotape
33001 Kramer, Joel
Bringing Spirituality Down To Earth
$11.95 This talk explores common dangers of what Kramer calls a great paradox of spirituality. Though genuine spiritual opening can dissolve boundaries and connect us to greater, impersonal dimensions of the universe, the very tools we use to bring about these connections can also trap us in narrow, constricted experience. - 1983 Chiago - One Audiotape
33002 Kramer, Joel
Bringing East and West Together
$11.95 Kramer thoughfully and passionately examines the conflict in world-views he considers to be the root of most psychological difficulties. He terms individuation and merging - in which we want to be wholly ourselves, and yet also seek union with something vastly more profound than the personal - the opposing tendencies most of us alternate between. The latter, emphasized by many spiritual traditions, can be a cause of difficulty as easily as it can be a solution. - 1983 Chicago - One Audiotape
40020 Hoeller, Stephan
Sufis, Kabbalist and Mystics
$11.95 Mystics of all religions tend to recognize an innate capacity for insight that all humans share. In the 11th and 12th Centuries, Spain provided fertile ground for mystics of Jewish, Islamic and Christian comunities to develop systems that shared many concepts and methods. Hoeller discusses how creative imagination, longing for God, polarity between mercy and justice, and other mystical idesa have been expressed by all three systems. - 1995 Los Angeles - One Audiotape
40025 Hoeller, Stephan
Aldous Huxley - Perennial Philosopher
$11.95 One Audiotape
40026 Hoeller, Stephan
Gerald Heard - Guide Of Souls
$11.95 One Audiotape
AL004 Murphy, Michael
Golf In The Kingdom
$18.95 In this classic tale of sport and mysticism, the co-founder of Esalen Institute recounts his mythic adventure on the Scottish links with master golfer and spiritual philosopher Shivas Irons. This is a Western equivalent of Herrigal's famous Zen in the Art of Archery, but a much better book, in which a sport is employed as a yoga or spiritual discipline. -Alan Watts - - Two Audiotapes
CR011 Merton, Thomas
The Irish Tradition of Mysticism
$11.95 Merton describes how the Irish interpreted monastic contemplation in terms of exile, pilgrimage, and martydom. He brings a contemporary dimension to his discussion by commenting on the death of Martin Luther King. - 1969 Gethsemani, Ky - One Audiotape