A Brief History
This chapter describes the Institute's creation narrative and charts Esalen's history through the twenty-first century. This creation story described how Michael Murphy and Dick Price's dream of a modest retreat had spontaneously morphed into the reality of an influential institution dedicated to personal and social transformations. Because of benign supernatural influences emanating from both Esalen's location and more general cosmic forces, the two young men were able to create a hub for spiritual and personal exploration that has survived for six decades. According to the narrative, the stars had aligned so that Esalen could be conceived. Supernatural synchronicity had shaped Esalen's beginnings, and Murphy and Price's road trip ushered in a new era for Americans hungering to expand their lives.
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