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The American Soul RushEsalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege$
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Marion Goldman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732878

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732878.001.0001

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Spiritual Privilege and Personal Transformation

Spiritual Privilege and Personal Transformation

(p.72) 3 Spiritual Privilege and Personal Transformation
The American Soul Rush

Marion Goldman

NYU Press

This chapter explores the four central dimensions of spiritual privilege: religious affinities, cultural and religious capital, social networks, and economic resources. Esalen diffused spiritual privilege and helped change America's religious marketplace, while it also transformed individual lives. By advocating omnivorous spirituality, they have promoted loyalty to the Institute and its foundational doctrines, rather than to any single individual or spiritual path. Changing allegiances and personal priorities are not defections in this schema. Instead, they are extensions of Esalen's doctrine and practices. The emphasis on choice and combination meshes with the Institute's commitment to spread spiritual privilege as widely as possible.

Keywords:   spiritual privilege, omnivorous spirituality, spiritual path, Esalen doctrine, religious marketplace

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