This concluding chapter examines the broad impact of spiritual privilege on twenty-first-century Americans. Even in the midst of deep recession, spiritual privilege does not disappear. If anything, it continues to spread, as people seek ways of improving their lives during a painful economic downturn. Critics view alternative spirituality and the optimism that grounds it as futile modes of self-deception. Many more people, however, find comfort in the doctrines and practices that first came together at Esalen. The Institute continues to provide a range of spiritual paths and a unifying doctrine to encourage ever wider transmission of spiritual privilege and ever greater participation in the soul rush.
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