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Human Potential

Human potential describes the ability of us, as humans, to improve ourselves to become a not-yet-realized state of whatever we can imagine for ourselves and our societies. Human potential is usually thought of on a global or species-wide scale, though each community may have different views of what our limits may look like. However, we can only approach human potential through individual action and dedication, pushing ourselves to test against our physical, biological, and mental limits, seeing what are true limitations and what are just self-limiting beliefs or restrictions that can be worked around with ingenuity and determination. Nurturing curiosity—an open mind with self-reflection—leads to the attention, study, and practice required to realize the vision we set for ourselves.

In Murphy's Kingdom

Since the 1960s, the Esalen Institute has been at the forefront of the human potential movement. Now cofounder Michael Murphy, an ardent golfer and former frat boy, is reaching a new generation with his books on spirituality.

The Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution

We are being presented with the greatest opportunity that humanity has ever consciously faced together: the effort to co-create a planetary shift in time to avert global catastrophe by helping humanity cross the gap from “Here”—our current breakdowns—to “There”—our future of infinite p...

Esalen Co-Founder Looks to Future

I had the great pleasure of meeting with Michael Murphy co-founder of Esalen Institute during the campus renewal dedication in Big Sur, California. Since its inception Esalen has evolved organically and remained true to its mission centered on the human potential movement.

Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw ‘Conscious Evolution,’ Dies

Her book “Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential” is a core text among those who think the human race is on the brink of an enhanced way of existing.

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