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  • The prospect of further human development stands before us as an ethical demand, providing useful guidance for our scientific research, education, and legislation as well as for our individual and personal choices. The world needs those who believe in our common humanity, who understand and promote the development of all individuals and communities — body, mind, heart, and soul.

    Our mission at Esalen to facilitate such change within self and society has never been more vital than it is now.

    – Michael Murphy, Esalen CTR Founder

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About CTR

The goals of the Esalen Center for Theory & Research (CTR) span a wide range of commitments, projects, and passions. One of these is the development of a new worldview that can make sense of all of this and a transformative practice that can embody it, since vision without action is lame and action without vision is blind. Under the banner of “Toward a New Worldview,” CTR seeks to nourish and support an emerging 'school' in which theory, research, and practice will co-evolve to embody our latent supernature. 

Recent CTR Books

Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality, edited by Edward Kelly, Adam Crabtree and Paul Marshall, was published in winter 2015. View the description and endorsements here.

In fall 2014, Adam Crabtree's Memoir of a Trance Therapist was published. View the description here.

In spring 2014 a new CTR book, Panentheism Across the World's Traditions, was published by Loriliai Biernacki and Philip Clayton. See the CHOICE magazine book review here.

In spring 2009 a groundbreaking CTR book, Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology of the 21st Century, was published by Ed and Emily Kelly.


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