Join ITP for an evening program on A Search for a Personal Utopia with human potential pioneers and noted authors George Leonard and Michael Murphy.
George Leonard is the author of twelve books including Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-term Fulfillment. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and is co-owner of Aikido of Tamalpais in Mill Valley.
Michael Murphy is co-founder of Esalen Institute. His books include The Future of the Body, Golf in the Kingdom, and The Life We Are Given (co-authored with George Leonard).
Pamela Kramer serves as treasurer on the board of ITP International and as the coordinator for Community ITP in Mill Valley, California. She works as a career and organizational consultant, with 25 yearsâ€™ experience helping people use their creative talents to do their best work. As an ITP trainer, Pam focuses on starting new ITP groups and bringing ITP to the workplace.
George Burr Leonard
George Leonard, a pioneer in the field of human potentialities, is author of twelve books, including "The Transformation," "Education and Ecstasy," "The Silent Pulse," "The Ultimate Athlete," and "Mastery."
During his seventeen years as senior editor for Look Magazine, he covered the Civil Rights Movement, politics, foreign affairs, and social change, while winning an unprecedented number of national awards for education writing. Later, he produced annual Ultimate Fitness sections for Esquire as well as numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects in such magazines as Esquire, Harperâ€™s, The Atlantic, New York, Saturday Review, and The Nation.
Leonard holds a fifth-degree black belt in aikido and is co-founder of a martial arts school. He is founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a transformative practice inspired by aikido, which he has introduced to some 50,000 people in the U.S. and abroad. He is past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, president emeritus of Esalen Institute, and President of ITP International.
Michael Murphy is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Esalen Institute and author of four novels: "Golf in the Kingdom," "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons," "Jacob Atabet," and "An End to Ordinary History."
His nonfiction works, in addition to "The Life We Are Given," include "In the Zone," an anthology of extraordinary sports experience, co-authored with Rhea White, and "The Future of the Body: Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature." "Golf in the Kingdom," still a bestseller 32 years after it was published, has spawned the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit organization with members in the 50 states and in 20 countries as well.
Murphy was born in Salinas, California, graduated from Stanford University, and lived for a year at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. In 1980, he helped initiate Esalenâ€™s Soviet-American Exchange Program, which was a premiere diplomacy vehicle for citizen-to-citizen relations. In 1990, Boris Yeltsinâ€™s first visit to the U.S. was initiated by the Institute. Shortly after this visit, Yeltsin catalyzed the end of communism in Russia.
Esalen is also a ground-breaking research site. Preparatory work for The Future of the Body began in 1977 with the building of an archive of more than 10,000 studies of exceptional human functioning. The archive is now located at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
During his long involvement in the human potential movement, Murphy and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide.
Try as I may, I could not engage in what these two men were taking about. I've gained more insight reading 15 minutes in one of my books on humanistic psychology than what they have said in 1 hour. The questions and comments were filled with spiritual jargon that only confuses and I doubt those listening understood what was being said. It seems the real purpose of these guys is to promote ITP and to me they did not help.
Perhaps this meeting was an informal one and that's Ok but I'm not impressed. I went to the ITP web site and it offers pretty much the same as other spiritual workshops. As much as I'd like to go to one, I'm not convinced they have the means to cultivate your potential as they say they do.
I'm really disappointed in the human potential movement and these workshops that are suppose to make you a better person. It seems to me that the only way to transform oneself is by a long and intensive training tantamount to that of an ascetic monk. A true awakening is outside our experience and I highly doubt that ITP or any other place has the knowledge to get us there. Had they done so, millions would be flocking to the nearest retreat.
In reference to Utopian-ism it so happens that I've been reading up on it and I was quite disappointed that the speakers did not address this at great length. The jest was fine but this event felt more like a social gathering oppose to a real in depth discussion about Utopian-ism.
When George said that we have our own personal utopia, I give him credit for it because it's so true. But I was hoping he'd point out that our respective utopia can be dangerous especially if we use religion or any form of (political) ideology to impose it on others as we are doing in Iraq and others countries in the name of "freedom".
Lastly, am I the only one who is outraged by the injustices of Wall Street, and our political parties who are raping the American people any way they can? Why is it that ITP or any other institution who claims to have truth on their side remain silent on these issues? I mean, where are the Simone Weil's of today? Why is it that our respective clergies have said nothing about the crisis facing middle class and the poor? I just goes to show you just how impoverished our clergies are and how they become pawns to our political leaders by making their respective flocks’ believe in things that only dumb them down-or worse blame them for their misfortunes because they did not love Jesus enough.
Ken Wilber may be the Einstein of consciousness and he may spend a lot of time writing books but no amount of reading will enlighten us. If there is a God out there and he created us, I resent him/her for making us so stupid and if this God is a Christian God I resent it even more because all he gave us was two books filled with parables difficult to understand and easily misinterpreted. We already know just how complex human nature is and for God to address it with parables is very frustrating. To believe that the Bible will save mankind is a good example of a utopia. We assume we know what it says but the INTERPRETATION we give it makes us rigid and confined. It therefore impairs us from discovering the kind of insights that are more profound and transcend literal meaning.
ITP has a long way to go.