"The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person." - Frank Barron, the internationally known UC Berkeley scholar, psychologist, and beloved Esalen teacher, whose work exploring the creative mind influenced a generation of researchers.
"Esalen is a non-profit organization that has been devoted to the exploration of human potential since the 1960's. Historical luminaries like Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, Joan Baez, and countless others have gathered here to develop revolutionary ideas, transformative practices, and innovative art forms. Today Esalen is a retreat center where people live and work in a communal setting. Residents and guests participate in an incredible variety of alternative education and personal growth programs in subjects ranging from meditation to massage, yoga, psychology, ecology, spirituality, art, music, and much more."
I pulled that last pararaph from the Esalen website. Had never heard of Barron, though am a huge fan of Campbell, and have read my share of Huxley and Kerouac. And I was in Junior High, back in 1970 when I first heard the term "human potential." When I find a minute or 60, I'll get back to this and follow up on Barron's quote. In the meantime, I'm being pulled in opposite directions. What a surprise.