I came across this book when it was first published in 1975. I was 19 and just starting out on my inner journey, having been introduced the “inner potential” idea with Psycho-Cybernetics.
This introduction to many of the approaches to inner exploration taught me the obvious, that there were many paths up the mountain. This meant that I could take an eclectic approach to personal development and see what various traditions offered. This launched my years of reading, experimenting, learning, adapting, rejecting, validating the claims made by various writers and teachers. The great value of finding this book was that I learned at the beginning of the journey to rely on my own judgement to assess a teaching, method, or teacher.
Here is what was on the back cover:
- Biofeedback – the magic of alpha waves
- The world’s first acid trip
- Learning to know the left brain from the right
- The I Ching comes to Wall Street
- Roughing it with a Rolfer
- TM, secret mantram, Dr. Herbert Benson, and it all works
- Zen and the art of tennis and the The Great Central Philippine Headache cure
- Talks with Ram Dass, Swami Muktananda, Carlos Castenada, John Lilly, and other heads of inner space
Reading that list, is it any wonder I devoured that book? It was necessarily light on detail when trying to cover such a variety of topics. It led to deeper explorations of many of them. ButÂ as an introductory book of powers of the mind, it is a feast that does not disappoint.