The Mystical Side Of Life with Michael Murphy

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The "metanormal" abilities and experiences of saints and yogis are accessible to all of us, says Michael Murphy--and the first step is a simple one. Any activity that requires sustained vigilance, such as running, piloting or golf, causes a subtle sensory deprivation that appears to evoke mystical states of mind. "Metanormality breaks out in us all," says Murphy, "because it's our basic inclination. Human beings are tilted toward new dimensions; we are meant for this adventure of unfoldment. It ís the most powerful beat in the world." Describing the genius of golf masters as well as athletic genius in its particulars, he tells us how "sport--and ultimately all human activity--has the capacity to become a yoga, a transformative practice." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Murphy is cofounder of the Esalen Institute.

He is the author of:

  • Golf in the Kingdom (Penguin 1972)
  • The Future of the Body (1995)
  • The Kingdom of Shivas Irons (Broadway 1997)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to evoke metanormal experience
  • Golf as a mystical practice
  • How Charles Lindbergh developed his mystical side
  • How the power of place affects you
  • Master golfers, and what makes them great
  • The meaning of athletics in human evolution
  • How golf came into the world
  • Instant karma on the golf course
  • Esalen in the sixties
  • The latest research on survival beyond the body
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 9/23/1997        Program Number: 2664