The New Millennium with Jean Houston

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"We are in a huge mind/body quake," says Jean Houston, "moving towards levels of ourselves that we never thought to have." This philosopher, psychologist and author describes why she thinks we are living in the most exciting time in human history. From a tremendous amount of world travel and working with various cultural groups all over the world comes her conviction that new ways of being consciously human are emerging beyond any of our current definitions. "We are in whitewater all the time," she says. "It's no longer a quiet pond." She also describes her work on the "living biographies" of Thomas Jefferson and Helen Keller (whom Jean met when she was a young girl). This program was recorded at the 1993 World Parliament of Religions that met in Chicago. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme.

She is the author of nearly thirty books, including:

To learn more about the work of Jean Houston go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Houston's vision of an emerging global spirituality
  • Why this is the most exciting time in human history
  • What Thomas Jefferson would be doing today
  • Her meeting with Helen Keller
  • The various kinds of genius, including handicaps
  • The "tertium quid" beyond science and spirituality
  • The meeting of local time with eternal time
  • "What could happen" with virtual reality technology
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 9/3/1993       Program Number: 2416