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The Ultimate Black Belt Test

At a time when the gospel of self-acceptance is leading to ever-lowering expectations, an audacious martial arts training program strives to replace mediocrity with mastery.

Issue 31
Finding Freedom in Captivity
Beyond Limits

Held hostage for five years in Lebanon, John McCarthy shares how a spiritual experience and a rare friendship turned a hellish ordeal into a transformative odyssey.

Issue 26
27,000 Miles to Buddhahood
The Tendai Monks of Mount Hiei take the ultramarathon to a whole new level
The Tendai monks of Mount Hiei take the ultramarathon to a whole new level. Written by Pete Bampton.
Issue 25
Throwing Water at the Clouds
The Mysterious Powers of Pilot Baba

Are miracles real? A modern-day Indian yogi makes a convincing case for the supernatural. Written by Craig Hamilton.

Issue 24
I Am not the Body; I Am the Soul
Breaking Limits with Sri Chinmoy

Find out how multi-Guinness-world-record-holder Ashrita Furman, a mild-mannered limitation-buster, is capable of accomplishing feats most of us couldn't—or wouldn't—even imagine.

Issue 22
From the Editors
Issue 15
God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Reigning three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on his passion for the Holy Spirit, the higher purpose of his work—and how he knew, against all odds, that he was going to defeat Mike Tyson.

Issue 15
Orchestrating Our Many Selves
Jean Houston on the Fallacy of Self-Mastery

A pioneering researcher in the evolution of consciousness critiques the narrow focus of the term “self-mastery” and exhorts us to embrace the unlimited potential of what she calls “the possible human.”

Issue 15
Isn't Life Just Great!

The founding father of the American physical fitness movement—eighty-four years young and not slowing down a bit—shares his infectious positivity and passion for living, and explains why self-mastery is “the key to everything.”

Issue 15
Just Do It!

“Who would you rather live with-an enlightened person who acted crazy or a crazy person who acted enlightened?” A former champion gymnast and author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Everyday Enlightenment insists that in real spirituality, actions speak louder than words.

Issue 15
Integrating the Big Bang

What is the result when enlightened master Ramana Maharshi is merged with champion bodybuilder Frank Zane? The cofounder of Esalen Institute describes his all-embracing “integral approach” to the realization of our human evolutionary potential.

Issue 15
I'm Not Here to Audition!

“'Mastery' implies that there's something under you-usually a slave. It's the mastery of the world that's gotten us into the mess we're in.” An outrageous, outspoken evangelist of health and fitness speaks out on enlightenment, women's empowerment and having the guts to tell the truth.

Issue 15
Excellence Is Not Enough

“I'm not a great spiritual master. I'm only telling you what I believe as a thirty-eight-year-old man who has worked with a couple of million people from seventy countries.” A surprising dialogue with the world's foremost “peak performance coach” on gratitude, surrender and creating heaven on earth.

Issue 15
Why Women Don't Like the Word "Mastery"

“A literary agent once told me that if she put a call out for autobiographies, the next day she would have fifty on her desk from men and none from women.” A developmental psychologist shares some intriguing insights on why getting women to speak about self-mastery can be a difficult task.

Issue 15
A Mind Like Water

“When I see my opponents fly through the air and fall at my feet without conscious effort on my part, I realize that I am a partaker of something greater than I can comprehend.” A poet, spiritual teacher and black-belt master of the Bushido way describes the astonishing effects of profound Self-realization on the human capacity for mental and physical mastery.

Issue 15