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Issue 15  /  Spring–Summer 1999
The Self-Masters
Are They Enlightened?
Interviews with eight extraordinary individuals whose passion for living, incredible positivity, and commitment to excellence have inspired countless others to strive for greatness in their own lives.

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From the Editors

Introduction to this issue
by Andrew Cohen

Anthony Robbins
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.

Interview by Craig Hamilton

Isn't Life Just Great!

Jack LaLanne

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."

Interview by Andrew Cohen

I'm Not Here to Audition!

Susan Powter

"'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.

Interview by Susan Bridle

Just Do It!

Dan Millman

"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.

Interview by Craig Hamilton


Integrating the Big Bang

Michael Murphy

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.

Interview by Andrew Cohen

Orchestrating Our Many Selves

Jean Houston

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."

Interview by Amy Edelstein

Why Women Don't Like the Word "Mastery"

Beverly Slade

"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.

Interview by Amy Edelstein


A Mind Like Water

Vernon Kitabu Turner

"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.

Interview by Simeon Alev

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Evander Holyfield

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.

Interview by Andrew Cohen