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A Cosmic Journey That Will Change the Way You Think

Goose bumps—that’s what we got when we watched Brian Swimme’s Flash-animated video presentations at, a site devoted to promoting “an expanded view of what it means to be human based on knowledge of our evolutionary journey.” It’s easy to get lost here exploring what can only be described as an inspired visual, auditory, and informational feast of life, evolution, and consciousness. To meet the overwhelming demands of our time, Global MindShift says we need a new and bigger perspective, and it’s hard to think of a better place to get one than on this site.


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Meet Led Zeppelin

Take a few heaping spoonfuls of traditional Sufi music, mix with half a cup of classic rock, spice with information on Sufi philosophy and practice, and garnish with the latest video and audio clips. What do you get?, the new website of Salman Ahmad, lead guitarist of south Asia’s most popular rock band, Junoon (with sales of twenty-five million albums and counting). It’s just the latest effort in a nonstop whirlwind of artistic, spiritual, and social activism for this Pakistani idol who has been called the “Bono of the Muslim world.” His next project: writing the soundtrack for Deepak Chopra’supcoming movie How to Know God.


From the Archives: the Human Potential Movement

Your search is over. At least that’s what the floating banner says when you log in to, Esalen Institute’s new online TV station. Designed as a sort of virtual spiritual supermarket, this DVD-quality broadcast service currently hosts four hundred programs on various topics from self-improvement to weight loss and from meditation techniques to spiritual teachers and sacred sites. And the organizers are hard at work digitizing thousands upon thousands of videotapes from Esalen’s forty-year history, including footage of such luminaries as Abraham Maslow, Aldous Huxley, and B.F. Skinner.


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Our 15th Anniversary Issue


September–December 2006