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1960s and formed around the concept of cultivating extraordinary potential that its advocates believed to lie largely untapped in all people. The movement took as its premise the belief that through the development of “human potential”, humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity, and fulfillment…

“The movement has its conceptual roots in existentialism and humanism. Its emergence is linked to humanistic psychology, also known as the “3rd force” in psychology (after psychoanalysis and behaviorism, and before the “4th force” of transpersonal psychology—which emphasizes esoteric, psychic, mystical, and spiritual development). Some commentators consider the HPM synonymous with humanistic psychology. The movement is strongly influenced by Abraham Maslow’s theory of self-actualization as the supreme expression of a human’s life.” 16

2) Alexander Everett and Mind Dynamics

“Alexander Everett was a British self-improvement and personal development consultant. He was the founder of the company Mind Dynamics, and author of the motivational books The Genius Within You and Inward Bound. Everett’s coursework and teachings had an influence on the Human Potential Movement. Though Mind Dynamics only existed for a few years, it greatly influenced many other forms of companies and self-improvement groups known as Large Group Awareness Training. After Mind Dynamics folded due to the death of its co-owner, William Penn Patrick, and due to investigations on its parent company, Holiday Magic, by the United States government on allegations of pyramid schemes, Everett formed another course called Inward Bound, which he taught in the United States, Europe and Asia.” 17

Mind Dynamics and Alexander Everett were influenced by Edgar Cayce [Ed. note: Cayce is cited earlier in this chapter as one of the founding influences of the New Age movement], Theosophy, and Silva Mind Control. Curtiss’ Depression is a Choice cites Silva Mind Control and self-talk as the basis for Mind Dynamics. Mind Dynamics has also been described by several authors on religious texts as an offshoot of Silva Mind Control. According to Jose Silva, Alexander Everett was a graduate of Silva Mind Control. Everett also drew on principles from the Unity Church, Egyptology and Rosicrucianism in developing Mind Dynamics.18

3) Mind Dynamics spawned est Trainings, Landmark and Lifespring est Trainings and Landmark

“Werner Hans Erhard was first known for “The est Training” (1971–1983) and “The Forum” (1984–1991)… [From 1965 to 1970] Erhard [investigated] a wide range of religious and therapeutic movements, including Zen Buddhism, Encounter, Transactional Analysis, Enlightenment Intensive, Subud and Scientology. Erhard read L. Ron Hubbard extensively, and Scientology ideas have influenced both est and The



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