Esaleaks first proposed to place Esalen Institute back into the hands of genuine seekers by 2013. Has this taken place? Every day, seekers come to the Esselen land and find a piece of themselves, yes. But the Institute itself has lost its way under the rule of outsiders who have yet to discover themselves deeply, yet to face their own shadows, yet to open their own hearts, and yet to show an exemplary commitment to that work. They have yet to live the Esalen life, yet to touch the Big Sur life, yet to earn the right to control the gate at 55000 Highway One.
The masters of Gestalt have been banished. The extended Esalen community has failed to save the cradle of its own culture. Esalen Institute has failed. Only the Esselen land remains.
There are those of us with true hearts and clear minds that continue, sprinkled all over the planet, that know what Esalen is. On the property it is losing it’s battle to directors who are lost themselves. Like Camelot, the dream will live on in our hearts. The land will remain no matter who is on it, and the land is powerful in itself. I will not lose hope that the true feeling of Esalen will return. Let us not lose that hope and dream.