December 29, 1991 |
In October of 1989, a private detective was called into the Church of Scientology's offices in Los Angeles and asked to conduct an investigation in Northern California. Ted Heisig, a non-Scientologist based in Orange County, said he was led into a room and shown five file cabinets filled with documents Scientology had been collecting for years. The subject: Werner Erhard, founder of the worldwide self-awareness movement known as est.
November 15, 2010 |
Now and then, a new psychology movement bursts onto the popular scene and shakes up the mental health establishment. Typically these efforts tickle the fringe of accepted science, buoyed by celebrities and alternative therapy enthusiasts -- which is to say, they often settle in California. Some, like est or primal therapy, traffic in mental transformation. Others, like Transcendental Meditation, whisper of ancient wisdom. Still others, like lucid dreaming, have echoes of science fiction.
February 13, 1991 |
Werner Erhard, the founder of est, the multimillion-dollar self-awareness movement, is selling the assets of his company to a group of employees and going fishing, a spokesman said. The holdings include real estate in California and New York, computers, furniture and an 18-year licensing agreement. The agreement covers "technology and intellectual property" used in the weekend est workshops that have been marketed in recent years as "The Forum."
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April 27, 1986
- In 1971, Jack Rosenberg, formerly a car salesman from Philadelphia, goes through a divorce and emerges in San Francisco with a new name, Werner Erhard, and a new idea, a human potential movement called est. The name stands for Erhard Seminars Training, a mix of Zen, Scientology and Erhard's own ideas for motivation and self-improvement. In the 1970s, Erhard's programs catch on.
May 22, 1991 |
Est founder Werner Erhard is suing the IRS, contending the agency has illegally claimed $7 million worth of his property. Erhard, accused by the IRS of owing millions in back taxes, has asked a federal judge to declare the agency's action improper and bar it from collecting on liens against his real estate. The suit, the latest twist in a long-running feud between the human potential guru and the IRS, was filed in U. S. District Court in San Francisco.