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There are sources within the human potential movement that work well with Evolutionary spirituality.

For example, consider this text written in the forward to The Master Key System, a self-help book from the early 1900's:

Let us see what are the most powerful forces in Nature. In the mineral world everything is solid and fixed. In the animal and vegetable kingdom it is in a state of flux, forever changing, always being created and recreated. In the atmosphere we find heat, light and energy. Each realm becomes finer and more spiritual as we pass from the visible to the invisible, from the coarse to the fine, from the low potentiality to high potentiality. When we reach the invisible we find energy in its purest and most volatile state.

We can see here the theme of "The spiritual is material."

We have to skip over painful decree about how the pineal gland is the seat of the soul, but hey, it was 1900: There was a lot that they didn't know.

I'm looking at "the human potential movement" (and it's precidents) as a place where to find views of the human being as a majestic thing, as a thing full of promise and capability, as "something worth being," rather than the view that we can start to get from conventional science: something basically for dissection, repair, healing, curing, or even subverting for commercial purposes.

I've chosen "The Master Key System," because it's what I happened to be looking at this morning, but this kind of writing is typical of the genre. Consider also Napoleon Hill, writing about "Universal Cosmic Habit Force."

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