Eric Moya, Esalen and The Upledger Institute

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“Embrace compassion and life’s ambiguity.” Eric Moya


Eric Moya is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a diplomate certified CranioSacral therapist and instructor and founder of The Ripple Effect: Center for Mind and Body Therapy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Eric teaches and lectures internationally on CranioSacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage, and Health Care Ethics. Currently, he serves as Dean of Integral Education at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Eric has a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also has training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and massage. 


Q: What has been the most challenging part of your path?

 I’m working to understand the interplay between selflessness and selfishness. I want to be as selfless as possible so as not to harm others. However, I invest so much energy in selflessness that I have not experienced selfishness in a satisfactory way. I don’t want to feel guilty about having human needs. To better understand this interplay, I view selflessness as making decisions toward community, and selfishness as making decisions away from it. I define community as working together to cherish life, promote fairness, and respect different paradigms. I know a counselor who embodies this interplay with tremendous grace. I asked her how she deals with the frustrations of working with people with addictions. She replied, “I speak to the person’s higher self while facing the reality right in front of us.” This approach gives her such compassion despite the crumminess of humanity. She is a great role model.

Q: What advice would you give someone just starting his or her spiritual path?

Do whatever it takes to stay in compassion with others and yourself. Compassion enables people to be good to each other during conflict and forges solutions that are productive for the community. Humor also helps. Don’t take situations or yourself too seriously.

For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.

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