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The Center for Integral Wisdom team wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!
There is so much that we at the Center are grateful for this year, from the many friendships around the world and the Outrageous Love we all share to the projects, large and small, that we have completed or are still in full swing:
Our WebPlex launch
The Pleasure Map course and its first live class with people engaging pleasure on whole new levels
The RiseUp film production in full swing, already attracting thousands of followers
An awesome board meeting at John Mackey’s ranch in March
Books, courses, and activist projects in play
Talks and workshops given at conferences or churches, our in-depth Wisdom School at Shalom Mountain, and the 8-day Summer Festival of Love in Holland
- And so much more…
On a global level, the outrageous pain seems to grow more and more intense with millions of refugees fleeing from war, hunger, and violence, ongoing terror in many places around the world, as well as the quiet desperation of loneliness and disease. With that we are even more committed to fulfill on the mission of the Center: to articulate, evolve and deliver a new, Integral narrative for living – which transforms each individual, culture and life itself – creating a world of Outrageous Love, through Outrageous Love.
“The only response to outrageous pain is Outrageous Love,” as CIW Co-Founder Marc Gafni reminds us. This starts with resisting “the gravitational pull of UnLove” in our personal relationships and turning them into authentic Unique Self encounters.
“To enter a Unique Self encounter, you must resist the gravitational pull of UnLove. You must identify as part of the larger field of love. You experience yourself as part of the seamless coat of the Universe. This is the source of your authentic power. This will allow you to receive hurt inflicted by others as a wound of love and not as an insult. You wear your hurt as a battle scar in your struggle for love. You bear it with pride and dignity. You are freed from the compulsive need to inflict pain on the one who hurt you in order to prove you exist. You know you exist because you are in divine communion, that is to say, identified with the larger whole beyond your particular part nature.
The trance-ending of ego into Unique Self-realization is animated by the quality of love. Love motivates and manifests the spontaneous action of care and compassion. Egoic self-contraction is the quality of fear. Fear motivates and manifests the reactive rituals of egoity.
To live and act as love means to keep your heart open through the pain of heartache and hurt.
To live and act as fear means to allow the pain to close your heart. You can practice love by practicing opening your heart even when you feel hurt.
Rather than turning away, closing down, and striking out, you keep your heart open. This will help you act skillfully instead of reacting clumsily in these situations.
When you practice opening as love moment to moment in the face of the hurt, the power of the past weakens. Old wounds are in the past. If you open your heart in the present, time after time, the power of the past recedes.
You will probably always feel the pain when you meet UnLove in relationship. But you do not need to feel the closure, which deadens your heart and your life force. You can continually practice love rather than closing down into UnLove. You can feel your self-contraction and choose to change the way you react.
You are not a victim of your past. When you stop either ignoring or overdramatizing past events, you also stop unconsciously using life trauma from the past to avoid giving the depth of love that is yours to give in the present moment.
The pain of the past may have come to you through another. Your present reaction is yours. You are doing it. You must assume responsibility for your own complex of reactivity. Reactive emotion and reenactment do not need to be a fact of your nature. You can take your armor off. You can unguard your heart and trust yourself to live and love from an intense armorless vulnerability. This is the safest place from which to live.
For some people, especially those with fortunate childhood circumstances, opening through hurt is not so hard. For others, it may be the work of a lifetime. For all of us, it is perhaps the most important work we can do for our own love and freedom, and the love and freedom of the others in our lives.
To be weak in love is to exclusively identify with your separate self, which is always already insulted and empty with craving.
To love is to know that we are all lost and found in the same reality together. To love is to stay open in gratitude and joy even as you know that love breaks your heart.”
Marc Gafni, Your Unique Self
From our hearts to yours, we send you love and light this Thanksgiving season.
In deep gratitude and evolutionary partnership,
The CIW Team
Learn more about the partnership between the Agape International Spiritual Center and the Center for Integral Wisdom in our beautiful Agape Portal on the WebPlex. Agape, as a progressive spiritual community, is enacting gorgeously many of the core Integral Unique Self values of the Center for Integral Wisdom.
The founder and spiritual director of Agape, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, is a member of the Executive Board of the Center for Integral Wisdom.
Watch his Welcome here:
Integral Wisdom Scholar in Residence at Agape Marc Gafni
Dr. Marc Gafni, President of the Center for Integral Wisdom, serves as Integral Wisdom Scholar in Residence of the Agape International Spiritual Center.
Don’t miss Marc’s next talk and workshop at the Agape International Spiritual Center.
Enjoy the rich content in our Agape portal and watch Marc’s talks on Outrageous Love from his residency in March 2015 here>>>
From the About Page on the Agape Website:
An embodiment of evolving consciousness
“We are on the planet to be and express the Divine Love of God that is alive in every fiber of our being, waiting to be released through us onto our world. Living as love is a way of life that brings heaven on earth.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder and Spiritual Director
Since its doors opened in 1986, Agape’s active teaching and practice of the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality has expanded into a trans-denominational movement and community of 9,000 local members and 1,000,000 friends worldwide. Through Dr. Beckwith’s weekly services, Agape’s University of Transformational Studies and Leadership classes, ministries and other outreach programs, the heart of Agape reaches deep into local and global communities teaching individuals about the transforming, healing power of prayer, meditation, and selfless service.
We invite you to explore Agape’s Website and learn more about our dynamic, intentional community and the broad scope of opportunities we offer you for enhancing your life-experience from a foundation of personal spiritual empowerment. We especially direct you to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link where you may learn about the universal principles found in the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality.
An unedited first draft text from the forthcoming book The Path and Practice of Outrageous Love by Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid
The way to awaken as an Outrageous Lover is the practice of writing Outrageous Love Letters. The ultimate awakening of the Outrageous Lover is the realization that your life itself is an Outrageous Love Letter. This path and practice will be fully described in the Outrageous Love Process in last section of the book.
Outrageous love is awakened through the practice of writing outrageous love letters. Evolution becomes conscious to itself through your awakening to the realization that your life itself is an outrageous love letter. You are a messenger that forgot your message. Your message is You! You awaken by remembering that you are the personal face of the evolutionary impulse. Through your own evolution of consciousness you participate in the evolution of love.
To awaken as an outrageous lover is to become intimate with reality itself. You recognize that you are living in an intimate universe in which you are seen, witnessed, addressed and called. You are called to realize that existence needs you as an intimate partner. Reality needs your service. Your Outrageous Acts of Love become the text of the Outrageous Love letter which is your life.
Your life is your Outrageous Love Story. Living your life as an Outrageous Love letter comes from the realization that all of existence needs your intimate witnessing and partnership.
By awakening as the evolutionary impulse and activating your capacity for outrageous acts of love, you come into intimate union with the universe, and the universe comes into intimate union with you.
- Happy Thanksgiving 2015
- Enacting New Synergies of Love’s Expression in the World
- Welcome to the Path and Practice of Writing Outrageous Love Letters
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Programs & Events
Unbeatable Mind Retreat
with Mark Divine Keynote by Marc Gafni: “Experiencing Your Spirit” Carlsbad, CA Click here for info
December 2015 CIW Board Call
For Board Members only.
January 2016 CIW Board Call
For Board Members only.
6th Annual Esalen Retreat with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni
West Coast World Spirituality Retreat “Evolutionary Relationships: Opening into the Great Heart” Relationship is one of the great pathways to higher consciousness. The practices of awakened relationship not only can engage the heart, but also
Agape: Services & Workshop
Scholar-in-Residency with Marc Gafni hosted by Michael Bernard Beckwith Agape International Detailed Info and Exact Date TBA
Annual CIW Board Conclave 2016
by invitation only A report from last year’s Board Retreat: The Looks and Feel of a Board Meeting How this outrageous love story looks and feels like we could all witness and be part of
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni
The Wisdom School is an esoteric mystery school dedicated to deep consideration, inquiry and practice on the leading edge of human evolution and development. November 5-8, 2015 Shalom Mountain Retreat Center Livingston Manor, NY Info
Unique Self Coaching Training Program
with Barbara Alexander & Claire Molinard The Unique Self Coach Training is a 9-month certificate program. It is designed to support helping professionals and other change agents who wish to deepen their experience of their
5th Summer Festival in Holland
with Marc Gafni & Guests Read All About The Just-Completed 2015 Event>>> Signup for 2016 TBA The Festival is home to The Mystery School of Love & the 4th European Integral Wisdom Conference of Love,