Dharma Circle June 2013: The Path of the Outrageous Lover Audio

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Dharma Circle February 2013: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover Audio

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Imago, Unique Self, & the Crying God Introduction Audio

Listen to this introduction by Marc Gafni to a gorgeous dialogue between four masters of their respective fields in the process of evolving the teaching of Unique Self, Unique We, Couplehood, Imago Therapy, and Unique Self Recovery between Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Lori Galperin, and Marc Gafni. Watch the whole dialogue here.

Harville HendrixHarville Hendrix is a contemporary psychologist who co-founded Imago Relationship Therapy, along with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt.

Harville Hendrix was born in 1935 in Statesboro, Georgia. He was an ordained Baptist minister before he completed his BA at Mercer University in Georgia, in 1957, and his BD from Union Theological Seminary in 1961. He went on to receive both an MA and PhD in psychology and religion from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

Hendrix serves as a therapist, educator, and pastoral counselor. He has spent the last two decades practicing and teaching his own form of marriage and relationship therapy known as Imago Relationship Therapy in collaboration with his wife.

Helen LaKelly HuntHelen LaKelly Hunt (born 1949) is a daughter of H. L. Hunt. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, which describes itself as “a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls.”

Hunt currently lives in New York with her husband, Harville Hendrix, a self-help author.

Hunt was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which cited her as a “[c]reative philanthropist who has used her own resources and others to create women’s funding institutions.”

Lori GalperinLori Galperin serves as a Member and Co-Chair of the Board of the Center for Integral Wisdom.

She is a clinician, writer and teacher who began her 27 year career working in the area of sex & marital therapy. Training at Masters & Johnson Institute, she eventually became co-director, co-founded the first inpatient sexual trauma program in the country, and ultimately established and clinically co-directed three such programs. Her work spanned diverse populations including incest families, sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse and individuals struggling with sexual addiction.

Marc GafniDr. Marc Gafni is a philosopher, public intellectual and wisdom teacher. He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, rabbinic certification from the chief rabbinate in Israel, as well private rabbinic ordination. He is also ordained and holds a doctorate in religious science. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on Integral principles, as well as the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the director of Center for Integral Wisdom (formerly World Spirituality), a think tank he co-founded in 2011 with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton, and Mariana Caplan (now also joined by Lori Galperin) which is creating a body of work to evolve the source code of human existence.

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Venwoude Circle 2013: God Is Eros

The teachings here have been recorded as part of the Venwoude Circle teachings in the 3rd year of its existence.

The Venwoude Circle, a group of about 70 committed practitioners, gathers once a week to practice together. Once a month, Dr. Marc Gafni does a teaching on skype.

The teachings have been deepening over the years. They are mystical teachings on the "inside of the inside."

The nature of the Sangha plays an important role in this as Dr. Marc points out:

The last 2 years, maybe it’s three years already, the Dharma gates really opened for us at Venwoude. At the Mystery School, and other times that we have met.

New teaching is coming down that now is finally finding its way to the world. We are just so excited. It’s the privilege of you. It’s your energy, it’s your presence, it your integrity, your goodness. The Dharma gates open because the Buddha is the Sangha. Because the community has done work for 25 years. All the work that the community has done, the work that the Center of Integral Wisdom has done. All the work that each of you has done and all the enlightenment practice I have done, all of it comes together. And if we really yearn, if we really pound at the doors, the gates open!


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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2013-10: Pleasure

The Six Levels and Twenty-Four Principles of Pleasure

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School hosts weekends during which we practice the holy trinity of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma. Buddha is our first person experience of God, Holiness, Tao, Atman, Ayin, Spirit or whatever name you want to give it. Sangha is the sacred, pleasurable incarnation of spirit invoked by the gathering of like minded men and women in a community of purpose and joy. Dharma transmission is a teaching or teacher that creates and “transmits” a space of open heart and in-sight from deep within a spiritual lineage, that holds, guides and illuminates the way of the authentic seeker.

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School is led by Dr. Marc Gafni, a renowned spiritual teacher, scholar and visionary who offers us the opportunity to participate in the Evolution of Consciousness, the Evolution of Enlightenment, Evolution of Unique Self and Outrageous Loving toward both our uniquely personal transformation and the Evolution of Love itself.

In the course of each weekend we engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic study, chanting, yoga, meditation, movement and other experiential integration processes.

Through this recording, you can join us for a weekend where you will experience profound aliveness, joy and transformation for yourself and for the evolution of love on all levels of reality.

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Marc Gafni: Outrageous Pain, Outrageous Love – Remix by John Tarcza

The Center for Integral Wisdom is pleased to share a spontaneous artistic creation inspired by a recent event of ours in connection with Shalom Mountain.

John Tarcza tells us that a “wild idea started to stir and evolve uncontrollably” in him while editing audio recordings from the weekend. He combined a few minutes of reflections by Marc Gafni with music (Erik Satie Gnossienne No. 1, Buddha Bar remix) … and created this wonderful combination. John has graciously allowed us to share it with you.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2013-03: Seven Types of Sexing

Listen to this teaching on the Seven Types of Sexing that are the Seven Tastes of God

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School hosts weekends during which we practice the holy trinity of Buddha, Sangha and Dharma. Buddha is our first person experience of God, Holiness, Tao, Atman, Ayin, Spirit or whatever name you want to give it. Sangha is the sacred, pleasurable incarnation of spirit invoked by the gathering of like minded men and women in a community of purpose and joy. Dharma transmission is a teaching or teacher that creates and “transmits” a space of open heart and in-sight from deep within a spiritual lineage, that holds, guides and illuminates the way of the authentic seeker.

Shalom Mountain’s Wisdom School is led by Dr. Marc Gafni, a renowned spiritual teacher, scholar and visionary who offers us the opportunity to participate in the Evolution of Consciousness, the Evolution of Enlightenment, Evolution of Unique Self and Outrageous Loving toward both our uniquely personal transformation and the Evolution of Love itself.

In the course of each weekend we engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic study, chanting, yoga, meditation, movement and other experiential integration processes.

Through this recording, you can join us for a weekend where you will experience profound aliveness, joy and transformation for yourself and for the evolution of love on all levels of reality.

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World Spirituality Retreat Berkeley

The goals of this event were simple and clear: to practice love and relationships in an evolutionary context.

Everything we do in the Center for Integral Wisdom context serves the activist intention of reconstructing a context of meaning, commitment, and profound pleasure, which is a sustainable path of joy and responsibility for the hundreds of millions of people in the world who can no longer find their exclusive home in one of the old religions.

The explicit intention for our seven days together was to create a space of deep practice and community which facilitates significant spiritual breakthroughs for individual participants, for the collective intelligence of the World Spirituality community, in the evolution of consciousness for the sake of all sentient beings.

Emerging from the deepest insights and practices of the great traditions, merged with leading edge insights from neuroscience, psychology, and all the modern and post-modern ways of knowing, we are enacting a trans-lineage World Spirituality.

The Enlightenment Practice method we deployed was what we refer to as the Three Faces of Love or sometimes we call it the Three Faces of God. We practiced being God in the first person (Buddha), God in Second Person (Sangha, Relationship), and God in the third Person, through unfolding the largest map of reality that connects all the dots (Dharma).

This practice fosters profound personal transformation at the same time as it participates in weaving the meshwork of transformation for the larger context of local, global and kosmic community. As a commitment to compassion and care for all beings, our practices seek to help everyone be as healthy as possible at whatever evolutionary stage they are at while simultaneously creating the conditions for positive growth through both horizontal and vertical enlightenment.

Listen to this recording of the Live World Spirituality Retreat in Berkeley in 2011 with Marc Gafni, Mariana Caplan, Sally Kempton, Terry Patten & Warren Farrell.

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ITC 2010: Marc Gafni – Towards an Integral Masculine and Feminine

This presentation, given at the Integral Theory Conference (ITC) in 2010, explores the core dimensions of masculine and feminine shadow. The feminine and the masculine are portrayed through the deployment of the classical Kabbalistic nomenclature of Lines and Circles. Each is shown to have its own unique light as well as its own unique shadow.

Contrary to the classic understanding extant in so much popular literature — in which the feminine is equated with the spiritual, and the masculine with the base — each possess their own distinct shadow. The failure to recognize this elemental truth creates a false view of the feminine with potentially harmful and unjust implications for both the masculine and the feminine.

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Summer Festival of Love 2013: Introduction – 6 Principles

To give you a little taste of the Mystery School of Love 2013, we want to share with you just the first few minutes of Marc Gafni’s opening dharma talk, where he sets the frame by giving us 6 principles and commitments for the upcoming week.

This is before any of the real dharma got started–it was the first hello:

The 6 Principles and Commitments

No 1: The principle of donkey-smuggling.

No 2: The opposite of pain is not pleasure but comfort. Pleasure always incorporates tension and pain. We are going for radical pleasure this week—not comfort.

No 3: The principle of strawberry ice-cream: We have to be able to taste it. You cannot touch God unless you are in the World Space that “knows God” (Integral Semiotics).

No 4: The Democratization of Enlightenment: A key term coined by Dr. Marc in 2006 and a touchstone of World Spirituality and Unique Self teaching.

No 5: The commitment to stay and be here all the way.

No 6: Loving Our Way to Enlightenment: the core of Marc’s enlightenment transmission–as someone wrote about him recently “he is Rumi.”


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Esalen 2012

This Weekend Workshop with Marc Gafni and Sally Kempton was held on November 9-11, 2012 at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, C. It was called Falling in Love with the Divine: Devotion and Tantra of the Heart.

It was a weekend of heart-awakening practice–powerful teachings and methods for opening up your hidden capacity for relationship to the Beloved–both within yourself, in the people in your life, and in the world.

It’s been said that the path of love is the easiest of all paths to enlightenment. Relational spiritual practice–devotion–has been part of every spiritual tradition. There are skills to be learned if we want to walk the path of love, and we need to know how to apply them not only in ecstatic moments or times of intimate connection, but also in the moments when love seems far away and difficult to access.

Through talks, meditation, chanting, partner practice and contemplation, we’ll unfold a series of practical steps to an awakened love practice.


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Integral Love Meditation

Love is more than just a feeling. Enlightened teachers through the ages have told us that love is the dynamic ground of all reality. If that’s true, then love can be seen as the actual force that drives evolution—the force the Greeks called Eros—as well as the enlivening joy that opens the heart.

So what is love, when we see it from both a personal and an evolutionary perspective? How do we find it, nurture it, and sustain it?

In this Integral Love Meditation, Dr. Marc Gafni guides us through the heart-gate of love and invites us to engage in a new Integral Love Practice.

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