Responding to Existential Risk

Humanity is facing extinction level crises in not one but in multiple and distinct sectors. That alone could throw us into a personal crisis of overwhelming dimensions—without even beginning to take into account the many crucial personal existential challenges most of us face in our own lives.

How can we possibly look seriously into the face of global existential risk, manifest as extinction level threats and be motivated and energized into the joy of our lives? That is the question that Marc addresses in this very moving video.

How does Existential Risk become the catalyst to profound joy and awakening into the Outrageous Love we are capable of instead of shutting us down? That is the invitation that we all stand for at the Center for Integral Wisdom.

CIW President Dr. Marc Gafni has recorded a half hour video, where he shares some of the thinking that emerged from many of the great conversations during and after our CIW board meeting:

  • How do we live with and constructively respond to the existential risk we live in?
  • How can we use it to motivate us instead of shutting us down?
  • How can we make fear conscious so it enlivens instead of paralyzes us?

Listen to this inspiring talk by Dr. Marc Gafni:


WOW Talk Dr. Marc Gafni 2014

Dr. Marc Gafni gave this keynote “The Wounds of Love and Transforming our World” at the WOWTalksLive in April, 2014.

WOW stands for “Women in Wellness” and The WOW Talks brings together hundreds of women and brave, courageous men for the purpose of connecting, collaborating, and celebrating. Dr. Gafni joined speakers Dr. John Gray, famed author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, Dr. Leslie Hewitt, author of “The New Glossary”, and others on an inspiring speaker lineup.

He was introduced by Tbird Luv and his talk received standing ovations.

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World Spirituality Videos with Marc Gafni 2010

The Center for Integral Wisdom presents “Teachings of World Spirituality”

Marc Gafni welcomes you to World Spirituality! People all over the world are stepping away from their ethnocentric view of the world and becoming global citizens. They are understanding themselves in the larger context of the world and viewing themselves in a wider spiritual context. This the Spirit’s Next Move. This is the beginning of a World Spirituality.

Watch these ten videos from 2010 about the emergence of a World Spirituality:

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Conscious Entrepreneurship Workshop Nyenrode 2014: ‘How to Deploy Conscious Entrepreneurship In Your Company?’

Marc Gafni, Mauk Pieper & Paul de Blot at Nijenrode UniversityIn this workshop on Conscious Entrepreneurship at Nyenrode Business University, Dr. Marc Gafni, Ken Wilber (on Skype), and Prof. Dr. Paul de Blot explored the following questions:

  • What are the three core principles of running a conscious business?
  • What is the difference between the shareholder model and the stakeholder model, and why does it matter?
  • Why is it essential for a company to identify its Unique Self?
  • What are the three reasons that changing the perception of business in the modern world is essential to the success of business?
  • Why is the evolution of business from unconscious to conscious entrepreneurship essential to the financial bottom line of a company?

Let’s celebrate the role of capitalism in culture, and create a breakthrough new way of navigating a transforming economy. What might it take to forge radical changes born from the ethical and spiritual wisdom of Ken Wilber’s Integral approach. Spiritual and ethical consciousness in doing business includes four principles:

  • Higher purpose / meaning of life
  • Interdependent stakeholders’ orientation
  • Conscious leadership based on self-leadership
  • Conscious culture of trust with awareness for each other

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Babson College Conscious Capitalism Distinguished Speaker Series: Marc Gafni

Unique Self & Conscious Entrepreneurship

Outrageous Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneur as Jedi Knight, Moral Hero and Outrageous Lover.

Board co-chair, Kate Maloney, accompanied Marc Gafni to Babson College where he was honored to be the guest of Raj Sisodia, co-writer, with John Mackey, of the book Conscious Capitalism.

Marc and Kate visited and spoke with one of Raj's classes. Marc gave a major presentation as part of The Conscious Capitalism Distinguished Speaker Series. The title of the talk was "Outrageous Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneur as Jedi Knight, Moral Hero and Outrageous Lover."

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

Enjoy these videos from an evening of Outrageous Love about The Path of the Outrageous Lover.

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Integral Spiritual Experience 2

The second Integral Spiritual Experience event, attracting about 500 participants from around the world, centered on The Future of Love as part of an Integral approach to spirituality.

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Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Lori Galperin & Marc Gafni: Imago, Unique Self, & the Crying God

Watch and listen to this 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.

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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Integral Spiritual Experience 1: Shadow Keynote

At the Integral Spiritual Experience 1, which focused on theme of Unique Self, Dr. Marc Gafni gave a keynote presentation on “Understanding Your Unique Shadow.”

In this presentation, Dr. Marc Gafni sketches the framework for a revolutionary leap in our understanding of the human shadow.

Just as there is no light without the dark, there is no Unique Self without Unique Shadow. Shadow is the aspects of our lives and full engagement with the world that have yet to come online. It is life unlived, those dark avenues of experience that are yet to be realized. By tracing Shadow back to its timeless source, we are led directly to the heart of it all.

According to Gafni, your Unique Self and your Unique Shadow are a double helix of light and dark, coiled into the patterns of becoming. In his book, Your Unique Self, Gafni writes: “The greatest paradox of spirit is that your inferior function itself is also your greatest gateway to the numinous. So, for example, if your inferior function is a particular dynamic in the way that you love, it will also be the place of your greatest gift and Unique Self calling.”

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Board Meeting 2014

Watch the videos of Board Members talking about their projects at the Center for Integral Wisdom in 2014.

Stay tuned while we are still adding to these videos in the playlist below.

For Marc Gafni's Opening Dharma Talk, click here.

For the Thought Leader Dialogues with Michael Murphy, Founder of Esalen, that have been the highlight of the Board Meetings in 2013 and 2014, click here (2013) and here (2014).

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Venwoude Circle 2011: The Kiss – Skype Video

This recording is from Marc Gafni’s teachings with the Circle of Venwoude.

What the Circle is… from the Venwoude website:

You have to do it yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Circle is the group of people living at, or connected with, Venwoude Integral Practice Community. They have chosen to be on the Path together, to continuously deepen and evolve their Practice. Some are together for more than 15 years, others joined in recently. There is openness, support and involvement and deep gratitude. We look for cutting edge teachings and teachers and we invite them to study with us as teachers in residence.

In Dr. Marc Gafni we found both the greatness of vision and the depth of LOVE, that challenges us and inspires us. Below you will find a series of fantastic and challenging sessions that Marc Gafni offers monthly to the Circle. What you’ll hear is the unplugged rendering of this beautiful material.

 

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Venwoude Circle 2011: The Mother – Skype Video

This recording is from Marc Gafni’s teachings with the Circle of Venwoude.

What the Circle is… from the Venwoude website:

You have to do it yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Circle is the group of people living at, or connected with, Venwoude Integral Practice Community. They have chosen to be on the Path together, to continuously deepen and evolve their Practice. Some are together for more than 15 years, others joined in recently. There is openness, support and involvement and deep gratitude. We look for cutting edge teachings and teachers and we invite them to study with us as teachers in residence.

In Dr. Marc Gafni we found both the greatness of vision and the depth of LOVE, that challenges us and inspires us. Below you will find a series of fantastic and challenging sessions that Marc Gafni offers monthly to the Circle. What you’ll hear is the unplugged rendering of this beautiful material.

 

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Board Meeting 2014: Dr. Marc Gafni’s Opening Speech

Watch Dr. Marc Gafni opening the space for the 2014 Board Meeting including an introduction to the core dharma of the Center for Integral Wisdom.

Besides this awesome introduction, this hour-long video gives you a wonderful impression of the atmosphere of the Board Meeting.


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Venwoude Valentine’s Day Talk 2013 on Outrageous Love

This recording is from Marc Gafni’s teaching in Amsterdam on Valentine's Day 2013. His talk was about Unique Self, the Evolution of Love and Consciousness, and Outrageous Love.

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