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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Audio Teachings from the World Spirituality Retreat in Manitoba (Canada)

This World Spirituality Retreat with Marc Gafni (and Co-Teacher Mariana Caplan) was held in Manitoba (Canada).

Topics were:

  • The Second Face of God
  • Reclaiming Prayer at a 2nd tier of consciousness
  • The Masculine and the Feminine

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Integral God

In these dialogues, Dr. Wyatt Woodsmall and Dr. Marc Gafni were talking about how God appears differently at different stages of consciousness.

Dr. Marc Gafni starts the first dialogue by setting up the meta-question:

As we’re trying to develop a world spirituality based on Integral principles, one of the key ideas we have is this distinction between what we call ‘wake up’ and ‘grow up’. Wake up refers to waking up, the way we use the words, waking up to states of consciousness. I wake up to a higher state of consciousness, for example, a state of consciousness in which I realize that I’m not separate from everything, but I am part of the seamless coat of the universe. I move beyond my limited identification with what Gregory Bateson called “my skin-encapsulated ego” and I access a larger sense of my identity. And that has all sorts of implications in terms of how I look at the world, etc.

This is material that you are all, of course, very familiar with, and Wyatt has taught many times, I’ve taught many times, and we’ve lived in our lives. That’s waking up, and that is what’s often called enlightenment. That’s classical enlightenment. So Shankara, the major teacher of Vedanta, particularly Advaita Vedanta, is all about this kind of awakening. And whenever you hear terms like liberation, awakening, selfinquiry, who are you really, it’s always about this. So that’s waking up.

But one of the things we’ve realized is that waking up isn’t sufficient. You also need to grow up. To grow up refers not to higher states of consciousness, but to higher structures of consciousness, to higher stages of consciousness, to higher structure stages of consciousness, of the kind that were so beautifully described by Jean Gebser in his kind of breakthrough work, by James Mark Baldwin in his earlier work where he talked about the different stages of consciousness in the three major lines of the aesthetic, the moral – the good, the true and the beautiful – and the scientific. Baldwin talked about the aesthetic, the moral and the scientific, and about clearly different emergent levels of consciousness in each one, much like we would use the terms from Kohlberg’s research – egocentric, ethnocentric, worldcentric, cosmocentric – which are different levels of moral consciousness, Piaget, who talks about different levels of cognitive ability, from concrete operational to formal operational, which is his highest level.

So the other part of world spirituality is not just waking up, but growing up, growing up to higher and higher levels of consciousness, and at each level of consciousness God appears differently. So if we would take, for example, the model of Spiral Dynamics, which is one model that you and I have talked about before, which is the Graves model which is the source of it, that Dr. Woodsmall who is with us is really one of the world experts, not only at this model, but he’s actually evolved it, deployed it, integrated it with other material which gives it an enactment, but which is all beyond this conversation. Dr. Woodsmall is one of the leaders in the world in evolving this material to a whole new level, which we’ll get to hear about in the coming weeks.

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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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Castlewood Pleasure Teaching

Watch these excerpts from Marc Gafni's teaching on Pleasure for the staff of the Castlewood Treatment Center.

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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.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2012-10: Evolution of Love – The Faces of Love

The only response to outrageous pain is outrageous loving. ~ Dr. Marc Gafni

Exploring the three perspectives of love--First person (Being my Unique Self in the world), second person (the personal face of God), and third person (love before creation)--as well as the relationship between love and pain, and how to transform the wounds of love...

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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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2012-03: The Future of Eros

The Future of Sex and Love: The Ten Essential Principles and Practices of Western Tantra

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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Unique Self & Love Audio Course

Never released before… an early teaching on Unique Self, before the Unique Self book was written. It was not spoken to an audience-- beautifully recorded in a studio.

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Unique Gifts Telecourse – The Path of the Evolutionary Lover

Identifying Your Unique Gifts: The Power and Practice of the Evolutionary Lover - Audio Recording of a 3-Week Telecourse from 2011

“The Unique perspective gives birth to the Unique Gift.” – Marc Gafni

Every human being has a particular set of gifts that they can offer in the world. What are your unique gifts? The nature of the gift, like the perspective held by every human being, is utterly unique. The ability to offer this gift freely in the world depends on our ability to free ourselves of limiting and false notions of who we are, and identify with our larger service. Some of our gifts are modest, private and intimate—some are larger than life and have dramatic impact in the public sphere. However, every Unique Gift arises and may be offered in all four quadrants. From a non-dual perspective, your unique gift creates your unique obligation. In the language of one teacher of Unique Self, Man’s deed is God’s need.

God needs your service. God, in the first, second and third person, needs your service. To live your Unique Self and offer your Unique Gifts is to align yourself with the evolutionary impulse and fulfill your evolutionary obligation as a Lover.

Living as an Evolutionary Lover is the passionate path of the New Enlightenment. The way you make this path real and alive in your life is by identifying and giving your Unique Gifts. Buddhism teaches the Enlightenment of Emptiness. To do this you must dis-identify with you personality story. And this is fully half the story.

The second half of the story is the Enlightenment of Fullness. To realize the enlightenment of fullness you must fully inhabit, embody and Live Your Story.

There are four key steps in this process:

  1. Evolve beyond exclusive identification with ego
  2. Take off the mask of your particular false self
  3. Identify your Unique Gift
  4. Begin to give your Unique Gift in the world

These four steps and the practices that take you there are the path to the Enlightenment of Fullness.

What You’ll Learn

Week 1

  • Introduction to Evolution Beyond Ego
  • How do you live a life beyond ego?
  • Evolution beyond Ego as a daily life practice

Week 2

  • What is the False Self?
  • Making the False Self Conscious
  • Identifying the unique nature of your False Self Mask
  • Starting to Leave Your False Self behind

Week 3

  • How do you Identify Your Unique Gift?
  • How do you Give Your Unique Gift?
  • Changing by Shifting Where You Are

These practices are part of an emergent World Spirituality, implicitly practiced by people across the globe and are now being articulated and consciously evolved, as Spirit’s next audacious and necessary move.

In World Spirituality, we move beyond the ethnocentric traditions, embrace their best medicines, integrate then with the deepest and most powerful insights of modernity and post modernity – all set in an evolutionary context of joy and responsibility – and there you have it, the Eros and Urgency of Spirit seeking to emerge in the practices of our lives, beyond the religions, as a World Spirituality based on Integral Principles.

Join us at the leading edge – with radical humility and gentle audacity – as we catalyze the practice community of Integrity and Love that we all hope for and all need to make our lives an evolutionary triumph!


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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2011-07: Evolutionary Love, Intimacy and Activism

The three major themes of Evolutionary Love, Evolutionary Intimacy, and Evolutionary Activism

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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Unique Self 2009 Level 1.1

This was the first telecourse taught on Awakening Your Unique Self in 2009 pre-publication of the book Your Unique Self.

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Unique Self 2009 Level 1.2

This was the second telecourse taught on Awakening Your Unique Self in 2009 still pre-publication of the book Your Unique Self.

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Unique Self 2009 Level 2

This was level 2 of the first telecourse taught on Awakening Your Unique Self in 2009 pre-publication of the book Your Unique Self.

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Telecourse Grow Up Fall 2011

This course represents Marc's earliest thinkings on the five awakenings. A later version of this thinking appears on chapter 4 in Your Unique Self.

The average person stops evolving at age 26. Developmental psychologists have long studied when the average adult human stops developing or Growing Up. Not too promising, is it?

Can you imagine living the rest of your life developmentally stationed at age 26?

No, we can’t either.

Because according to the deepest insights of all of of the great thinkers and traditions of Spirit -- pre-modern, modern and post-modern -- growth is both the greatest human pleasure and the very purpose of our life on this planet.

To phrase it in the language of the mystics: To live is to evolve. To evolve is to grow. To grow is the deepest joy and highest purpose of our human life.

Listen to this early version of this course from 2011 called Growing Up to the New Enlightenment: A Three-Week Telecourse with founding director of the Center for Integral Wisdom, Dr. Marc Gafni.

Dr. Marc Gafni has dedicated himself to uncovering these teachings through 30 years of scholarship, practice, and deep inquiry. Said simply, the more you Grow-Up, the more your Evolutionary God-Self comes online. And indeed, realizing your Evolutionary God-Self is what it means to Grow Up to the New Enlightenment.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2010.02: Evolutionary Enlightenment

Unfolding the Ten Principles of Evolutionary Spirituality

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.

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Wisdom School Shalom Mountain 2010.08: Gateway to Enlightenment

Living the Integral Masculine and the Integral Feminine in Your Life

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.

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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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