Helen & Harville Hendrix & Marc Gafni on Paradox

In this dialogue, Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville Hendrix talk with Marc Gafni about the relationship of couplehood and the evolving Imago Model to the Unique Self /Unique We relationship teaching.

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Ken Wilber, Richard Schwartz & Marc Gafni: IFS, Integral and Unique Self

In this dialogue, Professor Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems), Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni discuss a specific therapeutic case originally described by Prof. Schwartz from his therapeutic practice.

Richard Schwartz is a leading expert in the field of psychotherapy and recognized as the founding developer of Internal Family Systems Theory, an influential therapeutical model which combines systems thinking with an integrative view of the mind and its discrete qualities.

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Ken Wilber, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Harville Hendrix & Marc Gafni: On the Nature of Connection

It is a rare opportunity to have these four mega thought leaders discuss the nature of connection in this dialogue.

Helen LaKelly Hunt and her husband Harville Hendrix have worked with couples for many decades and developed what they call Imago Therapy. Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni are the co-founders and initiating thought leaders of the Center for Integral Wisdom and are bringing Integral AQAL and Unique Self perspectives to this dialogue.

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Ken Wilber, Harville Hendrix & Marc Gafni: The Future of Spirituality and Religion

Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni discuss with Harville Hendrix, who is together with his wife Helen the founder of Imago Therapy, the Future of Spirituality and Religion--while working towards a coherent vision of World Spirituality based on Integral Principles.

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Richard Schwartz & Marc Gafni: Unique Self and the Internal Family Systems Model

In this exciting dialogue from 2013, Dr. Gafni and Dr. Schwartz discuss the exciting potential integration of the Unique Self teaching and Internal Family Systems.

You can find an earlier dialogue between them here from 2012 where they explore the contribution of Unique Self to family therapy and other aspects of psychology. This is what Marc Gafni wrote after this wonderful dialogue:

In a long discussion with my friend and colleague Richard Schwartz, founder of Internal Family Systems Theory, I shared with him my perspective on the relation of Ego and Unique Self and the larger set of core distinctions that comprise Unique Self teaching. Dick excitedly concurred and added important empirical validation from his clinical perspective and sent me this written communication after our conversation:

Many spiritual traditions make the mistake of viewing ‘the ego’ as the problem. At worst it vilified as greedy, anxious, clinging, needy, focused on wounds from the past or fear in the future, full of limiting or false beliefs about you, the source of all suffering, and something one must evolve beyond in order to taste enlightenment. At best it is seen as a confused and childish — to be treated with patience and acceptance but not to be taken seriously or listened to. My 30 years of experience exploring internal worlds has led to very different conclusions regarding the ego. What is called the ego or false self in these spiritualities is a collection of sub-personalities I call ‘parts.’ When you first become aware of them, these parts manifest all the negative qualities described above, so I understand why this mistake is so widespread.

As you get to know them from a place of curiosity and compassion, however, you learn that they are not what they seem. Instead, they are spiritual beings themselves who, because of being hurt by events in your life, are forced into roles that are far from their natures, and carry extreme beliefs and emotions that drive their limiting or suffering perspectives. Once they are able to release those beliefs and emotions (what I call burdens) they immediately transform into their natural, enlightened states and can join your evolution toward increasing embodiment of your true nature, what Marc Gafni importantly refers to as correctly, your Unique Self.

Thus, if instead of trying to ignore or transcend an annoying ego, you relate to even the apparent worst of your parts with love and open curiosity you will find that, just like you, they long for the liberating realization of their connection with the divine and provide delightful and sage company on your journey toward enlightenment. In this way you will be relating to these inner entities in the same way that Jesus and Buddha taught us to relate to suffering, exiled people.

The dialogue here is about a possible integration of Unique Self into psychotherapy and especially the IFS Model.

Richard Schwartz is a leading expert in the field of psychotherapy and recognized as the founding developer of Internal Family Systems Theory, an influential therapeutical model which combines systems thinking with an integrative view of the mind and its discrete qualities.

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Elliott Ingersoll & Marc Gafni: Unique Self – A Bridge Between Psychology and Spirituality

In these dialogues, Dr. Elliott Ingersoll and Dr. Marc Gafni have partnered up to explore how the Unique Self teaching can act as a bridge between Psychology and Spirituality.

In part 2, they discuss how the Unique Self teaching adds a whole dimension to the more classical psychological teachings on Shadow. Amongst others they explore how mainstream psychology reduces our authentic grandeur to grandiosity and how to let anger show us the way to our vitality.

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John Welwood and Marc Gafni: The Phenomenology of Unique Self – In Dialogue with Buddhism: An Intimate Conversation

John Welwood is an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts.

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Don Beck & Marc Gafni Unplugged

As one makes the leap from True Self to Unique Self, what are some of the common pitfalls spiritual practitioners encounter? And how can we navigate these obstacles more skillfully and with more discernment?

In this audio dialogue between Don Beck, Founder of Spiral Dynamics and Dr. Marc Gafni, Don and Marc explore with us the many obstacles one may encounter on the Unique Self journey. If you’re a spiritual practitioner, this is a dialogue for you! Unfortunately the audio quality is very low, but we decided to give you access to the audios anyway.

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Don Beck & Marc Gafni: Unique Self and Spiral Dynamics

In this early dialog from 2009 between Dr. Gafni, Dr. Beck, and participants from his class, they talk about the relationship between Unique Self and levels of consciousness.

Dr. Beck views Gafni’s work on Unique Self as the best map we have of the key dimensions of second tier (yellow and turquoise) consciousness.

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Don Beck & Marc Gafni: Spiral Dynamics and Unique Self

In this groundbreaking dialog, Dr. Gafni and Dr. Beck have the essential conversation on the relationship between Unique Self and levels of consciousness. Dr. Beck views Gafni’s work on Unique Self as the best map we have of the key dimensions of second tier (yellow and turquoise) consciousness.

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