Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni on Evil

Dr. Marc Gafni and Ken Wilber meet by phone regularly to discuss new thought on a wide range of topics, including the future unfolding of the Center and its initiatives. At the core of their work is key book that is slated for release in the Summer of 2016 on Integral Wisdom or Wake Up - Grow Up - Show Up. This will be the source code book which other books will emerge from and reference.

On this note, we’d like to share a dialogue that will appear in a different form in the book: a beautiful conversation about how the evolved and awake human being engages evil and suffering.

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Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: Unique Self Dialogues

In this stunning series, Dr. Marc Gafni and Ken Wilber discuss, recapitulate, and further evolve the Unique Self teaching. The Unique Self dharma, originally developed by Gafni, and jointly evolved with Wilber over a decade of conversations between them, is explained to be one of the most important evolutions of enlightenment teaching and a critical development in Integral theory.

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Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: Unique Self Dialogue IL

This audio dialogue between Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni was published in June 25th, 2013 on http://integrallife.com/audio/your-unique-self.

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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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Ken Wilber, Richard Barrett & Marc Gafni: Personal and Societal Transformation

Join these three exciting authors as they discuss what kind of personal and societal transformation is necessary in a post-fundamentalist environment for the creation of a better world. How can we facilitate that?

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Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: Summit Dialogues: Success 3.0

In this 3-part dialogue, Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni talk about the framework for the Success 3.0 Summit.

What are the pre-modern, modern, and post-modern visions for Success?

And how could a new, an integral vision for Success look like?

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Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni: The Second Face of God

In this dialogue, Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton, and Marc Gafni--co-founders of CIW--talk about the Second Face of God, God in Second Person, the God as Beloved with whom I can have an I-Thou Relationship.

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Michael Beckwith, Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni: Touching the Face of Tomorrow

Dr. Michael Beckwith is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational spiritual community whose Sunday services in Culver City, California regularly draw 4,000 people. In his own words, "My aspiration is that every individual who is touched by the vibration of Agape is inspired to cultivate a heart of love as wide as the world."

Rabbi Marc Gafni, now President of the Center for Integral Wisdom was then the Founder and Spiritual Director of Bayit Chadash, an international holistic movement rooted in, though not limited to, the Jewish Tradition. As Rabbi Marc shares, Bayit Chadash is "A new home for ancient souls."

Rev. Michael begins the dialogue by sharing some of the history of Agape, as well as a few memorable anecdotes from his college years. It was, after all, as a young man studying psychobiology that his spontaneous recognition of "the Presence" first appeared—not to mention a host of other things that you wouldn't want to tell your professor about. Now, decades later, Rev. Michael is redefining the term "higher education," and he goes on to give some of the latest updates about the brand-new Agape University.

Rabbi Marc then turns the dialogue towards love. As he shares, the popular notion is that love is something that "happens to you"—like getting hit by lightning. Going on, he introduces the Kabbalist notion that love is not simply an emotion that happens to you, but is a deep spiritual perception that one can enact. Specifically, Reb. Marc is referring to a very high form of love, where one can perceive the nondual interconnectivity of all things, and all persons. As he points out, not only can this perception spontaneously drop upon you—"arousal from above"—but it can be actively engaged through practice (thereby transforming a state experience into a stage competence).

Ken takes a moment to situate the conversation in a kind of broader theoretical (AQAL) framework. As he explains, one of the great contributions of postmodern thought was its understanding that there is no such thing as perception, only perspectives. In the manifest world, there is no such thing as "pure perception," because all perceptions are necessarily situated in the perspectives of the sentient beings in which those perceptions are arising. And, not only can one take a first-, second-, or third-person perspective on any given occasion, but the level of development of the individual taking those perspectives will fundamentally determine what the content of that occasion will be. Bringing it back to the current conversation, if someone isn‘t able to perceive, say, Divine Love, it‘s because they either aren't open enough to access that perception as a state, or they aren't developed enoughto access that perception as a stage.

Make no mistake about it, these three souls are exploring today's spirituality; and in so doing, are touching the face of tomorrow. From the leading edge of Spirit's own unfolding, an edge that appears to be nothing less than integral, what does it mean to describe the contours of Spirit?

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 1. Perspectives, Perceptions, and Loving God.

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 2. The Many Domains of Ministry.

Touching the Face of Tomorrow. Part 3. The Three Faces of God.

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