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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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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David Loye & Marc Gafni: Unique Self & Evolutionary Thought

David Loye:

I am a psychologist, evolutionary systems scientist, and the author of many books unusual,  among other aspects,  in still being completed and published by a man in his eighties.

Among scientific subjects are my books on Darwin, moral evolution, evolution theory, history, prediction of the future, and social action.  Of more of the good life are my books of adventure, travel, humor, children’s stories, poems, and love.

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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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Jena La Flamme & Marc Gafni: The Unique Pleasure of Your Unique Self

In this dialog, Dr. Marc Gafni and Jena la Flamme talked about the relationship between living your Unique Self as the most evolved form of human pleasure.

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John Gray & Marc Gafni on My Unique Self

John Gray (born December 28, 1951) is an American relationship counselor, lecturer and author. In 1969, he began a nine-year association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before beginning his career as an author and personal relationship counselor. In 1992 he published the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, which became a long term best seller and formed the central theme of all his subsequent books and career activities. His books have been bought by millions of people around the world while drawing criticism from academics for trivializing the dynamics of relationship psychology.

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John Gray, Warren Farrell & Marc Gafni: Unique Self and the Evolutionary Man and Woman

http://centerforintegralwisdom.org/thought-leader-dialogues/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2014/07/warren_farrell2-150x136.jpgJohn GrayIn this dialog, Dr. Marc Gafni engages with Dr. John Gray and Dr. Warren Farrell in a lively discussion on the critical implications of the Unique Self teaching for the next stage of evolution. Particularly, they focused on how Unique Self changes what it might mean to be a man, and what it might mean to be woman.

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Junpo Roshi & Marc Gafni: Unique Self Enlightenment and Mondo Zen – Perspectives of Waking Up, Growing Up and Showing Up

In this second dialogue from the Enlightenment Conference, Junpo Roshi and Marc Gafni take us into the worlds of their respective teachings and the perspectives of Waking Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up.

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