What is Global Spirituality? with Annette Kaiser

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In this video clip, Annette Kaiser speaks on how a Global Spirituality respects the diversity of all the pre-modern, modern, and post-modern ways of knowing and being in the world, and at the same time, is the through-line that weaves together with discernment and elegance, a way to navigate through this confusing terrain of spirituality and the global world.

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Integral Chicks: The Welcome Show with Sofia Diaz

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We launched Integral Chicks podcast smack dab in the middle of the 2nd Integral Theory Conference, aka the gathering of the Integral Geeks (including us!), we are so pleased to rock our kick-off show with our very special guest, Sofia Diaz, Integral Hatha Yoga and Sacred Arts Teacher extraordinaire.

In our interview segment, 15 Minutes of Fame, Sofia shares with us that her deal is getting people to feel. She tells us why this is so critical at this particular point in human history, and how it helps balance the next generation's intimate and often cerebral relationship with technology. No one can marry feeling and technology quite like Sofia, and she shows us how by walking us through a practice experience of her newest gift to the Kosmos, Cyber-Yoga.

Follow that incredible embodied wisdom up with:

  • Our tasty and simple Integral McNugget of the Week, Uno, Dos, Tres, Juggle”¦with the 3 basic perspectives, that is!
  • That's So Boomer, Aww! Sharing with Boomers how very much we need each other, and yet how we can rub each other the wrong way”¦technologically speaking.
  • Our Customer Service segment, offering one of our listeners a little help with ILP (Integral Life Practice) overload.

We are so grateful for all the support we've received so far, and hope that you enjoy our Welcome show. As good Integral Chicks, we'll be flexing and flowing, innovating and refining, as we produce future shows and would love to hear your reflections, questions and ideas. Holla back for more in the future!

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Integral Love Meditation – Audio

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Love is more than just a feeling. Enlightened teachers through the ages have told us that love is the dynamic ground of all reality. If that's true, then love can be seen as the actual force that drives evolution””the force the Greeks called Eros””as well as the enlivening joy that opens the heart.

So what is love, when we see it from both a personal and an evolutionary perspective? How do we find it, nurture it, and sustain it?

In this Integral Love Meditation, Dr. Marc Gafni guides us through the heart-gate of love and invites us to engage in a new Integral Love Practice.

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Series Finale: The Future of Love – Walk the Talk of Love with Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni- Dec. 18th!

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The Future of Love: Walk the Talk of Love
with Ken Wilber and Dr. Marc Gafni
Rescheduled
Saturday, December 18th
11-12:30pm PT, 12-1:30pm MT, 2-3:30pm ET
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Hi friends,

Doesn’t it feel like we just started the “Future of Love” conversation? And here we are, already wrapping up our 6-month series on December 18th with our favorite pandit, Ken Wilber, dialoguing with Dr. Marc Gafni. During these past six months we’ve heard from some of the world’s leading Lamas, Rinpoches, Swamis, Rabbis, Pandits, Zen Masters, Fortune 500 CEO’s, Artists, Musicians, Couples Experts, Yogis and Yoginis, and more””all discussing the Future of Love with our Integral Evolutionary community.

On behalf of Integral Spiritual Experience, Integral Life, and iEvolve: Global Practice Community, it’s been an honor to host and participate in this global We-Space of Love. We are humbled and gratified by the influence our Future of Love teleseries has generated in the larger spiritual community. It could not have happened without your full participation.

Since the inception of Integral Spiritual Experience over two years ago, we have seen a beautiful evolution of Integral discourse and community. Initiated by Ken, Marc, Diane, Sally, and Robb, ISE has reshaped the Integral conversation with the teachings of Unique Self, The Future of Love, and more. Love has become a central part of the evolutionary conversation and in reality we have together realized that love and integral are one and the same. Again, we thank you deeply for your participation.

For those of you who are interested in taking a deeper dive into the Future of Love, you are personally invited to join us at Integral Spiritual Experience 2: The Future of Love – Evolutionary Integral Relationships. Nothing can top our last six months together like getting offline and practicing with one another face-to-face and heart-to-heart.

Let’s take theory into practice at Integral Spiritual Experience 2!

We hope you join us Saturday, December 18th for the series finale of the Future of Love teleseries with Ken Wilber and Dr. Marc Gafni. In this dialogue Ken and Marc will pick-up where they left off, discussing Love as the very Eros of Evolution. They will explore the deepest meaning of Love and provide a theoretical framework for Integral Love Practice, as well as offer a guided meditation to move the climax of our series from talking about Love to engaging Love as a spiritual practice. This is a dialogue not to be missed!

With love,

Kelly Sosan Bearer
Executive Producer
The Future of Love Teleseries




Turning the Bitter into the Sweet: Next Steps of Spirit – 3-Part Audio Series: Part 2

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In this three-part audio series, Lama Surya Das, Sally Kempton, and Dr. Marc Gafni engage in an exciting and cutting-edge dialogue on Turning the Bitter into the Sweet. In part two, Lama Surya Das explores with us the Next Steps of Spirit.

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Marc Gafni: What is the Separate Self?

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In this video teaching, Dr. Marc Gafni defines with his students during his annual five-day Urban Retreat in the Summer of 2010, the notion of Separate Self. What is the Separate Self? How do we know our True Self? Marc Gafni introduces and explains that each person is a skin encapsulated ego (to borrow the phrase) and needs to move beyond one's Separate Self towards one's True Self, ultimately realizing one's Unique Self.

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Surrender to Your Beloved – A dialogue between Marc Gafni and Terry Patten

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Surrender to your beloved in this lively dialogue with Terry Patten and Dr. Marc Gafni as they discuss The 2nd Face of God. There are innumerable ways to conceptualize God, Spirit, or the Divine. These can be broken down into three basic perspectives - first-person, second-person, and third-person views of God, Spirit, or the Divine. The recognition that manifest reality is fundamentally comprised of perspectives, or different lenses from which to view reality, does a great deal to transform our relationship to religion and spirituality. Here, Terry and Dr. Marc focus on the second-person perspective of God as they discuss intimacy with your own beloved. Tune in and share your perspectives. How do you surrender? How do you surrender to your beloved? And how do you discern when it is appropriate to surrender?

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A Big Question: How Have I Loved?

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Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen meditation master and one of Buddhism’s true pioneers in the West, will share with us the unique contribution of Buddhism to the evolution of love. Surya has often expressed the importance of asking probing and intelligent questions as necessary to spiritual unfolding. He says that if we want entrance into the Pearly Gates, a fundamental question that all seekers need to ask is: “How have I loved?” Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of all spiritual life, even though it is expressed differently between traditions. Some of the ideas we will explore in this conversation is the difference between personal and impersonal love in spiritual practice, developing love for the master, for the teachings, and””maybe hardest of all””for the sangha of other practitioners. Join us for the conversation!

How have you loved?

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

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A New Model of the Student-Teacher Relationship

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I think those of us on the spiritual path could agree that the student-teacher relationship deserves an upgrade, not only for the 21st century practitioner-student, but also for the 21st century spiritual teacher. In this video, Dr. Marc Gafni shares with us the possibility of a new model of the student-teacher relationship. What characteristics do you think should be included in a new model of the student-teacher relationship for the 21st century?

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The Future of Love

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It seems like just yesterday we gathered at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California for year one of the Integral Spiritual Experience. If you attended or heard about what transpired, you know that the collective intention of the 500+ participants led by teachers like Ken Wilber, Dr. Marc Gafni, Sally Kempton, Lama Surya Das, and Jean Houston raised the energetic roof on a new era in Integral Spirituality gatherings, diving deeply into our Unique Selves. It’s a tough act to follow, but in this extraordinary dialogue, Ken and Marc set the context for the Integral Spiritual Experience Year 2 exploration entitled: The Future of Love – Evolutionary Integral Relationships.

Who doesn’t want to transform their love lives with husbands, wives, partners, family members, and friends? In this dialogue Ken and Marc explore “The Miracle of We”, the space of mutuality that so defines our human experience. When we look into the eyes of love, who is really looking back at us? Are we just separate selves desperately seeking companionship, or are we perhaps each a unique expression of Spirit itself?

In this lively exchange Ken and Marc dive into the following questions:

”¢    What is love?

”¢    How do we find it, nurture and sustain it?

”¢    How does our conscious participation change the evolution of love?

”¢    What are the structural patterns in the Evolution of Love?

”¢    What are the evolutionary Integral skills of love and relationship that have the power to deepen our realization and to liberate our true and unique self?

”¢    What new gifts for the world can emerge from this evolution?

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Ken WilberKen Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages, and is the first philosopher-psychologist to have his Collected Works published while still alive. Wilber is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development, which continues to gather momentum around the world. His many books, all of which are still in print, can be found at Amazon.com. Some of his more popular books include Integral Spirituality; No Boundary; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and the “everything” books: A Brief History of Everything (one of his largest selling books) and A Theory of Everything (probably the shortest introduction to his work).  Ken Wilber is the founder of Integral Institute, Inc., the co-founder of Integral Life, Inc., and the Senior Fellow of Integral Life Spiritual Center.

Marc-Gafni Color-300x224SquareDr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni’s path of personal evolution, in both the agony and the ecstasy of what he calls “sacred autobiography,” woven together with profound reverence and reading of sacred texts have formed the context for his teaching. It is from this place of broken-hearted humility, radical joy and sacred audacity that he teaches. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

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Turning the Bitter into the Sweet: Following the Darkness to the Light – 3-Part Audio Series: Part 3

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In this three-part audio series, Lama Surya Das, Sally Kempton, and Dr. Marc Gafni engage in an exciting and cutting-edge dialogue on Turning the Bitter into the Sweet. In part three, Dr. Marc Gafni explores with us Following the Darkness to the Light.

Marc-Gafni Color-300x224SquareDr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

sally-kempton-60x60Sally Kempton, formerly known as Swami Durgananda, is recognized as a powerful meditation guide and as a spiritual teacher who integrates yogic philosophy with daily life. She is the author of The Heart ofMeditation, and writes the popular Wisdom column for Yoga Journal. A teacher in the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism Sally conducts conducts workshops and retreats on applied philosophy and meditation. She is also a core founder and faculty of iEvolve: Global Practice Community.

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.

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Turning the Bitter into the Sweet: The Path of Hindu Tantra – 3-Part Audio Series: Part 1

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In this three-part audio series, Lama Surya Das, Sally Kempton, and Dr. Marc Gafni engage in an exciting and cutting-edge dialogue on Turning the Bitter into the Sweet. In part one, Sally Kempton explores with us the Path of Hindu Tantra.

Sally Kempton, formerly known as Swami Durgananda, is recognized as a powerful meditation guide and as a spiritual teacher who integrates yogic philosophy with daily life. She is the author of The Heart of Meditation, and writes the popular Wisdom column for Yoga Journal. A teacher in the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism Sally conducts workshops and retreats on applied philosophy and meditation. She is also a core founder and faculty of iEvolve: Global Practice Community.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton, and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.

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Creativity as Unique Expression – Dialogue Dr. Marc Gafni with Alex Grey

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How do our unique perspectives of the world color our relationship with beauty, creativity, and transcendence? Join Alex Grey and Dr. Marc Gafni for a cutting-edge dialogue on Creativity and Unique Self.

Alex Grey has become one of our most iconic and immediately-recognizable artists, and somewhat of a poster-boy for a genuinely integral approach to art, life, and spirituality.  Many of his prolific works have been featured and reproduced all over the world, ranging from magazine covers, party flyers, and blotter acid to high-profile album covers for Tool, David Byrne, the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, and Michael Hedge.

In this discussion, Alex shares his own personal path to Unique Self, describing how his creative process is directly informed by an intimate realization of radical and unqualifiable emptiness, combined with his unique and irreducible perspective of the world.  Alex talks about how his passion to create springs from an almost Bodhisattva-like yearning to serve, and how this devotion to service is one of the defining characteristics in the emergence of Unique Self.

Only by cultivating a path for ourselves that honors the paradoxical simultaneity of emptiness and perspective can we discover the real potential of our artistic gifts.  In Alex's case, this path has allowed him to fully and fluently express a deeply personal vision of the universal””illuminating a spiritual anatomy that is common to all of us, but uniquely recognized and rendered through Alex's distinct perspective.

Whether you are an artist trying to carve out your own creative path, or just a casual admirer of beauty in its many effulgent forms, you will not want to miss this intimate and insightful discussion!

Alex Grey, a renowned visionary and spiritual artist and author of The Mission of Art. In the foreword to The Mission of Art, Ken Wilber stated: "Alex Grey might be the most significant artist alive. One of his most well known works is the Sacred Mirrors series of 21 life-sized paintings, taking the viewer on a journey through body, mind, and spirit. The Sacred Mirrors present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. After painting the Sacred Mirrors, he applied this multidimensional perspective to such archetypal human experiences as praying, meditation, dying, kissing, copulating, pregnancy, birth and nursing.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni's teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni's path of personal evolution, in both the agony and the ecstasy of what he calls “sacred autobiography,” woven together with profound reverence and reading of sacred texts have formed the context for his teaching. It is from this place of broken-hearted humility, radical joy and sacred audacity that he teaches. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

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The Future of Love Teleseries

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“I Love You.”

Consider the impact that these words””spoken in the right place, at the right time, by the right person, in the right way””have had on your life. In our time, so many of the old words of the sacred have lost their capacity to move us, dethroned by the rigorous critiques of modernity and post modernity.  But the authentic expression of love always holds a radical power to touch and even transform our lives.

We sometimes wait our whole lives to hear “I love you” spoken with total authenticity.

We may wait even longer to be able to say it. But to hear or speak these words sincerely is a complete affirmation of all that is sacred. For many of us today, the words ”˜love’ and ”˜meaning’  are virtually indistinguishable.

Yet, what do we mean by “love”? Is love simply the tender feeling you have for a friend or a relative, a lover or a spouse? Or is there something more profound about love’s meaning, something that accounts for its power to transform a life, in every way?

Love is more than just a feeling. Enlightened teachers through the ages have told us that love is the dynamic ground of all reality. If that’s true, then love can be seen as the actual force that drives evolution””the force the Greeks called Eros””as well as the enlivening joy that  opens the heart.

So what is love, when we see it from both a personal and an evolutionary perspective? How do we find it, nurture it, and sustain it?

Modern science and philosophy point out that all levels of reality are evolving. The world of today is wildly different then the world of yesterday.  Matter, body, mind and even spirit are in flux. When we understand the profound evolutionary context of life, we realize that love must be evolving as well.

Wow: The Evolution of Love””What a wild, important and profound idea!

Simply put: the meaning, purpose, and vision of love is changing.

In our time, the great truths about love””taught in different languages by teachers of every tradition are being re-shaped by modern and post-modern considerations. In this unique conversation, we engage these truths through an integral lens.

During this remarkable series of teleseminars, we’ll be exploring questions like:

  • Which skills and principles of Integral Love can immediately raise your level of consciousness, and transform your relationships?
  • How does the dance of the Integral feminine and the Integral masculine affect almost every facet of your life?
  • Why is love the most crucial ingredient in effective shadow work, which we engage in to heal the unresolved emotional trauma of our past?
  • How does love impact the evolution of consciousness in the life of an individual and the life of a community?
  • How is love impacted by the level of consciousness of the lover and the beloved?
  • What is the relationship between love and spiritual enlightenment?
  • What are the structural patterns in the evolution of love?
  • How does our conscious participation change the evolution of love?
  • What new requisite skills are needed to forge deep, lasting relationships””the new human capacities that have the power to deepen our realization and to liberate our true and unique self?
  • What new gifts for the world can and must emerge from this radical inquiry into the nature of love?
  • What does love mean between a spiritual teacher and student?
  • How might love manifest in a business or organizational environment?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll explore in the conversations in this free tele-series.

Please join us and this remarkable group of spiritual teachers, authors and luminaries for what promises to be an exciting inquiry into humanity’s deepest longing.

The entire tele-series is complimentary. Why? Because it is our gift to you and your evolution.

Your guides are Integral Spiritual leaders and teachers Dr. Marc Gafni and Diane Musho Hamilton. The orienting opening and closing dialogues will be with Ken Wilber.  Dialoging with Marc and Diane will be a highly distinguished array of some of major spiritual voices speaking today.  Each teacher is a  leading-edge figure in his or her own right””and each with much to say about the past, present, and future of love.

Key Principles of World Spirituality with Claudio Naranjo

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The Center for World Spirituality's Marc Gafni and Mariana Caplan explore the notion of a World Spirituality with Claudio Naranjo and ask what are the key principles that run cross culturally throughout religion?

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Articulating a World and Evolutionary Spirituality: The Integral Imperative of Spirit with Dr. Marc Gafni, Michael Pergola, & Mariana Caplan — Sept. 16 – 18, 2010

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Articulating a World and Evolutionary Sprituality based on Integral Principles: “The  Evolutionary Imperative of Spirit in Our Time,” presented by Integral Spiritual Experience, One Spirit Seminary and Center for World Spirituality, with Dr. Marc Gafni, Michael Pergola, and Mariana Caplan.

Evolving a World Spirituality Spirituality based on Integral Principles is the urgent need and great adventure of our time.

The yearning to articulate a World Spirituality is rippling across the globe in the hearts and minds of tens of millions of people. For some people, the classical religions have lost their power. They seek a path of practice and commitment that transcends the traditions. For others, their intuitive desire is to transcend and include the traditions. They seek to live as dual citizens, rooted in their tradition, even as they locate themselves as citizens in the broader community of World Spirituality.

A World Spirituality based on integral evolutionary principles and rooted  in the shared truths held to be self-evident by all great systems of spirit and gnosis across historical time is urgently needed at this moment in history. At the same we recognize that the shared truths held by all the great systems are interpeted through the level of consciousness held by the practioners of the particular spiritual system. Ethnocentric consciousness will always produce ethnocentric religion, pluralistic consciousness will produce pluralistic religion and integral consciousness will produce integral religion.

Naturally this religion will appear in many different forms including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, etc.  Evolving an authentic life rooted in commitment and freedom articulated and lived in the principles and practices of World Spirituality at the highest possible level of consciousness is the next great step in spirit’s unfolding.

The Center for World Spirituality is writing a series of groundbreaking books and creating new templates for spiritual practice, education, and community. The templates are at once rooted in the past, present, and future. Welling up from an integration of the leading-edge emergent evolutionary insights taught by spirituality, psychology, and the sciences, World Spirituality paves the way for the next stage of evolution, seeding the ground of hope that is our collective memory of the future.

The Five Reasons Why Evolving a World Spirituality is an Evolutionary Imperative in Our Generation; An Evolutionary Imperative that Depends On Us.

For the first time in history the core challenges to survival that we face today are not local to a particular religion, country, or region. The challenges are world challenges, ranging from the very real threats to the very ground we walk on and the air we breathe, to world hunger, to the danger of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of a rogue state, to the most pressing issues of social and economic justice. There is no place left to hide in the word and the old spiritual truth of the essential oneness of it all, the interconnectivity of it all is not longer a hidden teaching but an obvious truth for all to see. Whenever new life conditions come to pass a new evolutionary leap in consciousness and culture is required to meet them. The global challenges we face require the evolution of a new spiritual consciousness in which we realize that what unites us is so much greater than what divides us, namely a World Spirituality.

For the first time in history there is a critical mass of at least two hundred million people who have reached world centric consciousness. Simply put these people have expanded their circle of caring and concern beyond their ethnocentric affiliations. These are people who are at home  in the world and who feel responsible for the world as a whole and not merely for their country or religion.

For  the first time in history the most profound teachings as well as living teachers, from all the great systems of spirit, are readily available in a non-coercive and openhearted form, not only to people of that particular religion, but to all who would come to study and practice.

For the first time in history the notion of dual citzenship is readily understood and available. Not only can one be a dual citzen of two countries but one can also remain committed to one’s native or chosen spiritual tradition while at the same time being a citizen of world spirituality.

For the first time in history there are hundreds of millions of well-educated people who, although they cannot find their homes in the traditional religions, are searching for a compelling universal set of spiritual principles by which they can live their lives

The Specific World Spirituality Technology that will structure this weekend practice and study intensive is the Three Faces of Spirit. More on what this means below!

Deploying Three Faces of Spirit, we will enter deeply into:

  • The Study of Sacred Texts as a core Spiritual Practice
  • Evolutionary Integral Relationships practice
  • Evolutionary Integral Nature practice
  • Enlightenment Practices of Meditation, Chant, and Voice Dialogue

Deeper Explanation:

This workshop will be a deep experiential dive into one of the profound teachings of  Integral Spirituality that emerges from the Great Traditions and which finds strong expression in Kabbalah, Kashmir Shaivism, and esoteric Christianity. This classic teaching as it emerges in Integral through its being rooted in the first, second, and third person perspectives.

We will look into the arising of these three perspectives in our lives and demonstrate how they all must be deployed to create an integral evolutionary understanding of every dimension of being. The specific focus of the workshop is a series of instructions that will point the way to a world spirituality rooted in integral knowing.

Currently, each face of spirit finds expression in a particular institution of culture. The first face appears in the ashram, the second appears in the synagogue, and the third appears in the University. Each claims that true gnosis can only be achieved through its particular methodology.

Zen practice is centered around is the 1st person practice of meditation. Buddha is the archetypic hero of this perspective.

Church, in all of its forms, holds the second person of spirit. Its core practices are prayer and devotion. Rumi and the Hasidic masters are the archetypal expressions of the 2nd Person of Spirit.

The University is the classic modern expression of the 3rd Person of Spirit. Objective study, science, and empiricism are the core practices.

We will show through analysis, conversation, and practice (the Three Faces themselves) that all three perspectives inspire different emotions, invite different forms of knowing, yield different experiences of growth and are engaged through different sets of practices.

We will address the profound gifts of each of the three perspectives.  We will also point out the limitations of each perspective when divorced from the other two.

The three faces of Spirit each arouse a different emotion. The first face of spirit arouses bliss. The second face of spirit arouses love. The third face of spirit arouses awe.

We will also engage the four major arenas of living and show how the three faces of spirit manifest in each of these arenas.

These arenas are:

  • The Study of Sacred Texts as a core Spiritual Practice
  • Evolutionary Integral Relationships practice
  • Evolutionary Integral Nature practice
  • Enlightenment Practices of Meditation, Chant and Voice Dialogue

Loving Your Way to Enlightenment with Dr. Marc Gafni and Sally Kempton — Oct. 14th – 16th, 2010

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This is a weekend of heart-awakening practice””powerful teachings and methods for opening up your hidden capacity for relationship to the Beloved””both within yourself, in the people in your life, and in the world.

It’s been said that the path of love is the easiest of all paths to enlightenment.  Relational spiritual practice””devotion– has been part of every spiritual tradition.  But there are skills to be learned if we want to walk the path of love, and we need to know how to apply them not only in ecstatic moments or times of intimate connection, but also in the moments when love seems far away and difficult to access.

In this workshop, guided by two powerful teachers, we’ll practice at the cutting edge of enlightening love.

We’ll begin with a pragmatic post-traditional perspective on the devotional path, how to practice it in our relationship to spirit, and also in our intimate, ordinary, and difficult moments with lovers, friends and family.

We’ll find out what it means to be held by the divine, and to hold the divinely human in others. We’ll explore how we can let love transmute pain and confusion into light. We’ll look at insights from two great traditions about surrender to the divine.

We’ll practice entering into divine presence for uncovering and healing emotional wounds.

We’ll explore how to love through your wounds, love in the crunch, love as perception, and love as an energetic experience.

The weekend is layered with deep meditation, ecstatic chant, transformative partner work and contemplation””offered with Marc’s loving visionary wisdom, power and humor, and Sally’s sublime transmission of expanded states of the heart.

Venwoude Institute at Integral Spiritual Experience 2009-2010

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In this video, Mauk Pieper, Alamasta Faber, Marijke Heetveld, and Lena Huisman report on their visit to the Integral Spiritual Experience Year 1. The Venwoude team contributed with practice sessions of breathwork and bodywork and traveled to Asilomar Retreat Center in Pacific Grove, California from the Netherlands.

Don’t miss Team Venwoude again this year at Integral Spiritual Experience 2: The Future of Love.

Can’t make the live event this year? Don’t miss Ken Wilber’s ISE 2 Keynote Address, plus 14 hours of the event in real time streaming and on demand video. ISE 2 online is the perfect way to experience Integral Spirituality from the comfort of home!