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Healing the Global Intimacy Disorder
with Dr. Marc Gafni
The Salons are gatherings organized by Shareef Malnik & Gabrielle Anwar, Co-Chairs of the Think Tank of the Center for Integral Wisdom. Together with the President of the Think Tank, Dr. Marc Gafni.
Salon 1 – Facing Catastrophic and Existential Risk: The Need for a New Story
Salon 2 – Only a New Shared Story of Value Will Create Global Coherence
Salon 3 – Reality Is the Progressive Deepening of Intimacies: The Global Intimacy Disorder and the Intimate Universe
Salon 4 – The New Existential Risk: Not the Death of Humanity but the Death of Our Humanity: Between Social Self, Separate Self and Unique Self
Salon 5 – My Story is Chapter and Verse in The Universe: A Love Story
Salon 6 – The Three Primordial Principles of Cosmos: First Person, Second Person and Third Person
Salon 7 – Introducing the Three Eyes: The Eye the Senses, the Eye of the Mind and the Eye of the Heart
Salon 8 – She comes in Threes: The Prepersonal, the Personal and the Transpersonal
We are delighted to have just completed our 6th annual board meeting of the Center for Integral Wisdom. The meeting took place over three days in Mill Valley, CA.
It was particularly gratifying to have the participation of all of of the leading partners in the Center for the last six years.
The theme of the meeting was “Integrity and Intimacy”. Fifty leaders of the Center participated. There were over thirty distinct talks reporting on all the key projects and initiatives of the Center. Each project involves the articulation, writing or recording of a distinct meme of evolutionary thinking on topics ranging from economics, identity, medicine, education, relationships, and conflict, to the evolution of public culture. Many board leaders felt that this was one of the most powerful and poignant weekends of their life.
One of the topics that was emergent in the Center’s vision was a new commitment to the evolution of public culture. There was much conversation about an upcoming symposium the Center is hosting, entitled “Sociopaths, Scapegoats and the Madness of Crowds: Anatomy of a Smear Campaign – On the Evolution of Public Culture.”
The Center renewed its commitment to the core principles of fairness, justice, fact checking and restorative justice, which are core to the evolution of consciousness and culture.
Part of the annual agenda of the board is always to appreciate the outgoing board team which is completing their terms, and to welcome the new leadership team — both professionally and in terms of the board leadership who are beginning their tenure.
It was particularly special to thank John Mackey for his outstanding service as board co-chair. As is the tradition for outgoing board chairs when they conclude their terms of service, John gave his closing talk to the the board and welcomed Barbara Marx Hubbard as the new board co-chair who gave her first opening talk. This passing of the baton that takes place whenever a leader terms out and a new leader begins their term is a particularly moving moment of partnership and community. Both John’s and Barbara’s talks, which were about the nature of genuine integrity, were particularly powerful.
We look forward to our best year ever. We are fully committed to evolving the source code of culture and consciousness. We are fully committed to the evolution of love.
Welcome! Thank you for being curious about how you might get involved (or get MORE involved), at CIW and in creating a Global Ethic for a Global Civilization.
This page is meant to offer you a variety of easy access entry points for you to participate and engage with the Center and our projects in a way that most inspires you and fits into your lifestyle.
The first half of this list is for the public and the second half is for CIW board members.
We welcome your feedback, ideas and questions. Please email your thoughts to Kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
Thank you for getting involved in a way that works for you. Every bit of attention given to the mission of changing the source code of culture helps. As Lynne Twist says, “It’s not about a big role or a small role, it’s about YOUR role.”
1. LIVE the CIW mission and operating values in your own life and projects.
The Center for Integral Wisdom is an Activist Think Tank dedicated to partnering with leading thought leaders and change agents to transform and evolve the source code of culture through application of Integral principles.
Together we articulate, evolve and deliver a new, Integral narrative for living – which transforms each individual, culture and life itself – creating a world of outrageous love, through outrageous love.
Our mission is to love outrageously, live outrageously, and create an extraordinary world.
We make a global impact through information products, courses, books, films, events, courses, workshops, podcast, websites, blogs, and more.
These are the core values the CIW team operates around. We even use these values to select our MVP of the week.
- Be Outrageous Love
- Operate from Commitment, not Circumstance
- Take Ownership
- Choose Radical Creativity
- Show up
- Operate with Integrity and in Alignment with our Core Values and Purpose
- Commit to Transformation of yourself, your organizations, and the world – NOW
- Be Awesome & Have Fun
- Get Stuff Done
2. READ all about CIW and our latest updates on this “webplex”, in our newsletter and the many books available for purchase.
Wander the Webplex
Find out about the many projects, people, programs, videos and MORE. Take a peek, peruse and ponder the 23 “portals” organized on the “Navigation Tree”. Plus we have hundreds of media clips for you, both new and from our archives, all organized to be fresh, exciting and easy-to-navigate.
Explore the E-Newsletter
Check out the CIW e-newsletter with upcoming and past events, free gifts, new board members and other profiles, updates on current projects and more. Subscribe by joining our Evolutionary Church HERE.
Buy a Book
Between our publishing house, Integral Wisdom Press, and award-winning books like Your Unique Self, or our newest think tank book A Return to Eros, we have a book to fit every student of enlightenment, Unique Self, Eros, Outrageous Love, Kabbalah, mysticism, and World Spirituality. Check out the CIW’s exciting publications and grab a copy of one today!
3. GATHER with a group to attend live events or engage with other CIW members on the Center for Integral Wisdom Facebook page.
Attend a Live Event
Join Marc Gafni at world class live events both put on by CIW and those we have been invited to – all over the world! Check out our events that we host throughout the year here.
Engage on our Social Media
Check out, comment and share the latest highlights from the CIW community here. Visit the main CIW Facebook page, our Twitter, or our Google+, and engage with current CIW postings and other like-minded “fans” of CIW.
4. Join Our Evolutionary Church or the Evolutionary Church Collective
5. Fulfill A Wish
Check out our wish-list of in kind contributions, needed skills, mentorships, connections/introductions, etc.
6. Contribute to CIW’s Sustainability by making a contribution here.
Every bit helps fuel the efforts towards a Global Ethic for a Global Civilization.
7. Other Ways to participate?
We are always learning and growing. Please give us any feedback or new ideas on how you and others might further participate in the mission and efforts of CIW.
Thank you for being a CIW Member. Your support with time, energy, resources, introductions, and so much more are all deeply appreciated. Without you this great “work” would not be sustainable.
You of course have access to all of the resources and services described above. In addition to those, you have the extras below too! Some of the links are password protected. If you do not have a working password contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
If you are not a member, but would like to be considered, please contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
1. READ the board update emails and get access to the premium membership on the webplex.
Board Update Emails
Stay current on the latest and greatest from CIW with this special compilation of news, updates, board member profiles. This is similar to the newsletter, but happens more often, gives more background, and gives a more “behind the scenes” sneak peek into CIW efforts and the impact. If you are a board member and not receiving these contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
2. GATHER with a group to participate in a specific project or committee, mix it up with our new CIW Regional Meet-Ups, attend live events or engage with other CIW members on the CIW Leadership Facebook page.
Participate in a Specific Project or Committee
Get “hands on” with CIW by selecting one of the many specific projects or committees the CIW family is actively moving torward. For more information contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
For a list of our current book projects, activist projects, white paper projects, scholars, etc. click here.
Our portals offer information on our main projects. You find a list of all the portals here.
Attend Special Live Events For Board Members
As a Board member, we invite you to join us at our annual gathering. We will continue to add events throughout the year that are for board members only and will let you know about them in the board email updates. If you have any questions about the annual board gathering or any of the events, contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
Engage on the CIW Leadership Facebook Page
Comment, share photos of events, check out what other board members are up to and the latest highlights from CIW, etc. We have two facebook pages, the one listed above for the general public and then a group for the CIW Leadership including board members. As members you have already been added to the group. If you have any questions about being added, contactkerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
3. CREATE, TRACK and MEET CIW GOALS by joining our monthly team meetings.
Influence goal creation with your feedback, forward goal attainment with your participation and join our monthly team calls to hear the latest update on our goals.
Forward CIW goal attainment with your participation as it inspires you and fits into your life. You can do this throughout the year. When you check out the CIW goals if you see any resources, introductions or other opportunities you’d like to participate in, please let us know. Contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
4. Contribute to CIW’s Sustainability by increasing your contribution or expanding the CIW circle by making a board candidate recommendation.
Your board contribution is deeply appreciated and is being utilized wisely to stretch our impact as far as possible. You can even check out a summary of the budget and offer any feedback by emailing kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
Increasing Your Contribution
Click this link HERE to donate now or to manage your contribution you can also contact treasurer kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
Grow the Circle/ Make a Recommendation
People are the magic that make big things happen. Making key introductions to your recommendations for new board members is a wonderful way of extending your ripple effect of influence and impact. CIW is looking for new board members to support the 17+ projects we are pursuing. We respect your network and promise any people you introduce to CIW as potential members will be treated with care. Please contact kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org.
Check Out the CIW Budget
CIW celebrates transparency, especially when it comes to fundraising and ensuring contributions are invested wisely. We greatly appreciate your contribution and would not be able to continue without your generous participation. Contact our treasurer kerstin [at] centerforintegralwisdom.org for a pdf of our current budget allocations.
Tbird Luv, Marc Gafni and The Center of Integral Wisdom along with a collective of dharma angels, created this special event to celebrate your life and all that you have inspired through your work…your ideas…your projects and the way you interact with those who you encounter.
Strategically designed to bring some of the best in the Bay Area together to meet, to be celebrated and inspired, The Outrageous Acts of Love Dharma Parties are dedicated and created for folks like you doing amazing work in the world.
Highly inspirational and contagious, We synergize our collective talents and energy under one roof to inspire OUTRAGEOUS acts of LOVE in response to the OUTRAGEOUS pain in the world.
Watch and listen to the teachings and the music from our January 2014 Dharma Party:
We are delighted to invite YOU to
The second annual European Integral Wisdom Conference on
Love, Eros and Enlightenment
Lines and Circles
The Inner Marriage/The Alchemy
The power in Your Unique combination of Masculine and Feminine
Each morning we’ll study and practice with Dr. Marc Gafni the unique way in wich you are a Masculine/Feminine bi-gender being.
In the afternoon a stunning group of teachers and leaders are geared to deepen and integrate. You can choose: ‘Intimacy and Eros’, ‘Evolutionary Leadership’, ‘Unique Self and Outrageous Love’, ‘Circling’ (integral relating), breath work, Art & Expression and much more. You can also opt for an individual session, a massage, a dip in the hot tub or a walk on our beautiful estate.
In the evening there is music, dance and some ‘special gatherings’. For our younger guests there is a special program, so you can bring your kids.
“All forms of reality that don’t have in them
the marriage of masculine and Feminine
are no reality at all.
There is no higher form.
They have no potency and no blessing in them.”
“Blessing only flows when the Masculine and the Feminine dance in their Higher One.”
– The Zohar
Lines and Circles
The Inner Marriage of Masculine and Feminine
In some sense, lines are masculine and circles are feminine…
The reason we use these words is to get more away from the man and woman. It is very helpfull to recognize the different qualities.
You cannot acces your Eros without accessing your Unique Self. You cannot experience your full aliveness other than through the portal of your irreducibly Unique Expression of the Intelligence of the Cosmos that lives in you, as you and through you.
What is your Unique Self? One of the most powerful expressions of your Unique Self is unique balance, the unique integration, the unique interplay and dance of your man and woman that live inside you.
The unique combination of your masculine and feminine core qualities live in you, unlike they do in any other singel human being. To awaken into your enlightenment, to awaken as an outrageous lover, to awaken to you full aliveness, is therefore to awaken to the precise unique combination of the masculine and the feminine caracteristics that live in you as you and through you.
A Sound Creation Using Excerpts from our Shalom Mountain Wisdom School
Listen to “It’s Our Time” with words by Marc Gafni and original music by John Tarcza here:
Are You Ready to Step Fully into Living Your Life’s Purpose? Would you like to find out how? The next stage of human awakening is within our grasp if we make ourselves ready to be all we can be. But such evolution only happens when we invest in our growth and open ourselves to continual learning. Join our community of outrageous lovers.
There are many ways to participate and become involved with the Center for Integral Wisdom.
The easiest way to get started is through our Virtual Community of Practitioners–both through our Online Courses as well as our different Membership Levels.
Many participants of our Online Courses have reported on their intense experience of genuine community through participating in the Live Calls and the Online Forums that accompany most of our Live Online Courses as well as the recorded Evergreen Courses that we offer.
Welcome to our Virtual Community of Outrageous Lovers
We want you to become involved with the Center and our awesome Community of Outrageous Lovers. That’s why we offer a series of pathways that give you access to increasingly deeper and deeper material and enable you to actively participate in this exciting Sangha for a longer period of time.
Join Our Weekly Virtual Evolutionary Church
A lot of our content is simply open for you to enjoy and dive in right away. This material gives you a good picture of who we are and what the Center is all about, so you can make up your mind and decide whether you want to get a little closer.
We offer you access to literally thousands of Media & Publications in all our different portals and sites including hundreds of Thought Leader Dialogues, phantastic Audios and Videos, as well as longer in-depths Articles, White Papers, and Book Excerpts.
We at the Center for Integral Wisdom offer cutting-edge courses designed to meet this moment by leading you forward on your journey. Our courses, workshops, and seminars have been designed to advance the evolution of Love in you, as you, and through you. This is the place for learning how to actualize your Unique Self, bring a World Spirituality online, and become an Outrageous Lover.
Some Testimonials of Participants of our Past Courses
Marc’ s teaching on Unique Self is radically transformative. As a long time spiritual seeker and integral practitioner, it has opened a whole new dimension of practice and learning for me. I feel empowered with a new level of commitment and inspiration to being and becoming who I am uniquely here to be and become, and – in Gafni’ s words – “to loving and healing that unique facet of the universe that only me can love and heal”. Thank you Marc for your direct transmission of this radically important teaching that feels alive and evolving in me, at the deepest of my heart of hearts.
This is a warning (albeit joyful) for anyone considering this course in the future. I confess that, as a designer and presenter of courses myself, I started with a plan to be a casual observer and with low expectations for a “by phone”, large group course. To my surprise and delight, the oh-so-rich content and artful presentation touched me and drew me in. The Wednesday calls soon became a priority. The phone technology even smoothly allowed us to work in dyads and triads with students all over the world. The weekly “extra” material on the portal was gold–it let me catch up on any missed sessions and guided my weekly practicing. A profound thanks for such excellence.
Thank you for your gift of outrageous love the past 10 weeks. Your teachings opened up my heart and empowered me to see and be my Unique gift and contribution to the world — I always thought myself as non-conformant with a twinge of guilt, but did things my way proudly anyway. It will take me many, many times to listen again and again to fully understand and apply everything you have covered. But what I absorbed, helped me understand the process of evolution and liberated me to be my Unique Self and to love outrageously. Thank you for everything.
Thank you Marc, for the passion, enthusiasm and generosity shared during your teaching. I feel seen and embraced by this community like I haven’t been for a long time. My heart is slowly melting, opening up a space for my Unique Self to shine. It is the beginning of a journey, and the most exciting one…Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Awakening Your Unique Self has been a powerfully transformative course. Being reminded that I had forgotten feels like the first step on the road to remembering. While I still do not remember, at least now I remember that I forgot. Also there were so many powerful practices and processes that we learned that help to shed light into the darkness that surround that memory that wanting to be alive is beginning to feel like a more real possibility. Thank you Dr. Gafni and the whole wonderful Awakening Your Unique Self course community.
I obey the deep yearning to express my heart-felt gratitude for the transformations in consciousness that occurred during the ten week course “Awakening to your Uniques Self” of the great master of Kabbala, Marc Gafni. A process has started in which the Uniqueness of my deepest Self revealed itself in awe and wonder, in a holding environment of an evolving community of like-minded individuals. Evolutionary growth and wisdom is what we shared, in great joy, with one another.rnI studied with many teachers before, but I never met anyone who more skillfully addressed both the psychological and spiritual nature of our being. It has been an honor and a privilege to study with Marc Gafni. In order to fully digest the richness of what has been given to us, I intend to expose myself to these teachings again! In deep gratitude I bow to our beloved teacher!
Harry de Bont
Everything about Unique Self is Unique. The teaching, the portal and the community of support and love. Often “Courses” on-line or in person fade after the conclusion, but with Awakening Your Unique Self it grows day after day. The wonder in the manner of your delivery is exquisite.
Your complete gift of story telling enriches every learning. I adore how you weave your transformative Hassidic teachings from the Baal Shem Tov into your teachings without making this a journey of religion but a journey of true spiritual enlightenment. rnrnrnI have witnessed my growth over the last ten weeks in a very profound manner.
The understanding of Unique Obligation has transformed my thinking, ethics, beliefs and behavior. It is beyond profound! The content you so generously share with the community is powerful in the reinforcement of your teachings, The videos and audios perfectly complement the journey. I feel a profound love for you Marc and a gratitude that will stay with me for the remainder of this lifetime.
The superb content and rendering of the weekly lectures offered by Dr. Marc Gafni also were delightfully entertaining because concepts became alive through masterful storytelling. Though at times I found myself somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer volume and intricacy of the material at the same time I was utterly intrigued. From week to week the core practices and assignments effectively guided us into the inner work needed to obtain greater effectiveness in the outer world. The proof really is in the pudding because now that the ten week course is coming to the end, I see and feel so clearly how I can more powerfully serve the world around me — family, community, and also the world at large. Thank you Marc and staff!
My life long search has finally found its full sense, sense that I now can and do fully and comfortably embrace. My “I” and “we” are together. My “I” includes “we” inside of me. I can look at the whole world, the whole world can look at me. One Kiss.
The online Web-Community was one of the best parts of the course, and a great joy to see others like me, others who thought like me and who were commited to the spiritual path. I used this resource, sure, and gained great Soul strength from interacting and sharing with others, but I could’ve used it even more. For, as Marc Gafni likes to point out, self-help is about what I can get out of something, but Transformation is about what I can put in. The Unique Self course and teaching is helping me not just with the motivation to put in all I can, but has given me the clarity and precision to see just where I can.
Dr. Marc Gafni’s Unique Self teachings are the most profound, all embracing and powerfully transforming that I have encountered in a lifetime of intellectual and spiritual exploration East and West! Their evolutionary potency is awesome. I see them as being nothing less than a Divine transmission, a gift of Grace, emerging in our time to assist in the radical transformation of consciousness so urgently needed if we are to avert planetary catastrophe. As for Marc himself, his humour, his intellect, his scholarship, his spiritual authenticity and, above all, his fulsome embodiment of the love that is the driving force of evolution make him a living treasure and a delightful teacher.
Dr. Gillian Ross
Dear Dr. Marc Gafni, Your teachings are to me the shifting point I was looking for for a long time. The Unique Self Teachings really are not only the integration of old spiritual wisdom and modern psychology, but also the “missing link” to the possibility of mass-enlightenment – the much needed democratization of enlightenment. Your fierce love for teaching and your deep joy and enthusiasm to share your insights shine through every word of the live transmissions. I felt deeply graced by your tenderness and your clear perception of everyone in this course and on the portal.
The richness of the material provided in this course seems to be neverending – whenever I listen to one of the livecalls again, or read one of the texts again, I discover new and even deeper insights. I can’t really express in words how touched and thankful I am – you brought to my life no less than the re-connection with the Source and with my innermost, real Self. You showed me the way to let my love flow unconditionally, which means the chance to really live my life in its full meaning and potential.
And you brought together all these wonderful, lovely, warmhearted, amazing people on the portal! An international Sangha! Wow, thank you! And warm thanks to everyone of the team, it was (and is) perfect!
The CIW Teaching Centers partner with the Center for Integral Wisdom in changing the source code of humanity by evolving a global ethics for a global civilization.
Last but not least, they foster our Live Community by offering a beautiful and caring environment for us to meet, study together, celebrate, and practice.
For our upcoming events see our Calendar.
Our annual Outrageous Love Festival AKA Mystery School of Love takes place in Holland.
Our Institute for Integral Evolutionary Tantra has opened its doors in 2013 in New York City.
Also join the virtual community of our sister organization One Church: Many Paths, One Mountain
Live Online Services Every Sunday at 10 am PT
Everybody is looking but so few find it. It is a dream unfulfilled.
It’s a yearning, we can imagine it, we can feel it, we can taste it, but we just don’t know how to get there!
WHY do we keep missing the point?
We are approaching the essence of our Fullness through the ‘wrong’ door. We have exiled the most important access point to our power, to our aliveness, to our intelligence, through just one aspect of our Being.
‘You try to squeeze light into your parched Being from a source as fruitful as a dried date pit, that even a bird is wise enough to spit out,’ is what the Sufi poet Hafiz tells us.
Let’s explain what we mean!
There is something so obvious, so powerful and so close to us that we overlook it completely. Even when we tell you what it is, you’ll hesitate because there is a huge veil of cultural misinformation around it.
By itself, this quality wants to nourish all parts of our lives! But if we narrow it down, if we exile it into one part of our life, it will show up as a shadow quality causing a lot of pain in our world.
It is EROS that is the power that drives and nurtures our whole society, and indeed, our very existence.
Eros contains all of the wisdom, all of the power, all of the intelligence, all of the strategy, all of the capacity that you need to live a successful, meaningful, alive, and gorgeous existence.
Eros is not just in the sexual! Eros being interpreted as only about sexuality is a profound misinterpretation, and when we stay stuck in that narrow definition, it limits our life force and creativity, blocking us from leading an inspiring and successful life!
Saying ‘My life is very erotic’ is not the most obvious way to express the fact that you have an inspiring and successful life!
Eros is not just an expression of limited physical sex. Eros is the core nature of every moment of reality. LIFE ITSELF IS EROTIC! Reality itself is erotic!
We need to liberate Eros from its exile to the sexual, and thus liberate its energy for us to experience in ALL aspects of our lives!!
It is the Liberation of Eros that is our purpose at the Mystery School of Love this summer in Holland, July 26 to August 2.
…God – Goddess Willing…
…our Mystery School of Love will have two hundred Seekers
reclaiming Eros from exile, expanding their capacity for
Love, Creativity and Success in Purposeful Living.
We are going to…
with the Grace of She…
…change the source code of Eros in the heart of the Kosmos.
We will be… with total humility and total audacity… loving each other outrageously… a think tank on the outside… and a band of outrageous lovers in our interiors!!
Those of you who know Marc know that he likes to call this…
“A vision of the patterns that connect, that catalyzes the evolution of love.”
‘We will engage Pleasure and Eros in a whole different way.
We will move beyond shame in a way that works across the memetic code.
Or as I said to beloved Ken Wilber, summarizing our dialogue this week on Integral Sexuality:
“What is shame but pleasure which stops short of infinity?”
Or as one master said about fear, “What is fear but love that stops short of infinity?”
And… This will be the first European Annual Integral Wisdom Conference … Wow!!!!
3rd Summer Festival of LOVE!
Love, Eros and Enlightenment.
The Festival of Love has grown from 80 to 150 participants and now we are ready and prepared to hold 200 people. Without exaggeration we can say that the Field of Love and Holding that emerges from this Festival is profound. People reported after both events that they experienced deep states of awakening that lasted for weeks and/or a profound deepening of their insight.
Start each day with the morning practice of your choice: yoga, mondozen meditation, breath work and bodywork, if you want to start your day energetic. Or take a quiet walk by yourself in our stunning woodlands.
The combination of deep Dharmic space, opened in the morning and held by Master of the Heart Dr.Marc Gafni, a variety of great workshops, with great teachers in the afternoon, an invitation to exercise in pairs during the day, has in the passed two years been the great igniting force to an open heart, a clear mind and a natural flow of love among all that are joining.
The night-times will also come alive and will be high energy experiences created by dance-master Kareem, the rhythmic kick-ass-Tom-Baur-Band, musicians, artists and DJ’s. (A new special event will take place on several evenings which we want to keep a surprise for you!)
Add to this, small family gatherings, the possibility of individual sessions, massages, a hot tub, awesome and healthy organic food, beautiful nature, dance parties and musical events!
Don’t miss being part of this once a year International Summer Event of the Mystery School of Love.
Information and Registration
(Early bird until May 1st)