- 1 The Universe: A Love Story Video Series
- 2 The Evolution of Love
- 3 The Erotic & The Holy
- 4 John Gray, Warren Farrell & Marc Gafni: Unique Self and the Evolutionary Man and Woman
- 5 One Love
- 6 Sexuality
- 7 Lines and Circles
- 8 Imago, Unique Self, & the Crying God
The Universe: A Love Story Video Series
New Series with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni
Watch this first in a series of 10, beautiful videos, with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni. In this piece they set their intention for the series. You can also read the transcript here.
The Evolution of Love
- In an evolving universe, and in our evolving lives, what is the future of love and relationship?
- As you evolve personally, how do you tap the great depth and fire locked inside each of your relationships?
- How do you turn your relationships into the ultimate spiritual practice?
- What startling insights and possibilities come alive for you when your relationships are seen through an Integral evolutionary context?
- How do your relationships—your friendships, romantic partnerships, organizational encounters, and spiritual connections—help raise your level of consciousness as an individual? And how do you help raise others?
- What is your totally unique way of being in relationship and what unique practices should you be doing to make your relationships even better?
- What do the great wisdom traditions reveal about the “second person of spirit”—and how do we move beyond myths of the traditions while living more of the meaning?
Ken Wilber & Marc Gafni on The Future of Love
In 2009 Marc, Ken and other Integral leaders initiated the Integral Spiritual Experience. The topic of the first event was Unique Self and the second event was the Future of Love. Marc’s intention in initiating this Integral conversation was to turn the Integral Lens towards the twin topics of Love and Self. An accurate understanding of self–the best answer to the question of Who Are You–and a new vision of Love beyond the narrow popular understanding are key contributions to evolving the source code of culture. The following three presentations were part of the Future of Love dialogue series leading up to the second Integral Spiritual Experience. The first two dialogues are between Marc and Ken and the third is a presentation by Marc as part of that series.
Listen to the first dialogue here:
Ervin Laszlo & Marc Gafni on Evolutionary Love
Ervin Laszlo is a Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist, originally a classical pianist. He is the Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Director and Co-Founder of the Ervin Laszlo Institute for Advanced Study (ELIAS) and of the Laszlo New-Paradigm Leadership Center (Italy)… He is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into as many as twenty-three languages, and the editor of another thirty volumes including a four-volume encyclopedia.
Listen to this audio dialogue between Ervin Laslo & Marc Gafni here:
Some key teachings by Dr. Marc Gafni on the Evolution of Love:
The creative process that mysteriously moves from nothing to something is the God-impulse.
To live as your Unique Self means to align yourself with that process, with the ecstatic evolutionary impulse that initiated the kosmos, with the ecstasy of God, which re-creates all of reality in every second of existence.
Are you ready to respond to this invitation, to offer yourself to the infinite love intelligence that wants desperately to show up in the world through and as you?
Are you ready to play a larger game?
The Erotic & The Holy
Reality is Eros.
Eros is the full aliveness of reality living awake in every moment.
Eros has four faces; Eros is to enter the inside of the inside of every moment of every encounter of every situation. Eros is to experience the fullness of presence in every dimension of reality. Eros is to participate in the yearning force of being which is experienced as the ecstatic evolutionary impulse awakening in you, as you and through you. Eros is wholeness, the lived truth of the inner connectivity of the all with the all.
The sexual is a model for the erotic.
The sexual models, in its most epic forms, what it means to live erotically in all of the non-sexual dimensions of our life. The sacred sexual is our teacher, our guide.
Tantra, in Sanskrit, meaning to expand, is the expansion of erotic living, beyond the sexual, into every facet of reality.
Eros is life itself, awake, alive, aware, activist, perfectly still and madly in love.
John Gray, Warren Farrell & Marc Gafni: Unique Self and the Evolutionary Man and Woman
In 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.
Listen to their dialogue:
Watch Marc Gafni’s keynote speech “One Love” at the second Integral Spiritual Experience:
by Marc Gafni
At this key time in history we are called to evolve and embody Love, Sex and Eros! The sexual is the ultimate spiritual master. Deep understanding of the sexual is the ultimate guide to accessing the spirit in every dimension of our reality. To be a great Lover — an Outrageous Lover in all facets of your being — you must listen deeply to the simple yet elegant spirit whisperings of the sexual.
Studying the sexual is also a model for all of your life whether you are in a committed relationship, whether you are polyamorous, whether you are single, whether you are hetero, gay, straight, bisexual, whether you are young or old.
At this key moment in history we are called to evolve our practice and embodiment of the erotic sexual.
We yearn – in our deepest hearts – not to take but to give, and in that giving to deeply receive. Sexuality is the model for this, because there one single act contains within it both giving and receiving. The same is true, however, in all of our relationships. Every interpersonal relation is an iridescent web of exchange. We each have a piece of each other’s story. A lover’s exchange is when I invest myself in our relationship sufficiently – that over time I share with you the piece of your story which I carry with me, and I receive from you the piece of my story that you carry with you. It may be an idea, an experience, a perspective, a song, a moment of intimacy or a thousand other possibilities. The nature of the world is that every significant meeting we have is choreographed in order to return to us a precious missing piece.
Watch Stuart Black and Marc Gafni in a recent dialogue about The Future of Love and Sex
Stuart Black has been Director of the New York Institute of Core Energetics since 1989. He is the author of A Way of Life: Core Energetics, is an instructor in the international training classes, and has been leading groups for over 25 years. Stuart has been a teacher of the Pathwork in Mexico and in Phoenicia, NY, where he was both a member of the Board of Directors and spiritual leader of the Pathwork Studies program. He has been an instructor to both faculty and students of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
Lines and Circles
Watch Dr. Marc Gafni giving a talk on “Lines and Circles” at the final David d’Angelo program, “Love: The Final Chapter” (Dec 2014), where he was a featured speaker. This was a special men’s conference exploring what it means to live an inspired life and be in full integrity with oneself, and with each other – evolving love, relationship, and culture itself.
Imago, Unique Self, & the Crying God
Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Lori Galperin, & Marc Gafni
Watch and listen to this gorgeous dialogue between four masters of their respective fields in the process of evolving the teaching of Unique Self, Unique We, Couplehood, Imago Therapy, and Unique Self Recovery.
Part 1 of the Dialogue:
Harville Hendrix is a contemporary psychologist who co-founded Imago Relationship Therapy, along with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt. Harville Hendrix was born in 1935 in Statesboro, Georgia. He was an ordained Baptist minister before he completed his BA at Mercer University in Georgia, in 1957, and his BD from Union Theological Seminary in 1961. He went on to receive both an MA and PhD in psychology and religion from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Hendrix serves as a therapist, educator, and pastoral counselor. He has spent the last two decades practicing and teaching his own form of marriage and relationship therapy known as Imago Relationship Therapy in collaboration with his wife.
Helen LaKelly Hunt (born 1949) is a daughter of H. L. Hunt. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, which describes itself as “a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls.” She currently lives in New York with her husband, Harville Hendrix, a self-help author. Hunt was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which cited her as a “[c]reative philanthropist who has used her own resources and others to create women’s funding institutions.”
Lori Galperin is a clinician, writer and teacher who began her 27 year career working in the area of sex & marital therapy. Training at Masters & Johnson Institute, she eventually became co-director, co-founded the first inpatient sexual trauma program in the country, and ultimately established and clinically co-directed three such programs. Her work spanned diverse populations including incest families, sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse and individuals struggling with sexual addiction.
Dr. Marc Gafni is a philosopher, public intellectual and wisdom teacher. He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, rabbinic certification from the chief rabbinate in Israel, as well private rabbinic ordination. He is also ordained and holds a doctorate in religious science. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on Integral principles, as well as the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the director of Center for Integral Wisdom (formerly World Spirituality), a think tank he co-founded in 2011 with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton, and Mariana Caplan (now also joined by Lori Galperin) which is creating a body of work to evolve the source code of human existence.