FCE Takes a Stand For Marc Gafni & Against Smear Campaigns

On January 17th, 2017, Barbara Marx Hubbard sent out this beautiful email to the list of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. In it, she takes a powerful stand, not only for Dr. Marc Gafni but also for truth, justice, and the Evolution of Public Culture.

Foundation for Conscious Evolution

Dearly Beloved Evolutionary friends, colleagues, co-creators,

I am sending you this very important letter concerning public culture and how we respond to attack on the Internet that has has been directed against a pioneering evolutionary teacher and writer, Marc Gafni.

As a community of leaders I would like to see us take a strong stand on behalf of due process, dialogue, fact checking, compassionate listening and the effort to heal.

The letter is long. It has been prepared by dedicated colleages. Marc has remained silent for many years, focusing on his positive teaching and writing. Now Marc, and the Center for Integral Wisdom, of which I am the Co-Board Chair are responding in depth. Any new false attacks against Marc will from this time forward be responded to directly as they come in.

Thank you, in advance for your willingness to take the time to read through this email and to investigate any or all of the links which provide detailed facts, research and information about Marc Gafni, his attackers and the anatomy of a smear campaign.

This email is about justice, love and human dignity — all values that are not only needed, but required as we move into unprecedented times and an uncertain future.

I (Barbara) have written a post and made a video about these issues which I’m asking you to read and listen to. (Click on the video below to watch now.)

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What would you do, Friend, if you were accused of doing something you didn’t do?

What if, almost overnight, those accusations popped up as articles and blog posts online?

And what if you were to find yourself in a ‘trial by internet’, where facts were tossed out the window and the false accusations started to take hold as ‘true’…. simply because when your name was entered into Google search, that’s what people would see on the first page?

Imagine the pain, the outrage, the hurt you would feel.

What if people from different parts of your life, gathered together through the Internet, collapsed timelines, distorted facts, and tried to hijack the narrative of your life?

All of the sudden you life was no longer about love or service.

You are depicted on the Internet in terms which are fundamentally false and a violation of your true character.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both experienced this form of internet abuse. This has been the methodology of what’s recently termed the Alt-Right. It has also been the methodology of what we would like to term the Alt-Left.

The truth is, this type of injustice happens all the time.

But until it happens to you, personally, it’s easy to dismiss it as something that ‘is unfortunate, but unlikely to happen to me’. However, that would be a critical thinking error. It could happen to me, it could happen to you, it could happen to your brother, your mother, your sister, your lover.

We humbly ask you to read the following letter, coming a full year after a virulently orchestrated online smear campaign was unleashed against Marc Gafni.

We realize that this letter is long, but we felt we owed it to you, Friend, and to tens of thousands of people who have remained committed and involved despite the hostile wave of Internet attacks.

We owe you a response, we owe public culture a response and we owe the attackers a response. To not respond would be out of integrity as an organization that stands for truth, justice, human dignity and the evolution of love in public culture.

We understand that your time is valuable so if you are limited on time, we would ask you to watch this incredibly vulnerable and courageous unscripted video that Marc recorded just a few days ago: An Invitation To Dialogue and Transformation. This invitation to dialogue sets the tone and is the context everything else in this email. It is the most important part of this email.

Watch it now by clicking the video below:

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The Anatomy of a Smear: The Internet Trial of Marc Gafni

An extended essay by Dr. Clint Fuhs

Next, we would ask you to read Dr. Clint Fuhs essay. Dr. Clint Fuhs, a leading Integral thinker and scholar has been carefully tracking Marc’s work and biography in the larger cultural context for over fifteen years. He has reviewed thousands of pages of first person documentation from Marcs accusers and is deeply familiar with all of the figures involved in the attacks. Fuhs addresses not merely the Marc Gafni story but the larger cultural and spiritual implications of the story for what we refer to at the Center as the “evolution of public culture”.

We offer you this essay in it’s full, unabridged version which you can download here:

>> An extended essay by Dr. Clint Fuhs <<

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Third, we are delighted to share with you two groundbreaking new websites. Both sites address the Evolution of Love in Public Culture.

WhoIsMarcGafni.com Website

The first is WhoIsMarcGafni.com. This site focuses on five key categories. You can see an overview of the videos on this here:

>> Click here to view the index <<

Below are the five sections of this website site:

1. An Invitation To Dialogue

We consider this the most important part of the site. Click here to view the invitation to dialogue.

2. Articles By Leading Thinkers

This section hosts articles written by leading thinkers and cultural observers, and highly conscious men and women. These articles correct false ‘facts’ and distortions that have been disseminated through the internet and other media outlets in regard to Marc Gafni. The purpose of this section is to set the record straight as a core obligation of justice, love and human dignity for every sacred society. Click here to view the series of articles.

Here is a list of some of the original and curated articles on the site:

3. An Extensive Library Of Video Responses

Marc created a series of video responses that address both the hidden dynamics and underlying memes that underlie this particular smear campaign and smear campaigns in general. This is a first take, which is part of a larger work in progress that is nearing completion is in these very weeks. Click here to view the videos responses. The larger work will also take into account the responses to this website that appear in public culture.

4. A Series Of Unpublished Articles

This section has a series of unpublished articles by Marc that set the record straight in direct response to some of the key distortions that have been put in the public space. Click here to view Marc’s articles

5. 55+ Voices

Nearly 60 colleagues that Marc has worked with for years, share their experience of working and being in relationship with him. Click here to read and listen.

Our intent is never to attack or make wrong. Every word on this website has been carefully reviewed by legal counsel. Our intent and purpose is to set the record straight with facts and to reveal our understanding of the hidden dynamics lying behind the facts.

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EvolvingPublicCulture.com Website

Evolving Public Culture: How Weaponizing sex, ‘Scandal’ and Digital Abuse Are Used In the Undermining of Leaders in politics, religion and culture

The second website, Evolving Public Culture, is a core project of the Center for Integral Wisdom and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution where Dr. Gafni serves as the Evolutionary Scholar in Residence.

We stand at a moment in time when the weaponizing of sex and manufacturing of scandals is used to undermine leaders and manipulate politics, religion and culture via digital communications at a faster rate than any other time in history. The recent emergents of a post-truth society and fake news now generate more engagement than truth on social media and are having an enormous impact on the shaping people’s viewpoints and beliefs.

Instead of being a tool that we use to connect and communicate ideas that serve to unite and awaken human, social and planetary potential, the internet is being used to deceive and divide peoples and nations.

This site is dedicated to restoring the fundamental principles of human dignity, fair process and integrity in the digital age. Through thoughtful curation of key articles, posts and papers as well as our own original content we highlight the very tactics used to “pull the wool over our eyes” so that we can reclaim our right to know the truth and make informed decisions based on fact, not lies.

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MarcGafni.com Website

Besides these two important websites, there is an older source of information on Marc Gafni’s personal website, MarcGafni.com. The Marc Gafni Facts section of the site has been posted in the public space for many years. It contains some very important information which is not either of the two new sites including a biographical article titled Who is Marc Gafni.

You can also find some of Marc Gafni writings on privacy vs. secrecy, amorous relationships between teachers and students and his insistence that even when one is greatly wronged (as the articles show that Marc was through the false complaints in Israel in 2006), he or she must always take personal responsibility and apologize for whatever their part is in the contribution system. This expresses itself in a public apology that Marc posted in 2008. This Facts section also includes the summation of the Integral Institute report by Dr. Clint Fuhs from 2008 with an important addendum which covers further unfolding all the way through 2014.

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Our New Response Policy: A Note from the Foundation For Conscious Evolution and the Center for Integral Wisdom

The Foundation and Center have adopted a NEW POLICY OF RESPONDING within 24 hours to any further claims or attacks that contain false information, distortion or omitted information which creates false impressions in the public space.

We will respond with full information, documentation, and transparency. We will offerer a first response within twenty four hours through the public channels we have set up and then respond appropriately to the fullest extent of the law.

Marc has been largely silent for ten years. He is breaking the silence in a major way for the first time with the publication of these websites. He has responded directly only to those people who have directly attacked with false, distorted or incomplete information which effectively deceived the public.

From the perspective of the Foundation and the Center, the smear campaign has spoken in almost fifty blog posts and several articles. We have responded with the necessary missing information and distinctions to set the record straight.

The intelligent and loving public that is willing to read beyond confirmation bias, with an unguarded heart, now has enough material to make their own evaluation. That was our goal.

The Foundation for Consious Evolution and the Center For Integral Wisdom feel that because we have been attacked and have suffered because of the attack, that dealing with this issue around Marc as a model for restoring integrity to the way we do conflict, is our ethical obligation. As the expression goes, “We are prepared to go to the mat on this one”.

At the same, now that we have offered our response into public culture we are always prepared to walk away. We will not initiate new rounds of this drama but we will respond decisively.

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From A Personal Response To A Meta Response

The recent attacks against Marc were based on recycled accusations that were falsified and distorted to a significant degree. The facts, historical issues, hidden motivations and dynamics of what set the campaign into motion were intentionally obscured. The pain and direct damage Marc and the Center experienced from the campaign was significant.

At the same time the Foundation and the Center’s staff, scholars, board and community has paradoxically deepened and thrived during this time.

We thrived not because we circled the wagons and ignored the attack. We thrived in the conversation, open inquiry and fierce dedication to love, truth and transformation that permeated the entire center. Barbara and Marc set the tone for all of us through a refusal to close their hearts, or to become reactive or vindictive.

The only immediate public reaction of the Center was dignified and measured. One public statement was released. That statement, which you can read here, has at the bottom of it, some sixty blog posts which give you a sense of Marc’s working relationship with his colleagues.

At the same time, we understood that while the attacks against Marc were personal, Evolution Itself required us to respond not only at a personal level, but at a meta level and to participate more fully in the evolution of public culture.

In some of our more intimate team meetings in 2016, Marc would tell us that the only way to make any sense of the outrageous pain caused by the attacks is that Reality required it so that we could show up and and respond in a way that would evolve public culture.

So, that has been our commitment… to engage the larger issues with all of the fierce commitment, grace and love that we could muster.

Over the past year, a core team of 9 people have individually dedicated hundreds, and in some cases thousands of hours to researching, writing and creating online media documents that address these cultural issues through the lens of Marc’s story.

It was that commitment that birthed an essay, two new websites, and a series of articles which we have shared with you in this letter.

We do not view this work as in any way separate from our core work at the Foundation for Conscious Evolution or the Center for Integral Wisdom. Indeed understanding how to evolve love in the way we fight, how negative memes are spread in culture, how to transform our we space, how to establish truth, integrity and kindness in the public arena, how to spot malice and demonization, how to take appropriate responsibility and apologize….

These are the vital themes and memes necessary for the emergence of a new vision of meaning and spirit.

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After sharing this material we are prepared to walk away from this.

However we have important information which suggests that the smear campaign organizers are so obsessed with their take down campaign, that we should expect the manufacture of “new victim voices” as the response to these posts. That is terribly sad and we hope and pray that this is not the case. But if that is the case, we are fully prepared to respond with fierce grace and truth.

We are also delighted to share that we have found a great law firm that will be representing us if that is necessary. The President of the firm has spent six months reviewing information and understands the lack of legal integrity in so much of what has happened. He and his firm have signed up, as part of their commitment to restore integrity in public culture, to work with us for as long and as much as necessary, to achieve a just outcome in this situation.

With Love,

Barbara Marx Hubbard, President FCE & Co-Board Chair CIW

Lisa Engles, Director of Communication, FCE & Co-Executive Director, CIW

A New Coalition Is Forming to Catalyze the Evolution of Consciousness

The Center for Integral Wisdom, the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and the Club of Budapest are delighted to collaborate with a newly emergent broad coalition of partners and colleagues on a vital Integral Initiative.

We are–together with other vital leadership partners who be announced–initiating a project that we feel will be a crucial global catalyst for the Evolution of Consciousness.

We are entering into a collaborative project whose purpose is no less than to galvanize an Integral Planetary Awakening to Connect Co-Creators World-Wide. It will launch an invitation to people in every culture, field and endeavor to place what they are doing that is creative, useful and good, to demonstrate what is working in the world. It will be a first expression of the emerging world already arising in our midst.

The purpose of our shared initiative is to evolve, articulate and disseminate the core dimensions of this most vital political, social and spiritual vision. Our aim is to convene, face to face and virtually, leading thinkers and activists, and inspired individuals from around the world, to participate in the urgent formulation and advancement of this vision of the emerging world.

Connecting individual and collective actions offered by Unique Selves motivated by the deep impulse of creativity and love, paves the way for the next step, the emergence of what we have called together the Unique Self Symphony. This is the music that emerges when human beings engage their unique instruments of self together to give their Unique Gifts of Love-intelligence towards the healing and transformation the planet. We understand the Unique Self Symphony to be an emergent property of the Self Organizing Universe.

The goal of this collaboration will be to download the emergent software of Unique Self Symphony into the source code of culture. We plan to articulate in books, monographs and online summits and courses the basic contours of this vision. In all of this our humble and audacious intention is to fulfill our obligation in this generation, our urgent obligation, to participate in the evolution of consciousness which is the evolution of love.

We live at a moment where we stand before two futures. One filled with emergent beauty, truth and goodness the likes of which the world has never seen before. The other a spiraling into despair and outrageous pain in which hundred of millions, perhaps billions of most vulnerable among us will pay the most devastating price.

The core feature of this next evolutionary stage of growth and transformation is in every human being cultivating an evolutionary relationship to life. This means that every human being awakens to the realization of being an irreducible Unique Self.

Uniqueness however is not to be confused with separateness. Uniqueness is the currency of connection which wells up from the realization that one has an irreducibly unique gift to give that is fundamentally needed by reality.

Every generation is responsible for its own evolution of consciousness. It’s our turn. The future is in our hands. We are the ones we have been waiting for. Heads bowed to the larger evolutionary love intelligence in which all is sourced and feeling that very love intelligence awakening as we venture forth to realize these urgent objectives with every and all virtuous means at our disposal.

Signed,

Barbara Marx Hubbard for the Foundation for Conscious Evolution

Ervin Laszlo for the Club of Budapest

Marc Gafni for the Center for Integral Wisdom

The Vision and Mission of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution

The ultimate goal of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution is the awakening of the spiritual, social, and scientific potential of humanity, in harmony with nature for the highest good of all life.

The Mission of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution

• To educate people in the worldview of Conscious Evolution and how to apply it in their lives, personally and socially.
• To network, connect and align individuals and groups, making visible the vast movement for positive change that is arising everywhere, and to further cooperate toward our common goal of a compassionate, sustainable future.

The initiatives of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution offer a context and container for connecting and empowering the vast global movement arising for positive change, making the efforts of this movement visible to engender greater coherence and synergy. We work on the premise that small islands of coherence in a sea of social chaos can jump the system as a whole to a higher degree of harmony and order.

By connecting and communicating what’s working, positive and innovative, the Foundation for Conscious Evolution is helping to build a new path—a “golden bridge”—to the next stage of human evolution. On that path, we look beyond the current confusion and crises to see the new capacities that are arising. We hold our unprecedented power as the means for restoring the earth, freeing ourselves from illness, hunger and war, and fulfilling the deepest aspirations of the human heart. We envision humanity arising to cocreate a future equal to our vast potential.

Read more about Conscious Evolution and the Foundation>>>

Foundation for Conscious Evolution: Key Media from our Collaboration

Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marc Gafni about Homo Amor or Homo Amor Universalis

 

Memorial Service for Barbara Marx Hubbard

The music was edited out. You can still watch the whole service on Barbara’s Facebook Page HERE.

Enjoy this beautiful Video Tribute to Barbara Marx Hubbard

It was part of the Evolutionary Church Memorial for Barbara on April 13th – Created by the Executive Producer of Evolutionary Church and Executive Vice-President of the Center for Integral Wisdom Lisa Witter. If the embedded video doesn’t work for you, click here.

>>> Read Marc’s Eulogy HERE <<<


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.

View the latest parts of the series>>>

Conscious Evolution Meets Integral Unique Self & the Evolution of Love

Barbara Marx Hubbard & Marc Gafni

When Barbara Marx Hubbard, the Grande Dame of Conscious Evolution, and Marc Gafni met, it was truly a meeting of hearts, minds, souls, and Evolutionary Unique Selves.

Since then Barbara has joined the executive board of the center and Marc, Barbara, and Daniel Schmachtenberger have joined forces to work on a ground breaking new book The Conscious Universe: Participating in the Evolution of Love.

Enjoy the first part of their very first dialogue here:

To watch the other parts, click here (you need to be logged in as a free member to view them)>>>

2015-05-28_ConsciousEvolutionRead more about the Foundation for Conscious Evolution>>>

For the audio recording of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s and Daniel Schmachtenberger’s talk with Marc Gafni on our Monthly Board Call, click here>>>

Read Barbara’s New Preface for Your Unique Self>>>

Watch Barbara’s Keynote Talk from the Success 3.0 Summit 2014 with Introduction by Daniel Schmachtenberger:


Barbara Marx Hubbard and Daniel Schmachtenberger on our Monthly Board Call

Daniel SchmachtenbergerBarbara-Marx-Hubbard-largeExecutive Board Member Barbara Marx Hubbard and Senior Vice President Daniel Schmachtenberger joined us on January Monthly Board Call for a special dialogue with Marc Gafni on “The Evolution of Consciousness & the Center for Integral Wisdom.”

Various people from the board community came on the line and were able to speak with us as well!

Listen to the recording:

Barbara Marx Hubbard about Reading Self by Marc Gafni

Note from Barbara to Marc:

Reading SELF is a fabulous opening for me.

I will be teaching from it tonight on my Sacred Journey Course. The theme is Education Our Local Selves.

What I received from you is the understanding of how my own Unique Self can make intimate contact with the Unique Self of the students, “which further elicits the Unique Self of the teacher as well as the student.”

I have held back this passionate outpouring of intimate contact of Unique Self with Unique Self, and kept it into a personal realm, rather than the ubiquitous realm of Outrageous Love of all with no reserve.

It is explosive.  Tonight’s class I will be reading from SELF opening myself to my students in a new way.

I can now feel how to do it in my teaching, in the personal mentoring, and in my whole life with everyone everywhere…like you do!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this great liberation that overcomes the illusion of separation and reserve (sort of a lady-like stance of reserve and decorum) that I believe I have had because I never encountered one who gave me the new experience amd example.

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution…” by Deepak Chopra. She is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book The Mother of Invention. And many would agree she is the global ambassador for conscious change.

At her heart, Barbara Marx Hubbard is a visionary, a social innovator. She is an evolutionary thinker who believes that global change happens when we work collectively and selflessly for the greater good. She realizes that the lessons of evolution teach us that problems are evolutionary drivers, and crises precede transformation, giving a new way of seeing and responding to our global situation.

As a prolific author and educator, Barbara has written seven books on social and planetary evolution. She has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. In conjunction with the Shift Network, Barbara co-produced the worldwide “Birth 2012″ multi-media event that was seen as a historic turning point in exposing the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity.


New Preface by Barbara Marx Hubbard for Dr. Marc Gafni’s Your Unique Self

Deep from the heart of the cosmos comes the signal: be born as the universe in person! Manifest cosmogenesis as your own divine expression of creation. Bring cosmogenesis – the evolution of the cosmos — into form as you, as co creators of a new culture in which each human being is an expression of the Impulse of Creation.

In Your Unique Self Marc Gafni speaks for the evolutionary impulse during our time of radical shift on Earth from one form of growth, one form of self, one form of species, and one form of society to the next. He speaks for the Culture of Cocreators, each of us as a Unique Self, a divine expression of the Creator creating.

With great erudition and sensitivity to all the major traditions of the past, he offers us a new Source Code for the evolution of our species, a vital memetic code to guide us forward.

If you want to be excited, if you yearn to experience the reality of your divine destiny, Read this book! Live this book! Write this book into your life. It urges you to shine on the God force AS YOU.

I love this book. It affirms everything I have worked toward all my life. I have been writing lines of this book in 185 volumes of Journal since the age of 18. It is the deepening my own discovery of Conscious Evolution. We are living through the evolution of evolution itself. The great breakthrough in the 13.8 billion years of evolution, in this labor of love, is that evolution has become conscious of itself in and as us, Unique Selves.

The crises we are facing on Earth are evolutionary drivers awakening in us the Unique Self. When we infuse the rapidly growing genius of human capacity to understand nature’s processes of creation – the atom, the gene, the brain, our sciences and technology, with evolutionary love, with teleros, the love of higher purpose, what do we see? We see the birth of an emerging species. a universal humanity born into a universe of billions of other planets, just opening our collective eyes.

Let us con-celebrate with Life the great privilege of being born at this cross-over point from Homo sapiens sapiens to Homo Cocreator. Thank you Marc for inspiring us to find the way.

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution…” by Deepak Chopra. She is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book The Mother of Invention. And many would agree she is the global ambassador for conscious change.

At her heart, Barbara Marx Hubbard is a visionary, a social innovator. She is an evolutionary thinker who believes that global change happens when we work collectively and selflessly for the greater good. She realizes that the lessons of evolution teach us that problems are evolutionary drivers, and crises precede transformation, giving a new way of seeing and responding to our global situation.

As a prolific author and educator, Barbara has written seven books on social and planetary evolution. She has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. In conjunction with the Shift Network, Barbara co-produced the worldwide “Birth 2012″ multi-media event that was seen as a historic turning point in exposing the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity.