Watch and listen to this beautiful talk from the Integral Spiritual Experience 2 about One Love, the Four Faces of Eros, and the relationship between the Sexual and the Erotic. Or in Marc Gafni’s words from this Keynote:
We’re in this space in between, and it’s in that space that I want to ask for the grace of God in the first-person, second-person and third-person that we should be able in the next few minutes to unfold a new chapter in Integral Evolutionary understanding, that we should be able to enter the source code of All-That-Is and weave a fabric together which will begin to let us see something of the patterns that connect that we all yearn so deeply to see, which form the undergirding structure of meaning and love in which we’re held in the lap of God. So that’s our intention.
The particular topic or door we’re going to go through is the relationship between the sexual and the erotic, Eros and the sexual, and I use ‘Eros’ here not in the way that David was using it this morning, beautifully, as a kind of one of a fourfold expression of love emerging out of that great tradition, but I use Eros in its more general sense to include all of the four. And I want to talk to you about the relationship between the sexual and the erotic as a way of entering into this new unfolding chapter about Integral evolutionary sexuality, love and Eros. So I’m going to begin in the way of the study hall with a series of questions.
Stream the video here and read the transcript below:
Sally So let me say a little bit, not to introduce our speaker, because he needs no introduction, but really to honor him. It’s a great privilege to be able to honor your friends and really to speak on behalf of all of us on the Integral Spiritual Experience team and for all of us in this room, just to recognize the place that Marc Gafni holds for us.
He is, as I said before, the Master of the Revels – revels, not rebels, although there is that as well in the heart of all great heart masters. He is the intellectual center of Integral Spiritual Experience. He is the one who has held the vision of this event, which we can’t call a conference, this extraordinary space between the worlds that we occupy here. And he is also a cutting edge spiritual teacher. As Tami Simon, his publisher says, he’s a visionary genius love muffin.
He’s one of the most brilliant Integral evolutionary philosophers around. Like Ken and Deepak, he has that capacity to see through into the patterns of existence, and he has the courage and audacity to speak the new paradigms. Last summer I was having lunch with Marc and Michael Murphy, the founder of Esalen, who’s also one of the cutting edge prophets or heart master evolutionary theorists, Integral theorists of his generation, and he said, “Very rarely do you meet someone who changes the game. Marc,” he said, “you’re changing the game.”
And part of what we are experiencing here in this evolution through the three stages of love, which is the conversation that he has brought into the Integral discourse in the past year, as he brought the conversation on Unique Self into the Integral conversation in the years before, so with all that, the deepest truth that I experience about Marc, as Diane said this morning, is that he does really have the most robust heart of anyone I know.
I come from a lineage of heart masters and I pride myself on being able to recognize one when I see one. So when I tell you, or, that is, when I tell you, as I think you already know, that Marc is a heart master, I know what I’m talking about. So I’d like you to join me in welcoming our heart master, Marc Gafni.