December 12, 2018

Marc Gafni and Charles Randall Paul: The Roots of Individuality

Charles Randall Paul, Ph.D., is one of the most creative leading edge orthodox theologians in the world today. He is board chair, founder, and president of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles on healthy methods for engaging differences in religions and ideologies, and he is currently completing two books: Fighting about God: Why We Do It and How to Do It Better and Converting the Saints: An American Religious Conflict. He is on the board of editors for the International Journal of Decision Ethics. Charles is also a member of the Wisdom Council of the Center for World Spirituality.

Today the Spirit’s Next Move blog features a 25-minute audio conversation between Dr. Charles Randall Paul and Dr. Marc Gafni, director of CWS and scholar-in-residence. In this segment, Gafni establishes the essential contours of Unique Self teaching on enlightenment and Paul asks for clarification regarding its implications for Eastern enlightenment. Gafni says that unattachment is a higher integral embrace of East and West, and its general position is that nobody is entirely wrong. Every great system has its own understanding that is true and partial, he says. The great understanding of the East is that to move beyond suffering, you have to move beyond your identity as a separate self. And Unique Self retains that central insight by incorporating the teaching that separateness is the source of suffering but it is different from uniqueness.

Charles takes issue with Marc at times, as their exchange on the nature of Western enlightenment in the Renaissance shows, along a path towards a greater shared understanding. They agree that the roots of Western individualism can be traced back both to Christianity as well as the Judaism’s teaching of Imago Dei, but neither religion fully escaped ethnocentrism. It was not until the Renaissance, Marc says, that the individual is given dignity qua individual without being located in a particular religious context.

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World Spirituality Unplugged: Four Audiences for World Spirituality

Recorded in 2010, Marc Gafni’s “Who’s Out There? Dual Citizens?” explores the audiences for a World Spirituality.

There are two broad groups of people out there we need to understand as we lay the foundation for spirit’s next move, an emergent World Spirituality.

Group One. People who are part of an ethnocentric religion (“We got the truth, you don’t,”) 70% of the world is hanging out over there.

The second group is people who have for whatever set of religion moved beyond the world religions. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, whatever. They no longer view themselves as part of the classical religions. Moreover, they don’t feel comfortable in the classical religions. They don’t feel held, addressed, compelled, invited.

Why? Lots of different reasons. Some of them may have actually internalized the critique of the religions introduced by modern thinking and post-modern thinking … and we’ll look at those critiques and where they are relevant and overstated. But whatever those critiques are, they have been incorporated into the Zeitgeist, the very fabric of our contemporary context.

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World Spirituality Unplugged: World Spirituality is an Evolutionary Emergent

In this 2010 video presented in our World Spirituality Unplugged series, there is a rousing call to see the “revolution in possibility” which is an evolutionary emergent in spirituality. From Marc Gafni:

In the world, everyone agrees that we see this evolution from simple to complex, greater levels of complexity, of depth and consciousness. This vision of a World Spirituality is an evolutionary emergent – it’s something new, has never existed before. There are glimmerings of it, hints of it, and in other conversations I will share with you the hints, precursors, the foreshadowings of this World Spirituality that is now bursting forth…

This World Spirituality, Gafni says, allows people to be both part of their own tradition as well as part of a global movement that goes beyond it.

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Resonance and Dissonance Between the World’s Great Religions (By Sam Alexander)

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Religion. The very word strikes fear in the hearts of your average citizen…or boredom, or maybe confusion. My Uncle Joel, a Chemistry professor at UC Berkeley, kept a scrapbook of clippings he said proved religion to be the root cause of humanity’s ills. And who could blame him? The traditionalist mindset holds tight to its religious construct, sure he is right and others wrong, convinced his life depends upon it. Wars are fought, atrocities excused, fear promulgated year after year, all in the name of a god. Humbug.

It’s understandable that culture heaves a deep sigh of relief as the modernist mindset deconstructs the traditional religious myths. The archeologist, the geologist, and the historian of religion all play their part in unraveling the context of meaning which has sustained humanity for 4000 years.

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Discerning the Patterns that Connect, Dr. Marc Gafni

Discerning the Patterns that Connect

Summary: In the excerpt below from his June 2011 TEDxSinCity talk “Your Unique Self: The Future of Enlightenment,” Dr. Marc lovingly draws our attention to the shared story of World Spirituality emerging at this moment in intellectual history. What we yearn for and already share, in spite of the many ways we focus on what divides us, are the deep structures of meaning we can know first-hand—in our first-persons—and that we can reveal using the Eye of the Spirit.

Excerpt from TEDxSinCity, June 2, 2011

The profound need that we have is to live in a story that’s real, to live in a story which hasn’t been deconstructed. To live in a metanarrative in which we actually understand in some profound way that that which unites us is so much greater than that which divides us. To live in a shared context of meaning, when through the virtual realities that we all live in, there’s a kind of metanarrative. There’s a kind of shared depth of meaning structures that actually create a global commons—not only of industry, not only of capitalized globalization, not only of commerce, but a global commons of deep structures of meaning.

And, out of that impetus, we began this vision of unfolding World Spirituality. What a world spirituality is at its core is a reclaiming of a shared vision, a yearning to identify: what are the patterns that connect? A yearning to understand: what are the depth structures that actually unite us?

…[A] world spirituality is not interfaith. It’s not interfaith. Interfaith was very lovely when it started. It was beautiful, it was respect, it was honor. But, it lacked a deep engagement in the depth structures of Spirit. Someone once said that interfaith—and I can say it this way because I’m a rabbi, I get to say it—was when Jews who didn’t believe in Judaism got together with Christians who didn’t believe in Christianity and discovered they had a lot in common. So, there was something very kind of pallid about it. You know, the opposite of the holy is the superficial.

Then, we had the perennial philosophy, and the perennial philosophy on which Ken and I both cut our teeth is basically the shared depth structures of all the great traditions as that which should guide us. But that shouldn’t guide us. Why not? Because the great traditions are beautiful, they’re holy, they’re stunning, they’re sacred, they’re deep, but they’re premodern. They’re premodern. So, if we’re going to actually be guided by the shared depth structures of premodernity, we’ve made a regressive move. We’ve gone backwards. A world spirituality has to integrate the best and deepest insights of the premodern, the modern, and the postmodern. And, we have to weave those together in a vision that actually allows for a shared story that we can transmit and hold and live in.

And, it’s not that the story knows everything. There’s so much we don’t know. We hold the uncertainty. We dance the mystery. But there’s also that which we know. That which we actually can taste, we can feel, and we know it not because we have faith. We’re not interested in faith. We know it not because it’s a dogma that someone has told us. We know it because we have first-hand, first-person experience after having done experiments of Spirit…. We’ve gathered the results. We’ve checked them with the community of the adequate, which is precisely the scientific method. And, we’ve revealed, using the faculty of the Eye of the Spirit, a shared story, which actually is one that can unite us.

A Passport for Dual Citizenship with Michael Murphy & Marc Gafni

Michael Murphy, Founder of Esalen, in conversation with Marc Gafni, explore the role of World Spirituality in the evolution of the Kosmos. Marc brings new insights to Murphy’s Seekers and Sages dialogue series from the Kabbalistic perspectives of Abraham Kuk, a visionary, mystical authority on the Kabbalah (as well as an orthodox rabbi who was important to the formation of modern Israel). Kuk’s reading of the Kabbalah emphasizes the evolutionary possibilities latent in the human mind, heart and body. And it is these key evolutionary possibilities that lay the foundation for a truly World Spirituality to emerge.


Michael Murphy
is the co-founder and chairman of Esalen Institute and the author of both fiction and non-fiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities. During his forty-year involvement in the human potential movement, he and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide.

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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 of Integral Spiritual Experience. He is a core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. In 2011, Dr. Marc officially launched the Center for World Spirituality as the founder and spiritual director in San Francisco, CA.

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The Center for World Spirituality: The Time is Now by Paul Pinegar

by Paul Pinegar

“Why a new Center for World Spirituality?”, you may ask. We certainly have more spiritual groups, churches, outposts, declarations of specialness, than ever before populating this planet. Indeed it is an easy argument to make that religions and declarations of a special connection to God are causing more wars and divisiveness on this planet than they are fixing. But we are living in an unprecedented time on our planet.

We have two forces converging that are powerful and potentially all consuming for us living on earth today, both urgently calling for a new focal point for a world spirituality. One force combines powerful interlocking threads for change that almost defy description in their enormity and urgency to be addressed. The climate change argument is now virtually conceded by both sides. It is happening with unparalleled speed and devastating consequences. From Japan’s tsunami to international forest fires; from pollution and ocean dead zones to rapidly dwindling resources to sustain an ever exploding population, we are decimating this planet.

Another thread in this first interlocking force is our economic vulnerability. Greece and Portugal hang in the balance. The US Congress just overcame gridlock over raising the debt ceiling. Even by dodging this bullet we still hang precariously close to the cliff of disaster. Leading economic indicators predict major forces that will cause disruption globally in our near future. We seemed to not learn the lessons of near collapse of only three years ago, as the rich and poor continue to go in opposite directions.

A third thread in this interlocking force is our vulnerability to global viruses. We could have new outbreaks of bird flu, or various other contaminants making all of us increasingly vulnerable to a new global epidemic. With our global interdependence for food and water, and our sophisticated transportation systems delivering goods and services at blinding speed, we are more vulnerable than ever to toxins, poisons and other diseases infecting large portions of the planet instantaneously.

Finally in this first force for unprecedented change we have all the breakthroughs that are rapidly changing everything about how we live, locally and globally. We have the obvious interconnections of the internet. From the recent sex scandals to the social outbreaks in the middle east, we are now more than ever a global village. This has brought to the national stage the old quaint saying that if you want to know everyone’s business, move to small town. Our planet has now become that small town. The crisis is that our small town is exploding at the seams.

Simultaneous, explosive, and mind bending advances are occurring in virtually every field in today’s world. In health care, just to name one arena, we are creating nanobots, small micro computers that already can go inside the human body and isolate out previously incurable diseases. We are becoming bionic beings as well, as new discoveries allow us to increasingly replace worn out or diseased body parts with new, better functioning replacements. All of this is highlighting for our species that we may be on the verge of beating death. We may, in the next 20 -30 years, have discovered the means to live forever. The implications for philosophies and all religions are enormous.

The second major force calling urgently for a new center for world spirituality converges around the increasing millions of people around the globe looking for something beyond all the chaos, potential disaster and uncertainty. While major religions and denominations continue to exist, many of these historically thriving churches are struggling to survive. (My own seminary recently graduated 6 students into the ministry. They and many other denominations are having to sell off property and holdings just to continue to exist.)

This holding pressure in major religions is being counterbalanced by a continuously exploding number of people who believe in some spirituality, some force behind the fear, terror and uncertainly of everyday life. Millions of people around the world believe in some spiritual force at work, often vaguely defined and not limited to a particular religion or belief system.

I am very grateful to my traditional Christian roots. I don’t want to see my denomination die. My childhood church gave me a safe haven to meet friends, talk to my ministers about life’s struggles, and know that wherever I went I had a spiritual home.

I believe my spiritual journey to today mirrors the millions around the world believing that there is something, some force behind what is, calling us home. Two threads in this powerful force weave us into a new global connectivity. I grew outside my Christian roots and became exposed to eastern religions and meditative practices. This exposure heightened and deepened my belief in some spiritual force at work. Indeed I experienced in ways I never thought possible my old, familiar Christian bible teachings. Teachings like, “God is love,” “the Word became Flesh,” and “Losing your life is to find it,” all came to life for me through eastern meditative practices and disciplines. So one force calls us inside with a deeper experience of luminosity and love unfolding. Now the words of our childhood church classes come to life in new ways, thanks largely to eastern practices. I have grown to see that a true spiritual path is much harder, more disciplined and yet more rewarding than I could have imagined.

The other thread called me outside myself to a world in need. This outward pull is captured in the African tribal phrase, “when you pray, pray with your feet.” All the while I grew up on this planet that was increasingly becoming a small town, indeed a small town under siege.

While millions like me have had similar experiences in their own growth another converging thread in this spiritual force has continued to develop. The eastern meditators and gurus mostly realized that meditation alone wasn’t going to give us a free pass to heaven. We still have to return to the world with all its challenges and uncertainties.

So here is the paradox. There is growing evidence we may not survive our current world state, a state we have largely put in peril by our own hand. Yet we have, at the same time, a convergence and highlighting of Spirit, Consciousness, of Presence that underlies it all, a Presence that is and will be, beyond what we do or don’t do to save this planet.

Those of us who experience this paradox, this dilemma, increasingly want to find each other, to dialogue, to exchange ideas and hearts, from around the world. We want and need a global connection to one another and this unfolding Consciousness, listening, celebrating and returning to experience Spirit in and through all of life’s uncertainties.

We indeed have become this small town in a whole new way, yet we still search for that church, synagogue, mosque, or other unique ritual space on the hill. We need to find new, emergent ways to enliven our traditional religious roots, now in many cases suffering and feeling challenged to be relevant. And we also are looking for ways to redefine what being a spiritual community means for our time.

Now more than ever we need a Center for World Spirituality. This Center gives us opportunities to reclaim and reinvigorate our new paths, our global interconnectedness, and our deep drive to celebrate and understand it all. One of life’s true paradoxes is this: we are all one, yet we are all uniquely different. A Center for World Spirituality provides a holding vessel for us to find, nourish, challenge and support one another. We can connect virtually and in real time to address life’s tragedies while we celebrate life’s gifts.

Paul Pinegar has a BA in political science, placing me in the world at large with all its richness, dramas and contrivances. I have a Masters in Theology, which reflects my ongoing curiosity and dance with the sense that there is something beyond what is, or what we see and touch. The final leg to my official education is my Ph.D. in psychology, rooting all I do in a deep commitment to going inside—the greatest mystery of all—and then engaging the world from that deep personal space. I stand supported by this three-legged stool, helping leaders around the world deepen and increase their impact and expressed purpose. From banking, military and business executives to non-profit, philanthropic and educational leaders, I continue to see and facilitate our unfolding richness as we struggle with challenges and lightning-speed inventions and breakthroughs.

‘Golf in the Kingdom’ and World Spirituality with Michael Murphy & Marc Gafni

Michael Murphy, founder of Esalen Institute and best-selling author penned a novel in 1972 titled Golf in the Kingdom. Now, Golf in the Kingdom is set to become a blockbuster movie sensation and has already hit theaters across the United States. Check out Michael Murphy in dialogue with Dr. Marc Gafni as they discuss World Spirituality and what it means to be a dual citizen in the 21st century.

Michael Murphy is the co-founder and chairman of Esalen Institute and the author of both fiction and non-fiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities. During his forty-year involvement in the human potential movement, he and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University and has direct lineage in Kabbalah. He is a Rabbi, spiritual artist, teacher, and a leading visionary in the emerging World Spirituality movement. He is a co-founder of iEvolve: The Center for World Spirituality, a scholar at the Integral Institute, and the director of the Integral Spiritual Experience, as well as a lecturer at John F. Kennedy University. The author of seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and Mystery of Love, Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality and one of the great mind/heart teachers of the generation.

 

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Lord of the Rings, the Stanley Cup, and the Virgin Mary – Reflections on the Call by Trevor Malkinson

by Trevor Malkinson

“To refuse the call means stagnation. What you don’t experience positively, you will experience negatively” – Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

In the Hero’s Journey ‘monomyth’ that Joseph Campbell discovered scattered throughout the world’s mythological traditions, the journey always starts with the call to adventure. The hero or heroine, often an average unsuspecting person, is summoned to leave the safe confines of their world and journey into the unknown on a quest they don’t yet understand. In the 20th century, two major motion picture trilogies- Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings– gave epic representations of the hero’s journey, and people flocked to these films en masse. Why are we so drawn to these depictions of the hero’s journey and the adventure of taking up ‘the call’? What exactly is the calling, where is it emanating from, and why are we so attracted to it?  This article is an extended reflection on the nature of the call and how it shows up in our religion, our art, our culture, and perhaps most importantly, in ourselves.

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The Current World Conditions and Challenges Need a World Response with Dr. Marc Gafni

For the first time in the history of the planet, a World Spirituality is utterly possible and utterly necessary. A World Spirituality is one that transcends – that ends the trance of any particular religion, or particular nationality. A World Spirituality is one that weaves together the best medicines of every great system of spirit and knowing into a larger whole. A World Spirituality is one in which we understand that “that which unites us is far greater than that which divides us.”

This vision of a World Spirituality is possible today because the current world conditions and challenges we face as global citizens needs a world response. The Center for World Spirituality invites you to join the evolutionary movement to create a shift in consciousness known as Spirit’s Next Move. Welcome to our shared Center for World Spirituality.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University and has direct lineage in Kabbalah. He is a Rabbi, spiritual artist, teacher, and a leading visionary in the emerging World Spirituality movement. He is a co-founder of iEvolve: The Center for World Spirituality, a scholar at the Integral Institute, and the director of the Integral Spiritual Experience, as well as a lecturer at John F. Kennedy University. The author of seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and Mystery of Love, Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality and one of the great mind/heart teachers of the generation.

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Who Does World Spirituality Serve? by Marc Gafni

Millions of spiritual seekers today are confused. Some grew up in religions that they left and charted their own spiritual path. Others were raised without religion and found their way to spiritual practice. Still others practice in a particular religion yet do not feel that it holds the exclusive truth, and feel powerfully attracted to other systems of spirit that might deepen or compliment their native tradition. It is clear that the time for the emergence of Spirit’s next step is now, and that the emergence of a World Spirituality is an evolutionary step in human history.

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First Saturdays: World Spirituality Service & Celebration – April 2nd

 

Saturday, April 2nd | Madrone Studios | San Francisco, CA

Doors open at 4:30pm

*this event will be live-streamed

$20 Entry at the Door or Online | $30 Including Meditation & Yoga
$10 Children’s Program | $5 Live-Stream & On-Demand Video

5-6pm No-Mat Meditation and Yoga with Mariana Caplan

6-8pm World Spirituality Children’s Program

6:30-7:30pm World Spirituality Service with Marc Gafni

7:30-8:30pm Kirtan Celebration with Jai Uttal

8:30-11pm Dance Party with DJ Neptune

On Saturday, April 2nd, we welcome you to a vision and a reality…

… To the church you never went to when you were growing up because it didn’t exist.

… To the synagogue you never even dreamed was possible.

…To the monastery where you can talk, celebrate, and play.

…To the ashram that is fully relational, contemporary, and evolutionary.

…To the dance party where you can learn, grow, and transform spiritually.

…To the kirtan that also exercises the mind and interpersonal relationships.

…To a place where single people can openly and fearlessly meet potential life partners.

…To the conscious community where you can raise your babies, children, and teens with spiritual values and practice.

…To the place where the disenfranchised become re-enfranchised, and the believers can dream into the future.

…To a place where the lover is you, and you meet the beloved in your own body.

…To a center of evolutionary activism.

…To a place where the special guest is you, and what you bring to it affects the evolution of what we create together, and perhaps even the evolution of consciousness itself.

Welcome to Our Shared Center for World Spirituality.

Featured Contributors

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University and has direct lineage in Kabbalah. He is a Rabbi, spiritual artist, teacher, and a leading visionary in the emerging World Spirituality movement. He is a co-founder of iEvolve: The Center for World Spirituality, a scholar at the Integral Institute, and the director of the Integral Spiritual Experience, as well as a lecturer at John F. Kennedy University. The author of seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and Mystery of Love, Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality and one of the great mind/heart teachers of the generation.

mariana-caplan-100x100Mariana Caplan, PhD, is a psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the forthcoming: The Guru Question: The Perils and Awards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher and the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment. Her recent release, Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, won five national awards for best spiritual book of 2010. She has spent 20 years researching cutting edge and controversial topics in Western Spirituality, and focuses her consultation and psychotherapy practice on somatic approaches to healing trauma and spiritual issues.

Jai Uttal has cut a serpentine swath through the musical world over the course of a recording career that’s spanned more than two decades, with treks into multi-cultural world music, avant-garde jazz, electronic rock and traditional Indian kirtan—or sacred chants—that have become staples in the yoga-practicing community.

Decker Cunov is the Executive Director & Founder of AuthenticWorld, committed to inspiring people towards more fulfilling relationships. He’s spent the last decade working successfully with everyone from soldiers to teenagers, from the clinically dysfunctional to doctors & lawyers, from a mechanic in Wisconsin to top level executives across the country, helping them reach unprecedented levels of success in relationship in organic and profound ways.

Rosy Moon Schlussel Embodied practice has been a theme throughout Rosy’s life. A dancer in her early years, she went on to Circus School in Bristol and London to study acrobatics and physical theater. Rosy committed to her Yoga practice in earnest in 2000 as a way to survive the London winter, studying Astanga Mysore style under Alexander Medin and Sara Litton. She became an apprentice to Alexander in 2001 and was encouraged to teach soon after this. After a period specializing in teaching pre and post natal mothers, she became a devoted student of Sofia Diaz in 2007.

Marcy Baruch is a lifelong lover of the question, What is it to perceive, embody, and unfold the divine? Her work as a musical artist invites listeners into spaces of communion and grace. As a vocal coach of ten years, she brings a highly skilled awareness of the body’s sound-making mechanisms to her support of speakers and singers who wish to merge with, and emerge as, the full, life-affirming resonance of their unique voices.

DJ Neptune has been a professional Dj for 26 years and counting. But, not just a Dj, unlike many of the modern producers of today Neptune is also a avid music collector, which is an element that is so much uniquely integrated into his sets. A set can draw on and encompass the entire history of music in every conceivable genre back to the beginning of time, up to the cusp of the cutting edge underground music of the moment. This allows him to select a sequence of songs uniquely and specifically geared toward that group of people in that moment in time. Neptune is the resident Dj for Ecstatic Dance.

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World Spirituality: Spirit’s Next Move – A Lecture Series with Mariana Caplan

World Spirituality: Spirit’s Next Move

A lecture series hosted by Mariana Caplan, PhD., at The California Institute of Integral Studies

Evolving a World Spirituality 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. They are searching for the “pattern that connects”–a compelling universal set of spiritual principles by which they can live, yet which they cannot currently find within the confines of conventional religious institutions. 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. It is now possible not only to be a dual citizen of two countries, but also to remain committed to one’s native religion or chosen spiritual tradition while at the same time being a citizen of World Spirituality.

Join us for this groundbreaking series of dialogues between author Mariana Caplan and six of the cutting-edge teachers and innovators of our time, representing diverse religions and spiritual traditions, as we explore this timely subject.

Mariana Caplan, PhD, is a counselor, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, and Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment. Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay area, and is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.


EVENT DETAILS

All lectures are 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
Full Series: $90/$60 members and CIIS Community
Per Evening: $18/$12 members and CIIS Community

SERIES SCHEDULE

February 3: Claudio Naranjo – Thoughts on an Integral Spirituality Curriculum

February 17: Andrew Harvey – The World Crisis and Sacred Activism

February 24: Matthew Fox – Mystics and Prophets: Pushing the Restart Button on Christianity

March 18: Reginald Ray – Beyond Buddhism to the Spirituality of the World

April 7: Tami Simon – Many Voices, One Journey

April 28: Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughan – Essential Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life

May 5: John Welwood – World Spirituality Series Finale

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Which Instrument are You in the World Spirituality Symphony?

by Marc Gafni & Mariana Caplan

Below are a few thoughts we would like to share in simple and clear terms in regard to why evolving a World Spirituality is the urgent need and great adventure of our time. We have jotted these thoughts down, also catalyzed by in-depth conversations with Ken Wilber and Tami Simon, who we are working closely with in catalyzing, articulating, and serving the emergence of the an authentic World Spirituality that has the potential to provide a context of meaning for hundreds of millions of people. This is a work in progress, but here are some preliminary thoughts.

Let us begin with a bold and audacious statement—not on our personal behalf, but on behalf of an incredible group of committed individuals from around the world who are coming together to catalyze and incarnate a new movement of spirit: World Spirituality. We believe that we are being called to articulate a vision of World Spirituality that speaks compellingly to the hundreds of millions of people who have moved beyond the religions or beyond exclusive identification with any one tradition. We believe that this may be one of the vital next moves in the evolution of consciousness.

We believe that World Spirituality is a desperately needed unifying principle which remembers and reminds us that what unites us is so much greater then what divides us.

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Welcome to iEvolve: Center for World Spirituality!

Dearest friends,

It’s official!

iEvolve and the Center for World Spirituality have joined forces in a seamless and beautiful integration and we are proud to present iEvolve: Center for World Spirituality.

iEvolve: Center for World Spirituality (CWS) aims to become a proactive, socially-engaged organization of leading edge spiritually-motivated thought and action, seeking to combine the best functions of a think tank with the dynamism of a social activist movement.

Below are a few thoughts that I want to share in simple and clear terms in regard to why evolving a World Spirituality is the urgent need and great adventure of our time. I jotted these thoughts down together with Mariana Caplan, Ken Wilber, and Tami Simon, with who I am working closely in catalyzing, articulating, and serving the emergence of the an authentic World Spirituality that has the potential to provide a context of meaning for hundreds of millions of people. This is a work in progress. Here are some first thoughts…

We believe that the cogent articulation of a World Spirituality that speaks compellingly to the hundreds of millions of people who are already at World-Centric consciousness may well be the most important next move that we can make in the evolution of consciousness.

1. For the first time in history, the core challenges to survival we face today are not local to a particular religion, country, or region. They are world challenges, ranging from the very real threats to the 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, and the spiritual truth of the interconnectedness of all things is no longer an hidden teaching but an obvious truth. Whenever new life conditions come to pass, an 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 then what divides us: we need a World Spirituality.

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

3. 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 open-hearted form, not only to people of their particular religion, but to all who wish to come to study and practice with them.

4. For the first time in history, the notion of dual citizenship is readily understood and available. Not only can one be a dual citizen of two countries, but one can also remain committed to their native or chosen spiritual tradition, while at the same time being a citizen of World Spirituality.

5. 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 few short lines below are a first take at the mission statement of Center for World Spirituality.

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 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. Evolving an authentic life rooted in commitment and freedom articulated and lived in the principles and practices of World Spirituality 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.

Thank you for reading.

With huge love,

Marc Gafni