by Marc Gafni
Are you ready to participate consciously in the Evolution of Love?
If you are then come to study and practice with spiritual luminary Dr. Marc Gafni.
3 day workshop 11-13th nov 2011
1 day workshop 15th nov 2011
“I love you.”
Consider the impact that these words—spoken in the right place, at the right time, by the right person, in the right way—have had on your life. In our time, so many of the old words of the sacred have lost their capacity to move us, dethroned by the rigorous critiques of modernity and postmodernity. But the authentic expression of love always holds a radical power to touch and even transform our lives.
We sometimes wait our whole lives to hear “I love you” spoken with total authenticity.
We may wait even longer to be able to say it. But to hear or speak these words sincerely is a complete affirmation of all that is sacred. For many of us today, the words “love” and “meaning” are virtually indistinguishable.
Yet, what do we mean by “love”? Is love simply the tender feeling you have for a friend or a relative, a lover, or a spouse? Or is there something more profound about love’s meaning, something that accounts for its power to transform a life, in every way?
Love is more than just a feeling. Enlightened teachers through the ages have told us that love is the dynamic ground of all reality. If that’s true, then love can be seen as the actual force that drives evolution—the force the Greeks called Eros—as well as the enlivening joy that opens the heart.
So what is love, when we see it from both a personal and an evolutionary perspective? How do we find it, nurture it, and sustain it? Modern science and philosophy point out that all levels of reality are evolving. The world of today is wildly different then the world of yesterday. Matter, body, mind, and even spirit are in flux. When we understand the profound evolutionary context of life, we realize that love must be evolving as well.
Wow: The Evolution of Love
What a wild, important, and profound idea! Simply put: the meaning, purpose, and vision of love is changing. In our time, the great truths about love—taught in different languages by teachers of every tradition are being re-shaped by modern and postmodern considerations. In this unique conversation, we engage these truths through an Integral lens.
The Essence of Relationship is Love
Some hold Love to be the animating core of all of reality. Love is the Eros that drives evolution, even as it is the joy that moves our heart and fills our being. And, put simply: if all levels of reality evolve, then love must evolve as well!
This Evolution Needs Your Participation
We are gathering at Venwoude to explore and experience: The Future of Love – Evolutionary Integral Relationships to transform our “love lives” on a personal level and map a vision of where relationships will evolve for all humankind.
• 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?
Workshop Marc Gafni
Integral Leadership: Your Unique Gift.
Every human being has a particular set of gifts that they can offer in the world. What are your unique gifts? The nature of the gift, like the perspective held by every human being, is utterly unique. The ability to offer this gift freely in the world depends on our ability to free ourselves of limiting and false notions of who we are, and identify with our larger service. Some of our gifts are modest, private, and intimate —some are larger than life and have dramatic impact in the public sphere. However, every Unique Gift arises and may be offered in all four quadrants. From a non-dual perspective, your unique gift creates your unique obligation. In the language of one teacher of Unique Self, Man’s deed is God’s need.
God needs your service. God, in the first, second, and third person, needs your service. To live your Unique Self and offer your Unique Gifts is to align yourself with the evolutionary impulse and fulfill your evolutionary obligation as a Lover.
Living as an Evolutionary Lover is the passionate path of the New Enlightenment. The way you make this path real and alive in your life is by identifying and giving your Unique Gifts. Buddhism teaches the Enlightenment of Emptiness. To do this you must dis-identify with you personality story. And this is fully half the story.
The second half of the story is the Enlightenment of Fullness. To realize the enlightenment of fullness you must fully inhabit, embody and Live Your Story.
There are four key steps in this process:
1. Evolve beyond exclusive identification with ego
2. Take off the mask of your particular false self
3. Identify your Unique Gift
4. Begin to give your Unique Gift in the world