August 4, 2020

Photo of the Day: Schoolgirl, Tarlabasi, Istanbul


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Photo of the Day: John Craig


Photo Credit: Craig Photography


By Joe Perez

Up, under
On, All
Sin, Son





Nick Georgiou’s art, inspired by the death of the printed word

Our Names writ, writ in Kosmic scroll,
Our cosmic names turn and turn,
Books they are written in, burn and burn,
Ever Our Names are writ, rewritten.

— Joe Perez


Nick Georgiou:

My art is inspired by the death of the printed word. Books and newspapers are becoming artifacts of the 21st century. As a society we’re shifting away from print consumption and heading straight towards full digital lives. My sculptures are products of their environment — both literally and figuratively. As often as I can, I use local newspapers to add authenticity, and the form the sculpture takes is a reflection of the personal connection I feel to that particular city. [Read more…]

Daily Wisdom Post: Name

Anyplace where you are regarded only as a function, where your name is not known and honored, you are a slave. Anytime you regard another as a mere instrument in your design, you become a slave master and an oppressor. To be a lover is to know the name. It can be the name of the waiter, the taxi driver, of your accountants’ son or of the mailman’s wife. By remembering the name, you become a lover.

Marc Gafni
The Mystery of Love
page 225

For more information on private study or to book a public teaching, contact Dr. Marc Gafni at

Eros Audio Series: What is Divine Speech?

Listen to this free audioclip by Dr. Marc Gafni from his Erotic and Holy audio series.

The breakthrough to the other side happens in every facet of existence. It happens in an erotic conversation, when time stands still. To be engaged erotically, means the same as to be holy: being in the inside of an event.

The Maggid of Mezritch, a great Hassidic master once said, “If you can hear yourself talking, sit down”! That is the exile of speech, Galut Ha-dibbur, in Hebrew. In this speech is the Goddess Divine, Shekinah. The exile of the divine is when you can hear yourself talking, because you stepped outside.

The Zohar, the book of Aramaic Hebrew mysticism says “a river flows from Eden” – to be in that river is to be in the flow, which is exactly the Eros space. In another Kabbalist story, Hanoch the cobbler stitches his shoes, and the text say “the heavens begin to move and transform.” What is he doing when he stitches his shoes? Nothing else, but stitching his shoes. He is totally one with that action: he is in the inside of it, and so he becomes the Shekinah, the erotic itself. The divine is in exile, when the inside and the outside are disconnected. [Read more…]

Foreward to Soulfully Gay by Joe Perez: Integral Spirituality in Real Life ~ Foreward by Ken Wilber

by Ken Wilber

I would like to take a slightly different approach to this month’s column, and instead of continuing to outline an integral approach to spirituality, give an example of its use in the real world. What I am doing in this column is quite different from the other columns on Beliefnet (namely, give a serialized overview of an integral spirituality, which can get somewhat tedious). So, let’s take a break.

What follows is a foreword I wrote for a not-yet-published book called Soulfully Gay, by Joe Perez. Joe is just now seeking a publisher, so you won’t yet find his work on Amazon. I won’t spoil what he’s written by telling you the plot, but I hope you enjoy this note from the heart and see it as an example of integral thinking in action. [Read more…]

Reaching the Next Generation of Integral Leaders – Michael Richardson, Dustin DiPerna, Kelly Sosan Bearer, Mikyö Clark, and Gavriel Strauss


From the Integral Leadership Collaborative

Description: There’s a new generation of Integral Leaders coming to town. They’re calling themselves the Second Wave. San Francisco is the home of one of the fastest growing Second Wave communities — and they are making plenty of noise!  At the epicenter of this socio-cultural rumbling is a group of visionary spiritualists-artists-musicians-producers-renegades-activists. They will be discussing how and why “integral” is or isn’t relevant to Gen Y (Millennials) and how we can reach them! The projects this posse is pulling together is truly mind bending!

Listen to the audio of these Young Integral Leaders and read more about their background: [Read more…]

The Global Rite of Passage Project — Sept. 17, 2011

The Global Rite of Passage Project

A Crowning Moment of Integrating Practice, Perspectives and Poetics


Saturday, September 17, 2011

518 Valencia Street
Near the 16th Street BART in San Francisco’s Mission District (map)

1PM – 6:30PM  &  8PM -11PM
(Metaphor*phosis! Embodied Poetics)


The Integral Living and Leadership Institute (ILALI) invites all those compelled to serve our evolutionary good to The Global Rite of Passage Project. This trans-generational endeavor, which includes Second Wave Integral, aligns integral practice and design while uncovering our next collective story. As structures around and within us begin to die, we come to see, know and enact the next iteration of Integral as it births. Specifically, attendees will:

* Embrace what is emerging within and between us through intersubjective and transgenerational exploration, a form of integral practice that ILALI calls Evolutionary Cross-Training.

* Explore Integral Design and learn about the tools used to cultivate optimal conditions for community, organizational and societal change from experts in the field, including Dr. Don Beck (via Skype), one of the main architects behind South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a multi-party democracy.

* Entertain the inquiries: What is emerging as humanity’s next story? How do we co-author and help tell it?

*Participate in the inspiration, new metaphors and novel forms of artistic expression of this emerging second wave fervor through Metaphor*phosis!.

A powerful performance space, Metaphor*phosis! offers an open mic (bring a poem!), music, and will feature Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, Sam Sax and World Beatboxing Champion and America’s Got Talent finalist, Butterscotch. Join us and enact our unique part of the cosmic puzzle as on-the-ground visionaries and integral players! If you register online by September 10th, The Global Rite of Passage Project is $100 ($80 for students). After September 10th, the rate will be $120 ($100 for students). Scholarships are available – please contact us to request one.

In Partnership with…




The Global Rite of Passage Project – Facilitators and Entertainers

Mark Fabionar – Mark is a university instructor, consultant with Inflection Point Technologies, and founding director of ILALI. Alicia Stammer – Alicia is principal of Mikaena Consulting, co-founder of Integral Sacramento and part of ILALI’s leadership team.

Dustin DiPerna – Dustin is Director of Education for the Center for World Spirituality, co-founder of the WEpractice Community and part of ILALI’s leadership team.

Dr. Don Beck (via Skype) – Don is CEO of the Spiral Dynamics Group, founder of the Global Center for Human Emergence (CHE) and an advising partner of ILALI.

Michael Richardson-Borne – Michael is a writer, transmedia artist and founding director of the Creativity Camera (C-Cam) Collective.

Carmen Leilani DeJesus – Carmen is a voice and performance coach. She played the role of Kim in the original Canadian production of Miss Saigon.

Kelly Sosan Bearer  (DJ Sosan) – Kelly serves as the Executive Producer for the Center for World Spirituality, Curator & DJ of Integral Spiritual Experience and Founder/Host of Integral Chicks Podcast.

Sam Sax – Sam is Oakland’s 2011 Poetry Slam Champion.

Butterscotch – Butterscotch was the 2005 World Hip-Hop Women’s Beatboxing Champion and a finalist on season two of America’s Got Talent.

Meet Your World Spirituality House Band!

On Saturday, May 7th, the brand new Center for World Spirituality House Band is going to rock the house, raise the roof, seep into your soul, and burst open your heart!

The songs and stunning vocal delivery of Jami Lula have moved tens of thousands worldwide. As Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles can attest, “Jami Lula is a rock star for God. His music is more than a shiver-inducing experience in sound, it is inspiration itself and an offering just to you.”

Percussionist David DiLullo will be bringing rhythms from around the world into this “First Saturdays” Service & Celebration. Using drumming and guided meditation to transform the mind, body, and spirit, “more than a drum circle” describes David’s capacity for bringing people directly into the presence of the Global Heart that connects us. As Marianne Williamson experienced, “Dave’s drum circles are a perfect way to get out of your head and into your heart!”

Fronting the emergence of this musical world-spirit endeavor is artist Marcy Baruch. A lifelong lover of the question “What is it to know, embody, and unfold the Divine,” she is known for infusing live concert spaces and human-yearning places with songs and a voice that make people “want to weep, pray, and make love.” Her song “This Inner Space” won the emPower Music & Arts Posi Award in the Healing category in 2009. Writes producer Steve Avedis, “You have got to hear this woman. Her voice drew me in right up front with its silky-smooth quality. She is like no one else I have ever heard.” Marcy Baruch, Jami Lula, and David DiLullo are thrilled to be joining forces as a part of “Spirit’s next move,” in this “yearning to articulate a World Spirituality that is rippling across the globe in the hearts and minds of tens of millions of people.”

More about the music: On May 7th, between 6 – 10 p.m., we will hold you in song after meditation with Mariana Caplan, raise the rafters in chant during Marc Gafni’s presentation “GOD is a Verb,” and allow the evolutionary impulse of love to rock on in concert after experiencing Decker Cunov’s intersubjective practices. The Center for World Spirituality’s “First Saturday” Service & Celebration will be held in San Francisco’s new East Bay practice center. The Voice Loft in Emeryville is the perfect intimate space to hold the depths of such an occasion. Space is limited. To register, to view the evening’s updated schedule, and for directions to the Besler Building, which include the access code as well as parking information, click here. Would love to be at the event but live in another city, state, or on another continent? We’ve got you covered! Join in with others around the world online through the complimentary webcast stream. We are truly connected, and look forward to celebrating with you!

With Love,

Marcy, Jami, and David

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.David DiLullo is the founder of Global Drum Circles (, the largest activity of its kind. Marianne Williamson calls Dave’s drum circles “the perfect way to get out of your head and into your heart.” Dave was the percussionist on Ann Licater’s “Doorway to a Dream,” awarded Native American Album of the year and one of Amazon’s Best Albums of 2010. He brought world percussion to “No Place Like Home,” winner of the Billboard World Song Contest. David is the music director at Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose.

In 1987, Detroit native Jami Lula moved to Los Angeles and attended Musicians Institute (MI) in Southern California. By the spring of 1989, Jami joined the staff of MI where he continues teaching voice, songwriting, stage movement, creativity workshops and performance. His soulful eclectic groove musical quartet LULA obtained much recognition, leading him to his current solo career. Also his contribution as a featured soloist with the choir group TAG through the Agape International Center of Truth serves as an extension of Jami’s commitment to inspiration through music.


Get a Taste of Your World Spirituality House Band


World Spirituality Service & Celebration

GOD is a Verb

Saturday, May 7th • 6pm – 10pm • Emeryville, CA

Click here for EASY DIRECTIONS to the EAST BAY

Join your World Spirituality guides Marc Gafni, Mariana Caplan, Decker Cunov, Dustin DiPerna, Marcy Baruch, Jami Lula, & David DiLullo for an intimate and deep evening of practice, love, and relationships as we explore GOD is a Verb. Can’t make the live event? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Just click here to gain access to our complimentary webcast stream. We’re so passionate about World Spirituality, Relationships, and Love that we don’t want you to miss a single moment!

Creativity as Unique Expression – Dialogue Dr. Marc Gafni with Alex Grey

How do our unique perspectives of the world color our relationship with beauty, creativity, and transcendence? Join Alex Grey and Dr. Marc Gafni for a cutting-edge dialogue on Creativity and Unique Self.

Alex Grey has become one of our most iconic and immediately-recognizable artists, and somewhat of a poster-boy for a genuinely integral approach to art, life, and spirituality.  Many of his prolific works have been featured and reproduced all over the world, ranging from magazine covers, party flyers, and blotter acid to high-profile album covers for Tool, David Byrne, the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, and Michael Hedge.

In this discussion, Alex shares his own personal path to Unique Self, describing how his creative process is directly informed by an intimate realization of radical and unqualifiable emptiness, combined with his unique and irreducible perspective of the world.  Alex talks about how his passion to create springs from an almost Bodhisattva-like yearning to serve, and how this devotion to service is one of the defining characteristics in the emergence of Unique Self.

Only by cultivating a path for ourselves that honors the paradoxical simultaneity of emptiness and perspective can we discover the real potential of our artistic gifts.  In Alex’s case, this path has allowed him to fully and fluently express a deeply personal vision of the universal—illuminating a spiritual anatomy that is common to all of us, but uniquely recognized and rendered through Alex’s distinct perspective.

Whether you are an artist trying to carve out your own creative path, or just a casual admirer of beauty in its many effulgent forms, you will not want to miss this intimate and insightful discussion!

Alex Grey, a renowned visionary and spiritual artist and author of The Mission of Art. In the foreword to The Mission of Art, Ken Wilber stated: “Alex Grey might be the most significant artist alive. One of his most well known works is the Sacred Mirrors series of 21 life-sized paintings, taking the viewer on a journey through body, mind, and spirit. The Sacred Mirrors present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. After painting the Sacred Mirrors, he applied this multidimensional perspective to such archetypal human experiences as praying, meditation, dying, kissing, copulating, pregnancy, birth and nursing.

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 with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni’s path of personal evolution, in both the agony and the ecstasy of what he calls “sacred autobiography,” woven together with profound reverence and reading of sacred texts have formed the context for his teaching. It is from this place of broken-hearted humility, radical joy and sacred audacity that he teaches. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

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