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Join us at First Fridays this coming December 2nd
November 23, 2011

Crisis of Imagination


A teaching by Dr. Marc Gafni on the Crisis of Imagination  (edited and prepared by Dr. Heather Fester)

This week we are introducing a new newsletter feature:

Teachings by Senior Students of Unique Self Enlightenment and World SpiritualityGoddard-2011

Tom Goddard, JD, PhD, is a board member of Center for World Spirituality and a senior student of Unique Self Enlightenment and World Spirituality.

Join us at First Fridays
this coming December 2nd

In this week's World Spirituality newsletter we have:

1) An invitation to Integral Church: First Fridays
2) Information about upcoming events and
3) Yearly November event at Venwoude in Holland
4) A teaching by Dr. Marc Gafni on the Crisis of  
    Imagination (edited and prepared by Dr. Heather


dr-marc-gafni 2Welcome to
Integral Church: First Fridays!

December 2nd • 8 pm

For Directions, click here

Integral Church is an enactment of Integral consciousness, initiated by Dr. Marc on New Year's weekend 2010. In Integral Church, we engage a passionate and integrated spiritual practice that is emergent from the  best of the world''s spiritual traditions. Each First Friday has a theme. The themes  deepen  in each new cycle. The theme for this coming December 2nd First Friday is:


WHEN: December 2nd • 8 pm
WHERE: 1584 36th Avenue ( apt B)
San Francisco, CA 94122
For Directions, click here

Join your World Spirituality guide Dr. Marc Gafni and friends at First Fridays-for an intimate and deep evening of practice, love, and relationships as we explore Identifying Your Unique Gifts: The Power and Practice of the Evolutionary Lover. In world spirituality teaching, the core joy and obligation of a human being is to live and give 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

These four steps and the practices that take you there are the path to the Enlightenment of Fullness. The
Enlightenment of Fullness - one of the core teaching we are unfolding at CWS - is a lodestone of the evolutionary emergent of World spirituality.

On each of the upcoming four first Fridays in December, January,
February, and March we will engage in one of these steps:
Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday, January 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012

Join us and participate for the sake of the all in the evolution and ecstatic expression of your highest and best self.

On December 2nd, we are re-launching phase two of Integral Church: First Fridays. You are invited to show up to..

Integral Church: First Fridays
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 
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 effects the evolution of what
    we create together, and perhaps even the
    evolution of consciousness itself.

If you want to know what we are going to talk about at First Fridays watch this video.



The Seven Powers of Enlightened Relationship With Dr. Marc Gafni and Surprise Guest Teacher
Center for World Spirituality Spring Event 2012: Precise date and location to be announced within seven days.


Save the date: Our new telecourse by Dr. Marc entitled:
Sexuality, Spirituality and Shadow: Living Your Enlightenment begins Tuesday, January 6th at 5 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the first Tuesday in January. Join us for this seven week telecourse by Dr. Marc on The Future of Sex: Sexuality, Spirituality and Shadow. We are limiting the course to one hundred participants. A detailed outline of the course will be available by December 1. You can assure yourself a place by pre-registering now.


chahatChahat Chorten, one of the founders of Venwoude retreat center, A spiritual teacher in her own right and a board member and senior student of Unique Self Enlightenment and World Spirituality writes, "In our first annual World Spirituality European Retreat at the awesome Venwoude retreat in Holland, Dr. Marc Gafni gave a transmission of his teachings on Unique Self  Enlightenment and the Six levels and Twenty principles of Pleasure.

"Pleasure as a Source of ethics...the combination of breathtaking Dharma-teachings and first person inquiries by Marc, breathwork and embodied-practice by Venwoude senior teacher Mauk Pieper, were for all participants a great invitation to find, to see and to actually determine for themselves what's the first next step on their personal, wondrous journey that is this life. And to let a deep discernment of what is authentic pleasure be the guide for that."

As Dr. Marc said at one point in the seminar:

"To live is to evolve, to evolve is to grow, to grow is the deepest joy and highest purpose of our human life"

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Center for World Spirituality
3098 Highland Drive,Ste. 325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

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