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World Spirituality Update
January 4, 2011

Joy is a Unique Obligation


A teaching by Dr. Marc Gafni on Joy is a Unique Obligation*

*edited and prepared by Dr. Heather Fester


Special Announcement:
First Fridays!
Next First Friday:
January 6th • 8 pm

WHERE: 1584 36th Avenue ( apt B)
San Francisco, CA 94122

For Directions, click here

In this week's World Spirituality newsletter we have:

1) Center for World Spirituality Mission Statement
2) An invitation to Integral Church: First Fridays
3) A World Spirituality Guide for Surviving a Visit to 
    Your Parents, by Sally Kempton
4) Senior Student: Kathleen J. Brownback: 
    Teaching Marc Gafni’s “Unique Self”
    Enlightenment in the Classroom
5) Eros and World Spirituality, 
    audio by Dr. Marc Gafni
6) Information about upcoming events
    and telecourses
A teaching by Dr. Marc Gafni:
    Joy is a Unique Obligation
8) Reflection on Enlightenment by World Spirituality
    Student, Kenneth Daviknes Hansen


Center for World Spirituality Mission Statement

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. 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.



 First Friday, This Week!
January 6th • 7:00 pm

WHERE: 1584 36th Avenue ( apt B)
San Francisco, CA 94122

For Directions, click here

Give yourself a huge gift and come to First Fridays with us, where we will eat a festive meal and practice the ecstatic arts of meaning-making, loving, chant and dance. This month you are invited to join Dr. Marc, Mariana Caplan and their awesome son Zion around the shabbot table for spiritual practice, community, chant and delight. 
Important announcement:
First Fridays is potluck-style this year; so bring with you after dinner food: snack or salad or desert dish or wine or drinks or fruit and nuts or whatever arouses your tastebuds.

First Fridays will be deploying the Shabbot technology of the old Kabbalists. The nature of First Fridays this year will be very different then it was last year. Let me share a few sentence about our intention here.
At First Fridays, we’d like to engage the direct evolutionary mystical consciousness of our emergent World Spirituality framework and lineage. We want to literally be able to taste God, the Divine beyond us and the infinitely gorgeous ecstatic Divine that lives as us. To make this available to you I am, with deep respect and honor, going to invite the lineage masters which whom I am most intimate, the masters of Kabbalah, to join us around a festive table.

Everyone please bring some wine, drink, or a simple dish of food to share of the kind described above. We will gather around the table as Plato did in his symposium, as Rumi did in his study hall, and as all the great evolutionary mystics who called themselves Kabbalists always did on every Friday evening.

Around the table together, we will engage in the tantric practice of Sabbath table mysticism. The core of the practice is to eat and drink a joyous meal together which is filled with intimacy, spiritual exercises, mediation, chant, partner work. The core experience of the Sabbath table is wildly beautiful which holds, honors and evolves all of our pained and broken places; even as the Sabbath table reminds us that we are kings and queens, wildly beautiful and pleasing to God as we realize that in our innermost being, we are actually part of God.

At the Sabbath table we will invoke the wisdom and practice of many  of  the great traditions, pre-modern, modern and post modern. Each will be invoked with honor and love, even as we move to integrate it all at a higher level - as the emergent tenets of World Spirituality practice. Join us in the World Spirituality lab as we humbly, audaciously and joyously, move to enact Spirit's Next Move, World Spirituality based on Integral Principles.

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.

On each of the upcoming four first Fridays in January,
February, and March we will engage in one of these steps:
Friday, January 6, 2012 
Friday, February 10, 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.

A World Spirituality Guide on Surviving a Visit to Your Parents, by Sally Kempton
"If you think you’re enlightened, go visit your family." Ram Dass, the influential American teacher of spirituality, said that back in the 1970s.


Reflection on Enlightenment by World Spirituality
Student, Kenneth Daviknes Hansen
Kenneth’s mystical diary: This entry was written by my student and friend Kenneth Daviknes Hansen. Kenneth is not a native English writer or speaker but I think his core intent is clear... Read More...


Eros and World Spirituality,
Free audio by Dr. Marc Gafni


World Spirituality Second Annual  Board Retreat:- Feb 10–12, 2012 in Marin county by Invitation Only.With Dr. Marc Gafni: "The Twenty Five Year Vision for Enacting a World Spirituality based on Integral Principles.


Unique Self Process:
Taught for the First Time Ever in Public

When: April 20-25th
Where: 2012 Venwoude Retreat Center in Holland. Inexpensive flights are available

How: To Register: Click Here for information on cost, flights and accomodations

Who: Dr. Marc Gafni, Mauk Pieper and Chahat Corten: Unique Self Process: First Three Days
(The only full public seminar teaching of Dr. Marc Gafni in coming months.)

The Seven Principles and Practices of Unique Self Enlightenment:

The Democratization of Enlightenment begins with You!

Click here for more info


In 2012 you are invited to join a dynamic sacred community of study and practice and transform your life. The community will organize around a new tele course taught by Dr. Marc Gafni
Sexuality, Spirituality and Shadow: Living Your Enlightenment

First Tuesday in May

In this course we will explore one of the essential issues in an emergent World Spirituality - an issue that every great tradition, pre-modern, modern and post modern has addressed - The Path of the Sexuality. Every great tradition, pre-modern modern and post modern - has had  has an enormous amount to say about sexuality. In the context of this community of study and practice we will integrate the best teachings of all the great traditions - and with the grace of the spirit, make the next momentous leap in the evolution of sacred sexuality.

Early registration open.
$249 fee for early registration:
Nine Week Course. Limited to 100 participants. Assure yourself of a place by registering now.

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

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