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World Spirituality Monthly Newsletter
February 3, 2012

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Dr. Marc Gafni 

is the Spiritual Director for the Center For World Spirituality.

Read his teaching*:

Finding God in our Contraction

*edited and prepared by Dr. Heather Fester

maryann-smMary Ann Gray Voorhies is a board member of Center for World Spirituality and a student of Unique Self Enlightenment and World Spirituality

katebrownbackKathleen J. Brownback is a board member of Center for World Spirituality and a Senior Student of Unique Self Enlightenment and World Spirituality
Read her:
Teaching Marc Gafni’s “Unique Self” Enlightenment in the Classroom

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Tom Goddard, JD, PhD, is a board member of Center for World Spirituality and a senior student of Unique Self Enlightenment and World Spirituality.
Read his:
Thoughts on The Unique Self

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In this week's newsletter we have:
Venwoude Retreat Center and Center for World 
   Spirituality are proud to announce...

Center for World Spirituality and Shalom Mountain
   Develop Wisdom School

New vision for the Center for World Spirituality
Center for World Spirituality Mission Statement
Spirit’s Next Move, by Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.
The Democratization of Enlightenment:
   an Eleven-part YouTube series

Essential World Spirituality Teaching
Practicing Enlightenment, by Sally Kempton
Transcultural Spirituality, by Hans Jecklin-Speiser
Joe Perez speaks about the work of
   the Center for World Spirituality

Next First Friday: February 10th at 7 pm
Telecourse: Sexuality, Spirituality and Shadow
Unique Self Process Retreat
Center for World Spirituality Teaching Schedule

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Venwoude Retreat Center and Center for World Spirituality are proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Gafni as World Spirituality Teacher in Residence at Venwoude

Venwoude Retreat Center is emerging as an important European Center for the development of a World Spirituality based on Integral Principles, Unique Self Enlightenment, The Democratization of Enlightenment, The Evolution of Love and the Enlightenment of Fullness.

All of these form core parts of Dr. Marc’s emergent  teaching and transmission of World Spirituality based on Integral Principles.

Read more...
and here too...

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We are delighted to announce

that Center for World Spirituality and Shalom Mountain have together developed a Wisdom School which is deeply rooted in the teachings of Unique Self Enlightenment, Eros, World Spirituality Teaching and the Enlightenment of Fullness.

Dr. Marc serves as the teacher in Residence. The next session–which will be the eighth session of the Wisdom School–will be March 8-11th at Shalom Mountain in upstate New York. The teaching is sold out, however work is being done to make ten more spaces available - so if you are interested, register now or be put on a waiting list.

For more information click here

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New Vision for the International
Center for World Spirituality


The Center for World Spirituality is excited to share its evolving structure and vision. This vision emerges from months of deep consideration in the leadership community of the Center.

Several bold new initiatives will define the Center's evolutionary work in coming years.

1) The Center is being renamed The International Center for World Spirituality. Our goal is simple and clear.

Changing the Source Code:

To evolve and enact an emergent set of new teachings and training which CHANGE THE SOURCE CODE by humbly contributing new models and practices for the evolution of consciousness which is the evolution of love.  

2) A concerted effort is being made to invite to our wisdom council leadership from all the great traditions, pre-modern, modern and post-modern from every corner of the globe.

3) We are deepening our partnership with the ultimate intention of full integration with our friends at Global Spirituality. We will begin to vision, write and enact as an integrated movement.

4) The Center will focus its activity in three major areas:

* Think Tank and Publishing house
* Unique Self Training Company
* Community Lab: Learning and World Spirituality Practice Circles around the world.

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Second Annual
World Spirituality Board Conclave


We are excited to announce that 20 board members of Center for World Spirituality from around the country and around the world, will be gathering in Mill Valley from February 10-13 at the homes of Terry Nelson and Warren Farrell for an in depth visioning process which will help guide the future of the International Center for World Spirituality. The board will examine strategies for enacting the three major spheres of CWS:

** Think Tank - Publishing House
** Training Company
** Community Lab / World Spirituality Practice

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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. Read more...


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Los Angeles Makes Movies.
San Francisco Makes Movements.
Is Spirit’s Next Move World Spirituality?
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by Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.
The San Francisco Bay Area is world renowned for starting movements that are imitated throughout the globe, from feminism to gay rights to ecological activism... Read more... (PDF)

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The Democratization of Enlightenment,
Dr. Marc Gafni

It used to be that enlightened living was for the elite. The few great lovers, saints, and sages throughout history reminded us that something more was possible, that there was a better way to live, that joy and overflowing love could and did exist, at least for some, as the animating essence of everyday life.
Read more...

The Democratization of Enlightenment:
the complete Eleven-part YouTube Series!

Dr. Gafni coined the phrase, “democratization of enlightenment,” in his thesis written at Oxford University in 2002 to be published in two forthcoming volumes (Integral Publishing, 2012).
This 11-part YouTube series details this core teaching.

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Essential World Spirituality Teaching
Your Unique Self is radically singular, gorgeous, and special in the world. But it is even more then that. Your Unique Self is a puzzle piece that is utterly necessary to complete a much larger puzzle.
Read more...

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Practicing Enlightenment, by Sally Kempton
When I began the spiritual journey, it never occurred to me that I was looking for enlightenment. If you had asked me why I had become interested in meditation, I would have said, “To get some peace, to have some control over my thoughts.”
Read more...

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Transcultural Spirituality: Prior Unity – Our Secure and Inalienable State of Belonging
by Hans Jecklin-Speiser
As a businessman, I maintained a practice of responding to inquiries in accordance with the speed of the medium used by the inquirer. I have maintained this practice to this very day. I respond to e-mails, if not immediately, then at least on the same day they were sent, knowing full well their likely fate if left for another day.
Read more...

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A Leading Integral Blogger Joe Perez wrote an insightful short piece today about the leading edge work of Center for World Spirituality.
As we begin 2012, I am drawn to express how much I resonate with the vision of World Spirituality advanced by Marc Gafni and other spiritual leaders and change agents involved with the Center for World Spirituality. Read more...

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dr-marc-gafni 2SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
FIRST FRIDAY INTEGRAL CHURCH



Upcoming First Friday:
February 10th will be a special event closed to the general public because this is the weekend of our board retreat.

First Fridays will resume for the public March 2nd at 7 pm in our usual San Francisco location. Join Marc Gafni, Bence Ganti and other special guests.
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 around the shabbot table for spiritual practice, community, chant and delight. Read more...

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

When: May 19 - 21, 2012
Where: 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

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Sexuality, Spirituality and Shadow: Living Your Enlightenment

New telecourse taught by Dr. Marc Gafni

First Tuesday in June (June 5, 2012)
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 telecourse taught by Dr. Marc Gafni.


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 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.


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



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