Kerstin Zohar Tuschik: Unique Self Dharma Goes Mainstream

At the Center for Integral Wisdom (CIW) website, Web-Scholar Zerstin Zohar Tuschik shares her experiences at the recent Success 3.0 Summit, coinitiated by CIW. After dropping the names of many of the most notable preenters, she claims that the summit met its goal of “articulat[ing] a new, transformative vision of conscious living, innovation, and social impact and to create a new definition of Success that can lead humanity into the future.”

The key to the unfolding success story, she says, was the ability of Marc Gafni and others to generate a sort of “second simplicity”. Kerstin writes:

It was gorgeous to see the many ways the Dharma of Unique Self, Eros, Outrageous Love, and World Spirituality, that Dr. Marc Gafni has been articulating and outrageously transmitting for the last several years, has played a role in this amazing happening.

Most of the speakers started to use the 6-word Mantra Wake Up, Grow Up, Show Up. Dr. Marc Gafni, Visionary Scholar, Wisdom Teacher, and Co-Founder and President of CIW, brilliantly transmitted these thought forms in his opening speech. He suggested that every generation needs to participate in the evolution of consciousness. And:

“It is our turn. We are here to articulate an ethics of success that is rooted in Outrageous Love. Outrageous Love demands a new vision of success.”

He also introduced one of his key terms, the word Second Simplicity. Second Simplicity is what he calls the Simplicity that comes after Complexity. After having really grasped the complex concepts, we can get to a stage where we can express them in a compellingly simple way–thereby reaching people from all stages of consciousness.

While many of the concepts Marc brought into the space carry a lot of complexity–which became obvious to everyone listening to the basic introduction Ken Wilber gave in his keynote address–Marc transmitted them in a way that people can grasp intuitively without even knowing or understanding the depths of the teaching. And yet, all of the complexity is embedded into his Second Simplicity expression of the teaching….

The words Unique Self and Outrageous Love could be heard all over the Summit, used by speakers and attendees alike.

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Highlights Of Success 3.0 Summit From One Viewpoint

Wake up, grow up, and show up to your Unique Self! With this mantra in the background, one amazing presenter after another engaged a group gathered to re-imagine SUCCESS.

It was Success 3.0 Summit, and the mantra is taken from the planned title for an upcoming book by Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni. Gafni is a leader and Wilber a leading voice in the Center for Integral Wisdom (CIW), a co-initiator of the Summit. In many respects the Summit is the brainchild of Gafni and Kate Maloney, co-chair of the Board of CIW.

“You have an ethical imperative to grow and evolve,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods founder, co-author of Conscious Capitalism, and co-chair of the Board of CIW. His talks on day one and day four of the event framed the discussion of success in terms of transforming business.

Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious Capitalism, asked “Can a business be built on love and care?” … and it seems that speaker after speaker reaffirmed that the answer is yes. Sisodia also said: “Business is not a game. Not a math problem. Not a machine. Not war. Business is about the real lives of real people.”

Yanik Silver, founder of Maverick Business Adventures and author of several best-selling marketing books, said, “Our business is our canvas. Entrepreneurs are artists.” The notion of entrepreneurism as a cauldron for social experimentation and consciousness raising was definitely a theme running through many presentations.

“I really believe that business can be a place where people can become self-actualized,” said David Hassell, a man named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine.

In a talk won a standing ovation from the standing-room-only room, Jack Canfield said, “JOY is immediate feedback that you’re living your purpose.” Canfield is known as America’s #1 Success Coach and originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.

Some of the talks described important life lessons derived from the front-lines of conscious business. For example, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeff Walker said that he discovered he was not merely teaching marketing through connection, he was really “teaching connection through marketing.”

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