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Thank you for visiting, a spot which has been the home of the Center for World Spirituality’s new blog for the past several months. As part of our organization’s web presence reorganization, we have moved the contents of this blog and will no longer be posting here.

You can find the new Spirit’s Next Move daily blog, better than ever, on the Center for World Spirituality’s main site at You can find new daily material on the left sidebar of the site. Thanks once again for sticking with us … we look forward to seeing you on the new site!

A Report from the Summer of Love Festival

By Chahat Corten

An update from this great place Venwoude in collaboration with the Center for World Spirituality, our Summer of Love Festival.

We are creating a mystery school of LOVE here.

Working the first day with our Holy yes and letting ourselves be seduced to give up the habits that keep us caught in small self. And instead letting us be seduced by our Greatness.

After Falling in Love deeper and deeper, going through the Separation and finding the Sweetness after we do the Work of LOVE.

The Practice is that we all see each other through Gods’ eyes.

Each day we ad a new level of that practice and you see people sitting in couples all day, doing the Practice.

This morning in a with Grace filled Dharma-talk everybody realizes their Unique Puzzle Piece.

Wich of course already quickly appeared in a piece of Art from the Art class.

In more and more and more trees LOVE-tokens are appearing……….. and we are only half way through the festival!!

All LOVE from the Festival of LOVE ate Venwoude, ‘We are Loving our way to Enlightenment’

I’ll have pictures to post very soon.

Exploring the Unique Self and beyond (Part 5): Making it real ….

By Hans Jecklin

The following post continues a series of spiritual reflections beginning with this post.

Writing and conversing over the beauty and magnitude of the Unique Self is one thing. Transferring it to our own real life is the real challenge. As illustrates a recent e-mail exchange with a friend:

Good morning Hans

It is humbling but also motivating what you have written.  I nearly wrote “managed” to write, but it flows too smoothly, so “managed” conveys struggle, no, there is no struggle for you the author. 

 The “where to begin” is the problem on this end.  So I shall go back to Nr 1, read again and then move very slowly through the others.  I just wonder if I am able to keep abreast of your profound experience, even just following it, not even becoming active.  I shall try, it is confirming to me that the struggles in life, my life?, will remain, how we manage them is something else. 

May I allow myself forwarding to a very special friend in Biel?  She and her husband, hmmm, yes, I would like to do this and can’t imagine anything but whole-hearted reception on her end.



Thank you, Ann, for your feedback. The struggle is not writing these texts, they come quite easily and are of course based on experience. But still: the real challenges come from what life presents to us and when it reveals as what we do not want at all. And maybe, the Unique Self wants us to become an ever clearer instrument and leads us into exactly those conflicts that have the potential to open our minds?

I do not know, but looking at life’s challenges from this perspective is always revealing and – if we look back – who and where would we be without our past? And I am confident that we will never arrive in a state of perfection, because this maybe beyond human condition anyway.

Thanks for giving me food for reflection! – And if you like to pass the information – about this or our music – on to your friends, this is perfectly in our sense.

Warm regards, Hans


Dear Hans

It is what I am mulling about:  where is my home supposed to be, quite literally, when this place here cannot be, ever ever, but where?  What role is it playing in my life to define certain directions and states, I am searching and getting no inner replies.  Fine and good to say there are a few priorities, they will in this life be defined by financial means, physical needs, social set-ups, and the one certain fact: age and aging.  It has me puzzled, my health is affected in that I have had to get, the first time in almost 20 years, medication against allergies.  Something is really out of line.  So finding answers determines where I am looking, horizontally and/or vertically.  Am fairly sure you follow my very simple scheme.

Shall send off immediately your texts, thank you, thought it is the intent of work.  Still, I want permission.

Truly yours


Dear Ann

It is difficult to respond on personal matters from distance, apart from the risk of being misunderstood.

This, however, seems evident to me: If our prior home is inside, we are looking at the world from an unalienable security. This enables us to look at the world with untroubled trust, with a view less veiled by emotions like fear or scepticism. Our view becomes wider and clearer and our inner ear more sensitive to the inner directions. We may intuitively be led to more effective actions and unexpected solutions may spring to our perception that we might have missed before. We just may become more creative and inventive.

However, again, becoming more sensitive has many advantages, but we may also become more sensitive to imbalance in the outer world – material and subtle – and allergies or increased need for rest may be the result, until we discover new means to handle them.

That’s enough of preaching for now! Have a wonderful day, and we are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Love, Hans


Thank you Hans.  ……….. On a personal basis, which this is, you have hit many bulls’ eyes.  A lunch-time break is needed, my balcony welcomes me.

thanks ever

Ann with love

Exploring the Unique Self and beyond (Part 4): Eros – in search of Enlightenment


By Hans Jecklin

Eros needs human consciousness to become enlightened. He cannot do it by himself. Only enlightened human consciousness can embrace the huge evolutionary span wherein Eros manifests as what I understand a primordial driving force of evolution: Supreme Grace.

We can see with awe how on all levels of manifestation – from matter to spirit – a similar pattern of attraction between wholes leads to connection and unification into ever-greater wholes: Eros at work, guided by a greater intelligence.

When we look at human relations and love, it is interesting to watch Eros at work on many levels, most of them being unconscious: Survival instincts in many guises – physical, vital, emotional, mental – that do not differ so much from what we can observe in the animal world. Beyond the realm driven by instincts, it is very likely that what Jungian psychology understands as projection of anima or animus on a partner is a human accomplishment: It means that we are attracted to the other by what we believe to be missing in ourselves.

This the nature of Eros which Socrates relates in Plato’s Symposium as a teaching he has just been given by the sage Diotima: Eros as an aspect of human nature that incessantly searches and creates outer connections which he can not escape to lose, until he finally understands his true history and fate.

This is Diotima’s story: When the divine Aphrodite was born, the gods celebrated a big feast. Befuddled by the delicious nectar, Poros – an incarnation of wealth and abundance – took a rest in the garden and fell asleep. Penaia was attracted to the vicinity of the Gods by her innate nature of need and greed. She cunningly lay down by Poros’ side and conceived Eros from him. Eros, as Penaia’s son and unaware of his father, was a poor, rough and scrubby fellow, scouring barefoot and with no shelter. However, he also carried within him an unknown heritage which made him a searcher for the good and beautiful. Brave, courageous and ingenious he was, inspirited by an indefatigable drive for insight and truth. He felt happy whenever abundance smiled to him, as much as he was heartbroken when all abundance had again melted away between his fingers. “Lacking Goodness and Beauty, he strives for what he believes to be in need of” was the beginning of Diotima’s  teaching to Socrates, leading to the realization that “If he gave birth to the supreme Truth within himself, he would be granted the Love of God and attain immortality.” Socrates, convinced by Diotima’s message ended his report to the symposium by sharing his insight “that there is no better guide to enlightenment than Eros.”

Looking back at my own path from the present, through all delusions, confusions – material, emotional, sensual – and notorious dis-enchantments, I can now fully and with great gratitude appreciate Eros’ play of consciousness, driven by an unalienable longing for the One Love and Wisdom: Eros unveiling as pure Grace.

This is the moment when we may wish to honor all imprints from past illusions and deceptions held in our body, asking for healing and transformation by the grace of our Unique Self. Only now, an enlightened Eros can play within us, liberated from all needs and bonds. This is – to my understanding – conscious Love, in full freedom: a most precious gift, to be handled with loving awareness and care! For ourselves and the other!

Coming Soon:

Dear Reader:

I’m excited to announce that the Center for World Spirituality’s long-planned site is nearing completion. The site will provide an educational resource and portal for the Unique Self teaching which is so important to our long-term vision of World Spirituality.

Look for additional details in the next two to three weeks. Meanwhile, please bear with us while we direct less attention to our current websites, Spirit’s Next Move and the Center for World Spirituality think tank site.

Once the new Unique Self is online, we’ll have more announcements to come about how we will be re-organizing and upgrading our web presence to get the most out of each website.

Best wishes,


The Daily Wisdom: Perception as Creation

By Marc Gafni

The language of God is man. We are not just God’s messengers, we are God’s language and voice, the means by which she shares her message. This idea becomes a little easier to access in light of quantum physics. One of the essential mind-bending breakthroughs in quantum physics is that the observer is part of the experiment. That is to say, the perceiver influences the outcome of the experiment. Said more broadly, perception not only observes reality, it creates reality. To say that love is perception is therefore to say that love – far more than a mere emotion- is erotic creative force which in-forms all of being.

The Erotic and the Holy
Marc Gafni

The Daily Wisdom: YES

By Marc Gafni

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
and still stand on the edge of a lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes”!
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It was to this that Emerson referred when he said, “Love is the affirmative of the affirmatives.” Love is the universe shouting out a joyful yes when our names our called.

In Hebrew the word yes – Kein – means integrity. Yes is the ultimate affirmation of our integrity. The question of your existence is whether you can say yes to the adventure that is your life. That is self-love! When you wake up to a beautiful day which is simply divine – when you eat a piece of carrot cake which is just out of this world then you experience the universe embracing your with a resounding YES. e. e. cummings always succeeds in capturing life’s little quintessential affirmations. I quote:

I thank you God for this amazing
Day: for the leaping greenly spirit of trees
And a blue dream of sky; and for everything
Which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes

The Erotic and the Holy
Marc Gafni

How a consciousness practice can replace willpower and give you freedom

Women's fitness

By Kristen Ulmer

This may surprise you, but discipline, perseverance, setting an intention, drive, and the will, as usually taught by sports coaches, are completely outdated. Same with goal-setting.

Here’s why. I remember having to perform a difficult ski photo shoot while still recovering from an injury. I wanted to maintain status and sponsors so I “sucked it up,” “did it anyway,” “refused to give up,” and “pushed through the pain and fear.” Sounds powerful, right?

Such willed effort is fine in a pinch: I skied great that day. But here’s the problem: doing something I didn’t feel like doing was the first step toward future burn out and ultimately resenting my sport.

There’s a better path.

Let’s say you don’t feel like going the gym but force yourself to go anyway. Sound familiar?

Picture a hose. All day long feelings and experiences flow through that hose. In this case ‘should I go to the gym?’ shows up. Next comes ‘no I don’t want to!’

Now picture you’re a corporation made up of 10,000 different employees. The mind is one of these employees. Throw in determination or a fitness goal and the mind becomes very clever at suppressing any employee who gets in its way, in this case; ‘No I don’t want to.’

She puts duct tape over ‘No’s’ mouth and throws her down the basement stairs. You trot off to the gym feeling victory over perceived ‘negativity.’

The mind does this enough times and guess what? The employee of ‘No I don’t want to’ isn’t taking the abuse quietly. She isn’t dying in the basement. She’s fighting back, plotting, building strength, having to do her job in a covert, pathological way and will even scream now in order to be heard.

Your hose is now kinked, and a war has started. You are now at war with your self. And you can’t see it because it’s being carried out in your subconscious.

But you can feel it. Repressed experiences and emotions remain in our systems and run our lives covertly, sometimes for decades or even lifetimes. They come out in the most disruptive ways — straining our relationships, causing injury, showing up as disease and body aches. They pinch off the possibility for happiness to enter. Over time you become burned out. All because the mind and the will refuse to be intimate with anything negetive ot working against a master plan.

What if, instead you had a consciousness practice, where you could first see how the mind and all her buddies act as slave drivers. To see it is to stop it. Stop that war. In today’s evolutionary world, next you welcome your emotions and experiences as they flow through the hose, and this way your mind instead sets you free.

What would you do with that freedom? Could you just listen to the wisdom of each moment as it flows through the hose, rather than crack a whip?

If I could go back and feel that pressure to ski injured over again, I would have honored fear and pain instead, and chosen my ‘No.’

How about you? When you think you should go to the gym and ‘No’ shows up, would you let her be this time? If so, she’ll only speak for about 15-40 seconds before she’s gone and another employee shows up.

It might even be this time: Yes.

Photo: Edson Hong

The Democratization of Enlightenment (Part 11): How to Accomplish the Democratization of Enlightenment

By Marc Gafni

“How? How do we accomplish the democratization of enlightenment? The how… The answer to the how question is two-fold. One is intention and the other is practice. Intention means, “I intend towards enlightenment.” My intention in practice is not merely to obey the rules, not merely to satisfy my egoic need to be part of the whole, hot merely to be in alignment with the law.

My intention is to realize the true nature of my Identity and to have my goodness, my virtue, my love, my passion and compassion emerge naturally, spontaneously, organically from my true essence. I am actually commanded by my essence, and the command of my essence, the invitation of my essence, the Eros of my essence is far more powerful and transformative than any externally imposed command.

So the beginning is to set my intention towards my enlightenment, but not in the narcissistic, narrow way; the pursuit of a spiritual materialism, but rather to set my intention in love is to realize my true nature for the sake of the all…”

Exploring themes in conscious capitalism

Conscious Capitalist

In March 2012 a group of prominent business leaders—including CEOs from Whole Foods, REI, the Container Store, IDEO, and—met at Esalen to promote a more conscious paradigm of innovation, entrepreneurship, and free market capitalism. Building on the platform of ideas already being advocated by the Conscious Capitalism movement, this was the second conference in an annual series at Esalen that is helping to catalyze a new paradigm for doing business, ConsciousCapitalism, which advocates simultaneously optimizing the interests of all stakeholders including employees, customers, suppliers, investors, communities, and the planet, instead of maximizing shareholder value only. Recently, this new business paradigm has been gaining traction, as major companies realize that the conscious business paradigm is not simply a morally uplifting way to do business but actuallyresults in greater economic gains and wellbeing for all constituents as well. Increasingly, this paradigm is showing that the embodiment of moral and spiritual values in the workplace also gives rise to greater employee productivity and customer loyalty.

In addition, during the second half of the conference the participants discussed new trends in innovation and design. Because governments cannot always solve troublesome social and ecological problems, creative design breakthroughs coming from the private, free market sector are likely to be applied more broadly in society. In particular, the cutting‐edge innovation is revealing that open source and group collaborations often result in the smartest solutions that are most likely to endure.

Overall, this conference series aims to restore the nobility of free enterprise, the integration of business withsociety, and the spirit of innovation as the true cornerstones of capitalism. A more spiritually integrated,valueladen, socially collaborative, and ecologically sensitive—that is, conscious—form of business practice isnow emerging. What follows is a summary of some of the best practices and emerging trends…

Read the full report, “Conscious Capitalism: A Paradigm of Innovation and Transformation” at the Center for World Spirituality website.

The Democratization of Enlightenment (Part 10): What is Democratization of Enlightenment?

By Marc Gafni

By Marc Gafni

“Now let’s begin to understand what we mean by the democratization of enlightenment. Once we bring Eastern and Western enlightenment into a higher integral embrace by disambiguating the confusion between separateness and uniqueness and therefore integrating the best intuition, insight and spiritual breakthrough understanding of both Eastern and Western enlightenment then we can have a genuine conversation about the democratization of enlightenment.

Every human being is a Unique Self. Every human being is a True Self. Every True Self is unique. There is no True Self in the manifest world which is not unique. Once we embrace uniqueness again as the expression of individuation, meaning the individuated expression of True Self, the personal face of essence, that is you, God’s signature written all over you, is God appearing in you as you, that’s Unique Self, we’ve removed the counter-intuitive sense of enlightenment which creates an obstacle and stands between the average human being who experiences their uniqueness and can’t understand an enlightenment teaching which tells them to reject their uniqueness.

Now we understand that the average intuition, the normal teaching of the human being which embraces uniqueness is correct and the enlightenment teaching that tells the human being to leave uniqueness behind because it conflates separateness and uniqueness is incorrect, at best partial…”

The Democratization of Enlightenment (Part 8): Western Enlightenment

By Marc Gafni

“The first way we talk about enlightenment is from a mystical perspective, the shift of consciousness from small self to True Self. But the second way enlightenment is used in the English language is to refer to the Western Enlightenment. And every Westerner is familiar with this Western enlightenment. It’s the same word as used by Eastern or mystical traditions where one attains a new state of Being … the same word is used to refer to Western enlightenment, which is very different because in Eastern or mystical enlightenment the goal is to move beyond the separate self. The separate self is seen to be the source of suffering because as long as I see my self as separate, I have to compete with you, I have to grasp, I have to prove that I exist…”