This is an almost unedited and unplugged version of Dr. Gafni’s conversation from the previous weeks of One Mountain, Many Paths broadcast. Thus, the style of the piece is the spoken word and not a formal essay. Dr. Marc Gafni uncovers the emergence of a Planetary Awakening from the narratives of identity of Separate Self, Social Self to Evolutionary Unique Self Symphony.
Who am I? That is the greatest question there is. This is the question of identity. Everything emerges from the answer to this question. There are two fundamental narratives of "Who am I?" at play in the world today.
1. The Narrative of the Separate Self
The religious form of the Separate Self narrative says: "I’m a Separate Self and I’m obedient to God, but I’m separate from all of Reality."
The secular form of the Separate Self narrative underlies most of Western democracies or other systems of government around the world. It says: "I am Separate Self. I am in a win/lose metrics. My value comes from success. I don’t have intrinsic value."
2. The Narrative of the Social Self
The religious narrative of the Social Self says: "I’m part of a particular religion. My entire value comes from my standing within that particular religious structure. I’m entirely defined by my social context."
The secular narrative of the Social Self dominates the internet. It says that human beings are the sum total of their measurable actions. The business model of the leading players in the Tech Plex [think Google, Facebook and to some extent Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, etc.] is to gather enough data about a human being, to predict how they will act given particular stimuli and then to sell that predictive analysis to third parties.
It is this notion of the Social Self expressed by data science that upgrades algorithms and downgrades human beings.
The human being becomes a rat in a social maze, nudged and prodded by social stimuli, likes, and views. The structures of all the apps is to collect data that are fed into machine intelligence in order to develop predictive analysis about how you will behave - in order to manipulate your ability to consume or vote.
This is not in accordance with your own interior value, but in accordance with the agendas of whoever has bought the information about you. That’s the Social Self that’s illegitimate. The Social Self we are describing is not the authentic Social Self who is connected intimately and is part of the Intimate Universe.
Who are you?
Indeed, the reason why the Tech Plex’s mathematical equations work at all, is because we are affected by social pressure. We are social beings, but we are Unique social beings. We’re irreducibly unique. We choose and we create uniquely. Our interiority is a unique expression of the interior face of the Kosmos. We are not merely Social Self and we are not merely Separate Self. We are Unique Self.
You are a unique chapter and verse in the Amorous Kosmos. You are a unique chapter and verse in The Universe: A Love Story. The trajectory of your Unique Self is the next stage of evolution itself.
You’re an irreducibly unique expression of the LoveIntelligence and LoveBeauty that’s the initiating and animating Eros and Desire and Intelligence of All-That-Is, that lives in you as you and through you, that never was, is or will be ever again other than through you. And as such you have a Unique Gift to give to your unique circle of intimacy and influence. Social Self and Separate Self rise into True Self. True Self is the one field, the one heart, the one desire, the one breath, the one world, the one evolution. The total number of True Selves in the world is one.
True self then discloses itself as Unique Self. We’re individuated expressions of that field with unique gorgeousness and unique beauty and we come together in Unique Self Symphonies. We come together as part of what Barbara Marx Hubbard and I love to call "A Planetary Awakening in Love through Unique Self Symphonies".
That’s not a social hive in which you’re reduced and manipulated. It’s not a super organism in which a degraded version of you is controlled by upgraded algorithms.
It’s a planetary awakening in Outrageous Love and Eros through the irreducibly Unique Eros that lives in you in which you’re playing your Unique Self instrument in the larger Unique Self Symphony.
[This blogpost is almost all direct quotes from Dr. Marc Gafni collected from the raw transcript of the featured clip below, which is created from the free weekly broadcast of One Mountain, Many Paths, happening live every Sunday at 10 am PT]
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