Evolutionary Unique Self, Outrageous Love & the Unique Self Symphony (Part 15)

Taken from a first draft text from the forthcoming book The Path and Practice of Outrageous Love by Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid, this series elaborates on a critical advancement of the Unique Self Dharma that Dr. Marc has developed after Your Unique Self was published.

Continued from part 14.

Evolving the Narrative of Artists

As core technologies for evolution, business and trade are as old as civilization itself. Still, we can go deeper. The central story humanity  based on cultural evolution is rooted in exchange and specialization. As previously discussed, specialization is, of course, about being special. For Ridley, being special is a flatland fact, indicating a talent that arises from your conditioning; specialization is irreducible uniqueness. In the words of the economist philosopher, Friedrich Hayek, knowledge is dispersed throughout society because each person has a “special perspective.”[1]

Implied here is something even bigger than essential economic growth. Two characteristics marked the emergence of human consciousness. While one was trade and specialization, the second was art and beauty. At the same time that trade begun we began seeing art on cave walls and adornment for its own sake. A human being is driven not merely to get more beads. A human being is driven to express essence as it lives in him or her uniquely through art beauty and creativity.

What we envision is the democratization of entrepreneurship, the democratization of enlightenment, the democratization of creativity. We mean that every person awakens as an Evolutionary Unique Self. Every Evolutionary Unique Self has a unique, creative perspective and a unique flavor of intimacy and presence. Together, they birth your unique gift which addresses a unique needs in your unique circle of intimacy and influence that can only be addressed by you.

What’s happened in society is that we associate creativity to some large extent, with art class. If I was not good at art class then I assume that this creativity thing is not for me. Or we usually think the serious people engage in politics and business and the real stuff of life. They’re not part of the artist community. The artist community is a kind of semi-irresponsible, overly bohemian, flaky community. What we’ve done is essentially exiled creativity into one particular quadrant, into one particular form of activity which is the plastic arts, which are enormously important, but actually the role of the artist is, of course, much broader and much more dramatic. When we actually begin to expand what it means to be an artist beyond a particular form of art in its physical expression art and being an artist becomes a much broader activity. We wake up to realize that being an evolutionary artist, a social artist, is essential to our identity. When we actually begin to experience a shift, a broadening, an enriching of the texture of our identity to include the artist, the voice of the artist that lives in me, then something shifts in me in a very fundamental way. So we need to reclaim the artist as part of our identity.

Imagine the infinite possibility that comes from the infinite exchange of ideas between infinitely innovating, radically creative Unique Selves. The democratization of creativity is about the liberation of every human being to walk the lover’s way, to awaken as an outrageous lover. Creativity and uniqueness are but two faces of the erotic evolutionary impulse. The lover’s way is the artist’s way. Creativity must no longer be limited in our imagination to the one who paints or engages in plastic arts, even as those are critical models for creativity. Creativity is self-creation. Self-creation is the essence of the sacred. Self-creation is the motive force of evolution awakening to itself as your creativity. Self-creation is the natural expression of awakening as an outrageous lover. The Unique Self Symphony is comprised of evolutionary artists engaged in the most radical music of all, the sounds of self-creation.

Hayek and Ridley explicitly refer to, in a number of passing sentences what they call the “unique perspective” of every person as being essential to the process of specialization that drives trade which is according to them and many others the engine of the human cultural evolution. They are implicitly trying to describe Unique Self consciousness. What they do not know how to articulate is that this perspective is not merely the social, cultural and psychological conditioning of the ego. Infinite creativity does not emerge from the Meyers Briggs typology of the small self, or the ego self, personality. Perspective isn’t merely a function of your separate, ego self. Your perspective is actually an expression of essence, your irreducibly unique essence. Your Unique Self is a depth expression of the innate quality of uniqueness with which you were born before any conditioning had time to take effect. You are an irreducibly unique expression of the love intelligence that initiated all that is. This is not merely your conditioning. This is the unique expression of essence incarnate as you.

To be continued…


[1] Citing Hayek does not imply a blanket endorsement of his unregulated God of the Market perspective.