The Power of Authenticity

The Power of Authenticity

by Michael Porcelli I absolutely love this TEDx talk by Mike Robbins. I feel inspired by how he shares his stories with an easy, conversational style. And I watch it over and over again because he so clearly and directly conveys The Power of Authenticity, something my colleagues and I at The Integral Center care […]

I Used to Be Nice

I Used to Be Nice

by Jess Nichol I used to be nice. Quiet, polite, didn’t make ripples. That was me on the outside. But on the inside it was often a different story: frustration, judgment, anger. I worked hard to not let any of that show. At various points in my life I’d learned that if I spoke up […]

9 Reasons Authentic Relating Matters

Circle Laughter

If you’re like most people, you aren’t having the impact you wish you could be having in your relationships, personal or professional, and you aren’t fully enjoying and feeling inspired by the current level of authenticity and richness in your connections.  You might even be surrounded by people, have an active social life, and STILL feel awkward, […]

Taboos, Communes, & Machine Guns

How do you make ethical judgements in your community? How do we deeply honor where any person in our life is coming from, while maintaining our boundaries and protecting what we care about the most? I’m quite excited to share this recording with you between Integral Center co-founder Decker Cunov and Integral mega-pandit Ken Wilber. In […]

3 Essential Practices


This video was recorded in late 2013 for the fundraising campaign to recover from the damages of the massive flood that hit Boulder two months before. This is a great opportunity to understand how the Integral Center came to be as Decker Cunov and Robert MacNaughton share a bit of the backstory. They go on […]

Heroism of the Heart

We get because we give. Is that a bit too cliché? Well, like most things, it’s cliché for a reason — it’s true. But it’s so much more challenging than it sounds. If we could all get everything that our heart’s desire by giving more, why aren’t we all doing that? Could it really be […]

Advocates For Higher Good

When you find yourself judging–and making someone or something wrong–are you wanting them to go away, or are you willing to take some responsibility to actually improve things? In this #Enactment episode with Dr. Keith Witt, we explore a range of topics including: asking for help, taking responsibility, spiral wizardry, parenting, depression, the gifts of […]

Golden Eyes – The Moral Obligation for Integral Relating

In this #Enactment episode with author, group facilitator, and meditation instructor, Dustin DiPerna — Robert asks Dustin to share some of the critical distinctions from his recently published book on Integral spirituality: Streams of Wisdom.  They also discuss the very (almost frighteningly) similar themes in building Integral practice communities (Robert in Boulder, Dustin in San Francisco).  Both communities […]

Connection Roadmap: The 3 Levels of Conversation

  INTRODUCTION Whether experiencing connections full of love and joy, or navigating challenging interactions, if you’re like me, you’ve found relating with other people one of the most dynamic, rewarding areas of life: A loved one’s eyes light up with gratitude for finally feeling appreciated for their unique contribution (essence?)… A deep sigh of relief from letting go […]

What is “Circling”?

Circling (also known as InterSubjective Meditation) is an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that’s equal parts art form, meditation, and group conversation — all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person’s world, celebrating who and where they are right now. It’s practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person’s world though […]

Authentic Games Everywhere

With Sara Ness and Michael Porcelli Sara Ness, the creator of Connection Corps in Austin Texas is on a mission to bring Authentic Relating Games as far and wide as possible. From her completion of The Integral Center’s Train-the-Trainer (T3) program in 2013, she has been on a mission developing facilitator trainings for Authentic Relating […]

An Aletheia Moment

There are those moments in life where, for some reason, the veils get drawn back a little and we are thrust into a deeper experience. Perhaps we are struck by seeing more of ourselves, perhaps we get a glimpse of some aspect of another person, or we see some subtle facet of reality itself. Often […]