Video Discussion: Shadow

By Paige Brady, April 12, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Recently, John Mackey got together with Dr. Marc Gafni to discuss common themes from their newly released books. John Mackey, along with co-author Raj Sisodia, lays out a bold blueprint for capitalism in Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Philosopher, visionary scholar, and wisdom teacher Dr. Marc Gafni takes the age-old teachings of enlightenment and updates them into compelling, relevant and powerful tools for living a life of success and significance in Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment. In this 7-part series, John and Marc share their thoughts on: creativity, the unique self, conscious capitalism, love, obligation, jealousy and shadow.

Shadow

Shadow refers to the unconscious negative stuff that so often can wreck your life. Understanding shadow is really important if you want to live a fulfilled, prosperous and meaningful life.

 

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Delcie Bean says ...
I just heard you speak at GrowCo and your message is spot on. I have been thinking about trying to come up with a "pledge" that business could take that would signify to the world that a certain percentage of their proceeds go back into the community and that they are fully committed to a well balanced eco-system. I'd love to bounce some ideas off you if that is possible.
04/12/2013 11:39:37 PM CDT
Etand says ...
It's all good until Mr. Gafni or others put a price tag on their teachings. Buddha never charged. Whom ever path leads to enlightenment trusts in karma. Even if we can't predict it scientifically, chaos is not a mess it's a cause and effect and that's the leap between a scientist and someone who knows from experience the bigger picture.
04/20/2013 9:29:55 PM CDT
Etand says ...
Discuss conscious capitalism? Then why disable comments on Whole Foods facebook page and your video on Vimeo? Also, teaching enlightenment shouldn't cost $15 or anything, per the Buddha. Have we got a new Buddha here? Put a free e-book on line and leave it for readers to donate according to the benefit they gain from reading your book. It's one thing to sell tangibles at Whole Foods which have a substance cost. But if you want to empower people, give it away.
04/21/2013 1:02:46 AM CDT
Kirk says ...
“Conscious Capitalism”and Whole Foods demonstrate that nice guys don’t always finish last in business. I've been a conservative small business owner 1/2 my life and employee of a large corporation the other half: It is not size, it is attitude and action. Interestingly, the more demanding the work and the more truly supportive the boss, the greater the rewards. I'm sure many people like me have been unaware of the positive and strong business model you've created. Kudos! ( Wish we had a Whole Foods in NE Aurora, CO.)
04/29/2013 1:05:37 PM CDT
ERose says ...
Unfortunately Western culture places a higher value on goods/books/ services if they have to pay for them. i appreciate how Whole Foods is disrupting the grocery business. We need disrupters like this in order to move forward. Let's focus on what they are doing right and leading the change
05/14/2013 6:10:11 PM CDT
Silvana Jakich says ...
Hello John, I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that "shadow is something we leave behind". I agree. The integration part that Dr. Gafni was advocating got rather confusing and theoretical. Thanks for bringing it back to a more real voice! Best- Silvana
05/28/2013 4:59:57 PM CDT
Jane Nakashima says ...
Your brilliant pilot program, the Wellness Club, beautifully implemented in the heart of Princeton Whole Foods has been, for the members, an unqualified success. In the span of 1 year and four months with hundreds of programs offered every month from plant-based cooking to meditation, the members have not only improved their lives but have changed their shopping habits now citing Whole Foods as their primary supermarket. Rather than shopping a few times a month in Whole Foods, they are now shopping several times a week instead because of the Wellness Program. . Thank you for bringing such light into the heart of central New Jersey. The program has not only improved lives, it has saved lives (mine included since I had breast cancer. The tips I received greatly helped during treatment and recovery.). I have been deeply impressed by "conscious capitalism" as clearly demonstrated in Princeton. A brilliant idea, the program is a diamond in the heart of the store.
05/29/2013 5:32:11 PM CDT
Derrick Hodges says ...
To anyone that ever doubts the core concern for community and conviction of Whole Foods as a corporation - I just watched on Bloomberg HD how John Mackey pledged his commitment to bring healthy and affordable food options to the city of Detroit. I'm a Houstonian, and an African American - I've only visited Detroit on business...I am acutely aware (and saddened) of how healthy food choices are robust in certain suburbs and non-existent in others. Seeing Whole Foods make a conscious a reality in their actions made me a believer in their cause...and now a customer for life. Conscious capitalism is real.
06/07/2013 11:54:56 AM CDT
OLY says ...
Gentlemen, (John & Marc) Your term "shadow" seems alike with the word the ancient Hellene philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle named as "typsis." It stays in your subconscious part of your brain and it is a vise that cannot be corrected without strong will OR counselling. That same "typsis" term Freud stole (ego as well) and renamed "superego." I am certain you could write many books if you just read more about those "old folks." Aristotle's writings would help your company plenty...
08/25/2014 3:28:10 PM CDT
Dee says ...
I just love your company so much. Back when I lived in Oregon I would drive an hour over a huge mountain pass to shop at your store which had every Organic product available. The selection was so abundant I felt like I hit the Organic healthy living lottery. God bless you guys for putting out quality products and great customer service.
09/02/2014 8:45:04 AM CDT
Gary Longtine says ...
I have the pleasure of working in your company after a sucessfull career of mine own, This is my first exposure to the food industry and I find I am not only integrating more into the local commuity and Have been working with ACS for five years here on Cape Cod. After learning about you and I certainly knew of the company and your philosphies I looked forward to working with your company.
09/18/2014 7:57:29 AM CDT
Raj Kang says ...
It was amazing listening to you today. Relationship between shadow and consciousness is very unique . Like you said if you shed a light on it , it disappears. I have a similar project for people who are chasing this shadow instead of looking at their consciousness . My study takes you where imagination becomes matter and matter becomes imagination . I would like to meet with you and show some of my thoughts that I painted. YOU are the AWAKENED ONE. Raj
09/22/2014 9:00:21 AM CDT
Luke Hillis says ...
I'm so stoked that a CEO of a major corporation is aware of shadow and talking about it. I've always wanted big business to be lead by conscious, awake leaders. I hope to work for Whole Foods when I graduate from college this spring.
10/25/2014 11:00:21 AM CDT
bfuruta says ...
Other than on your blogs, there is no way for users to comment or send you feedback. Regarding quality standards, an Environmental Working Group study found that Whole Foods cash register receipts had BPA, while Target and Starbucks receipts did not. WF should be using non-BPA paper for its receipts.
11/04/2014 2:43:59 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BFURUTA - My apologies you weren't able to find other channels on our site through our Customer Service page. We do not use register tape in any US stores that are made with bisphenol-a (BPA). You can find detailed info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/food-safety/bisphenol.
11/04/2014 3:37:22 PM CST
Susan Giles says ...
It is a tough line we walk between making a profit, making a business and doing the customer well. proof that Whole Foods is doing it well is the fact that every store is full of people and customers. People are not stupid. If they did not like the Whole Foods concept, principles, goals, produetc they would leave. keep up the good work. Susan
11/08/2014 6:46:10 PM CST
Wade Bergner says ...
Hello John, I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you and your message! You company and vision has paved the way for business owners (and stakeholders) to serve and stay tuned to the greater good. Following your heart is a message that cannot be overemphasized. After reading Conscious Capitalism, I was motivated to sell my previous business and enter the healthy and snack Industry. After two and a half years, I couldn't be happier. However, each time I hear you speak I drawn to reach out to you. I feel a strong pull to help your team launch the concept of Whole Foods Micro Markets. Your probably aware that Micro-Markets are poised to replace break room vending machines across the country. This appears to be a great fit for expanding Whole Foods Market brand, customer base, community wellness, along with sharing the conscious business model to all who partner with Whole Foods Market. If this interests you at all, I would be glad to help out in whatever way I can. Healthy Regards, Wade Bergner
11/13/2014 12:15:39 PM CST