Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenmentby Marc Gafni
Your Unique Self changes the game both in terms of our understanding of what enlightenment means and why it matters and even more importantly, in terms of our understanding of the self and its relationship to the larger contexts of life and relationship. The evolutionary emergence of Unique Self is both a new chapter in Integral theory as well as a powerful evolution of the very idea and experience of enlightenment. Unique Self enlightenment is the emergence of the personal beyond the impersonal, self beyond ego. It is the manifestation of personal individuation beyond ego. The implications of this revolutionary and evolutionary teaching for enlightenment, evolutionary spirituality, shadow work, love, sexuality, parenting, education, politics, relationship, evolutionary we-space and much more are brilliantly and beautifully evoked in this ground breaking volume.
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The stunning thing about Marc Gafni's Your Unique Self book is the deep conversation it opens, furthers, and makes possible. With Marc Gafni's vision of democratized enlightenment and his artist-lover's touch, he has found the key-tumbler combination for a previously locked but genuinely significant moment in Western history, a moment when the Eastern and Western enlightenment traditions are greeting one another through a shared language, which is the language of Unique Self, or True Self + Perspective. This book shines precisely because it prepares the way for questions of how beauty, embodiment, love, and action are newly invited players in conversations spanning the world's nondual, mystical, and religious traditions. In Your Unique Self, Marc Gafni challenges and explains his departure from interfaith dialogues that seek common depth structures for the worlds' great religious traditions, noting instead the significance of unique depth structures specific to individual religious traditions converging now in a larger moment. The work also arrives in the personal way, offering guidance to those of us who may be struggling with fears about loss of self along the path to awakening or who may be looking for real invitations to articulate our unique perspectives and gifts. This book partners us into a world of infinite intimacy with a God we can believe in and a Cosmos that knows our name. The distinction between the personal and impersonal enlightenment traditions made here offer a potential for healing the shadows found in many forms of evolutionary mysticism and dialectical philosophy. To just say that this work offers a world-changing teaching, while true, is also to gloss over the depth, nuance, and intricacy of the movement of these teachings through the heart-mind of an artist and a friend along of those on the spiritual path. This is a rare achievement, a moment captured and accessibly articulated with authority, grace, clarity, and style, that brings the personal and transpersonal into much longed-for dialogue.
... Imagine a world where the majority of humans are kind, compassionate, loving and wise. The author of this new book believes that enlightenment is a human behavior that is available to any human who takes the time to understand the dharma and who works the practices. This makes it one of the most optimistic books every written. He say that we ordinary humans aren't just capable of becoming enlightened, but that enlightenment is every man's and every woman's evolutionary destiny. In mid 2009, I dived deeply into the works of Dr. Marc Gafni, reading Soul Prints, The Mystery of Love and listening to the audio recordings of The Erotic and the Holy. Since then I have participated in many of his online courses regarding Unique Self and always found my time well rewarded. So I was delighted when I heard that Marc had completed his latest book: Your Unique Self. In it Marc explains: (QUOTE) "We live in the time of the annunciation of a new myth, the Great Story of Evolution. This Myth of Evolution is both a passion play, a morality tale, and a three-way romantic drama between the human being, kosmos, and God. In the language of Unique Self mystic Abraham Kook, this myth raises "the public center of gravity to moral heights and ecstatic joy" in a way that was virtually unattainable in previous eras. Kook and de Chardin, inspired by evolutionary philosophers like Sri Aurobindo and Luria, embrace evolution as the highest and most noble expression of the ethical meaning of our lives on Earth. "Kook writes, "The deep understanding of the evolutionary context in forming our vision of the future exalts man to a moral pinnacle of spirit, radically raising the bar of his ethical responsibility." "Aligning with the evolutionary impulse and taking responsibility for the entire process was, for the last several hundred years, limited to a very small circle of elite mystics. ... "We are now entering the time of the Shift. The Shift is from private to public, from the realm of the elite to the democratization of the New Enlightenment." (END QUOTE) Marc teaches us, that we each have our own unique perspective of what can make things better for all of us. That unique perspective helps us remember, recover, and retrieve our unique gift that we are here to share with all our brothers and sisters. Elsewhere Marc has explained: (QUOTE)"Once you understand that your uniqueness is not a historical accident but an intentional expression of essence, then you realize that enlightenment is a genuine option for every human being. Including You. When you realize that your Unique Self is the God having a You experience, everything in your experience of your life changes." (END QUOTE) There is an enormous amount of wisdom in Gafni's book, and I am hopeful that this book can communicate effectively with all my brothers and sisters on the path. I have purchased extra copies for my family and friends. For I agree with Marc, it is time for humanity to grow up. As he says, "There are no extras on the set." GOD needs every one of us to heal ourselves and our planet. --Timothy Wilken, MD