Scholar, spiritual teacher and provocateur Marc Gafni is shaking the landscape with this inspired call for the Democratization of Enlightenment as the critical next step in the Evolution of Consciousness necessary to the chart the next step in history. Gafni uplevels our understanding of the self, introducing for the first time in history a vision of enlightenment that can go mainstream and change something essential in the source code of consciousness.
- The essential distinction between Separateness vs. Uniqueness which lets us how to move beyond the illusion of being merely a separate self while awakening into Unique Self
- The eight stations on the journey to awakening your Unique Self
- How this emergent spirituality powerfully integrates the classical enlightenment traditions from the East and Westand unlocks the deepest potency of each
Your Unique Self features both a Foreword and Afterword by Ken Wilber, the eminent psychological theorist, mystic, and authority on Integral philosophy.
About the Book
Michael Murphy, icon of the human potential movement, said that this is one of those once-in-a-generation books with such power and insight that it literally changes the game. With Your Unique Self, Dr. Marc Gafni offers a paradigm-shifting investigation into the nature of spiritual awakening and the underlying purpose of human existence.
Your Unique Self dramatically evolves how we define enlightenment and an enlightened life in a way that gives every human the genuine possibility of realizing their own unique evolution. Gafni is a key leader in a movement actively inviting us to “the democratization of enlightenment” as the most important potential shift in the evolution of human consciousness. According to Gafni, only such a radical re-thinking evolution of consciousness will give us the resources we need to successfully navigate the immense challenges we face at the next stage of evolution.
Until this book, Western teachings about individuality and achievement and Eastern teachings about moving beyond our individuality to become merged with the one offered us completely opposing directions for growth and realization. In this sweeping tour de force, Gafni not only dazzles minds and penetrates hearts, but he offers an integrated and radically exciting approach that merges the Western idea of individuation and progress with the beautiful Eastern-based philosophies of becoming one with All-That-Is.
With a mixture of deep insight, audacity, and infectious exuberance for all of existence, Gafni’s new vision of enlightenment does the impossible: he liberates enlightenment from the esoteric discourse of spiritual elites and makes it a genuine option and compelling path in the very heart of mainstream culture. Moreover he evolves enlightenment in such a way that is both faithful to the deepest wells of the great traditions even as it is passionately modern and post modern and contemporary.
Whereas we once believed that to be enlightened was a process of evolving beyond your experience of being a skin encapsulated ego, your separate self, in order to realize your essence as indivisible from the seamless coat of the universe. This is actually the first stage of a much greater journey, reveals Marc Gafni. What unfolds next is the powerful awakening to your Unique Self. This is the realization of your true uniqueness as the highest expression of enlightenment. Enlightenment means not only to wake up to the face that beneath your personality you are essence but rather beneath the grasping of your ego is your infinitely unique and special personhood that is no less than the personal face of essence. In your enlightenment you realize that God is having a You experience.
Brilliantly recovering and linking together the hidden leading edge teachings of different spiritual traditions, merged with the space of insight illuminated by myth and literature, and drawing the expanding body of scientific knowledge about our biology and psychology, and a lifetime of spiritual inquiry, Marc Gafni invites you awaken to Your Unique Self and to access the gifts and power of:
- Your Unique Gift, Pleasure, and Obligation, and how each expresses a facet of the cosmic evolutionary impulse
- Your Unique Shadow is the next step in shadow work. This leading edge teaching how shadow work can liberate your unexpressed virtues
- A ground breaking map of the four forms of Eros
- A new vision of parenting based on Unique Self teaching
- The seven laws of Unique Self encounters that will transform the core way you engage all of your relationships
- World Spirituality and how Your Unique Self is the cornerstone teaching of this newly emerging evolutionary movement of spirit
This book speaks dangerous words, writes Marc Gafni. Dangerous to your sense that you are smallto your feeling that you are invisible or alone. Your Unique Self dares you to listen dangerously to embrace your greatness and open to the infinite love intelligence that yearns to enter the world as you.
Gafni’s book may well be the tipping point that makes spirituality a path of choice for the best and brightest among us.