By Marc Gafni The following are notes from Marc Gafni’s dharma talk given in March 2012 at Shalom Mountain Wisdom School, where Gafni serves as the World Spirituality Teacher in Residence. Introduction The seven levels of certainty and uncertainty tells the story of how the great religious traditions came into being and how they were [...]
Before beginning our journey, however, it may be of value for the reader to have at least a very bare outline of the three reasons I hold uncertainty to be ethically and spiritually essential.
By Dr. Marc Gafni Edited, prepared and with introduction by Dr. Heather Fester Uncertainty is ethically and spiritually essential, Marc Gafni writes here, because it allows us to reach higher certainty, avoid the seduction of false certainty, and reach spiritual authenticity. In this excerpt from Chapter One of his volume Uncertainty, Marc introduces the core [...]
The ultimate model for reality is the divine. The most central teaching of the Kabbalah is that God’s highest gift to world is to receive the human being as a partner in the perfection of the world.
Each one of these ten levels of divine presence represents another dimension of God in our world. They are referred to as the Ten Sefirot.
Venwoude Retreat Center is emerging as an important European Center for the development of a World Spirituality based on Integral Principles…
FAITH: IS IT TRUE OR AM I TRUE? by Marc Gafni This essay was written in different forms over many years. I first taught this Torah some 13 years ago in 1995 in Jerusalem at talks I gave in the Yamim Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem at the Zionist confederation. This was the seed of material [...]
by Marc Gafni There is so much we do to undermine the sustainability of love. There is so much we do to murder love. We limit love. We envision love in one mode, and any violation of that mode, which is really our desperate craving for egoic validation, we label abuse. We have forgotten that [...]
by Marc Gafni A Sukkat Shalom according to the Zohar is the sense that I belong. That I am part of something far deeper than just the walls of my house. And so we leave our houses to dwell in the fragility of the Sukkah in order to try and discover where our real Sukkat [...]
I have written before of the beauty of Eros—the divine life force—and how our sexuality models the greater movement of Eros in our lives. By Eros, I mean the fullness of presence, inner space, participating in the yearning force of being and the experience of wholeness when we realize the truth of our interconnectivity. I [...]
“Joy whose hand is ever at his lips, Bidding adieu.” (Keats) Suddenly finding ourselves having to work for what was first experienced as a gift of magical purity can be infuriating, until we realize that losing paradise is not a cruel personal punishment: it is the essential pattern of the universe. Reality demands that the [...]
Vessels and Light Light is the symbol of love. When the vessels are repaired then they will once again be able to hold the light. So falling in love is somewhat like gazing directly into the midday sun: we cannot contain the light without first preparing our eyes. Anyone who has been a lover remembers [...]
As in Sex, so in Love In both love and sex, this is the necessary and elegant erotic pattern. It is enormously important to fall in love. It is a true erotic perception. Everything it teaches us is true. And it is enormously important to fall out of love. It too is true and teaches [...]
New Post begins in the middle of post below … I reposted some of the last two days so that you have the whole picture go to asterisk below if you want to only read today’s post. To retell Abraham’s tale So let us now help Isaac let go of his anger towards Abraham by [...]
First a recap of weekend blog torah..and then a really big post for today… :) To retell Abraham’s tale So let us now help Isaac let go of his anger towards Abraham by telling another small piece of the Abraham story. We need to return to the point of trauma, the story of the Binding [...]