Recently I gave a presentation at a CWS event in connection with Shalom Mountain. John Tarcza tells us that a “wild idea started to stir and evolve uncontrollably” in him while editing audio recordings from the weekend. He combined a few minutes of my reflections with music (Erik Satie Gnossienne No. 1, Buddha Bar remix) [...]
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 [...]
The Kabbalists were often referred to as Mistaklim or Chozim, roughly translated as the Lookers or Seers.
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 Kabbalists were often referred to as mistaklim or chozim, roughly translated as the Lookers or Seers. To get a handle on what that might mean, just imagine how we feel when someone looks at us with erotic, loving eyes.
Practice can change your relationship to emotions, so that instead of being swamped by certain feeling states, you can hold them, contain them, see into their essence, and ultimately, use emotions in the service of your liberation.Many years ago, I walked into the kitchen of my guru’s ashram, and found him shouting at the cooks…
The Kabbalists were often referred to as mistaklim or chozim, roughly translated as the Looker or Seers. To get a handle on what that might mean, just imagine how we feel when someone looks at us with erotic, loving eyes.
Calling out “the Name” is evoked the world over in greetings. The Spanish hello–hola–originated in Arab Spain from the term “O’Allah” — Allah of course being the Arab appellation of God.
Somatics, in the tradition of Thomas Hanna, is a powerful new discipline in the field of health care.
The way to open your heart through the pain is to find the God that is infinitely pained in your contraction.
Your state, in this case a mystical state, is always interpreted through your level of consciousness.
The core practice of spirituality in the world today is the practice of relationship. We all yearn for exciting, dynamic, and rich relationships in our lives, but very few of us ever reach the point of 100% relationship satisfaction.
Meditation is not only the path into pure Being; it is also a key path to access the surging life force that is the evolutionary dance of unfolding.
The word most often associated in Kabbalah with joy is “chiyut,” roughly translated as “life energy,” somewhat like the Chinese notion of chi. To be happy is to be plugged into the chiyut of the Universe. The portal to that energy is the self, the vital Unique Self.