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From Pre-Tragic to Post-Tragic

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Kerstin Tuschik No Comments

There are three primary levels of consciousness through whose prism we experience our lives. We will call these three levels the pre-tragic, tragic, and post-tragic. Pre-tragic is the stage before tragedy. Life is good. Life is delightful. Life makes ...

From the Holy of Holies: Kosmic Sensitivity and Dissolving the Layers

Posted on: November 30th, 2013 by The Editors No Comments

Transcribed by Adael Bullock, Holy of Holies, Private Session, October, 2013 *** Marc – So I am sensitive, I am the dynamic of kosmic sensitivity but then I have taken in this kind of infinite pain, every ripple, and I do not want to live with ...

From the Holy of Holies: The Pain of Intimacy

Posted on: November 12th, 2013 by Kerstin Tuschik No Comments

From Shalom Mountain Wisdom School teaching by Dr. Marc Gafni. Transcribed by Adael Bullock. Divinity is not only the infinity of power; divinity is the infinity of pain.  It is the infinity of tears.  Divinity at its core is the infinity of intima ...

Enlightenment of Fullness: The Great Mystery of Longing and the Tears of Union

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Kerstin Tuschik No Comments

From “The Path of Yearning” by Dr. Marc Gafni (Parabola Magazine, Summer 2006). In the world of Chassidut, all service begins with longing. But the Chassidim understood the great mystery of longing: that in relationship to God and to the ...

Response to the Tragedy in Connecticut

Posted on: December 16th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

A boy walks into a school and kills twenty-seven people. For no reason. Most of the children between age five and ten. We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response to a world of outrageous pain is outrageous love. We need to become outrag ...

Listen to “The Weekend of Loving Outrageously”

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

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 ...

The Seven Levels of Certainty and Uncertainty

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Marc Gafni 1 Comment

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 uncertai ...

The Israel Moment: Reclaiming Uncertainty as a Spiritual Value

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

By Dr. Marc Gafni 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 o ...

Daily Wisdom Post, The Creative Gaze

Posted on: March 18th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

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. ...

Free Feeling: Using Emotions for Liberation, by Sally Kempton

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by Marc Gafni 1 Comment

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 w ...

Daily Wisdom Post, The Creative Gaze

Posted on: February 25th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

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. ...

Daily Wisdom Post, To Greet with God’s Name

Posted on: February 18th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

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. ...

Daily Wisdom Post, The Way to Open your Heart

Posted on: January 29th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The way to open your heart through the pain is to find the God that is infinitely pained in your contraction. ...

Finding God in our Contraction by Dr. Marc Gafni

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

Your state, in this case a mystical state, is always interpreted through your level of consciousness. ...

A World Spirituality Guide to How to Survive being Home for the Holidays, By Sally Kempton

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by Marc Gafni No Comments

If you think you’re enlightened, go visit your family. Ram Dass, the influential American teacher of spirituality, said that back in the 1970s. ...