It is completely legitimate and even necessary for spiritual teachers to engage the marketplace and sell their wares. In doing so they need to use the skills of marketplace consciousness in a way that is both filled with integrity and highly effective. Having said that, we need to beware of prophets for profit. When there [...]
By Marc Gafni There is a parallel between the emergence of business and the emergence of self is both fascinating and highly instructive in understanding the narrative of conscious capitalism. Both the evolution of self and the evolution of business go through five core stages, which in large measure parallel each other. These five stages [...]
By Dr. Marc Gafni, Edited with Summary by Heather Fester, Ph.D. In this excerpt from Reclaiming Rosh Hashanah: The Dance of Tears (forthcoming), Dr. Marc Gafni explores the Garden of Eden biblical story and Abraham Kook’s teaching on the “inner essential I,” through which we come to understand that God requires our Unique Self service in [...]
Marc Gafni recently participated as a guest scholar at the Conscious Business Conclave at Esalen. Here is an excerpt from Marc’s reflections on the urgent priority of articulating a narrative of Conscious Business. In Marc’s words, there is no World Spirituality that does not include the spirituality of the workplace. Cross-posted from Spirit’s Next Move. [...]
By Marc Gafni We are all despearate for communion. It is what makes our lives worth living. Communion is the movement from loneliness to loving. It is the experience of being held and received. We are all systematically mis-recognized. To be recognized is to be seen. To be seen is to be loved. To be [...]
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 [...]
So far, the two major qualities of the erotic lover have been perception and giving.
It is through the consistent commitment to the growth of the other expressed through regular and spontaneous acts of giving that you become a lover.
As we have said, the model for being an erotic lover – in all facets of our existence – is the sexual.
The perception of falling in love is but one expression, however of a broader kind, of perception.
Love is almost always proceeded by an act of will. We do not fall in love unless we decide to fall in love.
Now let me share with you something truly beautiful. It is a sort of Hebrew mystic expansion of Traherne’s moment of rapture. It is one of my favorite stories.
The Kabbalists were often referred to as Mistaklim or Chozim, roughly translated as the Lookers or Seers.
The Kabbalists takes the mandate of love implicit in self perception – one step further. I need to understand that not only am I a part of God but I am also a partner to God.