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From the Holy of Holies: Prayer is a Realization

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Holy of Holies with Marc Gafni, December, 2013

Marc Gafni private study session, transcribed by Adael Elizabeth Helen Bullock:


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A true story for you today . . . beloved, EH.

I once had lunch with a beautiful man who was a famous Buddhist teacher.  He said to me, “Marc, I hear you are a great teacher with a beautiful transmission but I cannot take you seriously.”

“Why I asked?” taking mock offense.

He said, “Because I understand that you believe in prayer.”

I said to him, “I don’t believe in prayer, I know prayer.”

I said to him, “What do you know?”

“I know awareness,” he said.

“You mean you believe in awareness?” I asked.

He said, “No, I know awareness. Awareness isn’t a dogma, awareness is a realization.”

“Aha, my friend,” I responded to him, “know that prayer is a realization.”

His heart opened.  We were silent for several long moments.  I said to him, “You know now my friend, perhaps for the first time in your life, that every place you fall, you fall into God’s hands. . .

That the God you don’t believe in doesn’t exist. . .

That God is not merely the infinity of power, but the infinity of intimacy. . .

And that you are God’s unique intimacy, radically recognized, wildly loved, and fully held."

Our eyes locked, God seeing God, even as we were both held … by God.


10362_563571473686712_1875177207_nElizabeth Helen Adael Bullock is a Center for Integral Wisdom Senior Editor and empowered Senior Teacher of Unique Self. Adael has been trained in Introductory and Advanced Shalom Retreat Leadership Teachings-from-the-Holy-of-Holies-1Process. She has also completed training in Tantra, 5 Rhythms, Insight and Metta meditation, creative writing, and Integral Theory. Adael is currently editing the CIW think-tank book Teachings from the Holy of Holies: Daily Reflections on World Spirituality.

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