Holy of Holies with Marc Gafni, December, 2013
Marc Gafni private study session, transcribed by Adael Elizabeth Helen Bullock:
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.
Elizabeth 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 Process. 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.