The Relationship between Unique Self and World Spirituality

Here are a couple of excerpts from the Epilogue of Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment by Dr. Marc Gafni that bring together Unique Self and the practice of World Spirituality, based on the democratization of enlightenment and five core practices of showing up, waking up, growing up, lightening up, and opening up.*

The Democratization of Enlightenment

cws-heart-logoThis evolution of the enlightenment teaching paves the way for the democratization of enlightenment. As long as enlightenment seems to demand abandoning the essential  specialness of every human being and of every human collective of persons or system of knowing, it will intuitively be rejected by the masses. We all hold an intuition—even if inarticulate—of Unique Self. On a deep level we know that every human being is both part of the great collective consciousness, the creative force of evolutionary Eros that animates and drives All-That-Is, even as she is also a unique incarnation of evolutionary creativity and Eros. Each human being is an irreducible personal expression of the process incarnating infinite dignity and adequacy, as well as being a singular expression of creativity and Unique Gift. Since every human being is unique, every human being is an irreplaceable and ultimately neces- sary expression of the enlightened consciousness.

And, it is only through communities built on this We Space, which emerge from the  democratization of enlightenment generated by the Unique Self teaching, that we can foster the genuine global commons that is the next necessary and glorious step in our evolution. Spirit awaits our unpacking.  This is the evolutionary impulse, manifesting as Spirit in Action.

Each and every tradition functions as a sort of macro Unique Self, holding a particular medicine that is crucial to the health of the whole. And,that is one of the essential reasons that as we are being called to become our Unique Selves, we are also being called to a World Spirituality that speaks compellingly to the hundreds of millions of people who have moved beyond the religions or beyond exclusive identification  with any one tradition. World Spirituality is nothing less than the grand and dynamic gathering of micro and macro Unique Selves who gift the world with their Unique Perspectives and their Unique Gifts, in a way that evolves the one and the whole. It is only through a communion of World Spirituality, in which all gifts from all traditions are taken into account and woven into a higher, integral, evolutionary embrace, that we have the ability to heal our world. [Read more…]

Joy and Unique Self (Full Preview of Chapter 16, Your Unique Self by Dr. Marc Gafni)

(Free Preview!) Chapter 16: JOY AND UNIQUE SELF

from Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Fulfillment

by Dr. Marc Gafni

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HERE IS THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT JOY: You won’t find it in the ways you have learned to search for it all your life. When you pursue joy, it runs away from you.

A student came to his master and said, “Teacher, you taught me that if I run from honor, then honor will pursue me. Well, I have been running from honor for many years now, and honor is still not pursuing me.”

“The problem,” replied the master, nodding sagaciously, “is clearly apparent. When you run from honor, you are always looking over your shoulder to see if honor is pursuing you—so honor is confused, not quite sure which way you are going.” [Read more…]

The Language of God and Unique Voice by Dr. Marc Gafni

In this beautiful essay on the language of God and accessing Unique Voice, Dr. Marc Gafni explains the stages of accessing Unique Voice, moving from the lower speech that comes from the noise of our lives to a higher silence and speech through which we reclaim and learn to tell our stories. To learn this language is to make the journey from slavery to freedom, from silence to story or speech.  In doing so, we leave Egypt, which means “the narrow places,” much as the throat is a narrow or constricted passage that speech must move through to reach “freedom’s gateway,” the mouth. Marc explains how in the journey from slavery to freedom, sound travels from the silence of absence, to form sound that is uttered primitively like a cry, and evolves to become more powerful words, which when formed in silence, tell the stories through which we access our Unique Selves.  Finally, we learn to speak the Language of God.  Read this excerpt from Part Five of the essay, and explore the other stages of the journey as told lovingly by Marc Gafni through the links below: [Read more…]

Unique Self by Dr. Marc Gafni Featured in Watkin’s Mind Body Spirit

Below is a reprint the Watkins Bookswatkinsmbs34-cover-sm_1feature of Dr. Marc Gafni’s Your Unique Self.  You can also view the review here. (From Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine, issue 34, Summer 2013)

From Your Unique Self:


It is time for a radical democratization of enlightenment.

It used to be that enlightened living was for the elite. The few great lovers, saints, and sages throughout history reminded us that something more was possible, that there was a better way to live, that joy and overflowing love could and did exist, at least for some, as the animating essence of everyday life. [Read more…]