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  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Integral Publishers (July 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467522775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467522779
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Marc Gafni is the dean of the Melitz Beit Midrash, one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions in Israel today. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew my heart and mind wide open! Oct. 2 2012
By Chahat Corten, Venwoude, Holland - Published on
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Reading the Unique Self book was one of the extraordinary experiences of my life. Because the book spoke to me on so many levels.

Because it brought everything together for me in an embrace of such depth and simplicity that it blew my heart and mind wide open.

On the one hand it clears out in with a kind of radical penetrating clarity so many of the conflicts, contradictions and struggles I have encountered on my 30 year spiritual quest.... What a awesome contribution! Once you read it seems so compellingly obvious that it is what my american friends call Self Evident.

One example is Gafni's discussion of on 'Specialness'. Dealing with and really giving a place to the innate specialness that is me while remaining all the way committed to full enlightenment and clarity has been for so many of us near impossible. Our teachers tell us, "move beyond your grasping at specialness" and yet we all feel special. For so many years we have been fed the painful and confusing teaching to just sit in the spaciousness of no preferences. But of course the teachers teaching that are filled with preferences and the teaching violates our own sense of specialness. The distinctions that Marc makes in the book just in this regard are worth the price of the book. His discussion of specialness and individuation beyond ego, are classic and hugely great.

There is so much confusion in so many of my students on the relation between the absolute love of the universe and the relative or personal love between human beings. What is the relation between the personal and impersonal?

Gafni transmission teachings on the Personal enlightenment - beyond the impersonal enlightenment that most teachers from the east teach - and - also beyond the personal level of personality that western teachers teach - literally CHANGED MY MAP AND MY LIFE.

For most of my spiritual training I was taught by male teachers - later I also encountered some good woman-teachers, but it was not until encountering the Unique Self Teaching, with all the depth of Marc Gafni's thinking embedded in his World Spirituality { and Kabbalah/Hebrew lineage,} that a deep relaxation in my whole self occurred. It was truly like coming home - intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

There are so many more themes and topics connected to our daily lives as humans that are opened up, cleared and deepened in this book in such a breathtaking simple way.... I could elaborate on for pages.

I also want to say the the writing is both deep and very very accessible. There is also great material in the footnotes, so you can engage the book on many different levels of breath. But in the end all I can say is that Your Unique Self allowed me to breathe and took my breath away. This according to Gafni is the first volume in a larger library on what he calls the Enlightenment of Fullness- a fully engaged socially aware, awake and alive vision for life in all of its expressions and on all of its levels. Awesome!
Dr. Marc Gafni made a huge landmark classic contribution in the unfolding of the Enlightenment of Fulness
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Press - Published on
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If you are a mature and serious journeyer on the path of consciousness, and if you could buy only one book this year, then I highly recommend Marc Gafni's YOUR UNIQUE SELF. It is a heartful, lyrical, readable and incredibly intelligent map for the New Human so greatly needed in our times. It is very clearly at the cutting edge of our evolution as a species.

For me, spiritual pursuit has always been about its honoring of and integration into everyday life. In my own personal evolution and exploration over the 69 years of my life, and in the past 40 years midwifing the integrating spiritual unfoldment of others individually and in groups, the consecration has been and continues to be to the sacred marriage between heaven and earth, between spirit and flesh. Imagine my unspeakable joy and infinite resonance to find Marc Gafni writing so compellingly about my heart's passion! His unfolding map on the pages of his book, with all the side roads and "must" points of interest marked on the journey of consciousness evolution, calls and helps one to make a necessary shift at this critical time in evolution. The shift is from living one's personal expression of self from out of a painfully limiting egoic structure to living one's Unique Personal Self through and as the eyes, the arms, the legs and the heart of Spirit, of God, or whatever name one would call The Something More that ongoingly carries us beyond the illusion of our separation and into living our particular cell on the body of God in harmony with all the other cells of that body.

As Marc Gafni points out, to engage in the process of revealing and expressing one's Unique Self involves an ongoing clarifying process of the ego which requires a maturity of sacred intention and commitment. The beauty, he tells us, is that enlightenment realized, integrated into everyday life, is available to each and every one of us in our particularness. The fruits of this spiritually mature labor-of-love exploration are that everything becomes new through an ever-expanding container of perception incredibly beyond anything in the ego's wildest imagination. In this container, every word, every concept has an expanded meaning and calls us to a new way of holding ourselves, our brothers and sisters and all of life that we share on our little blue planet. In the process, the ego is not cast out as some demon, but its rigid boundaries are instead melted with equal doses of love and firmness from our True Nature to release the diamonds of Truth that have been held captive within. As you open to the current that flows from Marc's heart and spirit through his words in THE UNIQUE SELF, you can find yourself increasingly moving from reacting to responding, from judging to discerning, from fear to love, from inhibition to humbly daring expression, and the list goes on and on. Your understanding of words like love, truth, honesty, commitment and intimacy will take on shimmering, dazzling, radical new meaning and will naturally impel you to live differently.

From my heart of hearts, I send an honoring, deeply heartfelt thank you to Marc Gafni for this gift to our planet at just the right, ripe moment in time.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and life changing Sept. 27 2012
By H. Bishop - Published on
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This profound and rich book brings together Integral Spirtuality and the depth of Jewish mystical teachings (presented in an accessible way) to write a new chapter in our understanding of enlightenment. Gafni's is an evolutionary vision of enlightenment that both transcends and includes the traditional teachings of the East and West. This is an enlightenment that is not impersonal but deeply intimate and personal in which the whole is woven from embracing all our unique gifts and perspectives. The Divine Oneness of creation, writes Gafni, is a seamless coat, but not featureless. There are also substantive chapters to apply these teachings to relationships, parenting, death, political life etc. I found "Your Unique Self" deeply moving and life changing. Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Love Jan. 23 2013
By Mary L. Landauer - Published on
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Marc Gafni is the essence of love; this book is about love....our unique expression of this divine love is the awakening of our unique gift to the world. And,what gives deep, profound meaning to living life with each other. He guides us to a great vision, along with visionary Ken Wilber, how the unique expressions of collective emerged soul's can boldly co-create a more light and love filled world.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Breakthrough July 11 2013
By Carol A. Westphal - Published on
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Marc Gafni has captured the essence of what it means to take personal growth, spiritual awareness, and the psychospiritual integration inherent in human beings and boil it down to the most critical elements needed to foster understanding. He is a gifted teacher. I have been a student of metaphysics for more than 20 years and I feel as though "the missing link" has been found. Bravo!