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Rabbi Marc Gafni is a Kabbalist, someone who studies the mystical interpretations of biblical books, handed down over many generations. Through his studies Gafni became fascinated with the power of biblical myths to awaken the soul while also helping us understand our earthly purpose. The more he delved into the Kabbalah, the more he became interested in the individual blueprint of the soul--how each person seemed born to a different soul-driven destiny.

"Your soul print is your personal signature," explains Gafni. "It is the contour and content of your soul--it's character.... It is even more singular to you than your genes and chromosomes."

In blending his two passions, "soul prints" and myths, Rabbi Gafni created an ambitious spiritual self-help book filled with sage advice on living in connection with the soul. Don't be squeamish about the self-help mission. Gafni's narrative reads more like a personal counseling session in a rabbi's private office--intelligent, warm (expect lots of chuckles), occasionally tangential, but mostly filled with practical guidance. He also inserts numerous sidebars that offer "Soul Print Practices," such as "Make a list of the seven wonders of your world" or "Take sensual risks. Be creative with your senses in how or what you eat, or make love." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just as fingerprints are unique, so, too, says Rabbi Gafni, are soul prints: each human soul has an individual mark that it leaves behind on everyone it touches. Gafni, dean of the Merlitz Public Culture Center in Israel, weaves together autobiographical reflections with tips and exercises designed to help readers discover their soul prints and find fulfillment. Gafni begins with the premise that everyone is lonely and many people look for cures in places where they will never find them, such as sexual encounters. Many of the exercises in this splendid book are designed to help readers confront, and then cure, that loneliness. Gafni suggests that readers share what they learn while reading this book with a lonely person they know. Readers are then asked to make a "Soul Print box" that contains the things that are most important to them, and then to show the contents of that box to one other person. Gafni advocates the practice of random acts of kindness: "Bring happiness to one person each week, for no apparent reason." His tremendous breadth distinguishes this volume from so many spiritualized self-help tomes. He draws on the fantasy novella Flatlands and the teachings of Talmudic rabbis, on psychologists and prophets. He tells his own stories and biblical stories. Though steeped in Jewish wisdom, this book will be accessible and helpful to readers of many faiths. Gafni occasionally states the obvious (as when he notes that if "after a long day of living your life, you feel as if you are on the verge of tears," something might be amiss). But those few banalities can't ruin this insightful book. (Mar.)Forecast: This book is being published in conjunction with a major PBS special by the same title, scheduled to air in early March; this should have a significant impact on book sales. Gafni will be doing a 10-city author tour later that month.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743416996
  • ASIN: B0001FR3RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,073,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc Gafni received his doctorate from Oxford University. Together with philosopher Ken Wilber, he co-founded The Center for Integral Wisdom, a leading activist think tank dedicated to articulating a practical politics of love, and to catalyzing an emergent personal and global vision of ethics, eros and meaning. Gafni serves as President and Senior Scholar-in-Residence, and Ken is the Integral "Pandit" of the Center.

A rabbinic lineage holder in Bible, Talmud, and Kabbalah, Gafni self-describes as a "dual citizen" of both Integral World Spirituality and classical Hebrew practice. He is an editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice on issues of Integral spirituality, has been a faculty member of J.F.K. University, and is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the erotic and the sacred. Gafni is the founder of Unique Self theory.

His most recent books are Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment which received a 2012 USA Best Book Award, the two-volume Radical Kabbalah, Tears: Re-reading Ritual, Integral Religion, and Rosh Hashana, and Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism: Two Models and Why They Matter.

In 2014 Dr. Gafni co-initiated the Success 3.0 Summit, whose method and movement is to bring together key thought leaders and change-agents to collaboratively evolve a bold new Integral vision of Success.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Gafni has developed evolutionary and activist educational and communal programs rooted his commitment to what he has termed "participating in the evolution of love", the title of a new major work he is co-authoring with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Daniel Schmachtenberger. His acclaimed writings and standing-room-only lectures are known for their unique mix of profound teaching and transmission, openhearted compassion and love, intellectual rigor.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By alfalfa on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Marc gafni is a rabbi, a kabbalists, and a wise teacher of the spiritual tradition- But must importantly before all of this things he is a warm, joyful, hopeful, brilliant, passionate and striving human being.
"Soul prints" is not a book. It is a journey. A journey to the most exciting, beautiful, funny, some times sad and lonely, wondrous, deep place- Our soul.!!! Here gafni is sharing with the world the truth about human specialness. The uniqueness of each and every one of us- our soul prints.
"Just as in the physical world you have a fingerprint that is unique to you, so in the realm of the spirit You have soul print that belongs to you alone. That print, like the print of your finger, is an identification marker of the deepest kind, with curves and swirls of its own - all your own."
In this journey you are not alone. Marc is there sharing intimately with you your story as well as his own story - his soul print. He shares with you the little moments in life, the big ones, the sad and happy. The most beautiful thing about it is that in every word you somehow find yourself there- you'll discover a beautiful and unique story, your own story.
Gafni is inviting you into yourself- hold on tied because this journey will change your life!!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book's a Gold Rush - Rush out to Read it! Soul Prints - What a treasure chest of stories and teaching and guidance! My husband and I are both voraciously reading it - fighting over who gets to read it when! Gafni is one of those alchemist authors who knows how to turn the written word into gold. Every page sparkles-whether it be through spell binding stories, transformative "soul print practices", or deep mystical insights. Gafni draws from what seems to be a fathomless reservoir of wisdom, and knowledge of the mystical mechanics of the world. And yet, he expresses these depths and mysteries in the most accessible of ways. Making the complex, quite simple. Likewise he can take the most common of ideas and cast it in a new light. Making the seemingly simple, quite complex. For instance, he returns us to the beauty of the most basic of Biblical texts, taking Biblical stories we have heard a dozen times and revealing in them insights we never would have imagined-insights that can revolutionize the way that we live in the world. This book is the perfect read for the mystical initiate, or for the business man, for a person searching, or for a person who has found, yet wants deepening. This alchemist author helps us bcome alchemist readers - able to turn our most common characteristics into Soul Prints of gold. Eureka!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Niehoff on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Soul Prints is a wonderful book. I've read it twice already, and every time, I find something new in it. Each story or bit of advice leads you step by step towards a clearer view of your own soul print -- the real self that unfortunately so often gets hidden by daily life.
The stories and bits of philosophy are told in exactly the right tone: neither the over-simplistic and gratingly cheerful attitude of pop psychology, nor the rather elitist, obscuring sort of Kabbalistic references that you have to be a Kabbalistic scholar already to have any hope of understanding.
I first read this book over half a year ago, and I can myself say that it has changed me -- sent me down different, better paths. Definitely, read it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amalia on August 5, 2001
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I seldom write reviews although I am an avid reader of a wide variety of books. This book, however is one which has inspired me and motivated me to make necessary changes in my life.
Rabbi Gafni has the gift of making the stories of the Bible come to life. I have read or heard many of these stories before, but have never been able to relate to them in a way that actually touched me emotionally. I enjoyed the Soul Print Practice sections of the book particularly because they helped clarify areas of my life that needed healing and a perhaps a new perspective.
This book is about living your truth, no matter what your religious background or beliefs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on April 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Heard the taped version of SOUL PRINTS, written and read by Marc
Gafni . . . he is a rabbi and dean of the Merlitz Public Culture Center in
Israel, but don't be put off by either that title or his religion . . . this
is a beautiful book that begins with the premise that everyone is
lonely and many people look for cures in places where they will
never find them.

Gafni further contends that our soul prints can help us--and others--deal
with this loneliness . . . just as fingerprints are unique, so too
are soul prints--the individual marks left behind by each human soul
on everyone it touches.

One key to finding happiness in life is to share these soul prints
with others . . . and that point is movingly brought home by Gafni's tale
of a rabbi who told his family he was too sick to go to temple
on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the year for Jews) . . . when they
all leave, the rabbi then sneaks off to play golf . . . on the very first
hole, he hits a tremendous drive and it goes right into the cup
for a hole-in-one . . . yet because he can't share his story with
anybody because he has told a lie, it is meaningless.

In addition, Gafni says there's an easy way to see if another
person of the opposite sex is right for you . . . you have to be
able to share your childhood with him or her; if you can't do this,
then you can't share your soul print and you won't have a
meaningful relationship.

Lastly, I liked how the author gave practical suggestions
on ways to connect with others . . . for instance, in a
restaurant, never let yourself be served without knowing the
name of your waiter or waitress . . . when you do this, you'll
see the other person for the first time.

I've lately adapted this last idea and have noticed quite
a difference, in my approach as well as my server's.
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