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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Integral Publishers (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467522775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467522779
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is very rare that one comes across a teacher or a book that is ‘changing the game.' My friend, Dr. Marc Gafni, is such a teacher. He is a rare combination of brilliance, depth, and heart. Marc's teaching on the Unique Self in an evolutionary context is ‘changing the game.'" -- Michael Murphy, co-founder of Esalen Institute

“Your Unique Self is one of the most brilliant, provocative, and original books of the new century. Dr. Marc Gafni…provides an evolutionary road map for the great birth. The Unique Self vision is absolutely essential for the next step of evolution. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
--Andrew Harvey, Author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

“MARC GAFNI’S INTEGRAL UNIQUE SELF TEACHING IS SEMINAL - this groundbreaking book will change forever not only how you think about enlightenment, but how you understand the very nature of human life itself. The Unique Self work offers one of the most significant contemporary evolutions of enlightenment teaching.”
--Ken Wilber, Integral Philosopher

“Marc, a fellow drinker at the holy taverns has written a fine, fine book. Kabbalists say a Day of Fixing is coming. There are great stories here from the Hasidic masters and from Marc’s own life, honoring the unique soulmaking that has brought you to this moment. Awaken to the individual beauty of your path.”
--Coleman Barks, Rumi translator

“Dr. Marc Gafni’s teaching on the Unique Self radically evolves the way we understanding and realize enlightenment. He is a great teacher of both heart and mind. His depth, practicality, and heartfelt charisma will change your life.”
--John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“With exceptional brilliance and an awakened heart, Dr. Marc Gafni speaks for the evolution of consciousness. Unique Self enlightenment is essential for the next stage in our evolution. They have emerged from his direct experience. I highly recommend them.”
--Michael Bernard Beckwith, Author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

“Marc Gafni is a brilliant teacher and heart master.  This book contains the essence of his teaching on what it means to live an enlightened life from a ground of one’s own personal uniqueness. A truly ground-shifting book… it can change your life. A book that deserves to become a classic.” 
 --Sally Kempton, Author of Meditation for the Love of It

“Marc Gafni has written a brilliant book. He articulates a bold philosophy that calls every individual to realize their Unique Self and give their Unique Gifts. Gafni and Ken Wilber are catalytic voices for the newly emergent World Spirituality movement. I highly recommend this book.”
 --John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods, Chair Center for World Spirituality

“A great read. Dr. Marc Gafni not only understands the material, but has lived it. The book is both thorough and fun, and will provoke deep thoughts. I meant to scan it on vacation and ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting. It’s a book that is worth many readings. It will both fascinate you in its insights and annoy you that you haven’t read this book until now.”
 --Dave Logan Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Tribal Leadership, former Associate Dean of USC Marshall School of Business

“This is an amazing book from an amazing mind. Using the concept of the “Unique Self,” the author succeeds in…redefining, extending, and integrating the core meanings of healing, wholeness and the self will expand the consciousness of all readers. I compliment the author’s intellectual and spiritual achievement and recommend it to all travelers on the journey to enlightenment.”
 --Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., Author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

“Marc is a very inspiring and talented transformational teacher.”
 --Deepak Chopra

From the Author

We once believed that to be enlightened was a process of evolving beyond your experience of being a skin encapsulated ego, your separate self, in order to realize your essence as indivisible from the seamless coat of the universe. This is actually the first stage of a much greater journey. What unfolds next is the realization of your true uniqueness as the highest expression of enlightenment. Your Unique Self offers a paradigm-shifting investigation into the nature of spiritual awakening and the underlying purpose of human existence. This book speaks dangerous words -- dangerous to your sense that you are small -- to your feeling that you are invisible or alone. Your Unique Self dares you to listen dangerously -- to embrace your greatness and open to the infinite love intelligence that yearns to enter the world as you.

More About the Author

Dr. Marc Gafni is a philosopher, public intellectual and wisdom teacher. He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, rabbinic certification from the chief rabbinate in Israel, as well private rabbinic ordination. He is also ordained and holds a doctorate in religious science. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on integral principles, as well as the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the co-founder and director of the Center for World Spirituality, an activist think tank dedicated to evolving and articulating a shared global framework of meaning and responsibility. The Center's leadership includes John Mackey, Mariana Caplan, Sally Kempton, Lori Galperin, Warren Farrell, Kathy Brownback, Victoria Myer, Liza Braude, Tom Goddard, Elizabeth Helen Bullock, Terry Nelson, Wyatt Woodsmall, Chahat Corten, and Mauk Pieper.

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 has also been called a master of the heart and a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for love, eros and relationship. He is a guest editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice on issues of integral spirituality, has been a faculty member of JFK University, and is the author of eight books including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the erotic and the sacred. His latest book, Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment, was named #1 in Spirituality by USABookNews in 2012.

An iconoclastic artist and provocative visionary, Dr. Gafni has led spiritual movements and learning communities as well as created and hosted for several seasons a highly popular national Israeli television program on Israel's leading network. The program focused on culture, meaning, and spirit.

He is the father of four children (the youngest being three years old), in committed relationship, and lives in Northern California.

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I found "Your Unique Self" deeply moving and life changing.
H. Bishop
There is also great material in the footnotes, so you can engage the book on many different levels of breath.
Chahat Corten, Venwoude, Holland
I highly recommend all spiritual seekers to dive into all of Marc's work.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chahat Corten, Venwoude, Holland on October 2, 2012
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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?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julia Press on June 28, 2013
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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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Bishop on September 27, 2012
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Westphal on July 11, 2013
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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!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adael Bullock on October 5, 2012
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This book changes everything for me. The teaching here brings the light of revelation to questions I have had for over 25 years. The distinctions between ego and unique self, the reclaiming of the personal ground of being and becoming, the brilliant clarity that opens things up for me in terms of the relationship between the personal and impersonal, the chapter on sex and unique self and one on sacred autobiography - each of these are as dense as a whole book. If you are not a reader or a reader who has read many books of spiritual teachings and integral philosophy - this is a MUST READ!

As a professional counselor I have worked with shadow for years with clients as well as in my own personal work - the conversation about shadow blows away all the extensive reading around shadow that I have done and my notions about it. Far beyond a teaching of Unique Self - this book is a transmission. It changes how I know the ground of being in the most delightful, profound and even playful ways. After five decades of spiritual study, practice and transpersonal experiences - prayer, meditation, yoga and chant - as well as deep explorations of mysticism from Christian and Buddhist perspectives - there remained within me a longing for something that was missing. The glimpse of the divine through quantum physics and the explorations by the giants in this field expanded my curiosity and imagination. Yet it is Your Unique Self that has invited every cell in my body and every part of me into a mulit-dimenstional perspective that can hold many truths as part of a greater whole and awakened my passion and aliveness as nothing has before. Your Unique Self does this not by negating but by transcending and including everything that has come before while taking a truly momentous next step into evolutionary, radical, erotic, mega challenging and elegantly simple Unique Self dharma.
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