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Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism: Two Models and Why They Matter

by Dr. Marc Gafni

Two major works have been written within the framework of Integral Wisdom about the nature of Self and God. While they share important features, namely the evolutionary context of the conversation and a vision of Self beyond Ego, their interior visions of the quality of the Self beyond Ego are profoundly different.

Both of these visions of Self-or key dimensions of the two versions-have been adopted, directly and indirectly by many spiritual teachers. In this clear and compelling work Marc Gafni articulates the two models, their shared features, their differences and why-as we seek to articulate an Integral Wisdom-these differences matter so desperately.

Marc Gafni’s work on Unique Self is compelling, original and powerfully helpful to anyone seeking to understand the relationship between the different aspects of self, enlightenment and God. It has, in many ways, changed the Integral conversation on what it means to be an enlightened self. This brilliant new book goes the next step in exploring the implications of Unique Self. I highly recommend it to any serious student of enlightenment and transformation.”
– Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti

“Reading Self has been a fabulous opening for me. What I received from it is the understanding of how my own Unique Self can make intimate contact with the Unique Self of my students, ‘which further elicits the Unique Self of the teacher as well as the student’.  I can now feel how to do it in my teaching, in the personal mentoring, and in my whole life with everyone everywhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this great liberation that overcomes the illusion of separation and reserve.”
– Barbara Marx Hubbard, President, The Foundation for Conscious Evolution

 

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