Thursday, November 24, 2011

Where Was The Rabbi on Friday Night?

Remember the sort of "Where Was The Rabbi..." mysteries? Here's the first in the series.

Well, where will Rabbi Marc Gafni be this coming Friday night, and several thereafter?

In Church.

Okay, a special Church.

The Integral Church.

Starting on December 2nd • 8 pm for a few successive weeks.

The Integral Church is

an enactment of Integral consciousness, initiated by Dr. Marc on New Year's weekend 2010. In Integral Church, we engage a passionate and integrated spiritual practice that is emergent from the best of the world''s spiritual traditions. Each First Friday has a theme. The themes deepen in each new cycle. The theme for this coming December 2nd First Friday is:


WHEN: December 2nd • 8 pm
WHERE: 1584 36th Avenue ( apt B)
San Francisco, CA 94122

Join your World Spirituality guide Dr. Marc Gafni and friends at First Fridays-for an intimate and deep evening of practice, love, and relationships as we explore Identifying Your Unique Gifts: The Power and Practice of the Evolutionary Lover. In world spirituality teaching, the core joy and obligation of a human being is to live and give Your Unique Gift.

Every human being has a particular set of gifts that they can offer in the world. What are your unique gifts? The nature of the gift, like the perspective held by every human being, is utterly unique. The ability to offer this gift freely in the world depends on our ability to free ourselves of limiting and false notions of who we are, and identify with our larger service. Some of our gifts are modest, private and intimate—some are larger than life and have dramatic impact in the public sphere. However, every Unique Gift arises and may be offered in all four quadrants. From a non-dual perspective, your unique gift creates your unique obligation. In the language of one teacher of Unique Self, "Man’s deed is God’s need."

God needs your service. God, in the first, second and third person, needs your service. To live your Unique Self and offer your Unique Gifts is to align yourself with the evolutionary impulse and fulfill your evolutionary obligation as a Lover.

Living as an Evolutionary Lover is the passionate path of the New Enlightenment. The way you make this path real and alive in your life is by identifying and giving your Unique Gifts. Buddhism teaches the Enlightenment of Emptiness. To do this you must dis-identify with you personality story. And this is fully half the story.

The second half of the story is the Enlightenment of Fullness. To realize the enlightenment of fullness you must fully inhabit, embody and Live Your Story.

There are four key steps in this process:
1) Evolve beyond exclusive identification with ego
2) Take off the mask of your particular false self
3) Identify your Unique Gift
4) Begin to give your Unique Gift in the world

Yes, "Dr. Marc" is Rabbi Marc Gafni.


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