Dr. Marc Gafni is a philosopher, visionary scholar 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, and is the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the co-founder (with Mariana Caplan) 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.
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 a guest 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 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 books are Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment which received a 2012 USA Best Book Award, and Radical Kabbalah.
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 culture, meaning, and spirit. He is the father of four children (the youngest being three years old), is in committed relationship, and lives in Northern California.
At the core of Gafni’s teaching and writing is what he calls the Enlightenment of Fullness, the linchpin of which is Unique Self Teachings, a breakthrough technology with the “potential to change the source code of the human experience”. The essence of Unique Self is that every human being has a story which possesses infinite value, dignity, and worth. That story needs to be lived, told and received. The unique story of every human is the source of irreducible value. No person can ever merely be a means to someone else’s end. This unique quality of every human story is not an accident but is the very nature of essence. Awakening to one’s Unique Self is an essential part of one’s educational, psychological, economic, emotional, physical and spiritual maturation.