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The Failed Love Story at the Root of All Evil w/ Aubrey Marcus & Dr. Marc Gafni

We are absolutely delighted to share with you this new, incredible podcast with Aubrey Marcus and Dr. Marc Gafni, in which they talk about one of the most complex issues in philosophy and religion: the root cause of evil.

The thesis that Dr. Marc and Aubrey present is that the evil we see in the world is rooted in failed love stories. Our own love stories—personally and collectively—are, in Marc’s words, “chapter and verse in the Universe: a Love Story.” Evil therefore—the opposite of “live”—is at its root the failure of the love story, which is the very plot line of the real.

Marc and Aubrey unpack the potent and poignant realization, that when you lose the plot line of the real you act against Reality. This sacred hermeneutic—lense of sensemaking—allows us to begin to approach so much of what we see in the world today.

The fundamentalist distortions of Jihad, the hidden power agenda’s of military industrial complexes, and the AI driven “digital dictatorships in the making”, all share a common root: their dissociation from the plot line of “Reality is a love story.”

This frame will help bring understanding to much of what we are seeing in today’s culture, from AI to the war in the Middle East.

The surprise reveal is how the box office hit Barbie, actually points to the reality of our failed love story in Western culture.

We encourage you to slowly listen to every sentence of this deep and nuanced podcast. Marc and Aubrey speak with broken hearts, with clarity, but always in the unknowing. Always in devotion to the Mystery. Yet every sentence and literally every phrase in every sentence, offers new insight and whispers love in every distinction, opening hearts and minds with every breath.

This stunning conversation is not an ordinary podcast. It can’t just be listened to—it must be studied, meditated on and engaged deeply.

It is only that level of deep listening that both allows us to integrate the new Gnosis, even as it generates our own unique contribution, addition and even challenge to this new Dharma.

So that we can together birth “the new human and the new humanity.”

It is our prayer that this deep conversation begins to evoke what we call “a new story of value” that has the power and poignancy to respond to the meta-crisis.

The Failed Love Story at the Root of All Evil w/ Aubrey Marcus & Dr. Marc Gafni2024-01-31T06:58:57-08:00

December Updates: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis

Our new book can be pre-ordered from the US and Canada (we are working on creating direct ordering from Europe and other countries – please stand by!):


Forty-Two Propositions on CosmoErotic Humanism, the Meta-Crisis, and the World to Come

by David J. Temple


First Principles and First Values is the tip of the spear in the fight for a humane future. Establishing frameworks for a new school of thought called CosmoErotic Humanism, the book is built around forty-two propositions that provide new source code for the future of planetary culture.

Like Europe in the early Renaissance, humanity is in a time between worlds, at a time between stories. First Principles and First Values contains blueprints for the bridge needed to cross from this world to the next.

“The position argued for in this book is of vital importance . . . it needs urgently to be read.”
IAIN McGILCHRIST, author of The Master and His Emissary

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December Updates: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis2023-12-27T03:44:57-08:00

Exploring the Self with Dr. Marc Gafni and Paul Chek

The state of our world is in such a fragile place right now, which means it’s up to all of us to step up to the plate and do our part to make it better. You can’t be that agent of change, however, if you don’t know your self…

Explore the concept of self and be prepared to tackle the three most important questions any human being has to answer as Dr. Marc Gafni returns for another deep dive into cosmo-erotic humanism in this Living 4D conversation with Paul Chek. 

Paul Chek is a world-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology, stress management and holistic wellness.

In this conversation Paul Chek and Marc Gafni explore what Self really means. Discover the three most important questions a human being has to answer and the one thing we need to get right to not go extinct!

  • The most important questions a human being has to answer. (4:14)
  • “If we don’t get this right, we’re going to go extinct.” (10:15)
  • The second simplicity. (18:41)
  • The separate self is a puzzle piece. (32:18)
  • Your unique self. (40:23)
  • Uniqueness: The currency of connection. (52:57)
  • “God is an ultimate wholeness…” (59:09)
  • Evolutionary unique self. (1:11:33)
  • “My unique self is my unique eros.” (1:33:11)
  • The self as an archetype. (1:53:26)
  • Your storyline. (2:10:44)
  • One of the mysteries of reality. (2:20:37)
  • Certainty and uncertainty: Values of the cosmos. (2:27:59)
  • The other door in the self. (2:35:28)

Paul Chek on Marc Gafni: “His work is absolutely friggin’ phenomenal!”

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Exploring the Self with Dr. Marc Gafni and Paul Chek2024-01-04T09:28:25-08:00

Barbie, Hamas, & Homo Amor: From Degraded Love Stories to “The Universe: A Love Story”

Looking at two seemingly unconnected events — the Barbie movie and the Hamas atrocities of October 7, 2023 — helps us clarify our perception and articulate a third possibility. Although there is zero moral equivalence between Barbie and Hamas, both are degraded love stories.

That’s what makes them so dangerous.

  • Hamas is a wildly destructive expression of fundamentalism; it degrades and demonizes the body and desire itself. Desire, perceived as evil, is projected outwards, onto ‘infidels,’ and then brutally destroyed.
  • Barbie is an expression of postmodernism: it disqualifies love, value, and desire as non-real, as mere social constructs.

In absence of real value, we lose capacity for moral distinctions; that’s why Hamas atrocities were celebrated on university campuses across the Western world. Postmodernism and fundamentalism are swelling movements in today’s world, and both will destroy us.

Our only chance is the third way, the third possibility — articulating a shared story of value rooted in the clarified realization that the Universe is a love story, Reality is desire, and no one is excluded from the love story.

This series below is from One Mountain, Many Paths, a weekly live broadcast of Evolutionary Sensemaking with Dr. Marc Gafni. Click here to register to participate live every Sunday at 10 am PT.


Barbie, Hamas, & Homo Amor: From Degraded Love Stories to “The Universe: A Love Story”2024-06-05T09:57:45-07:00

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November News: Love or Die2023-12-26T09:13:25-08:00

From the Holy of Holies: A Dialogue between Drs. Tom Goddard and Marc Gafni on ErosValue and Choice and Choicelessness

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Here is the transcript of this dialogue between Dr. Marc Gafni and Dr. Tom Ronen Goddard.

Marc:                          Let’s talk about this new word in the Dharma, which is a word that appeared maybe a year ago, which is this word ErosValue. That’s our topic for the next few minutes. And in some sense, as you know, my love, we didn’t start talking about First Values and First Principles. The first time I ever mentioned that term, it was probably 2018. I mean, in other words, we talked about the Dharma until then. And at a certain point, I realized that’s the wrong word for lots of different reasons. And so we moved to First Values and First Principles that’s turned out to be extremely rich and necessary. The topic of the first book we’re putting out with World Philosophy and Religion Press is called First Values and First Principles, and according to, whatever the subtitles are, David J. Temple book. I should introduce you to him.

Tom:                           No, I met him in Vermont.

Marc:                          Yeah, that’s right. He did stop by for a second, didn’t he?

Tom:                           Yeah, absolutely.

Marc:                          He was there. That’s true.

Tom:                           I’ve got some of his writing right over there.

Marc:                          Wow! Wow! That’s awesome. That is awesome. That is awesome. Yeah, that is awesome. So it’s very, very, very big deal to put those words together as one word, And we started doing something like this when we started talking about maybe five, six, seven years ago, eight years ago. We started talking about maybe a decade ago. We even started talking about LoveIntelligence and LoveBeauty. And then I added LoveDesire, LoveIntelligence, LoveBeauty and LoveDesire.

We realized that in those words that we had to construct new language. Because if language is this building block of reality, and if we want to evolve reality, we have to evolve language. And Elena actually just wrote me a 10,000-word paper on the nature of language because she’s a linguist and how that fits into the intimacy formula. So language is its own gorgeous world. So ErosValue, what does that mean? What does the ErosValue means? What does it mean to you? Let’s just talk about it. This is not a dial-a-lecture. This is not dial-a-dharma Let’s study it together. What’s Eros?

Tom:                           What first occurs to me is bidirectional. I mean, Eros generates value, but there’s also Eros as a value.

Marc:                          Right. So on the one hand, so I started saying it as Eros, we made a list of First Principles and First Values. We could only do like deep in Holy of Holies. So we made a list of First Principles and First Values, and there’s 18 of them, and that shows up in the new book. And okay, so what’s the primary values? The primary value is Eros, and it’s all of them in a certain sense emerge from Eros, But it’s also true that when I say that there’s intrinsic value in the cosmos, what I mean is that value is erotic. What that means is that value is alluring. My value is alluring. I’m allured to value. It’s not a dry category. It’s not a desiccated category. It’s wet. It’s too messy. It’s pulsing. It’s alive, which is why value arouses will.

Let’s go really slow here because we get to like breathe here and go slow, not like quick in a one minute. So what’s will? Let’s see if we fill in the pieces of it. It’s very exciting and it keeps me up at night in a good way. So will as we know is ratzon, R-A-T-Z-O-N.

Tom:                           Right, I remember that, yeah.

Marc:                          Ratzon. Ratzon, always as well. That’s the word. So in radical Kabbalah, for example, there’s an entire extremely important chapter. And again, if you can, as we start Holy of Holies again, there’s like the Sixth, Seventh core books, like have them accessible so you can find this stuff, because it’s…

Tom:                           Right over there. Radical Kabbalah right over there.

Marc:                          Right over there. So there’s a section on ratzon. So ratzon is literally Ratzon Hashem, the Will of God, or Hashem, H-A-S-H-E-M, the Will of the Name.

Now let’s go slow. So will is my will. But where does my will come from? So free will. So I’m looking at this book. It’s popular these days. It’s a very bad book, but everyone thinks it’s brilliant, by Sapolsky basically saying determined life without free, becoming the du jour position these days. Lots of reasons. So bracket that for a second. So ratzon is will. So we’ve got the sense of will.

Okay. So where does my will come from? So if we look at the Song of Solomon and we opened the Song of Solomon, and let’s just read it together, let’s just open it together. Maybe open it up. Read us the first four verses. You give us the first four verses. Give us a slow, dramatic Ronen reading of the first four verses of the Song of Solomon.

Tom:                           Oh, I need a bookmark in that. Here we go. The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. Oh, that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth for your love is better than wine. Your anointing oils are fragrant. Your name is oil poured out. Therefore, the maidens love you. Draw me after you. Let me make haste. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you. We will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.

Marc:                          So let’s do that last verse. Okay? So draw me after, read that one again. Mashcheni Acharecha Narutzah.

Tom:                           Draw me after you. Let me make haste. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exalt and rejoice in you. We will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.

Marc:                          So this is a major text. So let’s look at the whole thing, we could, but let’s just go for that verse. Mashcheni Acharecha, draw me after you, Mashcheni Acharecha [Hebrew] Narutzah, and I will ruts, I will run after you, but run doesn’t make haste loses the sense of it, is the sense of ruts is to run. And in the account of the chariot, the Maaseh Merkabah, in Ezekiel and Isaiah, [Hebrew], the animals, the wild animals, but also the [Hebrew], that’s how the lineage reads it, [Hebrew] is the aliveness, [Hebrew], the aliveness, ratzo, ruts, ratzo, runs towards, expands, explodes, Ronen explodes. [Hebrew] and then comes back and rests.

So the movement of cosmos, the movement of She, the movement of divinity in Maaseh Merkabah, in the account of the chariot, which is the locus classicus of divine science in the Western world, has this word as its major word, the explosion, the ecstatic explosion is ratzo, to run towards. Make haste is like boring. No, no, it’s like Mashcheni Acharecha, draw me after you, [Hebrew] Narutzah, and I will run towards you.

Tom:                           Right.

Marc:                          [Hebrew], the king has brought me into his inner chambers, Nagila V’nismecha Bach, let us rejoice ecstatically in you, Ki Tovim Dodecha Meyayin, et cetera. Okay, this is a very, very, very important word. So ruts, Ratzon Hashem, very beautiful brother, at the will of God, means this moment in Eros where the first stages, and you wouldn’t know anything about this, but you may have friends.

Tom:                           I’ve read books too. Yeah.

Marc:                          Books.

Tom:                           Yeah.

Marc:                          Sketches. So Mashcheni Acharecha is the seduction. It’s like, “Draw me after you.” And the word meshiha in Hebrew means literally to draw towards or meshiha in Hebrew, you would say, [Hebrew], are you drawn to her? So meshiha means attraction, literally. So Mashcheni Acharecha, allure me to you, so that’s the first stages of allurement. Then there’s a certain moment at which I’m in. You cross that line. There’s a certain line, it’s an invisible line in the sand. Up to the moment of that line, there’s choice. The second you cross that line, choice disappears.

Now in bad literature of sexual harassment, “Oh, I was so and I felt coerced,” we’re talking about the exact opposite. We don’t go choice downward, we go choice upward. So from choice to choicelessness, which is the word that we use in radical Kabbalah in Part 7, Volume 1. So I’m now so in that I’ve crossed the line, I’ve given up my sense of choice, and that’s ruts. That’s running towards, which is will.

So you see something very subtle and very beautiful. We get to slow down and breathe in Holy of Holies, it’s like, “Oh, so will is the place where choice is given up.” That’s the ultimate paradox. Meaning I give up all of the senses of rational choosing, or of what we call in the Zohar ratzon tachton, lower will, and I moved to ratzon elyon, to higher will, which is the place of choicelessness,

So why am I connected to Tom Ronen Goddard? Just because higher will, choicelessness. You might go back and say, “No, no, no, we made a series of choices.” We had Shalom [Mountain Wisdom School] and we had that conversation behind the house. Of course, we chose. There were lots of other people around. There were lots of students. There were lots of teachers. Not that we were stuck and had no choice. True and not true at all. Choicelessness.

Tom:                           I can actually think of the moment I crossed the line with you. I was in the middle of that wisdom school and was like, “Oh, well that’s obvious.”

Marc:                          That’s what this verse is describing.

Tom:                           Beautiful.

Marc:                          Ain’t that gorgeous?

Tom:                           Oh, gorgeous.

Marc:                          Crazy gorgeous. It’s exactly describing that. So that’s where will, paradoxically, comes online. We would think in kind of classical materialist western culture, “Oh, that’s where will disappeared.” No, that’s where the obfuscations in the impediments to will disappeared, what seems to construe itself as will disappeared, and now we cross that line. At the moment we cross that line, you’re in, like, boom! So in a certain sense, everything that led up, we were in Don Manor. In other words, that’s all part of Mashcheni Acharecha, draw me after you. But then there’s a moment where we cross over. And that moment is will. That’s ratzon.

Tom:                           Yeah.

Marc:                          Very, very, very beautiful. Let’s find this first segment. So ratzon, will, is an erotic word. That’s so interesting. That word is tumescent with Eros in its very linguistic structure, not as a kind of later overlay. No, no, no, that’s the point. So it’s through my will that I choose value, but my will is Eros. It starts to get really beautiful, starts to get really beautiful. And what’s happening is, love, just to speak into this little pocket of Tom’s frustration, I’m trying to say big things like this in a minute in One Mountain, which you can’t quite do rely because there’s not enough. It’s why we talked about needing a wisdom school again. You got to go slow. And that’s what I do myself all the time. Everyone thinks I think fast and I don’t. I think very slowly. I read very slowly. And I got to step. Okay. No, no, no. Did I understand that or did I not?

Now I try and find it in my body. What is that? Because it’s in my body, [Hebrew]. To my body, I vision God. That’s the core of our lineage. So if I can’t locate it here, it’s not true. So we can locate it. We could locate it in our erotic union. We could locate it with Jubi, and you could locate it again and again. You can actually find it. The sexual models of the erotic, it doesn’t exhaust the erotic. And the Song of Solomon is, all of the Field of Eros, incarnate in the field of the embodied somatic, sexual, physical. And so we’ve got this notion of will is what chooses value.

And of course, the problem with this book is that it’s frightening. And this is becoming the du jour understanding. Frans De Waal, the [INAUDIBLE 00:15:41] dude. He writes in his usual frank and amusing style. Sapolsky argues that free will is an illusion. His stance is both hard to accept and hard to deny, an utterly fascinating topic with mind bobbling implications for human morality. Thank you, motherfucker. It’s intense. We’re saying something else. We’re saying that actually… it’s only my will that can choose great value. There’s no free will. There’s no point in talking about goodness. Conversation’s over. You can’t speak in terms of value unless there’s an ought in Cosmos. There’s only an ought in Cosmos if there’s a will in Cosmos. And that will has to reside in me and it has to have a dimension of freedom.

Otherwise, Cosmos is a mechanical manual. It’s not actually a sacred text. It’s actually a tech manual. I mean, it’s a very beautiful way to say it. Cosmos becomes a tech manual, if you don’t have that notion. And that notion of will which chooses value is Eros. It’s not you’ve mean to see it, and this hit me like a year ago. It’s not that Eros is a value or that value exudes and is suffused with Eros, although those are both true. But no, Eros and value are literally the same thing. And you’re like, “Oh, oh, ErosValue, one word, capital E, capital V, all the way up and all the way down.”

And let’s say we were doing wisdom school, by the way. What would we do? We’d spend an entire weekend on this term. That’s what we developed the Dharma. This is not a plug for doing wisdom school. Although in a non-Holy of Holies conversation, if we don’t do it at psalm, which my guess is we’re not moving that direction, we should do it. It isn’t necessary. I’m going to do a large wisdom school with Aubrey, but that’s a show. That’s a performance. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the way we did it.

Tom:                           Study hall.

Marc:                          That’s right. What we did at Shalom birthed Dharma.

Tom:                           Yeah.

Marc:                          And it’s desperately missing in the system. We don’t have it. We just do an entire weekend and adjust on ErosValue, which we do practices on ErosValue. We do texts at ErosValue. But you can see it now. And as I’ve mentioned ErosValue in One Mountain, probably 15 times in the last six months that you’ve been there for, but it didn’t because it can’t land. It’s too subtle. It’s an actual realization in your body. Every decision Tom makes is ErosValue.

Now here’s where it gets really crazy. Is he choosing or isn’t he? Well, draw me after you, and I will run towards you. And so on the one hand, there’s this sense of, “Oh, reality, goddess, the awake fabric of cosmos, is drawing me towards. And in that drawing me towards, I have an actual experience of choosing,” which is real. “And then I step over a certain line and then she’s living me. I’m being lived as love.” She’s living me. But it’s not that it’s before choice, it’s beyond choice. It’s not that I’m less than choosing. It’s not that there’s no moral force in cosmos. It’s that I am the moral force of cosmos.

Now you might say, “Okay, Sapolsky would say you’re not choosing even in that first stage.” And so that is a mistake because it assumes that all of cosmos is measurable and quantifiable. And therefore, all reducible to antecedent causation. But actually there was a black box in cosmos. The black box is irreducible, it’s non-quantifiable, it’s non-commodifiable, and it’s directly available to you through a disclosure of the deepest anthro-ontological knowing. So there’s an ontological knowing, which is not breakable, downable, it’s not quantifiable, it’s not reducible. But it’s not an ontological knowing only. An ontological knowing means direct access, direct realization, direct experience. It’s an anthro-ontological knowing, which is our new word for the last three years. Because Tom cannot make sense of his experience without saying that on some level he chose Jubi, and on some level he didn’t. But Tom cannot feel, “Oh, I had to do this Holy of Holies with Marc.” It actually takes away some of his joy.

Marc says, “God, someone put a gun to my head,” or Cosmos, it had to be with Tom. No. No. It’s actually this free delight arose in me, which I got to reach out to, let’s meet once a quarter. And Tom said, “Yeah, let’s meet once a quarter.” And those two freedoms met and danced and created joy. And we have a direct access to that. Now could you then measure and go backwards and say, “Well, that which led to that moment, I’ll give you the entire trail of antecedent causation”? Legitimate? It doesn’t matter. But in that moment, something emerges from that moment, which is new.

Now how do I know that new things emerge from moments? That’s called emergence, what happens all the fucking time. So in other words, if antecedent causation ruled the universe, how would you have emergence? But you can only know it in the first person experience of will. And if you can’t know it, ratzon, you can’t know it in mind, and only known in a first person experience. And what I’d like to suggest is that the next time we have Holy of Holies in three months from now, I will bring a set of texts that we’ve never looked at in Kook, never been translated, which are on this notion of will, which are basically unreadable texts, sacred texts. We’re going to read them for the first time. We’ve never read them in our circles either. And this notion of ratzon and tzorekh means necessity. Couldn’t be any different. Living the relationship between those two is where realization lives.

So ErosValue says, on the one hand, value is free will. So subtle. Look how deep it is. It can make you shiver. It’s so beautiful. Value is like, “We choose.” Value means there’s free will. Eros means Mashcheni Acharecha, draw me after you. Narutzah, let us run. No free will. That old nursery rules disappeared. I’ve crossed the line, and we’re in. There’s no backing out without someone shooting you because you’re in, because there’s a higher will that’s living you.

ErosValue, actually, we now begin to see this very subtle, beautiful thing, which is that Eros is choicelessness and value is choice. Shit, is it beautiful. And now I’m going to tell you something that’s going to flip you out. It’s going to flip you the fuck out, which is really beautiful. The depth of our love and our relationship significantly clarified this to me, myself, as I transmitted it to you. That’s what Holy of Holies does. So I know this and understand this better than I did 20 minutes ago. That’s what Holy of Holies is. It’s not just that I shared information, and it’s your depth of presence, and all of our years and all of our trust, all of our love, that actually allowed this to emerge. That’s the space between the cherubs. That’s why we do this. What else is there to say?

Tom:                           It’s gorgeous.

Marc:                          It’s gorgeous. It’s crazy.

Tom:                           Bring on the unread Kook. Let’s do this. I may not be able to wait three months. How I might be tugging on Suzanne’s coat?

Marc:                          It’s gorgeous, right?

Tom:                           Yeah, it’s beautiful.

Marc:                          Gorgeous. Wow! Wow!

Tom:                           Oh wow!

Marc:                          We had no idea Ronen what would happen in this Holy of Holies. And it was up to her to either [Hebrew] place her scarf on her Holy of Holies, or to not. It’s hers. And she did. There’s no bone in my body that takes that for granted. She just opened the door and she confirmed us and in this huge and gorgeous and tender and beautiful way.

Tom:                           I’m inspired to add just one recollection of that beautiful sit down you had with Jerry*** and there were like probably a half a dozen of us in the room, Sean and Victoria and Adele, and we’re kind of surrounding you at the table view with your wine and Jerry with his two little glasses of carrot juice, as I recall. The question was, “Is it urgent or is it not urgent?” What just came to me is that the urgency feels like this, I will run after you, ratzon.

Marc:                          That’s exactly right. No, that’s beautiful. That’s very brave and that’s exactly right. We should find, let’s ask. So I believe we should have that someplace.

Tom:                           You know, Sean has that. He sent it to me about three times. So I have it.

Marc:                          Let’s find it and let’s post it. And my thought is, like a crazy idea, we could even post this and that together. Let’s clarify the Dharma.

Tom:                           Beautiful. Beautiful.

Marc:                          Isn’t that gorgeous?

Tom:                           Gorgeous!

Marc:                          It’s crazy good to us. I love you beyond mad, my friend. I’m grateful.

Tom:                           I love you. I’m in tears.

Marc:                          I’m in tears too. Yeah.

Tom:                           I miss you.

Marc:                          All the way. All the way.

Tom:                           I run after you.

Marc:                          I run after you, my love. Together. No words.

***See this beautiful dialogue between Dr. Marc Gafni and Jerry Judd, the founder of Shalom Mountain.

Listen to the Dialogue between Jerry Judd & Marc Gafni on Unique Self and Urgency
From the Holy of Holies: A Dialogue between Drs. Tom Goddard and Marc Gafni on ErosValue and Choice and Choicelessness2023-12-11T07:24:22-08:00

Discovering Your Unique Self Is the Key for New Conscious Business Leadership — with Dr. Marc Gafni and Studio Stijn

In this episode Marc Gafni shares his ideas about Conscious Business, Conscious Leadership, purpose and the importance of developing yourself as a conscious leader, manager and, in fact for any human being,  in order to serve others. He elaborates on the idea of ‘The Unique Self for leaders and their business in todays world’.

Marc is a visionary thinker, spiritual teacher,  social activist, passionate philosopher, and author of ten books, including the award-winning Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment. He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, is a rabbi and had a talk show on Israelin television.

Together with John Mackey , CEO of Whole Foods Market and entrepreneur Kate Maloney he brings revolutionary ideas on how business should and can be meaningfull far beyond the individual benefit but serving for the better of society and the world.

Marc is known for his rare combination of brilliant mind and overflowing heart. He is a leading public intellectual and has been called a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for love, Eros and relationship.

In that regard he is the co-founder and president of The Centre of Integral Wisdom and at the end of August he will be in Belgium leading a retreat called the ‘Eros mystery School’. If after listening you feel like you want to participate to this great event, you can use the link below.

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Discovering Your Unique Self Is the Key for New Conscious Business Leadership — with Dr. Marc Gafni and Studio Stijn2023-12-11T07:35:43-08:00

Navigating the Mind, Body, and Heart Connection with Dr. Marc Gafni and Aaron Alexander

In this episode of the Align podcast, Marc Gafni talks about the mind, body, and heart connection. He covers the different ways tension manifests in the body, and the ways we can communicate with music. He also dives deep into the importance of our psychological self, mystical self, and future self, as ways to view our past, present, and future. We end the conversation with an exploration of love and compassion, and methods to be more mindful in day-to-day life.

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Navigating the Mind, Body, and Heart Connection with Dr. Marc Gafni and Aaron Alexander2023-12-11T07:44:06-08:00

The Hidden Wisdom of the Temple Solomon Recovered w/ Rabbi Dr. Marc Gafni and Aubrey Marcus

What is the wisdom of the Temple of Solomon that has been hidden for over 3000 years?

The Hebrew Wisdom sage, leading world philosopher, my teacher, Dr. Marc Gafni, has been on a quest to decipher these texts like the Da Vinci Code, and the evolution of the secrets revealed may be exactly what is necessary to deliver us from the existential threats we face today.  

For more on the wisdom from the Solomon lineage, and a deeper understanding of the CosmoErotic Universe, check out the book: ⁠A Return to Eros by Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid. 

Time Stamps:

00:00– Intro

2:00– The Lineage Of The Temple Of Solomon

17:00– Totalitarianism, Invisible Controllers, AI, Dystopia

41:12– Downloading The Temple Of Solomon

1:05:33– Understanding Eros More Deeply

1:17:50– Desire, Will, & The Name Of God

1:33:53– The Feminine Desire & Pleasure

1:40:55– Paganism, Eros And Ethics

1:53:34– What Actions Can We Take?

The Hidden Wisdom of the Temple Solomon Recovered w/ Rabbi Dr. Marc Gafni and Aubrey Marcus2023-12-06T05:29:26-08:00

On Tantra, Erotic Humanism, & Pleasure (Part 1 & 2) with Dr. Marc Gafni at Untamed & Unashamed

In this episode we discuss:

-what brought him to his studies on eros and mysticism

-What is Eros

-What it is to live in Eros

-how our culture has institutionalized the fall of eros in to the sexual

-All ethical collapses come from the failure of the erotic

-what is Tantra

-the word messiah means conversation

-we put someone on the outside, in order to feel on the inside

-Orgasm means light

-There is no Hebrew word for charity

-sexuality contains with in it all wisdom

-the different voices of pleasure

Dr. Marc Gafni on Tantra, Erotic Humanism, & Pleasure (Part 1)

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Dr. Marc Gafni on Tantra, Erotic Humanism, & Pleasure (Part 2)

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On Tantra, Erotic Humanism, & Pleasure (Part 1 & 2) with Dr. Marc Gafni at Untamed & Unashamed2023-12-06T05:20:48-08:00

Challenging the Purity Culture: All of Reality Is Driven by the EROTIC — with Dr. Marc Gafni and the Medicin Podcast

In this important conversation, we are challenging the ethos of Purity Culture and offering a new shared Story of Value.

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00:00 Intro + What Marc would gift to the world

08:28 Our upbringing in purity culture

15:17 Sex: Negative, Positive, Neutral + Sacred

28:50 New Narrative: Sex Erotic

35:20 Purity of F*ck

44:40 How GOD becomes more GOD

50:20 Many qualities of love-making

55:55 The “Holy of Holies” of the Bible

1:02:00 Collapsing under unbearable shame

1:10:23 The tragedy of Fundamentalism

1:16:04 How to start experiencing Eros

1:26:30 Accessing your unique script of desire

1:33:33 Boundary breaking in Eros

1:41:24 How to approach with our children

1:42:00 Free gifts from Marc

1:45:08 Where to find more from Marc

Challenging the Purity Culture: All of Reality Is Driven by the EROTIC — with Dr. Marc Gafni and the Medicin Podcast2023-12-06T05:40:46-08:00

Dr. Marc Gafni: Anthro-Ontology and the Three Eyes

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This is an early draft of an essay drawn from the forthcoming volumes of The Universe: A Love Story—First Meditations on CosmoErotic Humanism in Response to the Meta-Crisis in the Great Library of CosmoErotic Humanism. The first draft of this essay was written by Dr. Marc Gafni in conversation with Barbara Marx Hubbard and Dr. Zak Stein. It was edited and prepared for publication by Kerstin Tuschik. We welcome substantive feedback as we prepare a more advanced version of this essay.

At the core of CosmoErotic Humanism—in contradistinction for example to the Kingship model of God that dominates much of classical organized religion, or the flatland reductionism not of authentic empirical science but, rather, of the dogmas of scientistic materialism—is the realization that Reality is Eros. Eros, as we have noted, is not a one-dimensional force of allurement. If it was, Cosmos would disappear in a split-second. Rather, Eros is the precise balance between allurement and autonomy—attraction and repulsion—fusion and fission.

It is this kind of First Value and First Principle that animates our words when we write, we live in an Intimate Universe—or what we sometimes refer to as a CosmoErotic Universe. Eros seeks intimacy. Indeed, the plotline of Reality is the progressive deepening of intimacies. Evolution is the Love Story of the Universe—The Universe: A Love Story.

This gnosis of First Principles and First Values, however, is disclosed to us not through natural law, which would then be subject to the naturalistic fallacy,[1] nor through what is classically termed a supernatural intervention of revelation. We do not turn first to nature. Nor do we turn to the caricature of a small local God, owned by one nation or religion.

Rather, we turn inward. And here, we invoke the Anthro-Ontological Method. At the core of Anthro-Ontology is the realization that not only do we live in Reality, but Reality lives in us. We not only live in an Intimate Universe, but the Intimate Universe lives in us.

The far-reaching implication of this realization is that our own clarified interiors—as humans (= anthropos)—disclose a deeper truth (ontology) about the nature and structure of Reality itself. That means that the Eros—or Love—that throbs at the core of our being is not isolated or local. Rather, the qualities of clarified Eros that live inside us participate in the largest qualities of Evolutionary Love, as intrinsic to Cosmos.

These First Principles and First Values of evolution are both the ground and the telos of Cosmos.

It is within the context of this telos—these evolving First Values and First Principles—that the Reality of Cosmos unfolds.

In this context, there is no contradiction between freedom and necessity, or between contingency and elegant order and design. Eros is full suffusion and presence, and full freedom—living in dialectical relationship—which is the core nature of the Eros that animates Cosmos. Radical presence, which animates, suffuses, seduces, invites, and even subtly directs us, lives dialectically with contingency, freedom, and surprise—with the possibility of possibilities inherent in every moment.

As our close colleague, the philosopher and scientist Howard Bloom, expresses it, from the perspective of exterior science, opposites are joined at the hip.

Indeed, this notion of paradox—opposites joined at the hip—has been articulated by us, together with Howard, as itself being one of the First Principles and First Values of Cosmos. In the Eros of Cosmos, we directly experience ostensibly designed, elegant order and telos—dancing with contingency and freedom.

You can access this quality—anthro-ontologically—directly in your own experience.

Consider a truly great conversation between close friends, unfolding over many years, which is almost a sacred process.

The nature of such conversations is never pre-planned. There is no formal itinerary, no designated or designed program. They are filled with radical surprise. They are defined by contingency.

At the same time, they are not in any sense random or arbitrary. Indeed, they are filled with elegant order and inherent design. Pieces, strands of conversation, and themes weave themselves together into a larger whole that would have taken months of painstaking planning had they been pre-ordained or written out as a script. And it is doubtful that such pre-design could yield that level of elegance, nuance, and depth. Such conversations are ultimately meaningful and often disclose depth and originality in an always surprising and often shockingly beautiful fashion.

In the Eros of the conversation, the apparent contradiction between elegant design and contingent surprise disappears.

That is the nature of a genuine sacred conversation.

Conversation itself is the erotic structure of Cosmos. Conversations—exchanges of inherent design, proto-interiority, and freedom—define Cosmos from its inception.

It is in this sense that, as noted above, we join Howard Bloom in referring to Reality as the conversational Cosmos. All the way down and all the way up the evolutionary chain, within the conversational Cosmos, randomness and contingency are paradoxically seamless with elegant order and telos.


Dr. Marc Gafni: Anthro-Ontology and the Three Eyes2023-12-06T05:10:18-08:00

September/October 2023: News from the Center for World Philosophy and Religion

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On November 5th, We had Episode VI of the Podcast:

Love or Die 

Next Episode Coming Up December 3rd

11 am PDT • 2 pm EDT • 7 pm UK • 8 pm CET

We are super excited to announce a new episode in the interview series with Dr. Marc Gafni at Parallax, hosted by Andrew Sweeny, from Parallax — a wonderful center of culture and creative debate, aligned with our vision at the Center for Integral Wisdom and Unique Self Institute.

Welcome to this series of dialogues, hosted by Parallax in partnership with the Unique Self Institute:

Homo Amor, Unique Self, and Unique Self Symphony: The Holy Trinity of CosmoErotic Humanism

If you register, you will receive your personal Zoom link that you can use for all calls. After registration, you will have an option to save all dates in your calendar with your personal Zoom link. If you lose it, you can always sign up again.

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On Thursday November 2nd, we had a live dialogue with Dr. Marc Gafni & Andrew Cohen:

Evolutionary Spirituality: Towards an Engaged Evolutionary Mysticism Episode VII

Topic: The articulation of an Evolutionary Spirituality as an overriding moral imperative in response to the meta-crisis

Evolutionary Spirituality: Towards an Engaged Evolutionary Mysticism

The topic of this dialogue with my (Marc’s) friend Andrew Cohen was:

What is Evolutionary Spirituality and why does it matter so much in response to the meta crisis? 

Allow me to try and explain why this feels so beyond vital. 

There can be no intelligent and transformative understanding of any crisis in the world, including the devastating targeted massacres of civilians that we just witnessed in Israel these days, without the articulation of a compelling Evolutionary Spirituality. 

Evolutionary Spirituality brings together two distinct fields:

  • The first is that of spirituality.

  • The second is that of evolution or evolutionary studies.

The general assumption in culture has been, that these two fields are fundamentally distinct and even opposed to one another. Evolution as a theory was thought to replace spirituality. Evolution was the rejection of spirituality as an explanation of reality — replaced by an evolutionary explanation. Evolution was though to be about the emergent and the Avant Garde, while spirituality seems stuck in the moray of tired and discredited lineages.

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September/October 2023: News from the Center for World Philosophy and Religion2023-11-09T07:53:12-08:00

Israel-Hamas: The Impossible Questions – Podcast Aubrey Marcus with Dr. Marc Gafni

Note to Listener from Aubrey Marcus and Dr. Marc Gafni:

We are at a time between worlds, at a time between stories.

We live in a world of outrageous pain. We live in a world of outrageous beauty. We live in a world of outrageous love.

In this time between stories, we step beyond the old stories of good and evil in its primitive forms. But that does not mean that we are moral relativists or that value is not real. Indeed all of reality, all of life is Value. We can feel the truth of this in our bodies. We may not be able to explain it perfectly, but when we feel we know. And this is what gives us courage to stand on the side of Life.

And to stand on the side of Life is to take a side. A stand for Life, is by nature a stand against anti-Life, or anti-Value. What that means about what should be done is a question of impossible complexity, pain and uncertainty.

We stand for a culture of Eros against a culture of death. We stand for intimacy against alienation. This requires us to be both tender and fierce, to stand for Life against the forces of anti-life.

It is not that there is no value in the universe and therefore naturally no battle between value and anti-value. Value is real. Good and Evil are real. But good and evil are not split along racial or national, or ethnic or religious grounds. This is a seductively simple conception, that in and of itself is the cause of so much horror.

In our formulation, Good and Evil is discerned simply: To be Good is to be ALL IN FOR ALL LIFE.

No one is outside of the circle of Life. To be All in for All Life requires the cultivation of radical discernment within a broken information ecology, and full blown 5th generational warfare in the form of attention hijacking and propaganda. To stand for Life means to make love to the tender sensuality of sensemaking.

Feeling our way slowly and carefully, but not with timidity masking as humility.

Evil is evil.

As much as we might be tempted, we cannot be afraid to call it what it is. Within that is a rejection of universal moral relativism. It is a solemn vow to protect the innocent, all of the innocent, and to protect the world from being held hostage by the forces of anti-life – wherever they are found.

We speak with broken hearts, with clarity, but always in the unknowing. Always in devotion to the Mystery, while always whispering love in every distinction with every breath. It is our prayer that this inspires a story that is unifying rather than dividing. Clarifying rather than confusing. It is a prayer for all Life. Comments will be off on this video, so that everyone can watch it and feel with their own hearts and minds.

Israel-Hamas: The Impossible Questions – Podcast Aubrey Marcus with Dr. Marc Gafni2023-11-01T05:05:16-07:00

Is Religion for the Happy-Minded? A Response to Harold Kushner

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Written and published by Marc Gafni in 1986 for Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought, Vol. 22, No. 3 (FALL 1986), pp. 54-65.

In a very profound way, Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Avon Books, 1981) and the themes it treats evoke in the reader feelings of warmth, compassion, and drawing one closer to all who suffer in this world. The tragic story of Aaron Kushner (the author’s son) and the very real depth with which his parents experienced suffering cannot but make one feel like reaching out in love and respect to the author. Yet, at the same time, I found the underlying premises of the book deeply troubling. Its message, meant to be comforting, is, in fact, nothing short of terrifying.

Kushner, claiming to speak for Judaism, asserts that God is, in his term, “powerless” (pp. 42-44). “God does not, and cannot, intervene in human affairs to avert tragedy and suffering. At most, He offers us His divine comfort, and expresses His divine anger that such horrible things happen to people. God, in the face of tragedy, is impotent. The most God can do,” Kushner eloquently proclaims, “is to stand on the side of the victim; not the executioner.”

That God gives free reign to an executioner is a common Jewish position, classical, medieval and modern. “Once permission is given for the destroyer to destroy, no distinction is made between the righteous and the wicked.” (Rashi Exodus 12:22).

While Judaism certainly maintains that God, in His divine empathy, stands on the side of the victim, no classical Jewish position has ever maintained that God is incapable of controlling the executioner.

Kushner uses the book of Job to lend the weight of religious authority to his position. Merely to point out the obvious-that Kushner’s interpretation of the book of Job, for instance, has little or nothing to do with the Biblical book by that name-fails to undermine the popular appeal that has propelled Kushner’s book to the bestseller lists. In fact, Kushner feels quite comfortable admitting to intellectual dishonesty. In an interview with Moment magazine (November 1981), he was asked: “You argue that it is simply wrong to blame God for the bad luck, for the nastiness, for the evil; and yet you are perfectly prepared to praise God for the good, to thank God. How do you reconcile that?” To which he carefully replied: “Walter Kaufman calls it ‘religious gerrymandering’.’ That is you draw the lines for your definition of God to include certain things and exclude others.”

While I certainly believe that profound suffering moved Kushner to take up his pen, that still cannot justify intellectual gerrymandering.

The heart of Kushner’s position is the claim that traditional beliefs about God’s relationship to the universe, and to man, are wrong, and that his own account is right.

Kushner’s basic method of argumentation is anecdotal. He cites particular cases of suffering and then a,· mpts to demonstrate the inadequacy of various theodicies as applied to those cases. But the best theodicy is still a human, all too human, theodicy. No theodicy can give pat answers for every circumstance of suffering. Theological reflection can deepen our appreciation of the problem and provide frames of reference with which to approach the experience of suffering. However, from no single set of theological premises can an all-embracing solution be expected. God, we believe, knows the results of all good and evil, past, present, and future, and measures the diverse values (spiritual; intellectual, ethical, aesthetic, hedonic, etc.) which the universe displays, and with which man is confronted. Man does not. Therefore, we must beware of “refuting” theological reflection by showing that it has difficulty fulfilling claims that it has never made.


It is instructive to examine Kushner’s position on his own terms. This section of the essay will comment on six of the life cases which Kushner cites to support his general conception of religion, his rejection of classic theodicy and his central claim: that God cannot control what happens in our world.

The Case of Bob (pp. 94-96)

Bob has just made the difficult decision to place his mother in a nursing home. Although his mother is “basically alert and healthy and does not require medical care” she can no longer live alone. After a brief attempt, Bob and his family decide that “they are not prepared to make the sacrifice of time and lifestyle which caring for a sick, old woman requires.” That weekend, Bob, who did not usually go to synagogue, went to services hoping they would give him “the tranquility and peace of mind he needed.” As luck would have it, the sermon that morning was on the fifth commandment. The clergyman spoke of the sacrifices parents make in raising children and the reluctance of children to make sacrifices for older parents in return. He asked: “Why is it one mother can care for six children, but six children can’t care for one mother?” It bothers Kushner that Bob was made to leave the service feeling “hurt and angry.” Bob feels that religion has told him that he is a “selfish and uncaring person.” He is haunted by the idea that if she dies soon he will never be able to live with himself “for having made her last years miserable because of his selfishness.” And Kushner, too, is upset with religion because “the purpose of religion should be to make us feel good about ourselves” after making difficult decisions. (more…)

Is Religion for the Happy-Minded? A Response to Harold Kushner2023-11-01T04:56:14-07:00

The God Pod: Spiritual Evolution & A Vision of Value for Humanity with Dr. Marc Gafni and Luke Storey

This is what podcast host Luke Storey says about this episode:

Today, we’re going to find a way to navigate ourselves into a higher state of being, both individually and collectively, during this conversation with Dr. Marc Gafni.

Dr. Marc is an incredible human, to say the least. He’s a visionary, thinker, social activist, and passionate philosopher known for his source code teachings, including unique self theory, the five selves, the amorous cosmos, a politics of evolutionary love, a return to eros, and digital intimacy.

I was introduced to Marc and his teachings through our mutual friend Aubrey Marcus, with whom he’s been doing some incredible work toward a better future for all.

This is one of the deepest conversations on love, spirituality, conscious evolution, collective healing, and the human experience that I’ve had on the podcast, which says a lot because there have been many – and I am thrilled to share it with you.

If you find value in this conversation, which I suspect you will, please feel free to share it with someone you love. You can find links to Marc’s courses, books, and other offers at https://lukestorey.com/marc.

The God Pod: Spiritual Evolution & A Vision of Value for Humanity with Dr. Marc Gafni and Luke Storey2023-11-01T04:55:31-07:00

The Meaning of Life | Lost & Found Podcast with Dr. Marc Gafni

This is what Sabri Gazail, host of the Lost and Found Podcast, who has since become a valued contributor to the Center, says about this episode:

Wow! This conversation with Dr Marc Gafni blew my mind. I first heard Dr Marc on the @AubreyMarcusPod and felt so much truth in the explanation of self, God, love and life.

We dive into – dealing with trauma and how the western therapeutic approach doesn’t work, what is the self, what is desire, why we are here, what our purpose is, what God is, what our relationship to God is and our meaning of life!

The Meaning of Life | Lost & Found Podcast with Dr. Marc Gafni2023-11-01T04:55:32-07:00

Redignifying Human Need | Dr. Marc Gafni at Ari in the Air

This is what Ari says about this episode:

In this episode, we get into his work with Ken Wilber and Zak Stein on CosmoErotic Humanism – a meta story of the universe that places humans in a meaningful existence. It’s a deep and huge topic, and this is just the first of many conversations with Marc.

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Redignifying Human Need | Dr. Marc Gafni at Ari in the Air2023-11-01T04:55:49-07:00

Toward a New Story: Mini-Series with Aubrey Marcus & Dr. Marc Gafni

We are at a time in our world, where we need to birth a new story, and there is nobody that I know who has felt and thought through what this new story might look like, more than Rabbi Dr. Marc Gafni.

How do we respond to the meta crisis of compounding existential threats? The answer that Dr. Marc Gafni PHD gives is that the root cause of the meta-crisis is a global intimacy disorder.

As he puts it:

Global Challenges require global coordination which in turn requires global resonance, which in turn requires global intimacy, which can only be sourced in a shared global story of value.

For this very reason, we must articulate a shared global story of value.

This story, according to a set of compelling teachings by Dr. Gafni and his colleague Dr. Zak Stein, is the evolutionary love story of the intimate universe. This claim is not casual, but rather based on a profound integration of myriad wisdom streams in what they call the interior and exterior sciences across space and time.

But, and this is Gafni’s core point, not only must we be tellers of the new story, but we must also actually be the story. We must know that our personal story is chapter and verse in the Universe: A Love Story. And that story is a story of transformation.

And that therefore,

Y/our transformation is the transformation of the whole.

In other words, the change you are seeking in the world begins with changing the way you see yourself and your place in the world. You literally become the New Story.

You cross to the other side, awakening as the new human and the humanity.

This series of podcasts under the title “Toward a New Story” is about building what Gafni and Stein call CosmoErotic Humanism, a shared story of value as a context to celebrate our diversity.

While Dr. Gafni began his path as an ordained Rabbi intimately versed in the ancient Aramaic texts, we recognize together, that this new story must include and transcend the validated insights from all the great religions, philosophies, and cultures from premodern, modern, and postmodern times.

This is a historic moment, and for people who want to claim their seat at the table of history, this podcast is a resplendent invitation.

As Aubrey Marcus puts it:

I cannot imagine inviting you to a more important, heart opening, mind bending, and exciting journey than the conversations we are having in this podcast series.

Volume 1: A New Human for a New Humanity in Response to the Meta-Crisis

Volume 2: LoveIntelligence, LoveBeauty, & LoveDesire of All-That-Is

In Volume 2 of the series, we tackle the most fundamental question of our existence.

Who Am I?

Volume 3: The Path to Enlightenment Is Through Your Uniqueness

In Volume 3 of the series Toward A New Story with Dr. Marc Gafni PHD we continue with part 2 of the most fundamental question of our existence.

Who Am I?

Toward a New Story: Mini-Series with Aubrey Marcus & Dr. Marc Gafni2023-11-01T04:55:32-07:00

Healing the Wounds of Culture: Aubrey Marcus, Dr. Marc Gafni, and Dr. Kristina Kincaid

In this powerfully vulnerable podcast with host Aubrey Marcus, and Dr. Marc Gafni and his partner Dr. Kristina Kincaid as guests, they discuss the wounds of culture – meaning, the myriad wounds that culture can inflict – and their personal process of healing and resolution.

Healing the Wounds of Culture: Aubrey Marcus, Dr. Marc Gafni, and Dr. Kristina Kincaid2023-11-01T04:55:32-07:00
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