– Marc Gafni’s friends, collaborators, and supporters speak out for the sake of restoring integrity. This statement by Philippe J about Marc Gafni’s Greatness was first posted as a comment to the Center for Integral Wisdom statement on centerforintegralwisdom.org. You can read the statement below or listen to the audio. –
You will excuse my English – this is not my native language but I just can not stay silent in front of the attack facing Marc Gafni and the Center for Integral Wisdom.
I know Marc personally having worked with him for many years. Here is the testimony of my first hand personal experience with Marc. Every interaction I have had with him or have seen him have with others totally contradicts the way he is described by those who write about him (but most of whom have never met him). On top of the many qualities than even his detractors recognize, Marc has a great sense of humor which could not be a better sign of sanity. I have been observing him in the last weeks and was amazed how he was able to deal with this painful situation in a non-violent way and how he was able to keep his intentions peaceful.
Marc truly cares about other people – any people he encounters. In the CIW he has been able to leave space to others and let a beautiful collective leadership emerge. The work he has initiated through the CIW is incredibly valuable and will have a profound impact on our generation.
To those who don’t know Marc, I would only suggest forgetting for an instant all what they have read on him (including this post) and just read some of his books (The Mystery of Love, Your Unique Self, Soul Prints, Radical Kabbalah, Tears) or listen to the wonderful programs he has recorded. This is the best way to meet him.
Marc taught me that to the question, “who are you?” the best answer is “you are who you are in your moment of greatness.” Marc’s greatness is not only in the loving way he is able to relate with people, it’s in his unique ability to articulate, synthesize and let emerge Dharma firmly grounded in the depth of spiritual traditions, science and philosophy.