– Marc Gafni’s students, friends, collaborators, and supporters speak out for the sake of restoring integrity. This statement by Simona Muratori about being tired of people speaking on behalf of someone else 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. –

My name is Simona. I met Marc 4 years ago and I immediately felt the power of his teachings and wanted to be his student. During these years we became close spiritual friends. These two facts transformed, and are transforming, me in a better, more authentic, and more alive version of myself.

Someone is saying they know many women traumatized by Marc. Well, I know many women, and men, who had a transformation similar to mine (and none who had the opposite effect). But I am so tired of people speaking on behalf of someone else without a clear mandate, or pretending to speak on behalf of someone else, that I prefer to stay with myself, to show my own face. Most of all I say that if you feel hurt, meet with Marc directly or in a context where there is a facilitator. But do not engage in this kind of vicious attack in which you are not a victim or a defender of victims, but a predator.

To me, the core of what Marc teaches and embodies and makes alive for his students and the people around him is evolution, which means transformation in the direction of a larger and deeper unfolding of love. Is this dangerous? Is this an affront to shame? Of course it is! It is in the sense of breaking the smallness of our existence, the sense of being unworthy, and not needed. Evolution is not comfortable, but it’s our deepest desire. It can be so uncomfortable that someone feels threatened by it.

Marc has authority, an authority which doesn’t come out of a perfection he never claimed, but out of his integrity. It is not strange to me that those who want to attack him, being unable to destroy his integrity, try to destroy the image of his integrity.

About the accusations against him: most of them are an over-repetition of stories which already proved to be unfounded. It seems nobody cares to get information before spreading titillating details about facts they don’t know. The other part is based on vague and unverifiable facts, on which a horrifying narrative has been deliberately built by those who feel diminished by his light and by the light he is able to gather around him.

Simona Muratori
Environmental Engineer