Unique Self Institute

unique self: The Next Step in the Evolution of consciousness: 

In this groundbreaking book, “Your Unique Self, The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment” Dr. Marc Gafni makes an inspired call for the “Democratization of Enlightenment”, as the critical next step in the Evolution of Consciousness. He offers a new vision of ” Enlightenment” which liberates it from the esoteric discourse of spiritual elites, and makes it a genuine option in the very heart of mainstream culture.   

In Your Unique Self, you will learn about:

  • The essential distinction between Separateness vs. Uniqueness— which lets us know how to move beyond the illusion of being merely a separate self while awakening into Unique Self
  • The eight stations on the journey to awakening your Unique Self
  • How this emergent spirituality powerfully integrates the classical enlightenment traditions from the East and West—and unlocks the deepest potency of each
  • How to identify your Unique Gift to the world, which is the obligation that wells up from your evolutionary realization of Unique Self
  • The five great awakenings and why it’s so important to make the critical distinctions between the different types of awakenings.

Your Unique Self features both a Foreword and Afterword by Ken Wilber, the eminent psychological theorist, mystic, and authority on Integral philosophy.

About the Book

Michael Murphy, icon of the human potential movement, said that this is one of those once-in-a-generation books with such power and insight that it literally “changes the game.” With Your Unique Self, Dr. Marc Gafni offers a paradigm-shifting investigation into the nature of spiritual awakening and the underlying purpose of human existence.

Your Unique Self dramatically evolves how we define “enlightenment” and an enlightened life in a way that gives every human the genuine possibility of realizing their own unique evolution. Gafni is a key leader in a movement actively inviting us to “the democratization of enlightenment” as the most important potential shift in the evolution of human consciousness. According to Gafni, only such a radical re-thinking evolution of consciousness will give us the resources we need to successfully navigate the immense challenges we face at the next stage of evolution. 



Until this book, Western teachings about individuality and achievement and Eastern teachings about moving beyond our individuality to become “merged with the one” offered us completely opposing directions for growth and realization. In this sweeping tour de force, Gafni not only dazzles minds and penetrates hearts, but he offers an integrated and radically exciting approach that merges the Western idea of individuation and progress with the beautiful Eastern-based philosophies of becoming one with All-That-Is.

With a mixture of deep insight, audacity, and infectious exuberance for all of existence, Gafni’’s new vision of enlightenment does the impossible: he liberates enlightenment from the esoteric discourse of spiritual elites and makes it a genuine option and compelling path in the very heart of mainstream culture. Moreover he evolves enlightenment in such a way that is both faithful to the deepest wells of the great traditions even as it is passionately modern and post modern and contemporary.

Whereas we once believed that to be enlightened was a process of evolving beyond your experience of being a skin encapsulated ego, your separate self, in order to realize your essence as indivisible from the seamless coat of the universe. “This is actually the first stage of a much greater journey,” reveals Marc Gafni. “What unfolds next is the powerful awakening to your Unique Self. This is the realization of your true uniqueness as the highest expression of enlightenment. Enlightenment means not only to wake up to the fact that beneath your personality you are essence, but rather that beneath the grasping of your ego, is your infinitely unique and special personhood that is no less than the personal face of essence. In your enlightenment you realize that God is having a You experience.

Brilliantly recovering and linking together the hidden leading edge teachings of different spiritual traditions, merged with the space of insight illuminated by myth and literature, and drawing the expanding body of scientific knowledge about our biology and psychology, and a lifetime of spiritual inquiry, Marc Gafni invites you awaken to Your Unique Self and to access the gifts and power of:

  • Your Unique Gift, Pleasure, and Obligation, and —how each expresses a facet of the cosmic evolutionary impulse
  • Your Unique Shadow— is the next step in shadow work. This leading edge teaching how shadow work can liberate your unexpressed virtues
  • A groundbreaking map of the four forms of Eros
  • A new vision of parenting based on Unique Self teaching
  • The seven laws of Unique Self encounters that will transform the core way you engage all of your relationships
  • World Spirituality and how Your Unique Self is the cornerstone teaching of this newly emerging evolutionary movement of spirit

“This book speaks dangerous words,” writes Marc Gafni. “Dangerous to your sense that you are small—to your feeling that you are invisible or alone.” Your Unique Self dares you to listen dangerously— to embrace your greatness and open to the infinite love intelligence that yearns to enter the world as you.
Gafni’s book may well be the tipping point that makes spirituality a path of choice for the best and brightest among us.


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    “What they say”

    Deepak Chopra

    Author and alternative medicine advocate

    “Marc is a very inspiring and talented transformational teacher.”

    Andrew Harvey

    Author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism:

    “Your Unique Self is one of the most brilliant, provocative, and original books of the new century. Dr. Marc Gafni has fused together the deepest insights of the Eastern and Western mystery traditions to provide an evolutionary road map for the great birth that is arising in and through our contemporary world crisis. This is indispensible reading for all lovers of Integral Spirituality and universal mysticism. The vision of the Unique Self is absolutely essential for the next step of evolution, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

    Michael Murphy

    Michael Murphy

    Founder, Esalen Institute

    “It is very rare that one comes across a teacher or a book that is ‘changing the game.’ Marc Gafni’s teaching on the Unique Self is ‘changing the game.’”

    Sally Kempton

    Sally Kempton

    Author of Meditation for the Love of It

    “Your Unique Self could only have been written by someone who passionately lives his own uniqueness. Marc Gafni is a brilliant teacher and heart master with a rare capacity for empathy and a gift for creating community. This book contains the essence of his teaching on what it means to live from an enlightened life from a ground of one’s own personal uniqueness. A truly ground-shifting book, it offers a perspective on personal transformation that integrates insights of traditional and post-modern wisdom. Reading it can change your understanding not only of your own path, but of what it means to live a life of inner contemplation and transformative service in the world. This is a book that deserves to become a classic.”

    John Mackey

    John Mackey

    CEO of Whole Foods and Chair of Center for World Spirituality

    “Dr. Marc Gafni has written a brilliant book, Your Unique Self, which I believe is essential reading. “Your Unique Self” articulates a bold evolutionary, spiritual, philosophy that calls every individual to realize their Unique Self and give their Unique Gifts in an evolutionary context. Gafni, together with his colleague Ken Wilber, is a bold visionary and a catalytic voice for the newly emergent World Spirituality movement, which combines the best of pre-modern, modern, and post-modern insight. I highly recommend this book.”

    Marc Gafni


    About the Author

    Dr. Marc Gafni is a leading public intellectual and teacher impacting the source code of global culture.

    Gafni is a visionary thinker, social activist and passionate philosopher. He is known for his “source code teachings”, including Unique Self theory and the Five Selves, the Amorous Cosmos, A Politics of Evolutionary Love, A Return to Eros and Digital Intimacy.

    He is author of twenty five books, of which the first ten have been published, including the award-winning Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment.

    He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, as well as Orthodox rabbinic ordination.

    He teaches on the cutting edge of philosophy and spirit in the West, with the aim of participating in the articulation of what Dr. Gafni together with Dr. Zak Stein and colleagues are calling CosmoErotic Humanism.

    At the core of CosmoErotic Humanism is what Dr. Gafni and Dr. Stein are calling: ‘First Principles and First Values’, Anthro-Ontology and a “Universal Grammar of Value”.

    This is the ground of a new shared universe story and narrative of identity for the new human and the new humanity. This is what they are calling the emergence from Homo sapiens to Homo Amor.

    This shared story rooted in First Principles and First Values can then serve as the matrix for a global ethos for a global civilization.

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