Marc Gafni Soul Prints

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Soul Prints

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9780141005713: Soul Prints

A brilliant, charismatic American philosopher currently living in Jerusalem, Marc Gafni is an inspirational force for unity and personal growth.

Addressing our age-old desire to feel connected, he uses spiritual stories to teach us how to live fuller happier lives. The secret is to "live your story," and we do this by identifying our true, unique selves -- what he calls our "soul prints." Only then can we connect on a far deeper level with the world and with those sharing it alongside us.

Soul Prints speaks to all listeners, regardless of religious beliefs or practices. Using the power of myth -- Biblical and folk -- and drawing on his own personal highs and lows, Gafni offers advice on how to form bonds based in truth and love. In an increasingly disconnected world, it is still possible to make the connections that matter most: those that banish loneliness; those that bring us satisfaction, passion, and joy; those that begin with our true selves.

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Rabbi Marc Gafni is a Kabbalist, someone who studies the mystical interpretations of biblical books, handed down over many generations. Through his studies Gafni became fascinated with the power of biblical myths to awaken the soul while also helping us understand our earthly purpose. The more he delved into the Kabbalah, the more he became interested in the individual blueprint of the soul--how each person seemed born to a different soul-driven destiny.

"Your soul print is your personal signature," explains Gafni. "It is the contour and content of your soul--it's character.... It is even more singular to you than your genes and chromosomes."

In blending his two passions, "soul prints" and myths, Rabbi Gafni created an ambitious spiritual self-help book filled with sage advice on living in connection with the soul. Don't be squeamish about the self-help mission. Gafni's narrative reads more like a personal counseling session in a rabbi's private office--intelligent, warm (expect lots of chuckles), occasionally tangential, but mostly filled with practical guidance. He also inserts numerous sidebars that offer "Soul Print Practices," such as "Make a list of the seven wonders of your world" or "Take sensual risks. Be creative with your senses in how or what you eat, or make love." --Gail Hudson

About the Author:

Marc Gafni is the dean of the Melitz public culture study center, one of the most prestigious educational ventures in Israel. A contributing editor to Tikkun magazine, he lectures throughout Israel, Europe, and the United States. American-born, he lives with his family in Israel.

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