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Andrew Harvey
By Andrew Harvey
Founder Institute of Sacred Activism

It is with deep distress and real suffering that I lend my voice to really ask us all to look at Marc Gafni's behavior and come to some serious new conclusions about how to deal with the shadow in our movement....

I say real distress and suffering because, although I've not met Marc Gafni personally, I have admired his books and I have blurbed his book, Your Unique Self, because I thought it was a truly original piece of work. I've also had him on as part of a course I taught for Shift in which he was very eloquent in presenting central ideas from the Jewish tradition.

It really hurts me to stand and say that through the explorations that I have made, I have discovered that the Marc Gafni of the books and the Marc Gafni of the eloquent presentation in the conversation that I had with him is only one side of this complex and potentially dangerous teacher.

When I had that conversation, I received several emails that were outraged and said to me, "How dare you have Marc Gafni on when you're talking about the divine feminine because Marc Gafni has done some terrible things to really abuse the Divine Feminine." 

At first I was angry at receiving such emails because I myself have been the target of all kinds of crazy rumors. I know just how disappointed projections upon teachers can lead to rabid cruelty against them, but also I know from my own inmost experience how terrible the abuse of power by a teacher can be....

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Andrew Harvey
About Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

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