For a deeper dive into the history and what is forthcoming in this epic cultural project of CosmoErotic Humanism:
What Gafni and Stein now term CosmoErotic Humanism was first formulated by Gafni in The Mystery of Love, 2003, with important dimensions being unpacked in his two-volume opus Radical Kabbalah, 2010, in both the first and second volume. It was further expanded in Your Unique Self, and particularly, in the chapters on Eros and the appendix on Evolutionary Love. It is also worth looking at the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice that did a full issue on Unique Self Theory in this regard:
What Gafni and Stein refer to as the CosmoErotic Universe with its in-depth relation to the Field of Desire, and particularly, the sexual, received an even more complete formulation in A Return to Eros, 2017, by Gafni and Kincaid, which was reviewed and extensively expanded on by Stein in his essay, “Metaphysics of a Return to Eros.”
There are presently multiple major works in CosmoErotic Humanism by Gafni, Stein, and Hubbard, slated for publication in spring/summer 2023, that directly revolve around CosmoErotic Humanism.
- Evolution: The Love Story of the Universe
Subtitle: The Next Step in Conscious Evolution
Reading Line: First Steps in CosmoErotic Humanism: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis – Volume 1
- The Universe: A Love Story
Subtitle: The Next Step in Conscious Evolution
Reading Line: First Steps in CosmoErotic Humanism: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis – Volume 2
Subtitle: The First Principle and First Value of Intimacy: First Meditations
Reading Line: First Steps in CosmoErotic Humanism: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis – Volume 3
- Global Intimacy Disorder as Cause for Global Action Paralysis
Subtitle: What the World Looks Like Sans First Principles and First Values
Reading Line: First Steps in CosmoErotic Humanism: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis – Volume 4
- From Conspiracy Theory to the Great Conspiring of Reality
Subtitle: Information as Intimacy: Healing the Broken Information Ecology
Reading Line: First Steps in CosmoErotic Humanism: A New Story of Value in Response to the Meta-Crisis – Volume 5
- Homo amor manifesto
- Homo Amor and CosmoErotic Humanism: First Thoughts [which was completed in 2018 and is only being published now]
There is yet another major writing project of CosmoErotic Humanism, which is forthcoming, entitled The Phenomenology of Eros, by Gafni and Kincaid. The Phenomenology focuses on a new narrative of desire and sexuality, and identifies and describes seven levels of Eros and desire. It has been described by early readers as “world-transforming.”
There are two versions of the Phenomenology. The first, The Abridged Phenomenology of Eros
(four volumes), is slated to be released in spring/summer 2023. The second, The Complete Phenomenology of Eros (12 volumes), is slated for release in 2024.
An even deeper dive into CosmoErotic Humanism, for those who track intellectual and publication history
The next paragraphs are for those interested in a very short tracing of the publication history of Gafni and Stein’s world philosophy of CosmoErotic Humanism over the last twenty years.
Gafni and Stein’s world philosophy of CosmoErotic Humanism originates with Gafni’s The Mystery of Love book published in 2003.
It is also perhaps worth noting, for those who track these sorts of things, that Gafni discussed his work The Mystery of Love, both in its general parameters and specifically in regard to the notion of Kosmic Eros being the very nature of Reality—with the sexual as an expression and model of this larger Eros—with Moshe Idel, who was his co-doctoral thesis advisor at Oxford University, in the Bar Ilan library in 2002.
Idel enthusiastically validated, from his perspective, Gafni’s direction and readings of the original sources as he shared them at the time—as expressing a CosmoErotic Eros—Eros as the animating force of Kosmos, in which we participate—as well as sharing with Gafni, at that time, that he was working on a volume in a parallel direction.
The notion of a CosmoErotic perspective in Kabbalah is clear throughout The Mystery of Love—and various iterations of this phrase were deployed by Marc in teaching, prior to Idel’s publication of his own work in this regard in 2005, under the title Kabbalah and Eros.
It is also perhaps worth mentioning that another leading Kabbalah scholar, Eliot Wolfson, whom Gafni did not know personally, also contacted Gafni in 2003, after happening across a copy of The Mystery of Love (after the first hardback edition was published before the paperback), expressing appreciation for the textual readings, all of which revolve around Kosmic Eros. Wolfson also generously added an approbation to the paperback work calling it “a beautiful book that will undoubtedly inspire many people and perhaps even bring some healing to a desperately ill world.”
The philosophy of CosmoErotic Humanism is also at the very core of Gafni’s two-volume work Radical Kabbalah. In that work, the text from Solomon’s Song of Songs, Its insides are lined with love [as read by Lainer according to Gafni], is understood to refer to the Kosmic Reality of what Gafni, in those volumes, termed acosmic humanism, and later, Nondual Humanism, and finally renamed it, together with Zak Stein, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Kristina Kincaid, as CosmoErotic Humanism.
It is also perhaps worth noting that Idel was Gafni’s thesis advisor at Oxford University, while writing Radical Kabbalah, the core of which was written between 2001-2004.
Idel, in his own work, deployed the term cosmoeroticism in a different way than Gafni’s teaching, as he included several different strains of this notion, some of which linked Eros and desire from the sexual to all dimensions of desire, as Gafni did in the prior The Mystery of Love, and some of which split off sexual desire from what Gafni referred to as the larger Field of Desire.
It is thus important to distinguish between Idel’s general deployment of the term cosmoeroticism, and Gafni and Stein’s deployment of CosmoErotic Humanism.
For indeed, several of the deployments of cosmoeroticism by Idel are in fact anti-humanistic and split between embodied desire and the larger Field of Desire, in which the full range of desire includes intellectual, spiritual desire, and more. In contrast, Gafni and Stein’s deployment is profoundly humanistic, hence their original term CosmoErotic Humanism.
CosmoErotic Humanism, however, is rooted not in a secular humanism, but what they term an acosmic humanism, as well as nondual humanism. This is a humanism of apotheosis—what the lineage sources called Metatron—where the Field of Divinity and the field of humanity are realized to ultimately participate in the same indivisible fabric of Reality. And the human being is realized to be an irreducibly unique incarnation—configuration—of the larger Field of Eros and Desire.