Kabbalah is a Hebrew word meaning “receive.” If you walk into a hotel in Israel you might well see the word “Kabbalah” directing you to the reception area. This is a lovely irony because many people over centuries have tried to make Kabbalah complex, secret and forbidden when it was originally intended to be a roadmap showing us our path in life.
This ancient mystical tradition is based on a structure called The Tree of Life. Most people equate Kabbalah with Judaism but this diagram is a matrix that can help us to understand the relationship between God, the Universe and the humanity whatever our religion or system of belief.
The only thing required to study Kabbalah is a belief in a Higher Power.
Kabbalah is called the Western mystery tradition because it is the esoteric teaching behind the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Much Kabbalistic Teaching can be found in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and in the Talmud, the Jewish commentary on Torah. Once understood, Kabbalah can be used to make these apparently obscure teachings much clearer.
However, Kabbalah is not a religion; it is a tool to help us in our path of self-realisation and spiritual development whether we choose to use the Bible or not.
Kabbalistic spiritual practices worldwide include:
- Contemplating and chanting the names of God in Hebrew
- Painting the Tree of Life as a mandala
- Contemplative meditation to encounter and heal aspects of our inner psyches
- Theurgy (sacred magic) of the Angels
- Understanding the levels of ego, self, soul and spirit
- Studying Biblical texts for patterns that relate to the Tree of Life
- Interpreting life and history through the Tree of Life, observing both our own patterns and humanity’s development
- Discussion, leading to greater understanding and spiritual growth
The diagram of the Tree represents a perfect human being — the image of God. But it is also the image of the blueprint of every individual human being. For each of us, the goal is to be balanced in the centre Sefira which is called Tiferet. Then we are centered; in touch with our active and receptive sides (the right and left columns) and connected with the Source (above) and in charge of our ego and body below.
Rev. Maggy Whitehouse is the author of sixteen published books on Kabbalah, the spiritual laws of prosperity and Bible metaphysics and tradition — and a stand-up comedian. Both her mother and her Bishop think she should get a proper job.
Kabbalah Made Easy is published by Axis Mundi Books. ISBN: 978-1-84694-544-1 (Paperback) £4.99 $9.95
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