Kabbalah and Healing
Ancient wisdom for the modern world, demonstrating that 'incurable' merely means 'curable from within'.
What Maggy Whitehouse has discovered, over more than a quarter of a century of studying, teaching and writing books on Kabbalah, is that, used as a tool for inspiration, Kabbalah is a magical loom on which we can weave our healing, and from that healing, we become an agent of healing for the World. Kabbalah tells us exactly where, when, how and why we may be out of alignment with health, finances and relationships and, just as importantly, how to realign ourselves.
For Maggy, it began with chronic lack of self-esteem which, in turn, led to many a humiliation, widowhood, shark attack, failed emigration, debt, divorce, shame, misery, hatred and what the doctors called an incurable illness which now no longer exists. It can be summed up, in a way, by how the first eight aspects led to the final one and how Kabbalah taught Maggy how to heal them, from finish to start. After all, 'incurable' surely means 'curable from within'.
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Maggy Whitehouse is an independent sacramental minister and teacher of Kabbalah in the Toledano Tradition who has recently found a second strand of work as a professional stand-up comedian. In thisremarkable and profoundly wise book, she leaves her own journey to the final chapter entitled ‘a life of miracles’ where she describes various critical turning points, including a near fatal encounter with a barracuda where she was saved by her inner voice. She studied New Testament Greek before encountering the Kabbalah, the structure of which provides the mystical scaffolding of this book. She draws on the correspondence between inner attitudes and outer circumstances from her own life to help readers reflect on this topic for themselves. In this respect, we all need to listen to what life is trying to tell us, and Maggy remarks that ‘every time, every time I have given over control and asked for help, then the situation has been resolved.’ .................the author provides many constructive suggestions to become more conscious and to earth ourselves, perhaps spending time contemplating flowersor in the company of a favourite tree. We have to tune into the silence if we are to listen to that still small voice and keep ourselves on track on this journey of life. This richly textured book is an instructive companion on the path. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
I found the concepts interesting, appealing and, mostly, accessible. When I looked at the reviews I saw that Richard Rohr was amongst their number and this makes great sense. He warmly welcomes her offering to her readers: to heal our relationships with God, ourselves, each other and our planet. She came to the Kabbalah through a variety of emotional and health challenges and writes with a passion to share the healing she has experienced through her highly detailed guide to the implementation of this mystical tradition and her understanding of it. ~ Progressive Voices , Review
Kabbalah and Healing by Maggy Whitehouse leads readers on a fascinating, personal tour of various aspects of the Kabbalah. As the subtitle states, she focuses on transformation that can lead to equilibrium and health. A Mystical Guide to Transforming the Four Pivotal Relationships for Health and Happiness. Whitehouse employs a personal point of view that will connect directly with the reader. She speaks to readers as if they were there with her. In addition, she uses examples from her own life, further enhancing her connection with the reader. The read is very pleasant and tailored to be understood by most readers. Whitehouse sets the stage with a brief discussion of the human mind, defining and comparing the ego, superego, and even the soul, supporting her arguments with theories put forth by Jung and Freud. Whitehouse sees balance as a primary aspect of well-being and healing. The author focuses on the Tree of Life, which she explains is a map of a balanced pathway for obtaining equilibrium. That transformation is achieved through a relationship between four aspects represented in the Tree: God, self, others, and the earth. Most of the book is a step-by-step process that leads to understanding the Tree of Life supported by examples that explain the Tree and Jacob’s ladder. This process for understanding the Tree is extremely detailed and is supported with specific examples. Because of the complex nature of the journey towards balance, it might help readers to have printed copies of the Tree on which to follow along and make notes to refer to later. One of the most interesting aspects of the discussion is that elements of the Tree of Life are intrinsically interconnected with various major religions. Although the Tree of Life is an elemental part of the Jewish religion, it is decidedly universal. Even though it is an ancient map, it is still relevant today and will no doubt continue to be so into the future. Whitehouse seamlessly connects her doctrine with standard astrology, karmic patterns, and chakras, thus underscoring the universal nature of the Kabbalah and its ability to lead to the discovery of the true self and its connection to the universe. Kabbalah and Healing will leave readers with a feeling of wholeness, a belief that the entire world and all that it houses are interconnected in some mystical way. The author claims that her engagement with the Kabbala and the Tree of Life aided in her recovery from a serious illness. However, it could be said that the Kabbalah could engender something on a much larger and more universal scale. Perhaps interacting with the Kabbala and assimilating the feeling of balance and interconnectedness could do much more than simply heal one person. It could be said that the greatest illness on this planet is the othering of people and races and societies and countries. Perhaps engendering personal balance and a feeling of oneness could help heal the planet with acceptance and unification. Kabbalah and Healing is a well-written book that will no doubt create an urge to learn more about the Kabbalah, the self, and the universe. It’s a great place to begin a study of the Kabbalah that most readers will be able to understand and enjoy ~ rougeskireads.com, Review
Maggy's brilliant, funny as hell, and wise. And she writes about richly rewarding spiritual things in a way that makes them seem like you thought of them yourself. ~ Prof. Peter Bolland, San Diego