Thought of the Day
It is only through the hard work of learning to “know oneself” that we can attain the clarity of mind necessary to understand our inner workings. From this place of self-understanding we can then begin the process of learning to act above, beyond and outside ourselves.
Category: Weekly Seminar Summary
Weekly Teachings - Every Friday a teaching is posted on the site as a subject for study and contemplation during the coming week. The teaching guide the reader in using the teachings and practices of Judaism as a spiritual path that leads to God knowledge. They combine the wisdom of the Kabbalah, Hasidic Masters, and the Rabbis with the knowledge of the mystical and esoteric traditions of other faiths. The teachings provide a path that is both solidly anchored in the Jewish tradition and fully universal in its vision and understanding of the spiritual life. Here you will find all the past teachings under the category of Weekly Seminar Summary.
OUTLINE SESSION SEVEN WHEN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS REVEALED UPON EARTH I. a. The revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven upon Earth will be a gradually unfolding process. b. Great changes will start to occur when there is a breakthrough between the planes. c. When this breakthrough occurs, the reality of God will become [...]
SESSION SIX THE MESSIANIC SOUL THE SOUL OF THE MESSIAH a. The Soul of the Messiahs is a vast Soul with many different aspects and dimensions. b. All the great teachers of humankind have come from this Group Soul. c. Different parts of the Soul may manifest in different places and times in history, but [...]
OUTLINE SESSION FIVE THE DIVINE THOUGHTFORM Four Stages of Manifestation The Lurianic model of the four worlds can also be understood as four stages in the manifestation of a Divine Thoughtform in the world.
SESSION FOUR THE EVOLUTION OF THE CONCEPT OF THE TEMPLE I. a. In the Torah God commands the Children of Israel: “Build Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in your midst.”- Exodus 25:8
OUTLINE SESSION THREE THE SHECHINAH IN ANCIENT ISRAEL I. The Temple Organization a. The Shechinah played a central role in the religion of Israel in ancient times. b. The entire structure and ritual of the Temple were designed to harness the Shechinah energy.
OUTLINE SESSION TWO THE SHECHINAH II I. The Soul of the Shechinah a. The Shechinah is not just an energy; it is also a soul in the Kingdom of Heaven.
SESSION ONE THE SHECHINAH I I THE THREE ENERGY PATHWAYS a. The left-hand path is one of raw, neutral energy. It is called the column of din or judgment in the Kabbalah. The subtle nerve or nadi of ida in Yoga. And the vehicle for psychic energy in esoteric teaching. b. The right-hand path brings [...]
OUTLINE SESSION NINE FIRE AND WATER: TWO PATHS OF PURIFICATION I. a. There are two paths of purification in the spiritual life: the path of fire, and the path of water.
OUTLINE SESSION EIGHT FUNDAMENTAL FORCES AT WORK IN HUMAN AND DIVINE EVOLUTION I THE BREATH OF GOD By the word of God the heavens were formed and by the ruach peev, the breath of His mouth, all their hosts. - Psalm 33:6 I. a. The Word of God creates the outer form. b. The Breath of [...]
OUTLINE SESSION SEVEN INCARNATION AND EVOLUTION IN THE DIVINE KINGDOM II BEYOND OUR WORLD I. a. Two aspects of the Soul of Atik Yamin are connected to our planet. The nefesh of Atik Yamin oversees the day to day life of the planet. Generally, this part of the Soul is what the Kabbalah is referring [...]
OUTLINE SESSION SIX INCARNATION AND EVOLUTION IN THE DIVINE KINGDOM DIVINE PERFECTION I. a. On one level, in the Ein Sof, the Absolute, God is already perfect. b. On another level, the whole manifest universe is in a process of evolution, of becoming perfect. c. Our lives are part of this process of perfection. It [...]
OUTLINE SESSION FIVE THE ANGELIC KINGDOM I. a. The Angelic Kingdom is a vast and powerful dominion that encompasses all the varied life forms in the universe that are not part of the human kingdom. b. The Angelic Kingdom is responsible for the form side of life. c. Every created thing is alive and “ensouled” [...]
OUTLINE SESSION FOUR THE UNIVERSE OF TIKKUN I. 1. Adam Kadmon: Primordial Man a. In the beginning of the creation process, God sent an or yashar – a direct ray of light from the essence of His Being into the primordial vacuum. b. This light created the first form of life in the universe, called [...]
OUTLINE SESSION THREE THE ORGANIZATION OF THE HEAVENS III THE BEARD OF GOD I. The beard has a special significance in the Kabbalah. a. According to the Ari, the beard symbolizes the forces of Divine compassion in the universe. b. The sections in the Idras that describe the beard of Arich Anpin and Zeir Anpin [...]
OUTLINE SESSION TWO THE BODY OF EARTH I. There is a great Divine Being Who overshadows the whole of the organization of the planes of Earth. In the Kabbalah, he is called Atik Yamin, the Ancient of Days.
OUTLINE SESSION ONE THE ORGANIZATION OF THE HEAVENS I The evolution of life is an extraordinary process. a. From a single-celled creature we have evolved into the complex organism that is a human being – a single unified consciousness which overshadows trillions of cells. 2. Our relationship with God works in a similar fashion. [...]
OUTLINE SESSION NINE I. THE FORMATION OF LARGER GROUP SOULS a. Beyond the smaller group souls to which our individual souls belong, there are much larger soul groupings that have been formed in the heavens. b. From a spiritual perspective, a large group soul is created when God wants to introduce new ideas and energies [...]
SESSION EIGHT KEY FACTORS IN SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION II THE SPIRAL OF PURIFICATION AND HOLINESS The spiritual life is a never-ending process of purification and growth. Constant effort is required to transform our physical nature into a worthy vessel for the Divine Spirit.
OUTLINE SESSION SEVEN KEY FACTORS IN SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION THE LAW OF SPIRITUAL RECIPROCITY I. a. We receive in order to give and give in order to receive. b. The Baal Shem Tov teaches that you must give to others if you want to receive, otherwise the flow of Divine blessing will be cut off.
SESSION SIX: REINCARNATION – CONCLUSION I. THE CHALUKAH DERABANAN: OUR VEHICLE BETWEEN WORLDS a. We move from this life to the next plane of existence using our chalukah derabanan.
OUTLINE SESSION FIVE REINCARNATION CONTINUED I. DIFFERENT LEVELS OF KARMA Personal Karma - Many of the events that will occur to us in this life are the result of what has happened to us in our past lives. They are the karmic debt that we have to pay in order to move ahead.
OUTLINE: SESSION FOUR REINCARNATION OR GILGUL I. REINCARNATION The term gilgul comes from the Hebrew verb lehitgalgel – to revolve or turn, and the noun galgal – wheel. - Its central principle is that this life is only one part of a larger series of lives. - We return to this world again and again [...]
OUTLINE: SESSION THREE THE GARMENTS OF THE SOUL MAN’S BODIES OF MANIFESTATION I. Man has four bodies of manifestation in the physical world. - There is the dense physical body, the astral body, the mental body, and the etheric body. - Each serves a different purpose. - Each has a definite effect [...]
OUTLINE: SESSION TWO OUR SOUL FAMILY I. Our Soul Family Each of us has a place that we call home in the supernal realm. In that place, dwell the souls that are part of our neshama or group soul, our soul family.
PART TWO: THE SCIENCE OF THE SOUL OUTLINE: SESSION ONE THE NATURE OF THE SOUL In Judaism, the higher nature of a human being is divided into five major components: the nefesh, the ruach, the neshama, the chaya and the yechida. Each of these expresses a different aspect of the soul.
SESSION EIGHT In this week’s session, we investigated the third aspect of mind – daat or knowledge. We also explored the relationship between the body of sephirot and our [...]
SESSION SEVEN THE HEAD CENTERS OUTLINE In this week’s webinar, we explored the two major head centers: hochmah/binah - wisdom/understanding and keter – the crown. These two centers play a key role in the development of our inner life.
SESSION SIX THE MIDDLE CENTERS: AN ELABORATION OUTLINE This week we explored the middle centers of tiferet (beauty) and hesed/gevurah (mercy/power). These two sephirot play a key role in our spiritual development as human beings and as souls.
SESSION FIVE THE CENTERS: AN ELABORATION This week, we began taking an in-depth look at each of the sephirot or spiritual centers. In this session, we explored the three lower centers of malchut, yesod and netzach/hod.
SESSION FOUR: THE THREE CHANNELS OF ENERGY I. There are three energy pathways that run through our spiritual body. – The left-hand pathway is called the column of din or judgment. The right-hand is the column of hesed or mercy. The middle path is the column of rachamim or compassion. It is also called the [...]