- Oct 30, 2010 1030 12c Messianic Consciousness Now
- Oct 30, 2010 1029 12b Infinite Messianic Consciousness
- Oct 30, 2010 1028 12a New Understanding of Death
- Oct 30, 2010 1027 11b How to Change Our Fate
- Oct 30, 2010 1026 11a Conscious Mindfulness
- Oct 30, 2010 1025 10b Cultivating True Equanimity
- Oct 30, 2010 1024 10a Equanimity in a Busy World
- Oct 30, 2010 1023 9b Awe Living in the Here and Now
- Oct 30, 2010 1022 9a Awesome Nature in Every Moment
- Oct 30, 2010 1021 8b Humility, Selflessness for Peace
- Oct 30, 2010 1020 8a Liberation from Pride and Ego
- Oct 31, 2010 1019 7c Finding Joy in Simple Things
- Oct 31, 2010 1018 7b The Experience of Divine Presence
- Oct 31, 2010 1017 7a The Path of Joyful Surrender
- Oct 31, 2010 1016 6b On the Purity of the Soul
- Oct 31, 2010 1015 6a Pure Action, Thoughts, Speech
- Oct 31, 2010 1014 5b More on Moderation and Restraint
- Oct 31, 2010 1013 5a Moderation and Restraint
- Oct 31, 2010 1012 4c Loving Kindness for the Deceased
- Oct 31, 2010 1011 4b How to Cultivate Loving Kindness
- Oct 31, 2010 1010 4a Loving Kindness Heals the World
- Oct 31, 2010 1009 3b Deep Practice of Generosity
- Oct 31, 2010 1008 3a Open Hearted Generosity
- Oct 31, 2010 1007 2d Avoiding Gossip for Skillful Speech
- Oct 31, 2010 1006 2c Cultivating Essential Awareness
- Oct 31, 2010 1005 2b Expanding One's Awareness
- Oct 31, 2010 1004 2a Respectfulness and Careful Living
- Oct 31, 2010 1003 1c Cultivating More Quality Time
- Oct 31, 2010 1002 1b Nurturing One's Soul (audio)
- Oct 31, 2010 1001 1a TWELVE PATHWAYS INTRO (free)
- Oct 31, 2010 1100 KABBALISTIC GUIDED MEDITATIONS (free)
- Oct 31, 2010 1101 Meditation: On Body Awareness
- Oct 31, 2010 1102 Meditation: Melting into the Divine
- Oct 31, 2010 1103 Meditation: On Equanimity
- Oct 31, 2010 1104 Meditation: for Stressful Situations
- Oct 31, 2010 1105 Meditation: On Interconnectivity
- Oct 31, 2010 1106 Meditation: Purity of the Soul
- Oct 31, 2010 1107 Meditation: Integrating Difficulties
- Oct 31, 2010 1108 Meditation: On Faces of the Divine
- Oct 31, 2010 1109 Meditation: On Heavenly Judgment
- Oct 31, 2010 1110 Meditation: Discover Divine Presence
- Oct 31, 2010 1111 Meditation: A Heavenly Ascent
- Oct 31, 2010 1121 Abulafia Basic Chanting
- Oct 31, 2010 1122 Abulafia Advanced Chanting
- Oct 31, 2010 1123 Chanting on Schma Yisroel
- Oct 31, 2010 1124 Chanting to Dissolve Disharmony
- Oct 31, 2010 1150 MODEH ANI: THANKFUL AM I
- Oct 31, 2010 1151 Mah Tovu: A Song of Awe
- Oct 31, 2010 1152 Mah Yakar: How precious are you
- Oct 31, 2010 1153 Nafshi Cholat: A song of yearning
- Oct 31, 2010 1154 Kol Haneshama: Every soul praises!
- Oct 31, 2010 1155 El Melech: Trust the Source
- Oct 31, 2010 1156 Ahavat Olam: With an Eternal Love
- Nov 1, 2010 1157 Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh: Angels Praising the God of Multitudes (mp3) 5:53 (free)
- Nov 1, 2010 1158 Shema Yisrael: Presence is Oneness
- Nov 1, 2010 1159 Yihiyu: Freedom of Expression
- Nov 1, 2010 1160 Ado-noy, Ado-noy: 13 Attributes
- Nov 1, 2010 1161 Elohai Neshama: This Soul is Pure
- Nov 1, 2010 1162 Ohr Hadash: A New Light Shines
- Nov 1, 2010 1163 Sheviti: Ado-noy is Inseparable
- Nov 1, 2010 1170 Niggunim as Spiritual Practice (free)
- Nov 1, 2010 1185 Introduction to Guided Meditations on Archangels (mp3) 15:58 (free)
- Nov 1, 2010 1186 Archangel Meditation Short Form
- Nov 1, 2010 1187 Archangel Meditation (Long Form) 13:53 mp3 (free)
- Nov 1, 2010 1188 Guardian Angel Meditation
- Nov 1, 2010 1189 Meditation on Meta-tron
- Nov 1, 2010 1190 Meditation on Sandalphon
- Nov 1, 2010 1191 Meditation on the Shekhina
- Nov 1, 2010 1192 Inner Guide Meditation
- Nov 1, 2010 1201 Hasidic Story: A Heavenly Debate
- Nov 1, 2010 1202 Hasidic Story: The Power of Forgiveness
- Nov 1, 2010 1203 Hasidic Story: Learning to Start Small
- Nov 1, 2010 1204 A Tale of the Mystery of Saying Kaddish After Death
- Nov 1, 2010 1205 Hasidic Story: Prayer and Harmony
- Nov 1, 2010 1206 Hasidic Story: Reb Zusia and Fate
- Nov 1, 2010 1207 Hasidic Story: The Besht Liberates a Soul
- Nov 1, 2010 1208 Hasidic Story: Sitting Close to a Rebbe
- Nov 1, 2010 1209 Hasidic Story: The Power of Joy
- Nov 1, 2010 1210 Hasidic Story: The Wheel of Fortune
- Nov 1, 2010 1211 Hasidic Story: Live Somewhat Insane or Die
- Nov 1, 2010 1220 Hasidic Story: The Besht Battles Evil
- Nov 1, 2010 1221 Hasidic Story: Explaning the Besht vs Evil
- Nov 1, 2010 1222 A Hasidic Tale of the Ruined Shabbat (mp3) 21:18 (free)
- Nov 1, 2010 1223 Hasidic Story: Explaning the Ruined Sabbath
- Nov 1, 2010 1224 Hasidic Story: Yosele the Holy Miser
- Nov 1, 2010 1225 Hasidic Story: The Holy Miser Commentary
- Nov 1, 2010 1226 Hasidic Story: The Snuff Box
- Nov 2, 2010 1301 The Meaning of the Tree of Life
- Nov 2, 2010 1302 What Does it Mean to Live a Kabbalistic Life? (mp3) (free)
- Nov 2, 2010 1303 The Kabbalistic View of God (Ein Sof)
- Nov 2, 2010 1304 Entering the Mountain of Wisdom
- Nov 2, 2010 1306 What we Learn from the Tree of Life
- Nov 2, 2010 1307 What does it Mean that God is a Process I Call God-ing (mp3) (free)
- Nov 2, 2010 1308 Humans and God-ing Co-create
- Nov 2, 2010 1309 Kabbalah on the Meaning of Life
- Nov 2, 2010 1310 Kabbalistic Teachings of Tzimtzum
- Nov 2, 2010 1311 The Faces of God-ing
- Nov 2, 2010 1312 Returning Holy Sparks into Oneness
- Nov 2, 2010 1313 Tikkun: Fixing One's Soul/World
- Nov 2, 2010 1314 The Secret Mysteries of Creation
Communication with the dead has been accomplished through dreams for thousands of years. Kabbalists frequently use active imagination to enter unknown realms. This process is based on the kabbalistic principal that our imaginations are connected with higher realities. Today we call this method "waking dreams," the process of actively engaging an altered state of consciousness that simulates the experience of dreams. In fact, this is an ancient method the sages used for contacting souls that have passed over the threshold of death.
Stories is one of the most popular methods to transmit mystical and hidden teachings. The stories of the Bible, of course, are predominant in Western tradition. Hasidic Judaism is known for its wonderful and memorable tales. Many of the teachings have become classicsal transmissions of subtle (and not so subtle) ways to achieve high levels of conscious Awareness. These stories can be told time and time again without getting stale. Enjoy!
For those who would like a complete set, almost all of the following stories were excerpted from the Sounds True CD set called the Mystical Kabbalah which is linked on our Books and CD's page; individual stories can be purchased in digital form on this website on-line.
This is a simple meditation method connected with a repetition of a God-name simultaneously with the inhalation and exhilation that accelerates the concentration practice. This is highly recommended for beginning meditators and for anyone with a busy, scattered mind.
The work of the chariot, ma asey merkayvah, is forbidden to teach except to highly qualified students. This is the foundation of Kabbalah. Only in the past fifty years have people been exposed to the teachings of the Holy Chariot.
This chariot, of course, is a metaphor, a vehicle that can carry one to higher consciousness. One of the ways that literally gives us an experience of being in the metaphysical chariot is through listening to the sound of the shofar. When we hear the call of the shofar, most people experience a momentary transformation. This is a hint of the experience of God Consciousness through which we will ultimately enter into a paradigm shift that will cause us to see this world with entirely new eyes.
The beginning of Genesis in the Torah repeats the phrase “vayomer” (and God said…), ten times, such as: “and God said, let there be light.” Each of these is ten repetitions is viewed by Jewish mystics as the creation of one of the primordial emanations (sefirot) which are the foundation of the Creation. Speech thus is viewed as more primordial than vision, for sound preceded light.
The Kabbalist Isaac Luria postulated that the universe is filled with Divine sparks (nitzozoth) that were spread across the universe at the time of creation, when vessels were burst (shevirat hakaylim) by the overpowering light of creation, releasing untold numbers of sparks which became the source of creation as we know it. It is our primary task in life to free these sparks from the husks (klipot) in which they are contained. The release of the holy sparks results from good deeds, acts of loving kindness, charity, and clean living. (also see: 1322, 1310 and 1312)
In a radio interview, the questions are raised, What is God and What is Kabbalah? This is an excellent synopsis of the fundamental Kabbalistic teachings as I understand them.
One day off a week is a gift that is strongly suggested in the Torah, but rarely observed. It is so important, according to the Torah, it is actually one of the Ten Cmmandments. Isn’t that interesting.
We have a commandment to take off one day a week from our mundane activities to contemplate, reflect, relax, connect, love, and be still. But most people don’t observe this commandment.
The past and the future only exist in our imagination. The past has already happened and is gone, forever. The future never arrives as we expect and there is no way to determine what it will be, ever. There is only this flowing, unfolding, moment-to-moment reality that we call Now! Now does not exist because it is constantly moving, always changing, always. Yet, we can release our thoughts in a way that allows us to fully experience the passing Now, as long as we do not try to stop the flow, which is in fact what happens the instant we think about past or future—which is never here, for it only exists in our imagination. Closing this circle is the experience of liberation, being and flowing in the Here and Now.
The basic teaching of Judaism is that there is one God and God is everything. There is nothing that is not God. The creation is not separate from God; nothing is separate from God. For some people this is a paradox as our experience seem to suggest that the creation is in fact separate from its source. It “seems” separate, but the mystics tell us that separation is not possible.
The word for garden in Hebrew is Pardes. The root is P-R-D-S. It is taught that there are four ways to read and explore the scripture. The basic approach is Pshat, which means literal. Another way is Remez, which means a hint and is the metaphorical understanding. The third is Drosh, which is the analytical approach in which different parts of the scripture are brought to explain each other. Finally is the Sod, which means the secret approach, which is unwrapping the codes that explain the scripture. The sod makes up the body of the Kabbalah.
Mysticism suggests that there are many different realities and to gain new wisdom all we need to do is attune to them. Mystics have a way of communing with one another without have ideological interference. There is a mystical fragrance in which all differences fall away. Mystical insight is more common than most believe. Anything we experience that brings us into the moment is a mystical experience.
The desire to give creates a desire to receive. This teaching lies at the heart of the mystical Jewish approach to cause of the creation. Without someone or something to receive, then giving cannot occur. Each needs the other.
As the Source is also referred to as the Bestower because it “must” always give, that which receives must be intrinsic in the giving process. Thus the Bestower, with an absolute “will to give” must simultaneously create a Will to Receive, and this Will to Receive is, by definition, the nature of Creation.(See 1308)
One of the best known and most influential Kabbalists is Isaac Luria, known as the Holy Ari, who lived in the sixteenth century during a time when there was an unusual gathering of Jewish mystics in the city of Safed. Luria became one of the key teachers in Safed for these Kabbalists and his unusual teachings dramatically changed the direction of Jewish mysticism, which in time deeply affected (and still does) mainstream Judaism.
The Kabbalistic model has four worlds, plus one. The physical world that surrounds us is called Asiyah, the world of action. Next is Yetzira, the world of formation, followed by Beriah, the world of creation, topped off in Atzilut, the world of Emanantion. Above all this is Adom Kadmon, the primordial world of initial consciousness, will, and the potential for beginningness. All this is fundamental mystical Judaism building a foundation upon which this creation if built.
In the Kabbalistic model, there are five worlds, each representing a different realm of reality, and each connected with its own aspect of the soul. The five souls are: nefesh (the level of basic physicality), ruach (the level related to movement, like wind), neshama (the level connected with the breath), chaya (connected with life itself, and yehida (the unity where all souls are connected with Source.
As a metaphysical field of inquiry, the Kabbalah is more of a series of systems than a single ideal. There are many ways to break down the Torah, the Talmud, and other Jewish teachings in a way that seeks the underbelly of Jewish mysticism. Kabbalists manipulate letters, shapes of words, mathematical interpretations and hermeneutical logic (an unusual special way to make connections).
Moreover, under the umbrella of Kabbalah there are different approaches, some having more “merit” than others, but each making yet another contribution. All of this adds complexity and in some instances confusion to what Kabbalah is all about. Still, the compiled methodogies offer a new and brighter look into the possibilities of exploring and speculating on the deepest and most serious questions of what this world and this universe is all about.
The Tree of Life is often presented with twenty-two lines that are drawn in a way that interconnects the 10 emanations. The twenty-two lines are directly associated with the twenty-two letters (consonants) of the Hebrew alphabet, and the ten sefirot are connected with the vowels.
Kabbalistically, the consonants are treated as vessels, and the vowels as light. The mystical teachings show how when all this is put together, every root and every word in the Hebrew language has potential interpretations of understanding that give each Hebrew word dimensions on multiple levels far beyond the initial meaning of the word itself. This all falls under the category of the 32 mystical paths of higher consciousness.