Tree of Life

'As a rose among the thorns,
so is my beloved amongst the daughters'
~(Songs 2:2).

SISTAH LOVE  AND THE QABALAH

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"It is written: 'As a rose among the thorns, so is my beloved amongst the daughters' (Songs 2:2). Who is the rose? This refers to 'Knesset Yisrael' - the Collective soul roots of Israel, malchut. For there is one level of a rose and there is another level of a ROSE.

Just as a ROSE, which is found amidst the thorns, has within it the multitude of colors, also Knesset Yisrael has within her both points of lights / attributes.

Just as a ROSE has in it thirteen petals, so too Knesset Yisrael has within her thirteen paths of mercy which surround her from all her sides. (Zohar I. Introduction, page 1). 

 

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LESSON OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 11, 2009

Living the Qabalah

by Lorraine Morgan

One question we are continually asked is:

What does it mean to study the Tree of Life (Qabalah)?

For me, personally, it has been life-changing.  The more I learnt, the more I realised how little I knew, and the more motivated I became to understand more about myself and the part I had to play in the grand scheme of things – the bigger picture. 

There is a bigger picture.  There is so much more than just this material plane we live on and so much more for us to experience other than acquiring possessions and marking out our territory.

The Qabalah taught me to be less subjective and more objective.  Less focused on me, and more aware of others. I found studying the Qabalah takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment.  The Qabalah is for everyone, but not everyone, I feel, is ready for the Qabalah.

To study the Qabalah you need to be at a stage in your life when you are ready to take a look not only at yourself but also the life you are leading and to accept that the only person that can make a difference to your life - is you.

The journey of the Tree of Life is very exciting but its also hard work; enlightenment cannot be given to you – you have to work for it and work hard but it’s not working hard in the way that you might think, you will be working on yourselves because the key thing in the Qabalah is Know Thyself.

The Journey begins with you making a commitment to yourself, as a personality, to get to know thyself.  It’s not about doing loads of meditating and blowing your head off with visions, it’s about a journey of self-discovery. The reason it's exciting is because you may find yourselves driven to look at life in a completely different way.

There are likely to be times of tremendous highs and times when you may feel quite low because maybe you’re discovering things that you don’t like about yourself or struggling to come to terms with who you really are, and your reactions in certain situations.

The phases of tremendous highs are where you discover that the process actually works and your life starts taking on a face that you want and enjoy. For me, I learnt how to switch off my personality mind and to make time to step out of my day-to-day life and contemplate; I gave myself time to consider things before I made decisions and stopped reacting so much in ways that did not work or result in the desired outcome.

The whole thing about the Qabalah is to improve your life but in order to do that, you need to know where the hazards are, so half of your time is discovering where your Achilles heel is.  In other words, looking at what brings you down and considering whether the way you react in certain situations and with certain people works for you or not. If your reactions don't work for you and bring you what it is you want then looking at how you can change that.

Many people feel strongly that they have a certain function to perform in this lifetime – they do.  We all do.

 

 

 

There are many called but few are chosen

To become a Qabalist requires dedication and commitment.  The aim is to teach others by example but before we can rush out to help others, we have to help ourselves first.  This takes time and patience.  The Qabalah is first and foremost about being and knowing yourself.  So that means being yourself at all times.

There is no place within the Qabalah for lip service.  Talking about what you want to do or be is a good start but it needs to be backed up with action.  Enlightenment has to be worked towards – thinking you already know it all or don’t have to do anything other than just 'Be' is a misconception.  Enlightenment comes at a price and the cost is beyond a monetary level, it’s on all levels: physical, emotional, mental etc. and if you count the cost then maybe you don’t want it enough.

To fully embrace the Qabalah means to change your life forever.  Only you can change your life and you have to ask yourself if you have a Will that is strong enough and focused enough to succeed. The Qabalah helps you to recognise what is happening to you and how to walk in time with the natural flow of the universe, and to go with the tide rather than be dragged along by it; if you continually try to battle against the tide you will simply run out of energy.

 

 

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Malkuth and Electricity ~ The Eight Day Vibration

 

Read the Hebrew first, then go below and read the English.  Even if you cannot read the Hebrew, scanning it will give you inner blessings.  Just remember to scan right to left. The message reaches the deeper channels of your being. It is about vibrations not about magic. smiles.....

 

Tikkun 21- 94

Psalms 12:1 “ לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-הַשְּׁמִינִית, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד”
“For the Leader on the eighth. A song of David”

King David used 8 cords in his harp to praise the Holy one Bless be He. Each cord played 8 levels and 8 times 8 is 64. When we add 8 for the letters of the names YHVH and ADNY we get 72. This represents the revelation of the light in Malkhut.   Malkuth is the lowest level of the Tree of Life.  It is the 10th Emanation but the 1st evolution process. Malkuth represents our Animistic nature and each of us has an Animistic assignment.  To learn more about yours click below:

 About Your Totem Animal

 

According to my Sefiroth Advisor, Malkuth is associated with the Goddesses of the Earth especially Persephone (Greece), Proserpina (Rome), and Geb (Egypt).  As I did my self-study, I assigned Malkuth to Oya because Oya and Shekinah are so much the same and Shekinah is another value for Malkuth. Yet, my Zohar Training this morning associated Malkuth with the number 8 and with Electricity. So, now I see Malkuth aligned with Sango.  My morning Zohar Lesson:

The Zohar tells us that this is the secret of חשמל, electricity. The vibrations of the light while in the process of movement between the source and the vessel are called ‘electricity’. It has the two states, one is ‘feeling’ חש, which is a passive state of receiving and the second state is vibrating, מל, which are the actions on the levels of the seven Sefirot (Chessed to Malchut).

Our body is held in its form with the power of that ‘electricity’.  My Daily Zohar commentary to this section quotes the Ari who said that the Gematria of garment, מלבוש is the same as חשמל, which is 378. Our skin is called מלבוש, garment, and on the skin of the face we have 378 light as the numerical value of חשמל, ‘electricity’.

 

More about Malkuth:

Malkuth is the domain of the manifested universe, the immediate enviroment, the plane of physical reality. As a consequence, all 'inner journeys of consciousness' begin symbolically in Malkuth; it is particularly appropriate, for example, that the myth of the rape of Perspehone confirms her both as queen of the Underworld and as a Lunar Goddess. From an occult point of view, the Underworld equates with the Lower unconscious mind, and the Moon, represented by the sphere of Yesod, is the first Sephirah reached on the inner mystic journey up the Tree of Life."

 

 

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Elul is Approaching

Qabalah Lesson for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Presented by Alberto Adam

Elul is the sixth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. In Aramaic, Elul means searching Elul is also called “the month of repentance,” “the month of mercy,” and “the month of forgiveness” for it is the month of ‘Pre-pare,’ preparing to repair.

Repairing with the Wholly One of Being is not easy. It takes preparation. In order to re-pair we need to pre-pare. Elul then, is also the month of pre-paring to re-pair. In Elul we pare away all the covers, all the armor, all the outer skins. After we have pared away, after we have pre-pared, then we are ready to pair again with G and with our inner deepest soul. Pre-paring leaves us open and ready to re-pair.

Kabbalah teachings emphasize that our spiritual work during the month of Elul is to explore and search our souls, to find the good forces inside each and every one of us and apply them in the best way possible, so that they will positively influence the less favorable aspects of our personality.  The sign of the month of Elul is Virgo, which symbolizes the purification and cleansing of the soul and body in preparation for the new year.

The Zohar and other Kabbalah literature explain that the rose has thirteen petals, matching the thirteen attributes of Divine mercy. During the month of Elul there is a special revelation of the thirteen attributes of mercy and love in the upper worlds, and this has a positive effect on our deeds in this world.

during the month of Elul, everyone is given an opportunity to approach the radiance, the divine spark of the Creator, found deep inside each of us. Everyone is given special strength to explore and search their souls, to discover the beautiful treasures that are inside our souls, and bring them out into the open.
For this reason it is also a customary to blow the Shofar during the month of Elul. The blowing of the Shofar awakens the inner consciousness of the soul and reminds us of its ancient origins in the creation of man.


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Shabbat Meditation for July 2, 2010

 

 The Summer Solstice and The Spiritual Sistah 

"Both heaven and earth
come from one's own heart"
~Traditional Shinto saying

People around the world have observed spiritual, agricultural, and  seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. The Summer Solstice is typically June 21st. It represents the beginning of summer, a day when the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is midway between May 1 and August 1, which is known as the growing season throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere.  I often heard that the concept of summer vacation was due to the fact that schools closed during this time so that the children could assist with the family’s farming: an essential service needed for the welfare of the family at one time.  This was indeed the case for my parents' families whom operated family farms in Carolinas.  So, why is the summer solstice a significant event or phenomenon?

"Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun appears to rise higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it "stands still."  What is actually occuring is that the earth has gone to its furthest decline on the axis and is at the point of reversing itself toward a new incline.

In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable. 

Now another interesting fact that I learned from this review is that the first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives. As we know, June is the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the "grand [sexual] union" of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Beltaine was just a few days beyond May Day on the modern calendar and represents fertility being at its peak as bees pollinate the flowers and seedlings are poking through the cool soil, seeking the warmth and energy of the sun. Beltaine was part of the May Day celebrations we once had at schools.  Remember the May Pole and the children wrapping opposite ways with ribbon until the pole was completely laced with the ribbons?  Well, according to my readings, this represented the marriage between the Goddess and the God. Since it was unlucky to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June. June remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, "newly wed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the holiday immediately after the ceremony: The Honeymoon."

Now pulling together the information out there on the Summer Solstice was the easy part.  My reason for this study is to explore the Law of Correspondence (As Above, So Is Below; As Without, So Is Within) in regards to Summer Solstice.  So in the outer world, the summer solstice represents the astrological event of when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined away from the Sun, causing the Sun's apparent position in the sky to furthest away from the earth.  It appears that the Sun stands still and the apparent movement of the Sun's south comes to a stop before reversing direction when it will begin to appear to come towards earth again. 

In order to get a full understanding of how this astrological phenomenon relates to our inner lives, it is important that we also understand the Law of Rythymn which states that "everything flows out and in; everything has tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates."

 

Therefore, just as the Summer Solstice represents  the day when the earth and sun are closest distance away from one another; the Winter Solstice represents the day when the sun and earth are furthest distance together.  The sun angle is high before and after the summer solstice with a maximum number of daylight minutes. As the sun begins to move lower in the sky the length of daylight decreases. The opposite has during the Winter Solstice.  In fact, it is during the Winter Solstice that it appeared that the sun went away for three days (Ancients referred to this as the death of the sun).  This occurs at a point in the atmosphere which makes a cross as the sun seems to disappears.  Three days later it appears and many believes that this is where the resurrection story of Jesus came from.

These two form the vertical axis of the earth's movement. If there is a north and south (the Solstices), so there is an east to west (the Equinoxes). In Astronomy, the Equinoxes indicate two times of the year when night and day are about the same length. The Sun is crossing the Equator (an imaginary line around the middle of the Earth) and it is an equal distance from the North Pole and the South Pole. Equnioxes form the horizontal extremes of earth's movement, representing the beginning of the spring and autumn seasons. Spring is the birthing season and Autumn the harvesting season.  The Equinoxes are highly celebrated by many religious faiths even those who claim these observances are pagan or wicked, still observe these as their Holy Days (ie. Passover, Easter, Pentecost (Shabuot), Teshubah, Ramadan, Yom Kippur and Tabernacles). 

How do these astro-events relate to our inner lives? My analogy will be comparing the Sun as our Light within and the earth as our Heart- Soul.  Just as in nature there are seasons of change, in our inner lives there too are seasons of change.  According to many spiritual faiths, the year actually begins at Spring time not in January. In the bible (Torah), Abib is noted as the first month of the year. Abib when aligned to our calendar begins in late March or early April. Abib officially marks the season of Spring. Easter is determined based on the first Sunday following the first full moon, after the Spring or Vernal Equinox. In fact, it is interesting that the greatest observed and celebrated feasts by both Hebrews and Christians embrace the Spring Equinox.  How are Easter and  Passover calculated?  Passover is determined by the first full moon in after the Spring or Vernal Equinox.  According to an article titled, "When Should the First Month of the Year Start?" written by Frank Nelte, Abib in the bible = new moon:

 Ex 12:1-2 (NRSV) "YHWH said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 'This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.'"

Thus, we have, at the time of Moses, a very clear statement from The Mighty One that He wants the year to start with a specific month (or moon)! The Hebrew expression translated into English, as "THIS MONTH" is "ha-chodesh ha-zeh." The word "zeh" is a demonstrative pronoun meaning "this" or "this one." This demonstrative pronoun makes quite clear that The Mighty One is specifically singling something out. It is not just the definite article (as in "the month") that is used here, but it is a specific reference to "THIS VERY MONTH."

Next, the word 1 "chodesh" means BOTH, "new moon" and it also means "month." The reason is that ETERNAL intended every month to start with "a new moon." So it is perfectly correct to translate Exodus 12:2 in two possible ways:
First, as it is stated in the KJV, which also happens to be identical to the JPS?
Ex 12:2 KJV "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Second, as it could be rendered below:
Ex 12:2 "THIS NEW MOON, the first full moon after the barley is green, shall be unto you the beginning of New Months (or New Months): it shall be the FIRST NEW, FULL MOON of the year to you."

The key is to remember that in Scriptural Hebrew there simply is no distinction made between the concepts of "New Moons" and "New Months" since "a lunar month begins at the new moon." So it is equally correct to say that in Exodus 12:2 the Mighty One was specifically singling out two things: this "New Moon" and it means also This Month! The Hebrew word "chodesh" simply does not allow you to divorce "the new moon" from "the month." They go together. A month is only a month BECAUSE it starts on the New Full Moon!

The word English word "Abib" comes from the Hebrew word "abiyb" and "means to be tender green." This means that The Mighty One identifies "THIS NEW FULL MOON" as being equated with the then "tender green barley sprouts".

To summarize, it is quite clear what the name "Abib" means and it is equally clear that the biblical year BEGINS IN THE SPRING.

 

The above is typical teaching from most Jewish and Hebrew scholars. Yet, most practitioners of this faith fear lunar and astrological scholarship. I spent this time reviewing Spring Equinox because it is the most important spiritual indication of our seasonal cycle. It represents a starting point, a birthing point, a beginning.  Often times, in our lives it is spring time when we feel a rejuvenation in spirit and desire to pursue or create new visions.  Creation powers are not only without but also within us.  Just as the rivers move more swiftly, likewise with our own spiritual energy that often we feel but do not understand.  This energy is called by some spiritualists as Kundalini. Kundalini is a Sanskrit term that means ‘a coiled energy originating from the base of the spine’.  There is but one bone in our bodies that is holy – the sacrum.  In Greek, the word sacrum means ‘sacred’.  And it is through spiritual practices and devotion to God that the Divine energy of the kundalini is awakened from our sacrum.  It then winds its way up through a central passage to our brain.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spring season that is filled with high energy season ends with the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice represents a time when it appears that the Creator's Light is furthest away from our Heart-Soul or our inner being.  It is like the Light has been traveling away from us steadily; days begin to shorten and nights get longer. Yet the warmer the world on the outside, the more internal growth within the earth is occurring as harvest season will soon be upon us.  Our inner beings  are similar, our visions are in incubation. During the winter was the time for gathering our greatest spiritual Light while the days were longer and some say that the six months between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice is the time for us to build and grow spiritually. Like the earth, it is after the Summer Solstice when the fruit within us is but a seedling in the incubator, sprouting and growing; waiting upon the Autumn Equinox when it will be shown to the world. Within us we're developing the seeds of harvest or the fruits of our spirit that was planted during our winter seasons.  Keep in mind that those who follow Ramadan and Teshubah, it is in August - the entrance towards Autum Equinox, that we begin to hold our sacred season for reflecting and preparing ourselves spiritually.  This is the time to pray over your expected Fall Harvest (your dreams, your visions, your fruit (character)).  We had our Spring blooms and now we are releasing some summer fruit but it is the Autumn Harvest where the greatest benefit awaits for us.  This is our quiet time; a time to focus on the Heart-Soul. A time to go within and meditate on the visions and dreams that have been planted within our hearts. If we use this time wisely and allow our Hearts to lead us, we will be certain to harvest a phenomenal vision next Autumn.  Peace, love and light to all.



 

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 A Look At Yoruba Astrology

IFA Spirituality and moon/sun relations to the earth, from Spring Equinox through Summer Season.

Aries (21 March-20 April)   JUDAH

The first house the self or outward appearance and surface personality is Aries the ram ruled by Mars, within the Yoruba tradition the Orisha of iron and steel, Ogun the warrior god possessing assertive and aggressive characteristics rules the first house. It is Ogun who is the patron of soldiers, police Officers, surgeons, railroad workers, welders, body builders, or anyone employed to work with iron and steel.

Taurus (21 April-21 May)

The second house the house of material possessions and money is Taurus ruled by Venus the goddess of love; within the Yoruba pantheon Orisha of the rivers lakes and all bodies of fresh water. Oshun the mother of abundance dominates this area of life; motherhood, wealth, and love.

Keep in mind that on May 1st is the celebration of the May Pole when the God and the Goddess joins in Marriage.  It is a season of fertility; new birthing in nature.

Gemini (22 May-21 June)

The third house the house of duality, balance, communication, high energy is Gemini ruled by Mercury. The cosmic twins of the Yoruba pantheon the Ibeji; dominate in this area of life they are the ying and yang, positive and negative energies existing within all life.

The completed marriage… joining of male and female. Recall Beltaine and the May Pole

 

Cancer (22 June-22 July)

The fourth house pertains to issues surrounding the home. Maternal, protective, nurturing and instinctive; qualities dominate in Cancer ruled by the moon. These are the attributes of the Orisha Yemoja, Orisha of the ocean, whose ebb and flow of the tides are a result of the moon which is an attribute of her as well.

This is the time that the sun is furthest away from the earth. Moon is ruling at this time.

Leo (23 July-22 August)

The fifth house Leo ruled by the sun; a house of enjoyment romance, children, and most of all creativity in all aspects of existence. Here the illumination of the sun is reflectant of the wisdom of Orumila the Orisha of destiny who sits by the side of Oludumare the creator god of the Yoruba. It is within this aspect of existence where man chooses his or her destiny and it is recorded by Orumila in the presence of Oludumare at which time the breath of life is given to man upon his or her emergence on earth; hence the creation of man.

The sun begins its return towards earth again.

http://relijournal.com/paganism/west-africas-orisha-and-astrology/

 

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There are five geometric shapes that have faces, edges and angles that are congruent. Each of these Platonic Solids produces specific energetic effects.The pyramid is one of these shapes. In geometry, the pyramid is known as the Tetrahedron.

The most common arrangement of the Water molecule is in the geometric shape of the Tetrahedron.  The molecule of Silicon is also in this geometric shape.[iv] And, although it is currently Water that gives us life, Silicon can also support life. 

When two Tetrahedrons are merged together, they form a Star Tetrahedron - the Star of David.  The Star of David is the symbol of Judaism, a set of religious beliefs and practices that originated from the Hebrew Bible. It is interesting to note that, when drawn overtop of one another, each of the 24 letters in the ancient language of Hebrew together form the Star Tetrahedron.

But what is most interesting is that the Star Tetrahedron is the geometric shape of a Silicon micro-­computer chip.  As we move toward 2012, the molecules of our bodies are being alchemically shifted into that of multi-dimensional Silicon.

The Star Tetrahedron is the electric balance to magnetism. This is how data is stored so efficiently within a computer. It is this geometric shape that provides for memory.[v]  And the word memory takes its origins from the ancient Hebrew words mem, which means Water and ohr, which means Spirit.

"No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of Water and the Spirit… You must be born again."  John 3:5-7

Lesson presented by Sister Victoria Anderson,

on Mount of Olives Garden of Prayer - May 22, 2010

Many of us believe that all you need is the bible to understand the "Word of God/ YAHWAH). I have come to realize that not only we must begin to study Ancient Hebrew and Ancient History (a MUST), we must also become students of science and math. This is required, if we really want to understand our Hebraic Spirituality System of the Most High.

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Counting Omer

In Kabbalah, each of the seven weeks of the Omer-counting is associated with one of the seven lower sefirot (#4-10): Chesed, Gevurah, Tipheret, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. Each day of each week is also associated with one of these same seven sefirot, creating forty-nine permutations.  The first day of the Omer is therefore associated with "chesed that is in chesed", the second day with "gevurah that is in chesed"; the first day of the second week is associated with "chesed that is in gevurah," the second day of the second week with "gevurah that is in gevurah," and so on. Symbolically, each of these 49 permutations represents an aspect of each person's character that can be improved or further developed. Sistahs we shall use this period as a time to go within and continuously take inventory of your being, your speech behavior and your patterned behavior (your responses to adversity and to someone's else victories). How do you respond when life throws you a curve ball?  Do you lash out with resentment and anger or do you ask within how can this event or experience be used to take you to a closer becoming the image of the Most High (as you were created to be).  Our table below will use a story of a biblical woman whom role in the story exemplifies the Wisdom Key of the day.  If you find a better character for the Wisdom Key, be certain to email me at marthaprays@gmail.com and share.  Enjoy the journey through Countine Omer and be ever 

 

Counting Omer Beginning on the first Sunday following the first Shabbat after Passover.

The Biblical Passover date is Abib 14 (which in our Roman calendar was March 30, 2010)

For the year 2010 our count began on Sunday, April 4, 2010 (day one HaOmer)

and shall conclude on Shabuot, Sunday, May 23, 2010 (Pentecost/ Shabuot).

Today, Friday, April 23, 2010 is day 20 of Counting Omer.  So let us look at the table below and reflect upon the theme and Wisdom Key for the 20th day. Yesod within Tiferet (Foundation within Compassion or Heart). Bayta (Pharoah's daughter) and Yochebed (Moshe's natural mother) in Exodus 2.  The story or the allegory goes as follows.

It is said that Pharaoh sought to destroy all Hebrew boys in effort to protect his kingdom from the prophecy of being destroyed by the Hebrews. Yet his daughter, Bayta, while bathing in the Nile, chooses to save a baby Hebrew. Pharaoh's daughter takes the child she finds in a reed basket and raises him as a Egyptian prince. She names him Moses, “drawn out.”  Batya is able to reach across lines of class and nationality and show compassion for others.  Using Kabbalistic interpretation of this story, Moses is a special symbol of two great but supposedly conflicting heritages. Having two mothers, one representing regal power yet compassion and the other representing spiritual foundation.  It is the balance of these two virtues that prepares Moses to be the leader with a purpose given to him by God. Having a royal mother and his natural mother (as the servant to the royal mother) both raising him currently gives him that balance of a man of strong foundation and great compassion for others.  This allegory gives us two major self-assessments.  First, consider that each of us as must demonstrate the Bayta and the Yochebed within our own character.  We must have enough compassion in our hearts to reach out and nurture a child that is not our own as though she or he is our own. Our only difference from this allegory is that we are not doing so for self gain but for nation building. Secondly, Mothers what kind of sons are we raising? Are we teaching our sons their natural heritage and foundation as descendants of powerful people? Are we teaching our sons to be compassionate to the needs of those are oppressed and to address those who oppress? As the allegory would suggest, without Pharaoh's daughter, whom the Rabbis name Batya, “daughter of God,” there would be no Exodus. Without MaBatya represents yesod shebetiferet, the connection of compassion. We can follow in Batya's footsteps by reaching out to those who are unlike us and connecting with them in a kind and caring way.

The day of yesod shebetiferet is also Yom ha'Atzma'ut—Israeli Independence Day. Batya symbolizes all those who take tremendous risks to help the Jewish people, and also those who work across national and religious lines to create peace and justice for all those who dwell in the land of Israel.

 

 

 

Week 1

 

CHESED

(LOVE OR KINDNESS)

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key

Week1 Day1

CHESED within CHESED

The Shekhinah

Kindness within Love

Week 1

Day 2

GEBURAH  within CHESED

Miriam (Exodus 2, 15:20-21, Num. 12, 20:1-13)

Strength within Kindness

Week 1

Day 3

TIFERET  within CHESED

The Attendant to Naaman’s Wife (II Kings 5)

The Heart of Kindness

Week 1

Day 4

NETZACH within CHESED

Yocheved (Exodus 2)

Victory within Kindness

Week 1

Day 5

HOD within CHESED

The Mother in Solomon’s Trial

Majesty within Kindness

Week 1

Day 6

YESOD within CHESED

Serach bat Asher

Foundation within Kindness

Week 1

Day 7

MALKUTH within CHESED

The Shunnamite (II Kings 4:8-37)

Kingdom within Kindness

 

 

 

 

Week 2

 

GEBURAH

(STRENGTH, POWER, or JUDGMENT)

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key

Week  2 day 8

CHESOD within GEBURAH

Eve (Hawah)

Genesis 2-4

Kindness within Strength

Week 2

Day 9

GEBURAH within GEBURAH

Vashti

(Esther 1)

Strength within Strength

Week 2

Day 10

TIFERET  within GEBURAH

Deborah (Devorah) (Judges 4-5)

Compassion within Strength

Week 2

Day 11

NETZACH  within GEBURAH

Dinah

(Genesis 30:21; 34)

Victory within Strength

Week 2

Day 12

HOD  within GEBURAH

Yemima, Ketziah, and Keren-happuch,

Job’s daughters

(Book of Job 42:14-15)

Glory or Majesty within Strength

Week 2

Day 13

YESOD  within GEBURAH

She’ilah/Jephthah’s daughter (Judges 11)

Foundation within Strength

Week 2

Day 14

MALKUTH  within GEBURAH

Leah/Jacob’s Wife (Genesis 29-32)

Kingdom or Shekinah within Strength

 

 

 


 

 

 

Week 3

 

TIFERET

(BEAUTY, BALANCE, BESORAH)

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key

Week3

Day 15

 

CHESED  within TIFERET

Shifrah and Puah

Kindness within Compassion

Week 3

Day 16

GEBURAH  within TIFERET

Idit/Lot's wife

(Genesis 19)

Strength within Compassion/Heart

Week 3

Day 17

TIFERET within TIFERET

Hannah (I Sam. 1-2)

Heart within Heart

Week 3

Day 18

NETZACH  within TIFERET

Widow of a Prophet

(II Kings 4:1-7)

Endurance within Compassion/Heart

Week 3

Day 19

HOD  within TIFERET

Asnat (Gen. 41:44-52)

Majesty within Compassion

Week 3

Day 20

YESOD  within TIFERET

Batya/Pharaoh's daughter  (Exodus 2)

Foundation within Compassion/Heart

Week 3

Day 21

MALKUTH  within TIFERET

The Witch of Endor (I Sam. 28)

 

 

Kingdom within Heart

 

 


 

 

 

 

Week 4

 

NETZACH

(ENDURANCE)

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key

Week4

day 22

CHESED within NETZACH

Rebekah

(Genesis 24-28)

Kindness within Victory

Week 4

Day 23

GEBURAH  within NETZACH

Tziporah (Exodus 2:16-22, 4:24-26, 18:1-12)

Strength within Victory

Week 4

Day 24

TIFERET within NETZACH

Widow of a Prophet

(II Kings 4:1-7)

Heart within Victory

Week 4

Day 25

NETZACH within NETZACH

 

Hagar (Gen. 16, 21)

Endurance within Victory

Week 4

Day 26

HOD  within NETZACH

Nechushta

(II Kings 24:8-17)

 

Majesty within Victory

Week 4

Day 27

YESOD  within NETZACH

Naamah/Noah's wife (Gen. 4:22;

Gen. 6:9-9:17)

Foundation within Victory

Week 4

Day 28

MALKUTH  within NETZACH

Adah and Tzilah

(Gen. 4:17-26)

Or  Ritzpah/Saul's concubine

(II Sam. 21:1-13)

Kingdom within Victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5

 

HOD

(MAGESTIC)

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key

Week5

day 29

CHESED within HOD

 

Hatzlelponit/Manoach's wife (Judges 13-14)

Kindness within Majesty

Week 5

Day 30

GEBURAH  within HOD

 

Sarah (Gen. 12-23)

Strength within Majesty

Week 5

Day 31

TIFERET within HOD

Elisheva (Ex. 6:23)

Heart within Majesty

Week 5

Day 32

NETZACH within HOD

Naomi (Ruth 1-4)

Victory within Majesty

Week 5

Day 33

HOD  within HOD

Chuldah (II Kings 22; II Chron. 34:14-28)

Majesty within Majesty

Week 5

Day 34

YESOD  within HOD

Avigayil/Abigail (I Sam. 25)

Foundation within Majesty

Week 5

Day 35

MALKUTH  within HOD

Achsah (Joshua 15:13-19; Judges 1:10-15)

Kingdom or Shekinah within Majesty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 6

Counting Omer

Yesod

Connectivity and Foundation 

 

Scripture Lesson

 

Wisdom Key of Life

Day36

CHESED within YESOD

Rachav

(Joshua 2)

Kindness within Foundation

Day 37

GEBURAH  within YESOD

Tamar, daughter of David

(II Sam. 13)

Strength within Foundation

Day 38

TIFERET  within YESOD

Avishag

(I Kings 1)

Heart within Foundation

      Day 39

NETZACH within YESOD

The Daughters of Tzelafchad

(Num. 27:1-11; Num. 36; Jos. 17:3-6)

Victory within Foundation

Day 40

HOD within YESOD

The Queen of Sheba

(I Kings 10:1-12)

Majesty within Foundation

Day 41

YESOD within YESOD

Shulamit

(Song of Songs 1-8)

Foundation within Foundation

Day 42

MALKUTH within YESOD

Tamar

(Gen. 38)

Kingdom within Foundation

 

 

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Today is Shabbat Three towards Shabuot,

which is represented by the Sefirot Tipheret (Heart).

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

So, what does it mean to be pure in heart?  Well, pure in heart does not mean purity or pefection. It is all about Kavana or intention.  It is a genuiness to act with a desire to bring light or to reveal God. We sometimes do things to reveal ourselves but then there are those things we do reveal the God within us. These are the times we act with pureness of heart. It is this mindset that opens our heart to receive light, as we ascend toward the Creator in Her likeness. Yahushua demonstrated purity of heart during his walk on earth.  Let us take time to seek such virtues of forgiveness of others, acceptance of the different views of our fellow brothers and sistrens without desire to condemn them to hell with our mouths. Does condemnation reveal God or conceal God?  Good is all that reveals God and Evil is all that which conceals God.  May all in our hearts aim to do good.

Also, what is meant by the english translation heart for Sefirot Tipheret?  Let us listen to a wonderful teaching from a Jewish sister that seems to understand how the Spirit of Tiferet works within each of us.  Sidenote:  Keep in mind that the presenter, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, is a Jewish Kabbalist and uses her own Jewish images in her teachings.  Well, as Afrikans we must be cognizant of the true Afrikan hue of such images as well as remembering that all those in Scriptures are of Afrika From Cush to Kemet to Canaan to Israel and beyond. It was in this beyond that other hues came into this faith walk.  Yet, all who come into the Tree of Life with a heart to evolve as one with the Creator is given Divine vision. Praise YAHUWAH for Divine Visions.



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The Second Week of Omer ~ Seiferah Geburah (Might)

By Benjamin Malul  (Kabbalah for Everyone)

We are now in the second week of the Omer, the Sefirah of Geburah (Might, representing the second week). There are 49 days between Pesach, Passover, and Shabuot. On Pesach we receive all the Light of the Creator for free and this energy is so powerful that it melts our vessel. There are then seven weeks for us to rebuild our vessels to earn the immortality available on Shabuot. Each of the seven weeks represents one of the seven Sefirot comprising Zeir Anpin (the level) and Malchut (our physical being – kingdom). Each week consists of seven days, each day representing one of the Sefirot.  As an example the first day of the first week is Chessed of Chessed (representing the first day and first week). The first day of the second week is Chessed of Geburah. The week of Geburah is for correcting our selfish desire, the evil inclination of for the self alone. This week the greater you can restrict receiving for the self alone, the more you will ultimately receive.

The portion begins, “And it came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel . . . ” The Hebrew word “Shemini” means eighth. Moses, the first priest, completed all the preparatory work to turn over to Aaron and his sons the responsibility of the Kohanene, the high priests. Moses was the original channel who constructed the vessel for Aaron and his sons to use as the High Priests. He established the work of the Kohanene. Moses accomplished this work in seven days, meaning he prepared the lower seven Sefirot, Zeir Anpin and Malchut, for Aaron and the future high priests to be able to bring the energy of Binah down into this world.

The other parts of the literal story for this portion include the completion of the Altar, description of other sacrifices, the work of the Kohanene and the highlight of the portion, the deaths of Aaron’s sons. Aaron’s two sons were extremely elevated souls. The consciousness of the two sons was equal to the consciousness of all the Israelites combined. Their death was because they created a major short circuit. No matter what level of spiritual growth you reach, you can still fall. The greater the level you reach, the stronger adversity fights you. As you grow spiritually, the challenges become greater. This concept makes practical sense. The game of life would become too easy if your opponent stays at a lower level while you are growing. It would become too easy to beat your opponent and life would become boring. It would be as if after you reached a certain level everything would then be free which. The deal we made when we came here was that we wanted to earn what we receive and not to receive for free.

What we did yesterday will not work today. It is not sufficient for growth. Each day is new and gives us the opportunity for it to be better, where we can do and accomplish more. There is always going to be another level for us to grow to. There is always going to be another aspect of the same lesson. Each day you can see another aspect of the same person, of the same situation. If I am not increasing my capacity, then more cannot come. Every day has a new story, every week a new vision and every year a completely new year. The reason we see life as mundane is because we forget that every day is a new day with new opportunities. We should awake with a “WOW” for the new day. There is no promise that we are going to wake up and not everybody does. There are people that go to sleep at night and do not wake up in the morning. A new day and a new opportunity are not a guarantee. We need to appreciate each and every day from beginning to end. We read this portion every year. So what is the difference this year? Our consciousness, approach and openness to a new way of understanding. If you desire to see something differently, then you will. Today you have a bigger desire than last year. Therefore, new and different lessons become revealed to you. You must make the choice to increase your desire. Then another aspect of the person, lesson and light can be revealed. It is all about you, your consciousness and the choices that you make.

Numerology is an important aspect of Kabbalah. What is the significance of the number eight? The eighth Sifirah of the ten Sefirot is named Binah. This entire portion thus connects us to the level of Binah, the warehouse of energy, and enables us to draw down that energy into our physical world. There are exactly 91 versus in the Torah portion of Shemini. 91 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word Amen which is formed by combining two names of Hashem: The name. Adonai and the Yud, K, Vav, K. The name Adonai represents the Creator in the physical world (Malchut) and the Yud, K, Vav, K is the name of the Creator in the upper worlds, the flawless universe, the Supernal world. The combination of the two words represents the combination of the upper worlds with the Malchut. These two numbers, 8 and 91, reveal the secret of this portion beyond the literal story.

Volume 14 Verse 49
“And to the children of Yisrael you shall speak saying, ‘Take a kid of the goats for a sin offering and a calf and a lamb’” (Vayikra 9:3). HE ASKS: Why is not written, ‘a calf for a sin offering,’ as it is said of the priest? HE ANSWERS that Yisrael were already punished, therefore it is not written: ‘a calf for a sin offering,’ but “a calf for a burnt offering.”

So really, idol worshipping represents any energy which is not the energy of the Light of the Creator that becomes our source of fulfillment, that we are addicted to, that we are dependent on, that we are a slave to. What does it mean, any energy outside of the Light of the Creator? You know when people tell you, “I love you,” “You are amazing,” “You did an incredible job,” … and there is nothing wrong with having compliments in our life … but when that becomes our lifeline, when that becomes our energy source, and when we do not hear it we do not feel successful—even though we have major success, even though we did an amazing project, but somehow we do not feel that energy of success from within—when we need that external energy to fill us up, when we need the other person to tell us, when we need people to recognize us, that is a kind of idol worshipping.

When we allow ourselves to be dependent on external, temporary energy – and there is nothing wrong with getting it, but to be dependent on it (!) – that is not enough, the energy itself that we get from the actual action. So when we say, “I would like to be dependent on the energy of God,” it means we would like to allow ourselves to tap into the energy that exists within us, that we are connected to by our own action and our own attitude, and not because something or somebody outside gives us additional energy. That is considered to be idol worshipping.


Shabbat Shalom!

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The First Week of Omer was Chesod (Kindness)

Please forgive me for not being on assignment last Shabbat and consequently this teaching was not delivered.  Yet, we can  still be blessed by making certain that our lives bestow kindness to all whom we encounter.   Why is Kindness so very important? What is kindness?  Let us take one moment and go to the Mount of Olives Garden where Yahushua retreated in times of reflective meditation.  The Gospel of Matthew, fifth chapter reads...

                                                                         3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
                                                          Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
                                                          Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. "

Add one verse each day to your walk.  Blessed are the poor in spirit.  What does that mean and how does it relate to being kind.  Kind in webster dictionary is defined as having, showing, or proceeding from (intent of) benevolence. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane. Benevolent intent is the basic definition of being poor in spirit. One key word in the kindness definition is "Intent."   Many do kind acts for self serving intent.  This is not kindness.  Kindness serves the other person's needs. One does not have a lofty demeanor where they seek to be served but a gentle and loving demeanor, which seeks to serve.  This is not something that comes easily for many of us.  Some of us must be cognizant that we are not behaving kind or benevolent towards others.  Many call the above verses beatitudes which means "supreme happiness" or "to make happy"  or "a declaration of blessedness".  Yet, when you read them, you think of them as describing supreme humbleness moreso than happiness. What we fail to realize is that the two are part of a scientific cause and effect pair.  I believe this is a spiritual law that we should cherish as much as many of you cherish Torah Law because spiritual law will come full circle.  In other words, you cannot escape them.  It is like gravity law. You jump off the chair, you go downward ... not upward or frontward.  The same is the case for the beatitudes.  Humbleness yield true happiness for it is only in our most humble state that we can touch deeply within ourselves and receive light connection in the rich and magical darkness. Humbleness is poor of spirit.  Do not think of poor as lacking but think of it as untainted by worldly needs.

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted is a beautiful promise but is it a spiritual law?  I do not know for certain but what I have found to be true is that for every misfortune I have experienced and I have encountered my share, I was bestowed an incredible and  immeasurable gift in return.  Likewise, when someone in your midst is hurting, do not hesitate to lend a healing word and hand because you may be the Life Force's vessel to create the path for their comfort.  This is all Kindness.  Kindness yields happiness.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.  This verse reminds me of the humble and contrite spirit.  The person who does not have to boast of the gifts that the Most High has bestowed upon her but she or he remains soft spoken and umble enough to attain even more or umble enough to share even at times when too weary to share with others.  I remember when running my school how there was never a moment available for mental renewal.   Yet, with five hundred children and many kinds of parents and staff people, you had to be available to give the cry for help, your wisdom and guidance.  I am one who can attest to the fact that when given the gift to lead, one must take this gift seriously or it can be taken from you.  So as we count Omer this season... be kind, demonstrate that you have embraced fruit of the spirit, be humble and willing to comfort anyone in distress.  Most of all, spend time in meditation and allow the Spirit within to guide you on your journey to renew your vessel for special presentation on Shabuot.  Peace and love to you. - Eemah Martha

 

 

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Shabbat Lesson for March 13, 2010

Preparing for Pesach

Torah is Our Spiritual Guide on Good and Bad.

“Good is everything that reveals God; Bad is everything that conceals God."

- A Hebrew Axiom. 

Today's lesson may not be one for a new comer to Hebraic understanding for I am not teaching the Dogma of Pesach and Feast of Unleavened Bread for that is done in hundreds of online forums across the Internet.  I recommend anyone (Christian or Hebrew or neither) who loves our Creator and want to live your Divine purpose to embrace this lesson. In this lesson I am teaching on the Spiritual Guidance of observing Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  YHWH's Set Apart Encounters offer each who has a heart to experience Ha Masciah (an anointed encounter) as our King of Shalom Yahushua (Jesus, Isa) demonstrated to us.  Pesach represents the spiritual transformation of people from seeing themselves as slaves to their own zealous fleshly desires to journey to a more Sacred self where her higher consciousness and desire to be in the image of one's Creator becomes paramount in one's life. In Shemot Sefer(Book of Exodus), chapter 12, it describes a story where the Hebrew leader Moshe who seeks to free his people from Kemet (Egypt).  The inspired author of this book uses Kemet as the metaphor representing a state of consciousness where one only seek self needs of comfort, power and pleasure.  I wondered why Kemet was chosen as metaphor as the enslaver or the villain in this allegory.  It may have been due Kemet having had such tremendous esteem intellectually and materially as well as being gifted in sciences unlike nowhere else in the world,  that the author was inspired to use Kemet as an analogy too much focus on outward or material fulfillment.  We must keep in mind that the gifts given to us by our Creator can be taken away when we chose to lose sight of its Divine purpose.  Perhaps, this is the reality story of our beloved Kemet.  Well, according to the story in Shemot Sefer (chapter 12), Kemet was commanded to let the people of YHWH go and this became a conflict between Moshe and the Pharaoh.  This conflict represents our Inner beings' strong desire to let go of all that is not purposed by our Creator and become in synergy with our Creator's purposes.

The Exodus represents leaving all the outward advances and retreating within in order to ascend to higher consciousness beyond the materialism without. When one decides to move from their lower level of consciousness to a higher self, one struggles and finds oneself continuously floundering back and forth.  Yes, I shall follow my diet so that I will live longer but I later succumb to some highly desired eating opportunity. This is the same that occurs in Shemot Sefer (12). Exiting bondage takes greater mental dexterity than it does physical laboring.  Even our beloved Nana Harriet Tubman spoke of how she could have freed so many more t slaves in our country had they knew they were slaves.  Being in bondage is a mental state of consciousness.  Each time we fail to ascend out of it, our plight worsens as in the increased intensity of adversities as with the ten plagues.  Finally, we lose a part of us that we are unable to accept and at this point, we let go of our past love for the corrupted self in the corrupted world and reach in or as some may allude- we hit rock bottom.  Hitting rock bottom for many is a prerequisite for ascending towards higher consciousness. The tenth plague represented the rock bottom state.  Enough was enough said Pharaoh, you may take the Hebrews with you.  This is the consciousness where a firm decision was made to exit Kemet and the ritual of exiting was then acted upon by all who aimed to leave.  Interesting enough, some Hebrews remained Pharaoh and some Kemetics left with Moshe. In many ways this decision will initially be like trailblazing through a wilderness with some double mindedness still clinging to them. They do not know where they are going or how they will be maintained but they desire goodness so deeply that they begin to ascend the Tree of Life to find the Elohym and YHWH's purpose that is within them.  Now let us fully appreciate the most beautiful Set Apart Feast of all of YHWH's Feast days.

 When reading Shemot Sefer (Chapter 12), we read about bringing a lamb in the home for our family to get to know and play with about two weeks prior to Pesach.  Well, for those who take Scriptures literally, this would be about the time this would be done. I am wondering what my Hebrew brothers and sisters do about this part of Shemot Sefer's teaching.  So how is it that  I have been able to enjoy a precious lamb in my home every Pesach for the past three years.  My children appeared to be shy of the lamb but soon embraced him more and more each year, as our lamb became part of our family just as our other pets have.  I think of my many beloved Morehs who lead our wonderful Knesset, did they and their families find a lamb that was gentile enough to be housed in their home or did they discard the parts of Torah that cannot be accomplished in this day and time?  I often hear that we do what we can in Torah.  My message to each of you beloved is that when we begin to receive spiritual revelation of Torah, we can be blessed by every jot and tiddle of Torah.   In my second lesson for next Sabbath, I will share this with you.  As for the command or teaching of Shemot to bring the lamb into your home, my family's lamb is the Besorah of Yahushua (the message of Jesus).  Now, you may say that my home should always have this.  You are correct but Torah teaches us to Set Apart seven places on our calendar throughout the year to give our all to our inner connection to YHWH.  The first of these encounters is Passover Feast or Chag Pesach as it is called in Hebrew. 

What makes Pesach so wonderful is that it happens in the first biblical month of the year which is Abib (its biblical name) or Nissan (its Babylonian name).  Abib is the biblical new year and it is when all new life is recreating (springtime) and in my heart, I know this is the true new year not January.  This is a Spiritual and a natural truth in my heart.  Now, my literal Torah keepers follow two different calendars.  There is the Karaite which may be referred to as the Agricultural but I think of it as the biblical calendar (which is based on agriculture) and there is the Rabbinical calendar which follows the Babylonian dates. Because I opt for a spiritual view, it does not matter so much to me but I tend to follow the Karaite calendar while most of my Hebrew family follows the Rabbinical calendar, which is easier when it comes to getting your children time off from school to observe the feasts.  I do not believe my Hebrew family understands why they do this but most likely because it is much less complicated to follow Jewish tradition.  I do not want to put too much time on this, I just want you to be aware of why there are about a day or two differences in observing the feasts.  This year the Rabbinicals will begin Passover on the evening of March 29th (the evening before their actual Passover date) and the Karaites will observe on the evening of March 30th (the evening before their actual Passover date).  Last year was most marvelous because the Feast Days followed the Holy Days of the Christian church almost exactly.  My parents who have a Pentecostal church actually allowed some Torah spiritual teachings in their Holy Week services.  I thought it was certainly a sign from the Divine to let us know we are One.

 When I followed Torah literally, I always and even today I follow Pastor David Roberts' leadership of Victory Community in South Carolina.  You will find their website to be a wonderful resource; however,  Pastor Roberts is as dogmatic as anyone can possibly be.  Yet, I love his leadership because he is passionately doing what is purposed for him by the Creator.  Click on Victory Community above to get the Feast dates for 2010, which too follows the Karaite dates or the biblical dates.   

According to Shemot, our lamb should be in our homes two weeks before Pesach, which is about this Shabbat. I use the two weeks before Passover to intimately share the Besorah with my household and with my spiritual and even natural neighbors. Keep in mind that the Besorah requires a walk not only a read or a talk for it is the Way (ascending in spirit), The Light (the love you shine), and The Truth (the Beauty within you).  My beloved, I do beckon you to not miss another gracious opportunity to experience the True Passover because as all nature is now recreating itself, so can you.  The immediate sunset following the observance of Pesach or Passover (remember the two words mean the same), comes the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot).  This is a seven day period immediately following Pesach where all leaven (chometz) must be removed from your homes as commanded in Shemot. In Exodus chapter 12:15-20 God instructed the Jews to eat unleavened bread for seven days, from Nisan 14th at evening until Nisan 21 at evening, but in Leviticus 23:6 the seven day festival of Unleavened Bread is said to begin on Nisan 15, following Passover, and therefore would end on Nisan 22. This apparent inconsistency can be reconciled by the understanding that the new day begins at sundown, that is, when the end of one day and the start of a new day both occur or we can simply keep in mind that different inspired authors had different visions. Only literalists will become overworked by that minute inconsistency.

The Festival of Unleavened Bread, then, begins on the 15th of Abib or Nisan, which is also a High Sabbath day, and ends on Abib 22 or Nisan 22. Chag HaMatzot represents a holy week spent without leaven in our lives, a picture of our response to the redemption of the Yahushua (Matthew 16:12; Mark 8:14-21; Luke 12:1; Romans 6:13-22; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8).   This is the part that my Hebrew family often fail to do which is to connect the literal to the spiritual.  In each verse, Yahushua struggles to open the eyes of his disciples to understand what unleavened means.  Please my beloved allow us to open our eyes on this day.

Let me take a brief moment to share a story. My first Passover eve was also my 28th Wedding Anniversary and my children presented my husband and I with a cake. Forgetting about the dogma associated with Pesach and leaven, we all partook.  Then my Morehs rightfully doing so, gently admonished me regarding the leaven and I felt so horrific that I was out of line with Torah.  It was an honest oversight but one that had a long range teaching for me. Somehow, this was an oversight but it was used for a good purpose because it helped me to build upon my spiritual growth.  That evening, I asked Yahuwah why is it that there are these rules and in my prayer retreat, I studied Shemot Chapter 12.  I reflected on how I watched my Hebrew family bicker over the dos and don'ts of Passover and I just wanted the right answer so that I could do the right thing.  I thought that the answers were in the Scriptures but somehow each one reads it and sees things differently.  So, I asked Yahuwah to teach me Divine understanding and Divine Wisdom. I received Spiritual Discernment. And So It Is! I love the middle of the night because that is when I seem to be given extraordinary blessings in understanding.  It is that time in which I can reach deeply within me and know that Elohym is there.

It was then that I was given my first spiritual understanding of every verse in Shemot 12. I will share this revelation verse by verse in next week's teaching.  I realize then that my Hebrew family focus on the literal but it is the Spiritual that our Most High desires of us.  Well, I still like to follow the literal dogma at times because it cannot hurt anyone to follow the literal and also it provides an interesting structure in homes such as my own.  The only harm is when we fail to discern the Spiritual meaning of these Set Apart observances and this is what concerns me most.  I noticed that my Hebrew family do not teach on spiritual understanding of Torah and it is simply because all they know is dogma. So I lift them within to find Divine Spirit within. Today, I will share with you the spiritual guidance I receive from the Ruwach HaQoDosh whom I often call Emah YHWH.  There is nothing unusual about Spiritual Torah.  It is already within most of us anyway and it is also in nature around us.

Let's take a moment to consider that we do not eat any chometz (leavened bread and grains) but we can eat matzah (unleavened grains). Oddly enough, both chometz and matzah are made of the exact same ingredients: flour and water. However, chometz is allowed to ferment. By permitting the mixture of flour and water to remain undisturbed for more than 18 minutes, the mixture becomes leavened--chometz, and for my literal Hebraic family chometz is forbidden for the duration of Passover. Matzah, on the other hand, contains the same ingredients, flour and water, but the mixture--the dough, is constantly kneaded. Even though the dough may be kneaded for more than 18 minutes, because of the constant action, it never ferments. Once the kneading is completed, the dough is quickly shaped into matzah and baked, so that it never becomes chometz. Perhaps this analogy alone teaches grand spiritual meaning. Ridding self of yeast or chometz requires a constant pottering of one's inner self.

What is meant by constantly kneading or pottering one's inner self.  We must begin to reflect upon our own way of loving and living.  Remember my opening statement on good and bad. Well, look at matzah or unleavened as good and look at chometz or leaven as bad. I know some of you will be working it out in your cabinets and drawers and under your sofas to assure all the chometz (leaven) in your home is removed but in so many cases the same person will not even show love or even speak to the person living in the house next to her own.  I know of one Hebrew Emah who can give you every single aspect of preparing your home leaven free and she speaks unkindly of her sisters and eats bread of idleness on a regular basis.  I recall this person emailing me regarding another sister's private issue and I became astounded and could only recommend we pray for the sister but as I reflect on that incident I realize that we should have been praying for ourselves; she for speaking and myself for listening to idleness.  In this case, the act of cleaning the leaven from our homes and not feeding your family leaven are simply acts of vanity and has no meaning whatsoever.  We are simply doers of tradition (not Torah Keepers), just as were Yahushua's adversaries -the Pharisees.  So during the next two weeks take the time to inventory your own drawers and cabinets of your heart, mind, and even your flesh in order to remove anything that does not reveal Yahuwah and everything that conceals the Ruwach HaQoDosh.  This experience of Chag Pesach and Chag HaMazvot are so personal between you and the Creator.  Allow Spirit to show you your leaven as you begin to ascend the marvelous Tree of Life. Only with the intimate sharing within your being with YHWH who is within you, will you be able to love every spectacular second of Passover like never before because you will encounter a Genuine Pesach.  Wisdom and Blessings to you my beloved sistren.  Shabbat Shalom.

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Shabbat Lesson for March 6, 2010

Spiritual Awareness

by Isis Workshop, Inc. 

 

Many people feel strongly it is time for change and that changes are already happening.  Some feel on a personal level they need to pay attention to what they are eating and eat healthily and look after themselves, others feel they have something important they need to do, like a function to perform – maybe helping individuals in some way perhaps on a one-to-one basis or working on a larger scale to help the environment, the planet or humanity as a whole.

Lots of people are feeling they need to get themselves back on track or on course and are responding to some calling or feeling deep within them that changes are needed.

Everyone has their own way of perceiving what spiritual work means.  The ancient teachings of the Qabalah and the route mapped out on the Tree of Life take you on a spiritual quest and the journey begins with becoming aware of the world we have created for ourselves and looking at how we each play the Game of Life.

This is the beginning of becoming aware.  Awareness is everything.  Awareness means knowing yourself, understanding how you tick, appreciating strengths and weaknesses of self and others.  Awareness is realising the impact our words and actions have on others and accepting responsibility for the consequences.

Awareness is tapping into a force that opens doors of understanding and helps us make choices and decisions that are right for us.

Awareness is about paying attention to what is happening around us; knowing when its time to let go and move on; and recognising opportunities that are waiting for us to use.

The spiritual journey of Qabalah (Kabbalah) is about learning to become more aware.

How aware are you of who you really are, why you are here and where your creative potential lies?.

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Shabbat Lesson for February 26, 2010

Purim Starts following Shabbat today.... Spiritual Purim is the only Purim that really exists.... 

 

 

 Spiritual Purim

taught by Alberto Adam 

Of   Kabbalah for  Everyone


Purim in 2010 will start on Sunday, the 28th of February and will continue until sundown Monday, the 1st of March.


Note that in the Jewish calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Purim on the sunset of Saturday, the 27th of February

The Shabbat before Purim, is called Shabbat Zachor


The Zohar tells us that Amalek is not really a nation , but a concealed truth about life. The word Amalek has the same numerical value as the Hebrew word for doubt. Words of the same numerical value have the same or connected meaning. So the real purpose is to learn how to defeat the war that is going on inside of ourselves to remove the doubt from our lives. This is an ongoing war. That is why it is so important to hear this week’s Torah portion. Remove the doubt in our lives, not blame others for what happens to us, and learn to believe that the tolls will work. We can also connect to the Kohen inside of ourselves so we can become servants for the Light.
The Zohar helps us to decode the Torah

Zohar Tetzaveh

Section 55:
Anger removes all the good deeds you have done in your life. Anger is a very deadly weapon. When people get angry they can either internalize the anger or show it. Anger is energy stimulation. We need stimulation in this reality. When you internalize the anger, it sucks all the sparks of Light from your DNA. We all have belief systems and when things do not go our way we get upset. We must change our belief systems. We need to identify what in our belief system triggers our anger. Instead of receiving energy and stimulation from anger we must change and receive the energy the Light is offering us. We must realize that the Light is always there to give us, we just need to be open.

Section 61:
We remove the mask in Purim so we can escape from our prisons during Pesach. There are steps in our recognition system:
Mask
Emptiness/Pain
Tikun/Klipot
Soul/Light/Diamond
(The mask covers our emptiness that is painful so we must deal with our Tikun by removing the Klipot to reach our Soul, enlighten the diamond within us).

There are many levels we want to break thru. We must not create different masks that guard us from revealing our true selves. We are always putting on different masks: success, victimhood, doubt, intellectual superiority, playing dumb. Masks hide a level of emptiness. They cover those uncomfortable places and hide our fear of exposure. When you put on a mask you do not need to deal with anyone. We do not want to admit our weaknesses, failure, so we cover up. When I have a mask, I do not need to explain my fears.

Without any doubt, we are strong enough to deal with everything that comes our way. We have all the tools we need to handle all the obstacles. We need to find the unlimited that is inside of us. Nothing comes from outside sources. We need to get to our diamond. 

Purim is the tool to remove the masks in preparation for Pesach. First we need to identify the mask. The Amalek, the doubt within us, must be transformed into receiving for the sake of sharing. Every bit of the Amalek must be removed, transformed. Most of us are mostly Amalek.

How many levels of our consciousness within us are connected to the desire to receive for the self alone. How much time do we spend thinking about sharing the Light? If everything inside us is for the sake of sharing then there is no problem. How do we defeat the Amalek, doubt? We need to trust the Light, have certainty in the Light.

On Purim we drink to lose complete consciousness. If I have any aspect of doubt, receiving for the self alone, I need to go to the level where that doubt is melted, the Golem. Melt the consciousness and rebuild without the doubt, without the desire to receive for the self alone. We need to tap into the 50th gate of Binah, the storehouse of all the Light, positive energy.

At Purim we read the Magillah of Esther. This is the revealing the concealed, removing the doubt in our lives. We can then enter a different realm, level of understanding.

Love and Light

 

P.S.  Commentary by Eemah Martha  

 

I would like to add a few pointers on Spiritual Purim:  

First, I think of Queen Vashti who would not allow herself to be shown to the King's guest.  I have heard so many teach that she was either right or wrong.  I say this is not of being right or wrong but perhaps more of being left or right virtue.  Often times we all tend to conceal or hide our beauty and our virtues.  When we are in the midst of a challenge or work, taking the time to display our inner most beauty is not at all a priority.  Yet, it can cause us to lose the value of the work and the goals that we are in pursuit of.  My beloved friends both sistahs and brothers when the Creator gives you a Gift and you opt to conceal it under a bush or preserve it for a select few, then you are laboring in vain.  Be be humble enough to give all that the Creator births within you to all who can hear and see.  You do not have to worry about the financial rewards for Spirit will set up the treasures for you as well.  I know this to be so true from the very core of my being. trust my word on this.

 

Secondly, I will speak on the King whom most know is also a fictitious character in this wonderful parable called The Book of Esther or Hadasa.  The King represents the middle line between our left and our right virtues.  He awaits for us to become reconciled in truth.  He hears one story and supports that story (the Hamen, our lower consciousness within us) and then he hears another story (Mordicai - our higher consciousness )and supports that story within us (via the vessel of Queen Hadasa).  He gives us the free will to reconcile our own stories.   We must choose to crucify that which is destructive to our being and foster that which is creative power within our being.  

 

I have always loved both versions the Canon and the Apocrypha versions of the Book of Esther.  As I study our Torah using Spiritual eyes, I am truly becoming deeply involved in the Scriptures.  This morning my children and I will read both versions using our Spiritual inclinations.  My youngest daughter is most gifted of all of us.  I shall see what revelations we are given on this Story.  In the meantime, I bless each of you with a wonderful and glorious Sabbath Day.  Peace and love to you!

   

purim The following is an excerpt from Rabash’s article on the holiday of Purim, “Concealment and Revelation”:

"Darkness is the Babylonian exile, which the nation of Israel brought upon itself because the Creator (Zeir Anpin) was asleep. The sinner Haman, who was a great astrologist, cast lots (Pur) to determine fate. Haman and his ten sons are the ten Klipot (impure forces) because he knew that the Creator slept and thus His upper governance did not protect the nation of Israel (those who aspire toward the Creator). Therefore, Haman thought that the time has come to annihilate the nation of Israel.”

Haman is our entire will to enjoy, which stands opposite the entire Light of Hochma. He knows that the Light is about to be revealed. However, he doesn’t know that this can only happen in the middle line, and that later even that will be revoked when the transition to the state of the First Restriction (Tzimtzum Alef) takes place. Malchut unites with Zeir Anpin in the middle line and they ascend to Bina, where they attain the state of the End of Correction.

Annihilating the nation of Israel means annihilating the intention of “for the sake of bestowal,” which holds a person back from receiving the Light of Hochma egoistically. Mordechai is the intention of bestowal, but if he acts alone, without the desires of Haman, then it is just bestowal for the sake of bestowal. That means he blocks the Light of Hochma, preventing it from being revealed.

In other words, if a person does not work in the middle line, then even his best actions of bestowal will block his path of development. This is why Mordechai needs a connection with Haman. When they start to argue with each other (an argument between the intention of bestowal and the egoistic desire), they come to understand how they are able or unable to unite.

The intention of bestowal enables the desires of Haman to be used. However, these actual desires will not be fulfilled, and this is why a clash occurs betwen Haman and Mordechai. This story is talking about how a person can create the right unity between two conflicting forces or two opposite intentions. It is also describing the battles, confusion, and doubts that await us on the path of correction until we find the right method.

This is what “Megillat Ester (The Scroll of Esther)” tells us about.

 

 

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Shabbat Lesson for February 19, 2010

 

You are A Rose: You have layers and layers of higher consciousness

that you are peeling, each time you go within :) 

 

 

 

 Sisters, please use your headphones or speakers for this lesson.  Recording volume is low.

Enjoy this one was really for you for it is so,so true that Resistance Elevates the Flight.

Peace and Love,

Eemah Martha

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 LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13, 2010

 Love Thy Self  Part 1

 Blessings my beloved Sisters.  I decided that I would prepare the lesson for this week.  Well, it was not quite all of my idea but the Ruwach within me is collaborating on this lesson.  As one of the days of the year where girls and women become a bit despondent when they have no special suitor is fastly approaching, it dawned on me to take time and offer a fresh perspective on what is called Valentine's Day. Now, this is NOT a lesson on the ethics or wrongs of celebrating Valentine's Day.  This is a lesson on Celebrating Love of Self. You are such a marvelous being, such a beautiful person but you only measure your beauty and worth by the number of Valentines, if any you receive. Yesterday, I over heard a sistah speaking on how horrible last year's Valentines Day was and how she plans to prevent this from occurring this year.  I think her scheme was to line up adventures for the day. This way the day would past as she was in blissful wonder. Well, my heart could not help but to want to share with her another potential path for overcoming the feeling of rejection and isolation and not being loved. This path is called, "Love Thy Self".  

Sisters, do not turn the page yet.  Loving yourself is so easy and so wonderful once you begin to know that you are indeed a Goddess and that you have enormous Creation Power to create new realities for yourself.  You shall move above the physical needs of having a man to a spiritual one of having someone to share in this wonderful spiritual climb with you. Look around at the marriages you often see. Do you really aspire to be bound in one of those scenarios?  Reflect on your last night club hang time. Is that really all there is for you?  Was it really fun or did you have to drink yourself out of its reality?  And the sad part is that the "success of the evening" was based on one of three elements: how many free drinks did you get; how many dances; and bingo... did you go home accompanied by someone whom in a few weeks you will never see again. Aren't you ready for more in life, something better for you?  Sis, it is time to LOVE THY SELF. How is that done, you may asked.

 

I want you to gather three items and return for us to share tomorrow evening.  You will need a bible, anyone of your choice; a mirror that is big enough for you to see most of you, and journaling tools (pen and paper).  With these materials, our journey in Loving Ourselves shall begin.

 Love Thy Self  Part 2

1.  Sistahs take your journals and leave one page completely blank. On the second page, write the question:  Who Am I? at the top and in the center of that page.  Then number the side post down beginning with number 1. and begin to list the different roles you have in life (ie. sister, mother, daughter, teacher, secretary, continue until you have exhausted your list).

2. Of the roles you listed, select three of those listed that are most important to you and place them in order of importance or significance, if you can.  If two of the roles are equal - give two number ones or two number twos as you see needed.

3.  Imagine you passed away this afternoon and it is your funeral.  The three roles you selected will be talked about at your funeral by someone.  You write down who will speak on the role and what would they say?  Better yet, what would you want them to say? Present these in number or ordinal order as you placed them in step 2.

4.  When you are complete, read your entire Eulogy to yourself.  How different are you today from the person discussed in the Eulogy?  Some call the difference Cognitive Dissonance... we call this difference, Spiritual Dissonance.  You are here today but your Spirit calls you to be there (having the attributes and successes that the person spoken about in your Eulogy possess). So how do we move from where we are to where we are going to be within a reasonable time frame?  We do so by SELF LOVE.

5. Lift up your mirror or go to one and read your Eulogy to yourself, then tell yourself... I will live and do mighty things in my life because I am a woman of power and might. I am a Goddess.

6. Find a Sanctuary in your home.  Your bedroom, study, or private area where you are drawn to be. Prepare it to be a special place just for you.  Clean up the area with tenacity and purity. If you like candles, prepare a safe table for your scented candles.  I love lavendar scented everything :) 

7. We will close this session in your sanctuary, with a special reading. Open your bible to Psalm 139, vereses 1 - 16. and begin to read it to yourself for the next three days.  Now, here is the most important part.  Who are you above all of your roles discussed in your Eulogy.  You are God for God lives within you. So as you read this Psalm, you are not reading it to a God up in the Air but one within you. So place your mirror next to your candle or a recent picture of you, on your table and begin to read this Psalm to you out loud.  Here's the version I use.... The Message version, it says:

 

Psalm 139  :  1 - 16
1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. 
   I'm an open book to you;
      even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
   You know when I leave and when I get back;
      I'm never out of your sight.
   You know everything I'm going to say
      before I start the first sentence.
   I look behind me and you're there,
      then up ahead and you're there, too—
      your reassuring presence, coming and going.
   This is too much, too wonderful—
      I can't take it all in!

 7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
      to be out of your sight?
   If I climb to the sky, you're there!
      If I go underground, you're there!
   If I flew on morning's wings
      to the far western horizon,
   You'd find me in a minute—
      you're already there waiting!
   Then I said to myself, "Oh, She even sees me in the dark!
      At night I'm immersed in the light!"
   It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you;
      night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.

 13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
      you formed me in my mother's womb.
   I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
      Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
      I worship in adoration—what a creation!
   You know me inside and out,
      you know every bone in my body;
   You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
      how I was sculpted from no-thing into something.
   Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
      all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
   The days of my life all prepared
      before I'd even lived one day. 
HalleluYAH!
Sistahs, repeat reading this Psalm for the next three days.  I will return to talk about how this Psalm is all about you getting to know who you are on the inside and realizing that God has always been within your very being and the Creator is whom you shall ascend to be exactly like.  I will post a meditation breathing exercise for you on our next session.  It is very important for you to begin to meditate each day so that you can tap into the God in you.  Peace and love to you... you are a Goddess!
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Special Shabbat Lesson: January 29, 2010

Lesson Presented by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller 

 The Shem Mishmuel quotes a verse in Yishayahu, "YAHUWAH says, just as rain... falls from the sky never to return, but to be soaked into the ground in order to produce life... so My words that come from My mouth are not empty, [but rather will produce life]." Just as rain revives the trees, the word of Hashem causes the human soul to come back to life. The purpose of the tree is to serve as a transport system between the nutrients of the ground and the fruit. In the same way, a Jew is the connective vehicle between heaven and earth. He unites the physical with the spiritual. Man is a combination of material and heavenly matter. He connects the upper and lower worlds by studying Torah and keeping the mitzvot.

The Hebrew word for tree, ilan, has the numerical value of 91. This equals the numerical value of two essential names of Ahbah, Yud Keh Vuv Keh, 26, and Adnut, 65. Yud Keh signifies that AHBAH is in heaven. Adnut refers to YAHUWAH as he expresses himself in this world. When man melds both aspects of spiritual and physical he produces fruit -mitzvot.

The Shem Mishmuel explains that just as rain galvanizes the tree into action so that the fruits will grow, the word of Hashem triggers the Jew to combine heaven and earth and produce fruit, mitzvot. When the long winter sets in man may go through a dormant state where he finds it hard to produce spiritually. The Torah Jew knows this is the time to soak in the rain, the devar Hashem. The Rambam writes that the optimum time to study Torah is at night. Long winter evenings can be utilized to attain vast stores of Torah knowledge and growth in avodat Elohym.


Tu B'shevat is the turning point when we start to see the budding of new fruit and the results of our hard labor. As we begin to sense the approach of Nissan, the month of redemption, a new spirit of life awakes within us. On Tu B'Shevat we celebrate the transition from planting to fruit-bearing stage, the outcome of our efforts. Kabbalah teaches that the human heart is located 1/3 down the body. On Tu B'shevat when a 1/3 of the year has passed, the heart of man becomes rejuvenated.

We celebrate by partaking of the Shivat Haminim, the Seven Species, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. At this time they are just beginning to sprout. Wheat represents wisdom. Barley signifies animal fodder. Man can reach great heights of knowledge or fall to the lowest animalistic depths. Our challenge is to control our animal instincts with our human wisdom. Wine represents the joy of living and serving YAHUWAH. Figs signify patience because they take a very long time to grow. Pomegrantes contain 613 seeds which symbolize the mitzvot. Olives correspond to the wisdom of Torah. Dates symbolize the tzaddik as it is written, "Tzaddik k'tamar yifrach, the righteous shall flourish like a date palm."

On Tu B'shevat we celebrate Man and his boundless potential. He is unique in that he can combine heaven and earth, and reach unimaginable levels. Let us utilize the hidden potential of winter to its fullest so that we can then joyfully reap the fruits of our labor in spring and summer.

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 LESSON OF THE WEEK:  JANUARY 22, 2010

BREAKING THROUGH TABOOS
The Myths about the Qabalah (Kabbalah)

Much has been written about the Qabalah and it is easy to understand why people think it’s too confusing or for a chosen few only.  It is also easy to understand the reasoning that with so many other spiritual options to choose from, why the Qabalah should be separated out; what has the Qabalah got that can’t be found elsewhere?

The teachings of the Qabalah and the Tree of Life are in essence incredibly simple.  There are many levels but like anything you have to start at the beginning and take things one step at a time.  Who begins driving lessons learning how to drive an HGV lorry?  Who begins medical training operating on the brain?  The idea is absurd and it’s no different for the Qabalah, if you want to find out what it is really all about you need to start with the basics and work your way up.

So what is it all about?  What is the point of it and why would anyone want to study the Qabalah.

First of all let’s begin with what the Qabalah is not.  It is not a religion nor is it a cult.  Cults tend to draw people in and want to keep hold of them.  With the Qabalah you go as far as you feel you need to and everyone has to find their own level.

The Qabalah is more a way of life.  It opens your awareness on all levels and encourages you to look at yourself, your life, the ‘bigger picture’ in a different way.  It highlights where your strengths and weaknesses are and starts to bring out the ‘real’ you. 

It isn’t a religion but it embraces all faiths and beliefs.  It recognises there is value in everything and teaches there are no wrongs or rights just different perspectives.  You don’t have to be in a spiritual ‘gang’ and swear allegiance to only follow that route.  The Qabalistic route is walking the path this is right for you and not concerning yourself with how others are walking their path or making judgements.  Qabalists judge only themselves in any given situation and remembers at all times there is a bigger picture.

It has been said the Qabalah is too complicated or that people are concerned about getting ‘sucked’ into it.  The Qabalah is very complex – spirituality is a huge topic but it is also beautifully simple and if you start at the beginning then like a jigsaw the pieces start to fall into place and your understanding of it grows – the mental pennies start to drop.

The Qabalistic teachings are mapped out on the Tree of Life.  The Tree of Life is like a road map, it leads you from one area of life into another.  The bottom of the Tree looks at how good we are at surviving and playing this game called life, and the top of the Tree represents everything new and in a pure state of being.

The idea is to identify what our dreams are and successfully bring these desires into manifestation and to bear fruit.  The spiritual journey mapped out on the Tree of Life helps us find ways of leading lives that are more in line with the ‘real’ us.

How many people are not happy?  How many people spend an awful lot of their time just trying to survive?  How many people are in relationships that are not equal or working in jobs that do not bring fulfilment and creative potential remains undiscovered and unused. The Qabalah is simply about tapping into that creative power and leading more fulfilling and happier lives.  The bigger picture is a world full of creative individuals leading more fulfilling and happier lives.  That’s not such a bad thing surely to be ‘sucked’ into.

The Qabalah works very much on a practical level and the teachings start by encouraging you to look at the life you are leading and the private world you have created for yourself.  The focus is on being grounded as well as spiritually aware.  It looks at healing and the importance of being self-sufficient and learning how to heal self. All aspects of healing are included as well as paying attention to what is going on and recognising help that is available spiritually.  Self-discipline and self motivation are two essential requirements.  Those two qualities are necessary if you want to make positive changes in your life.  If you want to change your life and invite new, fresh things into it then that often means you have to be prepared to ‘do’ something new and different in order to activate the changes.  Life is meant to be about experiencing new things and learning new skills.  Comfort zones are little more than ruts.  Sticking always to what you know (even if you hate it) and feel comfortable with is not progression but more like stagnation. The aim is to become as the Shepherd and not the Sheep; to be the Master of your own life. So you can see there is nothing ‘fluffy’ about the Qabalah and there is no need to limit yourself.  The Qabalah embraces many things including healing, angels and crystals.

Paying attention to the sort of images and attitudes occupying our mind is another very important aspect to the Qabalah.  Our feelings affect the way we think, and the way we think influences the type of experiences we draw towards us.

If it is so easy for us to simply ‘think’ something into manifestation then why do we not have a world full of ‘genies’ making wishes come true? 

Most people without realising it are handing over their power every time they react to something in a negative and unproductive way.

The Qabalah helps us peel back the layers and get to the core of who we are and how we tick.  So many things influence and affect us and unless we get to grips with our weaknesses, then like an Achilles heel, they will continually bring us down and prevent us from tapping into and using the creative power available to us and drawing what we want into our lives.

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LESSON OF THE WEEK: JANUARY 11, 2009

Living the Qabalah

by Lorraine Morgan

One question we are continually asked is:

What does it mean to study the Tree of Life (Qabalah)?

For me, personally, it has been life-changing.  The more I learnt, the more I realised how little I knew, and the more motivated I became to understand more about myself and the part I had to play in the grand scheme of things – the bigger picture. 

There is a bigger picture.  There is so much more than just this material plane we live on and so much more for us to experience other than acquiring possessions and marking out our territory.

The Qabalah taught me to be less subjective and more objective.  Less focused on me, and more aware of others. I found studying the Qabalah takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment.  The Qabalah is for everyone, but not everyone, I feel, is ready for the Qabalah.

To study the Qabalah you need to be at a stage in your life when you are ready to take a look not only at yourself but also the life you are leading and to accept that the only person that can make a difference to your life - is you.

The journey of the Tree of Life is very exciting but its also hard work; enlightenment cannot be given to you – you have to work for it and work hard but it’s not working hard in the way that you might think, you will be working on yourselves because the key thing in the Qabalah is Know Thyself.

The Journey begins with you making a commitment to yourself, as a personality, to get to know thyself.  It’s not about doing loads of meditating and blowing your head off with visions, it’s about a journey of self-discovery. The reason it's exciting is because you may find yourselves driven to look at life in a completely different way.

There are likely to be times of tremendous highs and times when you may feel quite low because maybe you’re discovering things that you don’t like about yourself or struggling to come to terms with who you really are, and your reactions in certain situations.

The phases of tremendous highs are where you discover that the process actually works and your life starts taking on a face that you want and enjoy. For me, I learnt how to switch off my personality mind and to make time to step out of my day-to-day life and contemplate; I gave myself time to consider things before I made decisions and stopped reacting so much in ways that did not work or result in the desired outcome.

The whole thing about the Qabalah is to improve your life but in order to do that, you need to know where the hazards are, so half of your time is discovering where your Achilles heel is.  In other words, looking at what brings you down and considering whether the way you react in certain situations and with certain people works for you or not. If your reactions don't work for you and bring you what it is you want then looking at how you can change that.

Many people feel strongly that they have a certain function to perform in this lifetime – they do.  We all do.

There are many called but few are chosen

To become a Qabalist requires dedication and commitment.  The aim is to teach others by example but before we can rush out to help others, we have to help ourselves first.  This takes time and patience. 

The Qabalah is first and foremost about being and knowing yourself.  So that means being yourself at all times.

There is no place within the Qabalah for lip service.  Talking about what you want to do or be is a good start but it needs to be backed up with action.  Enlightenment has to be worked towards – thinking you already know it all or don’t have to do anything other than just 'Be' is a misconception.  Enlightenment comes at a price and the cost is beyond a monetary level, it’s on all levels: physical, emotional, mental etc. and if you count the cost then maybe you don’t want it enough.

To fully embrace the Qabalah means to change your life forever.  Only you can change your life and you have to ask yourself if you have a Will that is strong enough and focused enough to succeed.

The Qabalah helps you to recognise what is happening to you and how to walk in time with the natural flow of the universe, and to go with the tide rather than be dragged along by it; if you continually try to battle against the tide you will simply run out of energy.

 

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LESSON 3: THE WEEK OF JANUARY 4, 2010 - BLESSINGS TO ALL FOR 2010 :)

This week, I would like to share a lesson on basics of Qabalah

Qabalah speaks of two major issues - receiving and bestowing.  According to Qabalists, receiving is important but yet the receiver often feels a sense of shame.  Qabalists say this shame is a direct expression of wanting to bestow but only being able to receive? This is interesting because the female are known to be physical/physiological recievers.  One would ponder, if this is a true role for today's woman of African ancestry.  Would we not be more of bestowers?  Please keep in mind that in Qabalah we are always speaking of the spiritual or the light (the Divine) when we speak of receiving or bestowing. Yet, I cannot help but to wonder if  the idea of Black woman being the bestowal while the black man is the receiver indicative of our relational problems with our male counterparts?  Is this why it appears that our men tend to experience shame and we tend to have an inflated EGO?  So let us take a moment and share another very important Qabalah concept: EGO.  EGO by Qabbalists is opposite of goodness or light.  Some novelists think of it as the bad or evil within us but I think of it as what leads to bad or evil when it grows out of control.

Rav Laitman of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Learning Center defines EGO is a Master Kabbalist and he defines EGO as follows:

The ego is what I feel as self-relaxation, a void, a deficiency, a desire… it’s a socket or a depression in me that’s filled. I feel the filling of that absence as pleasure.
• There’s a deficiency which is filled.
• The sensation of deficiency is called “pain.”
• The sensation of the deficiency’s filling is called “pleasure.”
There are four definitions: deficiency, fulfillment, pain/suffering, pleasure.

 

So, according to Rav Laitman who is indeed a Master Kabbalist, those who are in possession of infated EGO have a greater issue than those dealing with SHAME.  The Shame will go, once the person learns how to Bestow but how will our EGO or Deficiency void be addressed?  Well, we must begin the process of learning to receive and preparing our hearts and consciousness to receive.  When we begin to receive Light and Wisdom, it will begin to transform us inwardly.  Then what we give will not harm but truely bless give Light to our spouses, our sons, and our daughters.

If you are ready to receive Divine Light and want to learn to Receive so that you can Divnely Bestow as our Creator bestows Light upon us,

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LESSON TWO WAS MOVED TO "SONG OF THE WEEK" :)

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Lesson One: Why Men and Women Do Not Get Along 

Why Men and Women Do Not Get Along

By Riggan Shilstone

 

 Men and women have lived and fought together for centuries. The majority of marriages now end in divorce, and spouse abuse statistics are staggering. Why is it so difficult for men and women to experience a loving relationship, where each supports the other and both feel fulfilled?

Since early times, men and women have engaged in the “battle of the sexes.” While some people have been able to build successful marriages, most relationships are stormy at best. Bookstores are filled with titles such as “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Yet the reams of self-help books have not made a dent in divorce or abuse statistics. Why is it so impossible for men and women to get along?

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches that there is a spiritual Force that surrounds us. Connecting with this Force is the purpose of our existence. In order to attain this Force, two things are necessary: A true desire to have it, and a means of connecting to it.

It is similar to our use of electricity. Electrical force exists, but is not usable by itself. A stereo has a “desire” for electricity. The electrical outlet in the wall provides a conduit between electricity and the stereo. To function, the stereo must be plugged into the outlet and then the electricity can flow.

In the spiritual world, these two elements are embodied as man and woman. Kabbalah tells us that the nature of women consists of desire for the spiritual Force. This desire permeates a woman’s being. It is man’s nature to be the connection to this Force so the woman’s desire can be fulfilled. When a man and woman join together for this purpose, both experience a sublime pleasure that is never-ending.

The root of the problem

So why don’t we experience this type of relationship between men and women today? The spiritual Force is concealed from us in this world. It is our task to learn to perceive this Force and then attain it. But how can we strive for something that we don’t know exists? We were created so that our natures drive us toward spirituality. There is a tiny, hidden urge within us that “remembers” our spiritual roots. We don’t necessarily understand it, but it drives us to keep searching for some way to reach lasting happiness. Throughout history, people have tried to achieve fulfillment through things we find in this world. Today, people have reached a point where they realize that worldly pursuits do not bring happiness, and they are ready to search for something that exists outside this world, something referred to as “spirituality.”

Women feel the desire that is their nature, but they have no idea what they want. As a result, they search for happiness in all the wrong places. What is the most popular activity for women around the world? Shopping! But fancy clothes will never satisfy women’s cravings. Some women abandon the pursuit for material objects and seek fame, power, and knowledge, but these efforts will also prove fruitless. Only the acquisition of the spiritual Force will truly satisfy women.

In addition, women inherently sense that fulfillment is connected to their relationship with men. The evidence of this is all around us. From a young age, girls talk obsessively about boys. Young women often make life decisions such as where to go to college and where to live based on their boyfriend’s choices. Men don’t do this; they plan their lives based on what is best for them. Even though girls today are encouraged to put their own needs first, they continue to arrange their lives around boys because this is their nature. However, since the spiritual basis for the relationship is missing, women tend to get involved in relationships that are unsatisfying at best and abusive at their worst.

Men have also strayed far from their spiritual roots. In keeping with their nature as a conduit, men inherently sense and are driven by the desires of women. Just watch a young man when he is around a beautiful woman. He is hard-wired to want her. What does he try to do? Impress her! How can he do this? By bringing her what she wants. If it were not for the desires of women, men would probably still be sitting around a cave, doing the minimum necessary for survival! Instead, they go to work each day so they can bring home the possessions, fame and power that they hope will satisfy their women.

Unfortunately, men through the ages have misinterpreted this role. They operate under the illusion that they are superior since they do the providing. Little do they realize that they are simply reacting to the driving force of the women’s desires! This misinterpretation has led to a culture of male domination that has brought much misery to this world. In reaction, women have gone to greater and greater lengths to disconnect themselves from men. This is the antithesis of the loving, mutually supportive relationship that our spiritual nature promises us.

What is the solution?

When men and women are unaware of their true nature, it is impossible for them to achieve their spiritual purpose. How can we fix the situation, and achieve the sublime happiness that Kabbalah promises awaits us? Through the study of Kabbalah, we can learn about our spiritual roots and nature. When women realize that the longing they feel inside is for the spiritual Force, their desire will naturally turn to the spiritual world. This desire will in turn drive men toward the spiritual world so they can begin the work of fulfilling the woman’s desire. Men and women will join together to pursue their common goal, the way they were meant to. The differences that loom so large to us today will pale to insignificance and vanish. Once joined in this fashion, the spiritual Force can flow between them, bringing eternal happiness and fulfilling the purpose of Creation.

Eemah's Reflection:  Although the above teaching is more relevant to European cultural relationships, many women and men of African descent have now fallen into the same basic relationship roles.  Sistahs tend to earn more money but the egos of both black men and black women continues to destroy our relationships and cause our children to grow as self-destructive individuals.  We must put a holt to the way we feel about things as the first step toward changing how we behave.  Let us begin with seeking spirituality Yah's Way.  Pray today that your heart opens for Divine Wisdom and Divine understanding.  Ask The Creator to help you begin your journey back to Oneness with Him.

 

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 WHAT IS QABALAH? WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT QABALAH?

QABALAH is our spiritual path to be restored to the perfect love of the Creator. On this site, there will be some instances `where Qabalah will be spelled Kabbalah.  This is due to different schools of  teaching spiritual Qabalah lessons. On this site, we strive to return to original Divine Afrikan Hebrew language, thus Qabalah is used. There is a great possibility that Qabablah will be the answer to healing our children, our families, and our marriages.  Why do our people suffer so in these times ?  Can you answer this with one word?  EGO!

Our egos are controlling our lives and destroying our marriages, our families, our relationships, and our communities.  This site has only one purpose with Qabalah and that is to study how can it teach us to heal and restore our families.  We will not be concerned with the historical misuse of Qabalah but we will only focus on the intent that God had when Qabalistic Awakenings were given to the Servants of the Most High, including our Messiah, Yahushua/ Jesus/ Isa. Sistahs of all religious walks shall join as one to heal our families. Each week we will share one lesson on Qabalah in hope to become closer in our journey to evolve as one with the Most High Elohim (God). Peace and Blessings to All!

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