Monday, December 29, 2003

Kabbalah is "learning how to think for yourself." It is a methodology of thought through symbolic representation leading to "mind over matter." The "matter" is your world, its circumstances, it's population, your relationships, your finances, your home, everything is affected by your thinking.
The Bible can be characterized by "my fathers house has many mansions." These mansions are the various meaning that can be discerned from the narrative, the Hebrew letters, and various commentaries throughout the years. These are veils of understanding.

The more acquainted you become with the Bible the more understanding is revealed. This is because the Bible is written outside of time and is therefore not a static writing. Meanings on the surface often mask the jewels of higher wisdom were on to look more deeply. Just as in life we are to look more deeply to find our own way, so too when quoting the Bible we can find out much more by remaining philosphers rather than using the cut and dried logic of a lawyer. We would do well to follow Jesus Christ's example in our studies.
Remember Kabbalah is a method best learned by your own internalization. Only you can think your thoughts. Only you can recognize the unity of your own thinking. Taking it a step further, only you can realize that unity speaking through you.
Kabbalah is for you to discover. The books that promote or suggest in any way the validity of witchcraft, astrology, etc in terms of Torah study or as a part of Kabbalah study are to be read in between the lines. Take the best, ignore the rest. Don't let someone else's interpretation ruin what could be for you a lifetime of revelation. There is much in the Torah that is offensive.
The senseless slaughtering of whole nations, its treatment of women as property, the elevation of the priesthood, several examples of violence, etc. Remember Moses came down the second time from the mountain with the ten commandents which he wrote as dictated by G-d. The first time G-d wrote these commandments but they were destroyed as a consequence of the Golden Calf incident.
Therefore nothing in the Torah is directly written by G-d. It is written about G-d by man and therefore may suffer in the translation. That's what I make of those writings which are not as divinely inspired as others. Taken as a whole the Torah stands as a remarkable document of man's meditation on G-d. As with other writings, take the best, forget the rest. Consider the source. Perhaps in the end this is the prime commandment that a study of thought or thinking-Kabbalah can help us remember.


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