It looks as
though you are talking about a more "traditional" mystical and
contemplative style of kabbalah.
Who do you think
should study Kabbalah? Why? and how?
Like a lot of
traditional teachings, it's not always easy to separate philosophy
from physics (or metaphysics I guess) with kabbalah. There are
ethical teachings and pantheons and descriptions of the mind and of
the universe all mixed up. It's an interesting old soup, been thru a
lot of changes over the years.
Thank you for
your thoughtful comments and probing questions.
I have received
them and am meditating deeply on your words and on my response.
A wise response.
I have thought
in the past the one of the benefits of the study of kabbalah is that
it encourages and promotes the concept and the ideal of wisdom.
The same could
be said of many other traditional systems, of course.
Thank you for
your patience in waiting for my response. I have surrendered all my
ways to Spirit and wait for that moment when the "Spirit moves me."
I heartily agree
with you that the study of Kabbalah encourages and promotes the
concept and ideal of wisdom...seeing how it is the nearest attribute
to the crown of creation.
The form of
Kabbalah I am exploring in this blog is traditional in the sense
that it is deeply rooted in Judaic Kabbalah, although my
interpretations of some of the material is non-traditional in nature
because they are the product of personal mystical communication with
is also non-traditional in that I believe anyone can study Judaic
Kabbalah. While it is true that a great deal of Judaic Kabbalah is
rooted in the Jewish tradition itself, I believe these roots have
universal aspects to them that can resonant with students from other
traditions. I also believe that one can study Kabbalah alongside
other spiritual systems as part of an integral spiritual practice
that embraces all faiths (an approach I personally prefer).
perspective, the reason why someone should study Kabbalah is if they
feel drawn to it. If there is a resonance in one's being when
encountering the teachings of Kabbalah, then I believe it is calling
My own leaning
for how one should study Kabbalah is based on my own experience. I
believe that one should study either traditional Kabbalah by itself
or in conjunction with or preceding studies of non-traditional or
esoteric Kabbalah. In this way one keeps a soul anchor in the root
of this powerful mystical path.
Kabbalah in all
its forms is indeed a rich, diverse and interesting soup. It's stock
is healing and soothing to the body, heart, mind and soul; it's
bubbling surface is a mirror of the cosmos; and it's deep churning
undercurrent is the hidden river of return. And strangely enough,
every being who tastes this soup, has a unique experience of it that
miraculously leads to a universal process.
In gratitude for
the gift of your postings,