Thursday, June 30, 2005

Continuing to Focus Bahir 54

Every once in a while with these verses of the Bahir the meaning comes through right between the eyes. It is the case with the next verse 54. When I think about these verses it is always in the moment. For example I was thinking about writing something about continuing to focus. My next thought was let's see what the Bahir says in the next verse we are looking at. I don't believe it is a coincidence that both the meanings that are hinted at in the next verse are remarkably close to what it is that I wanted to think about. Unity revolves around the ideas constantly one provoking and elucidating the other.

Bahir verse 54. What is its function here? What is this like? A king once had a daughter who was good, pleasant, beautiful and perfect. He married her to a royal prince, and clothed, crowned and bejewelled her, giving her much money. Is it possible for the king to ever leave his daughter? You will agree that it is not. Is it ever possible for him to be with her constantly? You will also agree that it is not. What can he then do? He can place a window between the two, and whenever the father needs the daughter, or the daughter needs the father, they can come together through the window. It is thus written (Psalm 45:14) , "All glorious is the king's daughter inside, her garment is interwoven with gold ."

Wow. We are given two keys here right off the bat. The opening two questions are keys that we can use with every inquiry we make. You will notice that this is a standard form of inquiry both in the Bahir and throughout the Zohar. We ask of its function and then proceed to explain its function in allegory. We have a story which follows which is the allegory while the function is hinted at in the conclusion which says, 'her garment is interwoven with gold. Let me explain.

Will is the King. Once you set forth your intention this then directs Mind. In the above verse daughter is both Mind and Manifestation or Malchut in the Sephiroth. As Mind it represents Binah or Understanding which is fully completed once the upper daughter (Binah-Understanding) passes into form (Malchut-Kingdom). When you see the form of your intention understanding comes in. It is the knowing that the original inspiration has found a home or a place in which to grow and be. This garment that is interwoven with gold is directly the result of the window that goes between the King and the daughter to communicate with each other. Read here instead between Will and Mind. Once you send out an intention you do not need to continually send this forth but you may from time to time check in with your Intention to see what Mind is doing with this. Likewise when Mind reaches a temporary impasse in its outworking of your Intention or the outworking of Will, then it seeks to communicate with Will for further inspiration. In this way you can see the King looking through the window at the daughter and the daughter looking back the other way at the King.

Now what does this all mean? When you have an Intention or you exercise your Will this is the first part of the creative process. The second part is Mind opening to your Intention and setting about to 'deliver the goods.' The third part of Mind is to formulate all the ideas which go into the outworking of your intention. This process continues in various steps until the thing itself is seen and known for the manifestation of the original Intention. When this occurs a returning wave of understanding flows back to the third part of Mind where the process of outworking is reinforces with successful outworking of the Intention of Mind. Throughout this process there are corrections which take place along the way either by Will which wants to reinforce its focus by continuing its focus, or by Mind which seeks new inspiration to move along the wave of the initial inspiration.

In plain language this means:

Make a wish and check it twice and be inspired to add to your wish to increase its flow into manifestation. Find the reasons for its certainty and build this certainty along with your wish.
Use the mystical method of creation outlined above in even the most simple requests. Remember you are always at the perfect place and time for miracles to grow including this very now.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The surrounding flows

You make your world out of the thoughts you surround yourself with. By the simple act of choosing your thinking you activate the will of the one. The Will of the One only knows good and is sometimes called the Will to Good. It is a specialized area in Mind that becomes active through your efforts in changing your Mind from negative to positive. This type of dynamic occurs when Will engages Mind. Will says to Mind, this is what I will be and then experiences the results of this becoming directly through experience. Will must be actively engaged. When Will has been in place for a while the experience of momentum is felt and the tendency is to disengage Will and let the momentum carry you which it will for a time. Soon however without the attention of Will, Mind reverts to earlier thought patterns in increasingly negative circles. All is vibration and each level of vibration has a signature to it. The vibrations that Will has sent out has the signature of Will easily recognizable by the way you feel when you are grooving with these vibrations and then by their signature these vibrations of Will make it easier for you to traverse the life experiences that are the resulting forms.

What about these surrounding flows? You live in a universe of thought. If you are not actively promoting your own thinking your thoughts will be acted upon by these surrounding flows. The end result of these surrounding flows is karma. Up and down according to the random nature of these flows with no rhyme or reason.

If Mind is anything is has to be a groove made up of all the thoughts that you've been thinking and all of the thoughts that are being thought through you. When you pick up a 'vibe' it is a thought energy that you do not fully resonate with. There is resistance in you because of this. The resistance comes from the different vibratory levels of the nexus of these thought energies. If you do not resist this negative vibe then sooner or later you will find yourself becoming a part of this negative energy much to your detriment. Your awareness of the 'vibe' alerts you to action. This action being to setup within yourself and then project out from yourself a positive energy of connection. You can do this by choosing to think about what you want in spite of the 'vibe' you are feelings. If you persist in thinking about what you choose the 'vibe' will lose its appeal to you. It will either dissipate around you or you will transcend it. This is especially evident when you perceive someone who by their words or their actions leaves you feeling drained or upset.. In their presence you feel attacked and walk away with a 'vibe.' Here is what happens in these cases and how to let go of the vibe.

The person who accepts negativity is cursed. That is they are continually drawing in this negative energy and do not know how to release it properly. They are cursed in the sense that they are ignorant of any method for releasing the negativity or they refuse to even try. Then the only way to ameliorate the situation is to project this negative energy on someone. Projecting like 'it's their fault, or they made me do it, or a host of other projections that make the other the evil party. When they come upon you a supposedly neutral party they seek your unity with their negativity so that they may feel justified and build a more powerful negativity as a result. If you resist in any way then you become an object to project upon. You begin to feel bad all over and cannot stop thinking about this person. That is because you are in a sense being cursed by their projections. However you aren't ignorant of the psychic attacks you've been feeling. You know that if you return these attacks you will feel them twice as strongly. So what do you do?

Presumably before you were attacked you were working on something of your own. You were thinking about what you wanted to think about but were then interrupted in your flow. The answer is to return to your flow and consciously keep the flow of your Will intent upon the operation of your Mind. Then you are offering nothing for the projected negativity to latch on to. No matter what they say silently repeat to yourself. 'This is not mine I do not accept it but return it from whence it came.' This is a very powerful affirmation for dispelling negativity and returning it to its source. You may also add as a healing, 'I bless this feeling so that it may return healed of its negativity.' Then you are actually helping the person because not only won't you spread their nonsense you are sending it back to them with the seeds of hope.

This is something you can use in case of feeling a 'vibe.' Another way to put a stop to negativity is to pay attention to what you want and use that meditation to produce positive results within yourself. You make sure that you are constantly fertilizing your thoughts with the chosen affirmations you are using to direct Mind in its outworking of your plan. You keep on grooving your positive message all day long and into the night right before you fall asleep. The result of this is that you will be feeling another kind of 'vibe.' This time your feelings will resonate with certainty. What you will be projecting all around yourself will be positive energy. Your thought atmosphere will become elevated. When this happens inspiration and miracles are the result.

The difference between success and failure with the two above methods depends upon persistence. This means to practice and practice being aware. Each act of awareness builds upon the other. Time as it happens is on your side. You are building momentum each time you change your mind and choose to groove the thoughts you would like to see as a result in your life.

Yes we make life up as we go along and we do not have to go along blindly. We have a choice to make in each moment. If you want to be sure of a prosperous and happy life, choose your properous and happy thoughts well. They will build up inside of you until they are overflowing and all may partake of the goodness that you are bringing forth.

There is another way to look at all of this. The master of wisdom becomes a vehicle for the divine, for the holiness of the Eternal. By choosing our thoughts well what we are really accomplishing is our connection with the Mystery. Through this connection then we are able to increase the level of positive energy flowing through us. This positive energy manifests then as our thinking. Each time we choose a positive thought we are saying to ourselves, 'yes I open up myself to the divine and let this Eternal connection flow through me.' Conversely when we choose negativity we are saying, 'I choose to block this connection.' When we look at this dynamic of energy and connection it is quite easy to see where our choices do indeed make the difference between experiencing positive results and experiencing negative results. Remember there is no coercion here. All of this is happening to yourself by yourself through knowing yourself.

I know this is a lot to think about. The main point here is that you can make a choice and everytime you do it becomes easier to make the right choice.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Bahir 53

Here in verse 53 the idea of gold is expanded. Remember from our earlier commentary that gold referred to the joyful state of mind which produces the results of inspiration. Let's take it from here to begin our commentary. Verse 53 follows for reference

Bahir Verse 53. Why is [gold] called Zahav ? Because it includes three attributes, [alluded to in its three letters, Zayin, Heh, Beth ]. [The first attribute is] Male, (Zachar) . This is the Zayin . [The second is] the Soul. This is the Heh. [The numerical value of Heh is five, alluding to] the five names of the soul: Nephesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chiah, Yechidah. What is the purpose the Heh ? It is a throne for the Zayin . It is thus written (Ecclesiastes 5:7), "For one above the other watches." The Beth is its sustenance. It is thus written (Genesis 1:1), "In (Beth) the beginning [God] created..."


There are many offerings here. Each of them is meant to provide a tool for inspiration. By this I mean that what we see in these verses of Bahir are meant to awaken inspiration. When we think about something it awakens or inspires something else. This process of awakening is the basis for all of the Kabbalistic writings including the Bahir here and the Zohar and all of the Ari's writings. It is this creative process that forms the sum total of the essence of Kabbalah. You may study all of the writings everywhere for the results of Kabbalah but in order to experience Kabbalah for yourself this awakening must take place within you. You are the object of every writing that has ever been written about Kabbalah. You are the purpose that is being revealed here. If you have questions about this aspect let me know. Now on with the exposition of this verse.

It says Zayin is the male influence. This is the active part of consciousness. In Tarot Zayin represents the Lovers. The basic form of this card has a man and woman and the angel Raphael above and between them. I mention this card here because there is a theme that we will see repeated over and over again. I spoke of Will in an earlier post. It is the directing influence. Will imparts to Mind, the feminine or subsconsciousness it's directions. The angel Raphael is a healing influence. What happens to our present world in terms of what happens to the world to come could be seen as a healing of both our inner and outer worlds. When we think of what we want we direct by our attention (Will) that which we want to see. It takes place in Mind but before manifestation may take place, your current conception or your current view of your world must pass away. It must be healed of that which you no longer wish to see or pay attention to. This is the theme that we will see wherever we look in the ancient writing. Intend, Impress and Let Go. This is the three fold process of creation.

Zayin is also called the sword. It is the sword of discrimination. When you discriminate in your Mind between right and wrong thoughts for you, this is the sword that cuts off the negativity and allow your positive affirmations to flourish.

Heh is called a throne for Zayin and also alludes to the soul. In this sense Heh is then representative of Mind. Therefore it is the place where Zayin or Will in our present understanding sits. Will then is the Master or King of Mind, or as we've said previously, Mind is in service to Will.

In Tarot Heh is represented by the Emperor who is the master of Mind especially of the order of Mind. When soul is used here it is Mind in its Clay form that is impressed by Will with our Intention. The various levels of Soul are given, Nephesh (the animal or lowest level, think of it as a form that is first impressed but hasn't gone through any permutations), Ruach (spirit or invisible force, think of it as Will going through its first transmutation operating as Will but inexorably becoming that which Will becomes), Neshamah (called our Higher Self, the result of our connection with the understanding that we are currently going through), Chayah (Beyond the grasp of our intellectual Minds but operating as a results of the continuing transformations of Neshamah. Here the angel Raphael from the Tarot key Lovers mentioned above operates), Yechidah (highest soul level, again beyond intellectual grasp yet the ultimate result of connection and the discovery of the divine inspiration. It is important to realize the stages that Mind connected now with Will goes through. Admittedly these stages go beyond our view but that is the purpose of this study to always take you beyond what you've experienced before to provide new products for inspiration. Think of this as an understanding which you are saving up for some future revelation.

The Bahir goes on and says for one above the other watches. We could see the angel above as watching the actions that are taking place from Will (Zayin) impressing (Heh -Soul-Mind) with its directives. Also we could say that once Will is in place it then oversees all of Mind's outworking of the plan correcting where necessary the details that are taking place. The Bahir say lastly that Beth is its sustenance. Beth the house is the final form. It is the manifestation of the idea impressed by Will and watched over by Will as Mind works out the details. How do we know this has to do with the creation process? The last verse directly references Beth and "In the beginning....

Summary: We separate the letters of gold Zahav in order to see how each works with the other in order to produce the meaning that is gold. Gold is however given a meaning beyond its mineral sense and is equated with whereby creation itself comes into being. In terms of Modern Kabbalah, Will initiates the action of wanting to be a certain thing. It must become this thing and yet it cannot force its way for then Will turns into Willful or the Ego. It must let go of itself into Mind which it does so by the agency of Love which is a universal symbol for letting go. This Love as we see in the angel above in the Tarot key the Lovers brings about the transformation of Mind or Soul in five stages until the thing itself appears in view. This manifestation then becomes the home of our process of creation or the Beth of creation, its beginning wherein the end is also contained.

Lots to think about here. Questions are welcome. Much more to come.

Mark Siet

Friday, June 24, 2005

Mind and Will

Mind is the constructor. As such it is the hammer and the saw and indeed all of the tools of construction are contained by and utilized by mind. When mind produces images this is a specialized kind of construction akin to bringing in a subcontractor to put the electrical systems in place. The more detail that you place in your constructions by mind the more easily these constructions may find their place in your world around you. If mind is the constructor then what is Will.

Will is the muscle that holds the tool of Mind in place. Will tells the hammer to hit the nail and the frame of the construction to be square. Will focuses Mind. More directly put, Will holds Mind in place long enough so that Mind may experience the outcomes of its focusing. Will enables Mind to transcend the levels of time and space. Will empowers Mind in the first place to begin its construction acting then as the Master of Construction.

These are abstract concepts that we've lived with all of our lives. Sometimes we know them to be one thing and then another. The truth is that by analogy may we come to understand the process that works inside of us and learn about the way things work.

Why? Because chaos is not an alternative. We learn about the way things work because on some level we have experienced things working upon us and we want to know how we may get in line with the way things work. Another way of putting this is to say that we are seeking to be in harmony with the Will of God.

Once we say God we point to something that we cannot define. There is a purpose in contemplating this undefinable something. The purpose is to bring Mind back under the control of Will. By seeking God we look at the undefinable and come up with Will that is innate within our being.

In a very real sense we awaken Will by calling to it with Mind. Mind is the sheep and Will the shepherd.

Try this sometime. Start with an Intention. Example. I want to think about having a million dollars. You'll be on this subject and start enjoying yourself in the process and then minutes or hours later you remember your Intention and start to think about having a million dollars. What brings you back to your Intention. It is Will. Intention then is the statement of Will. It may also be seen as the direction of Will.

Remember that Will is a muscle that needs to be exercised. Each time you bring Will to bear upon Mind it makes it easier for Mind to stay focused. The more focus the greater the detail which will be shown. The more detail the sooner you will see the efforts of Mind in the material world. The Material or the Mind Stuff is that which is shaped by Mind through the efforts of Will. We talked about the shaping of clay and how it must be fired in the Kiln of Will. Notice how again by analogy we strengthen Minds attachment to Will.

Okay lets get practical. Mind is composed of the thoughts you are thinking, the thoughts that you think about anything. A single thought is representative of Mind as are a whole series of thoughts representative of Mind. Will is not exercising until you decide to change Mind into the image of your own making such as instead of thinking about what that person said to you just now you think about that million dollars or that new car you would like to have or the relationship that fulfills you or the work that you are meant to do. You. Once again You. Hello in there. I'm talking to You. This You is your eternal self. It only surfaces by its own efforts. Others in their ignorance may try and overshadow You, but You combined with Will, won't let them. You must be what you say you are.

If you are wondering what the purpose of learning Kabbalah is, the above lessons are pointing directly at this purpose in as direct a manner as can be achieved in these moments we are sharing. Assert You. Be You. The ancients used to say, 'Awake, Arise, Go Forth and Claim Your Kingdom.' In this morning before this Shabbat (my time PDT) I adjure you to do the same.

Many Blessings,

Mark Siet (JJ Slim)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Bahir 52

Here in the middle of speaking about the voices they bring in gold and silver. There are certainly veils over this one. Let's see what we can do about uncovering them quickly in the commentary:

Bahir 52. "Let him without silver come" can also be explained in another way. Let him come to God, for He has silver. It is thus written (Haggai 2:8) , "Mine is the silver, and Mine is the gold." What is the meaning of the verse, "Mine is the silver, and Mine is the gold"? What is this like? A king had two treasuries, one of silver, and one of gold. He placed that of silver to his right, and that of gold to his left. He said [of the silver], "This should be ready, and easy to take out." He keeps his words calm. He is attached to the poor and directs them calmly. It is thus written (Exodus 15:6) , "Your right hand, O God, is mighty in power." If he rejoices in his portion, then all is well. If not, then (Exodus 15:6), "Your right hand, O God, crumbles the enemy." He said to them: This is referring to the gold. It is thus written, "Mine is the silver, and Mine is the gold."

Commentary: There are three parts to this verse, plus a conclusion.

Part One: Silver is inspiration. Read the first sentence as "let him without inspiration come." It goes on to say without inspiration we go to God for God has both silver and gold. Read the effects of inspiration for gold also you may read treasure for gold in the above sentences. Go to God because God has inspiration and the effects of inspiration. Go to the source of your being where inspiration may always be found. Once you find your inspiration then the results of that inspiration are assured. Your treasure then is in not only finding the inspiration but in realizing the connection between it and the subsequent results.

Part Two: The King with two treasuries. Yes he has inspiration and its effects. Inspiration is given to the poor calmly. The poor in this case are those who are poor in imagination or thought. God will teach you how to reach for your good when you turn to That which is God. It is calm because only in a peaceful state of mind may you see that which is full of light, your inspiration. "Easy to take out," yes inspiration comes upon you all of a sudden and is readily understood.

Part Three: When we next turn to gold of the effects of inspiration we are told to have a certain state of mind during this phase of intention. "If he rejoices in his portion, then all is well," this means have a joyful state of mind following your inspiration and watch the good that flows from this. If you do not have a joyful state of mind "God crumbles the enemy," this should read the enemy of God is the crumbling of inspiration. If you have a strong desire and see much good coming from this, your enemies are your doubts or inability to move forward as a result of your inspiration. It speaks about referring to the gold here. The gold is the effect that you would see when you do keep a joyful state of mind or certainty following your inspiration.

Conclusion: "Mine is the silver, mine is the gold," refers to your source from whence our of your good comes. We are always directed back to the source for this is the thought that we are to keep uppermost in our minds at all times. As in the SHMA, Hear Oh Israel, or more appropriately put, Listen to what is real, listen to the reality of your shining self. Bless the ground you walk on for it is indeed holy ground. It is made holy by your acceptance of your inspiration and your focus on what is real within you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Listen Deeply, See Deeply

When you deepen the awareness of what you hear you deepen the awareness of what you see.

In the language of the Bahir, What is this like?

A King asks his ministers to bring him the greatest beauties of the land so that he may choose a wife. The ministers do as they are told. The King sees that there are many wonderful beauties in the land but he still cannot decide. After days of contemplating each in turn he begins the process once again only this time he asks each one to tell him their fondest wishes.

Most respond that they would want to marry the King and bring him many children. All of their answers are genuine and so very much alike. Finally one of these beauties answers that she would like make the lives of people better in the land. The King listens. He knows nothing of the troubles the people are having. She goes on to tell him that taxes are too much and there isn't enough money left over for food.

The King makes his decision and marries the beauty who spoke from her heart about what she could do for others. It took persistence but the King saw through to the heart of the matter. He also decreased the taxes and made sure everyone had enough and more than enough to eat.

This is what it is like to see deeply and hear even more.

When we hear deeply we listen to our greatest good which is the beauty of our life. As we listen we open up our hearts to accept this great good. We keep opening up our hearts and experience the love of the divine. We are persistent in this loving attitude that we have opened ourselves up to. Through our persistence then we hear more deeply or listen more deeply. Our of this intentional listening our hearts open to love and then the wonders of the universe begin to unfold to us. Then and only then do we begin to see more deeply and by our deeper seeing experience the things that are of our greatest love, our greatest life, those heartfelt desires are now molded forever into the things we may accept as commonplace everyday.

Here when you think you have try some more and then go beyond even that. Why put in such effort?
The golden pearl is truly worth any price. A time will come when you are feeling exhilirated inside of this circle of love caused by your listening and evidenced by your seeing.

Monday, June 20, 2005

I can and I will

Use these words to amplify your certainty about anything that you are about to undertake.

"I can and I will." When you repeat these words to yourself during the day or just as you are retiring for the night they set up a very special sequence of invoking. This invoking is the same kind of energy that is brought into play during a prayer that you might say.

The blessings you say for example in Hebrew over various foods and occasions are just for this purpose of invoking. What are you invoking? You are invoking the God force, the presence of the Eternal, the all surrounding essence of the Perpetual One, you are calling all of this into your life experience right there in the moment that you are experiencing.

I can and I will identifies you immediately with these all powerful currents and gives to yourself the certainty to practice the direction of the flow as it pertains to your life both immediately and for your planned times to come.

Get used to saying yes to your connection with the creative power. Build up this certainty by repetition and by recognition. Repeat this phrase with your attention on your connection. It is kind of like saying, 'let me be a vehicle for the divine influx of all power, or I open myself to this divine influx so that what I see in mind I prove in kind.'

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bahir 50- 51 The word that is one

Bahir 50- 51 The word that is one

We come upon verse 50. We are one quarter of the way through the Bahir. In this verse the word is spoken of. In the commentary we will give its simple meaning and how you can use this information to find your own word.

Bahir Verse '50. We have learned (Proverbs 25:2), "The glory of God is to hide a word." What is "a word"? That of which it is written (Psalm 119:160), "The Beginning of Your word is truth." [It is also written] (Proverbs 25:2), "The glory of kings is to probe a word." What is this "word"? That of which it is written (Proverbs 25:11), "A word spoken in its proper place (Aphen-av) ", do not read "its proper place" (Aphen-av), but "its wheel" (Ophen'av).


When we have a thought it comes from either a reaction to something else or an inspiration. It is to our inspirations that we will now speak. Our thought comes in at first very fast in an emotional coursing through our mind. Sometimes this thought cannot be
deciphered immediately because it is so full of light. Later however when the brilliance clears we recognize this thought and its adjuncts, the places where it may now lead us. This is how a thought is at first hidden. This glory of God is no more than the
recognition of our connection with God within the words of this thought. Then our thought is determined to be truth. This truth means that this thought comes as an inspiration to us. What do Kings probe? It is treasure they probe, they probe the treasure inside of our inspiration, the initial thought now going forth with our intention and connection fully behind it. Next the proper place is mentioned but spoken of in terms of its wheel. Wheel in Kabbalah refers to the generation of being as in Reincarnation. The
generation of being proceeds from this word which is more than a word and carries with it the many faces mentioned in Ezekiels chariot or wheels within wheels. Thoughts generate other thoughts and transform the being in which they generate. We are that being. Start with an intention of the mastery of your thinking and the innate knowledge of your being. Then reaffirm and bring forward this attention so that now these wheels are directed according to the will of the one. Your will combined with the creator will becomes the one will. All of this is generated by a word which transformed itself in meanings to suit the vehicle in which the word is first formed, yourself.

We continue in the arcane way of the Bahir the lessons of the promulgation of the word. Look to the commentary for its explanation and unwinding.

Bahir 51. The students asked Rabbi Berachiah, "Let us discuss these words with you," but he would not give them permission. Once, however, he did give them permission, but he did so to test them, to see if they would now pay good attention. One day he tested them and said, "Let me hear your wisdom." They began and said: "In the beginning" is one. [Two is] (Isaiah 57:16), "The spirit that unwraps itself is from Me, and I have made souls." [Three is] (Psalm 65:10), "The divisions of God are filled with water." What are these "divisions?" You taught us, our master, that God took the waters of creation and separated them, placing half in the skies and half in the ocean. This is the meaning of "the divisions of God are filled with water." Through them, man studies the Torah. Rabbi Chama thus taught: Because of the merit of deeds of kindness, a person can study the Torah. It is thus written (Isaiah 55:1), "Ho, let all who are thirsty come for water, let him without silver come, stock up and eat." Go to Him, and He will do kindness with you, and you will "stock up and eat."


'In the beginning is one' they say. Of course it is the word which transformed everything after it and from which all things that have come have come from. Then 'the spirit unwraps itself from Me, and I have made souls,' is the word now expressing itself. From Me is the one will or the initializing word and I have made souls are the forms now that the word is engendering. You have a thought, it leads to another thought which produces action. These actions are the souls of the thought(s). What I am trying to show you here is the progression of events that take place in your mind as you are thinking about something, anything. I want to impress upon you the consciousness with which you develope your mind and the resulting actions which determine your life experiences. 'The divisions are filled with water,' refers to the surrounding consciousness in which all of us live. We are indeed surrounded by a sea of thought and yes we do study Torah only by means of connection with this sea of thought. Both the ocean and the skies refer to the places where our inspiration comes in from. We look to our higher voice which is the sky or we learn from our teachers that which has already been sourced in the waters of consciousness or the ocean of consciousness. What we are being told here is that we have a constant source of inspiration waiting for us. All we need to do is to partake of it. Are we thirsty for knowledge, then yes it is there to be found. What if we have no inspiration? Inspiration is the silver which brings in more knowledge, but if we aren't inspired then we can become inspired at the wellspring of the word,the initialization of which we have found out about in the last verse. Lastly you are told to 'go to him,' this is the same word from which his voice utters 'In the beginning is one.' The focus here has now turned from speaking of voices to speaking of the words the 'voice' speaks. This is why we are now seeing 'from one,' appear here. This is the same word from which his voice utters 'In the eginning is one.' The focus here has now turned from speaking of voices to speaking of the words the 'voice' speaks. This is why we are now seeing 'from one,' appear here.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Bahir 49 - One voice above all

There is a further explanation of seven voices and three sayings which also allude to the sephiroth, the seven as we have said are the lower seven and the three the supernal triad or the first three sephiroth. In verse 49 a deeper understanding is commented upon. Let's go to the commentary to reveal some light.

'49. Another explanation: It was so that the world should not say that since there were ten sayings for ten kings, it might be that He could not speak for them all through one. He therefore said (Exodus 20:2), "I am [the Lord you God]," which included all ten. What are the ten kings? They are the seven voices and three sayings (Amarim). What are the sayings? [They are the ones alluded to in the verse] (Deuteronomy 26:18) "God has said for you today." "What are the three? [Two are mentioned in the verse] (Proverbs 4:7), "The beginning is Wisdom: acquire Wisdom, with all your acquisition, acquire Understanding." It is thus written (Job 32:8), "The soul of Shaddai gives them Understanding." The soul of Shaddai is what gives them Understanding. What is the third one? As the old man said to the child, "What is hidden from you, do not seek, and what is concealed from you, do not probe. Where you have authority, seek to understand, but you have nothing to do with mysteries."

The ten Kings are the ten sephiroth. Where we talk about 'the beginning is Wisdom, reference Chokmah the 2nd sephiroth along with Binah the third sephiroth. Remember Sephiroth are energy centers, points of conscious awareness that flow from on into another. Shaddai means almighty or all sufficiency. What does this mean in terms of our new Kabbalah method of referencing mind in all things. It is this. You have the capacity to connect at all times. This capacity is a direct result of your intention and your identification with I am. This I am is you. It is what you call yourself and how you identify the best you have. It is the pearl or the shining essence of you that cannot be hidden no matter what circumstances have forced upon you. The verse above goes on and tells the child not to look for things he doesn't understand. The child in this case is the person who does not not that there are indeed answers to his questions. When by his intention and his seeking he gains the 'authority' as mentioned above then there can be answers to mysteries. The inference here is that you do not have the authority to call upon your connection to appear within you if you do not realize it is there in the first place. The biggest hurdle we have in studying and applying spiritual work is to make ourselves into a vehicle of spirituality. This vehicle operates on the principle of your your true self. Every day recognize the best that you have and then make your connection. Know that you can connect with the infinite within you and that this infinite may then speak through you using your voice and working within your life experiences. Lets look at the verse in (Deuteronomy 26:18)

"And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be His own treasure, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments;

Listen to this verse carefully in light of what we have been revealing all along. The Lord is your inmost self and is what I call above your true self, your best self. It is this true self that contains all of your treasures and this is why the 'Lord takes thee to be his own treasure.'' Of course your best self takes care of you and wants only the best for you. The best are your treasures. The voices of hope and exultation which ring inside of you and tell you that yes you can make it and yes your life can be totally wonderful are what you are being promised by 'the best in you.' The only commandment-read saying here or suggestion, is the one which tells you to remember this inmost self and to praise it. Praise is our way of simple recognition of that which is good. We draw down therefore the holiness from above into our waiting awareness and work within this holiness for all manner of good including miracles. Remember that the one voice we are listening for is our own highest voice. This is the Lord speaking within us and guiding us with the above wisdom and understanding.

Until next time,

Many Blessings.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

More voices - Bahir 48

We continue in verse 48 by going deeper into the meanings of the voices which were heard. One voice, seven voices and three voices. Let's see what our commentary can bring to light about this

'48. One verse (Exodus 20:15), states, "and all the people saw the voices." Another verse, however, (Deuteronomy 4:12) states, "The voice of words you heard." How can [the two be reconciled]? At first they saw the voices. What did they see? The seven voices mentioned by David. But in the end they heard the word that emanated from them all. But we have learned that there were ten. Our sages taught that they were all said with a single word. But we have said that there were seven. There were seven voices. Regarding three of them it is written (Deuteronomy 4:12) , "The voice of words you heard, but you saw no form, only a voice." This teaches us that they were all said with a single word. This is so that Israel should not make a mistake and say, "Others helped him. It might have been one of the angels. But His voice alone could not be so powerful." It was for this reason that he came back and included them [in a single word]."

If there were one voice to hear that one voice would speak one word "Listen." This means to listen for the highest voice, the one that is clear and does not emanate from a lower form of speaking such as the voice which berates you, or puts you down or the voice which tells you to do something that is wrong for you. We are all familiar with those voices. This familiarity we can make work in our favor. It can cause us to pause this unpleasant voice and say, 'you know what I recognize this voice and frankly I do not think this voice has ever brought me anywhere that I would like to go. Let me then 'listen' for the higher voice so that I may become familiar with it and know it so that I can replace my lower voice with this higher voice."

Simply put I recognize my thoughts and determine to do something about them. I intend to act on reaching up for my higher voice. I do not just say it but I begin to use the knowledge that I am learning about Kabbalah. What is this knowledge? It is the knowledge that I am always capable of changing my mind at a moment's notice. It is the knowledge that I can choose to feel my connection right here and right now. It is the certainty that once I make this connection I will make it easier for myself the next time around when I am seeking to change my mind.

The verse above talks about seeing the voices. When we see voices we are seeing the images our mind makes up. These images that we can see are the ones represented by the Sephirot. The seven voices are the lower seven of the Tree of Life.

Gevurah - Chesed

The three voices are the supernals of the first three sephirot Keter-Chokmah-Binah.

What is the purpose of seeing these voices or of seeing their representation as in the Sephiroth of Kabbalah?

A symbol can contain many meanings and be a repository for meanings. Think of each sephioth in this way and then think of the wealth of information that is stored in each one. Each sephiroth is a like an endless memory chip which stores the information that you learn about it each time you study it. It isn't like you study these sephiroth and then get it. It is a continuing process. It is also a convenient way to think about this kind of knowledge. Call it a shorthand of information processing because that is what it really is.

How does this help me with my problems?

Each answer you find is a part of this diagram of study. When you look at the sephiroth and consider the various meanings such as Wisdom and Understanding this begins to open those areas within you. You learn by focusing your attention.

Above in the verse it says 'the voice of words you heard but saw no form only a voice.' This is how you learn. Even when you do not use the sephiroth or other spiritual symbols you can still access the higher energy of communication by having the intention to connect with this energy and having the intention you succeed in opening within your self a doorway into that energy that widens the more your intention focuses upon this energy and the opening doorway it brings about.

The last part of which talks about Israel and the importance of recognizing that it is His voice that you are hearing means this. Who is His voice? Yes it is God, but more easily understood as the Highest Voice, a voice that you connect with and make your own. You identify with this higher voice and make it your own. Then you accept this highest voice as your own and become one with it. That is the purpose then of all of these voices being talked about. It is to bring you the experience of communion, of connection and oneness with the highest voice.

This highest voice is not something apart from you but it is your voice, your higher voice and yes this very voice is your soul.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The voice continues Bahir 47

The recent post by Merry about finding her voice those by Melissa and JJ (my wife in you haven't figured that out yet) come at an opportune time. We happened to be talking about the voices in the Bahir and now we find ourselves talking about finding our voice. By now I realize that there aren't any coincidences and that everything must work together. This voice is described in verse 47 and gets us closer to what it is we can look for within ourselves. The verse appears for reference below and isn't as obscure as some of the earlier ones. Read it through or not and as usual you can skip it entirely and just read the commentary. There is a pattern that is developing that is as organic as the thoughts we are thinking here. This pattern is that we begin to see how we may apply our sense of meaning to even the most obscure passages in this Bahir. We can also of course make these applications relate directly to our life experiences.

'47. What is the meaning of the verse (Deuteronomy 4:12), "You saw no form, only a voice"? This was explained when Moses said to Israel (Deuteronomy 4:15), "You did not see an entire image." You saw an image, but not an "entire image." What is this like? A king stands before his servants wrapped in a white robe. Even though he is far away, they can still hear his voice. This is true even though they cannot see his throat when he speaks. In a similar manner, they saw an image, but not an "entire image". It is therefore written, "You saw no form, only a voice." It is also written (Deuteronomy 4:12) "A voice of words you heard."

The way to seek and find your inner voice is tied in with the secret of the 'I AM.' How is it that you are choosing to identify yourself? What is it that you are saying about yourself? Is this a conscious act or an unconscious reaction. Everytime you can choose your action within you are truly finding your voice. Example. Suppose you are feeling angry about someone or about what someone has said to you. A certain part of you feels justified in bringing up feelings of anger and perhaps of retaliation. There is however a better part of you that understands your being most of all. This better part is manifest when you consciously seek and find your higher voice. It is the one that says what is it you would rather be thinking about instead of your anger. It then provides you with an excuse to change your mind right in midflow. It is this shift in mind which establishes your inner voice. When once you shift you set up a practice and an expectation of shifting your attention from the anger that is directed outwards to the inner calm that is being promoted in the moment. In terms of winning or losing, you do not win by retaliation or going one up on someone who is causing you to react. You do win when you recognize that your peace of mind is paramount no matter who is talking to you. Listen and detach and resume the flow of your precious inner voice. It can be as simple as repeating an affirmation or as complex as thinking about what you want to think about in terms of what you want to do with your life. Perhaps when you shift the person who has been your thorn accuses you of not listening. This is fine because your answer is that you hear them very well but your subconsious mind no longer reacts to their ego driven word. You might actually say to the person, "Oh that's nice and what else is new." Eventually they will no longer use you as a source of their venting or projection. In truth their vibration no longer will ring true within you and that is the point of this entire discussion. The voice mentioned above in verse 47 is the voice of vibration. This vibration is made up of your thoughts just the way you choose them. This is how you ultimately define yourself. This is your I AM.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Expanding your spirit - Each verse in the Bahir is a Key - The Doors of Understanding

Free the mind by expanding your spirit. What does your soul want to do? Express itself and grow into that expression.
1)The mind gets ensnared by reaction and fooled by attraction.
Example. Someone says something to you which touches or pushes your buttons. What they say takes them a few seconds but what you think about what they say make last with you the rest of that day and into the next. You start to groove your unpleasant reaction. This isn't good. Here is how to stop your reaction.
Focus your mind in the middle of your reaction on something else such as a goal you are striving for, someone you love, or something that makes you feel good about yourself. Keep at this focus until you move your reaction into the background.

Become aware that there is a foreground and a background to your thinking. Make your foreground the active thought or the focused thought. I keep speaking about this kind of thing because it is always relevant and we cannot ever have too much of our own good. The ideal flow of thought is to keep producing actively the foreground of your good while as these thoughts take their course they enter the background of your thinking. The idea is to surround yourself with your good.

Yes this takes practice. The ways within flow each day and it our intention which directs their influence. There isn't a quick fix that you apply and well that's it. There is however a way that you may live with each day to make things better for you in all the aspects of your life.

Make it your business to tell yourself frequently no matter what the circumstances that you life is getting better for you in every way. Start now or continue if you are already in this mind set. This is the rod or staff of Moses that is made of the living tree acacia which sprouts new life at every turn. The effect of this meditation-vibration-affirmation is that you are tuning your thought atmosphere to receive the influx of that better life.

All of this ironically refers to the next verse in our series of Bahir, verse 46. I am including this verse for reference only and because this verse open a door to another understanding in mind which pertains to the topic we have been speaking. We don't have to go line by line to make sense of this. All we need to know it that this verse now acts as a catalyst for both the information that comes before it and the information that ensues after it. It is a key and doesn't have to be looked at that closely in order to fit it into the labyrinth in or mind to find the open doors of understanding. Here is the verse. You may skip it and read more commentary below it.

'46. One verse states (2 Samuel 22:10), "He bent the heavens and came down, with gloom under His feet." Another verse says (Exodus 19:20) "And God came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain." Still another verse, however, (Exodus 20:22) states "From heaven I spoke to you." How is this reconciled? His "great fire" was on earth, and this was one voice. The other voices were in heaven. It is thus written (Deuteronomy 4:36) , "From the heavens He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you. And on the earth He showed you His great fire, and His words you heard from the fire." Which [fire] was that? It was the "great [fire" that was on the earth.] From where did the speech emanate? From this fire, as it is written, "and His words you heard from the fire."

What is the word or what is his voice other than our thoughts we have? Some may say do you mean we are thinking the thoughts of God? Yes your thoughts are God's thought. How come I am so confused then, God isn't confused? God is everything even your confusing thoughts. What makes this realization so wonderful is that because they are God's thoughts you may change those thoughts infinitely in the direction of good to make your life better. Let yourself become a better person by knowing that you live inside the mind of God and your choices are given the weight of God's meditation because in unity all is one.

No separation. All power to change your mind is with you as God is with you now and never leaves. Your thoughts about God being distant are what keep you from God. Your perception becomes then your projection.

Choose something good simply by thinking good about something. This then is God's choice for it is our highest praise if you will that we can give to that which empowers us and that which shares the creative moment with us.

My purpose is to show you that this isn't difficult once you begin to see that you can accept as much or as little good as you want. You want more good, then think of something good. Yes make it up in your mind and groove on those feelings. While you are at it transform everything that isn't perfect in your life. Become the center of expression for your good.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bahir 45

The seven voices are spoken of here.

'45. He ( Rabbi Amorai) said: What is the meaning of the verse (Exodus 20:15) , "And all the people saw the voices." These are the voice regarding which King David spoke. It is thus written (Psalm 29:3) , "The voice of God is upon the waters, the God of glory thunders." [This is the first voice.] [The second voice is] (Psalm 29:4), "The voice of God comes in strength." Regarding this it is written (Isaiah 10:13) , "By the strength of my hand have I done it." It is likewise written (Isaiah 48:13) , "Also My Hand has founded the earth." [The third voice is] (Psalm 29:4), "The voice of God is with majesty." It is also written (Psalm 111:3), "Splendour and majesty are His works, his righteousness stands forever." [The fourth voice is] (Psalm 29:5), "God's voice breaks the cedars." This is the bow that breaks the cypress and cedar trees. [The fifth voice is] (Psalm 29:7), "God's voice draws out flames of fire." This is what makes peace between water and fire. It draws out the power of the fire and prevents it from evaporating the water. It also prevents [the water] from extinguishing it. [The sixth voice is] (Psalm 29:8) , "God's voice shakes the desert." It is thus written (Psalm 18:51) "He does kindness to his Messiah, to David and his descendants until eternity" ­ more than [when Israel was] in the desert. [The seventh voice is] (Psalm 29:9), "God's voice makes hinds to calf, strips the forests bare, and in His Temple, all say Glory." It is thus written (Song of Songs 2:7) "I bind you with an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem, with the hosts, or with the hinds of the field." This teaches us that the Torah was given with seven voices. In each of them the Master of the universe revealed Himself to them, and they saw Him. It is thus written, "And all the people saw the voices."

All of these voices are taken from Psalm 29 reprinted for your reference here.

  • 1 A Psalm of David. Ascribe unto the LORD, O ye sons of might, ascribe unto the LORD glory and strength.

  • 2 Ascribe unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
  • 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; {N}the God of glory thundereth, even the LORD upon many waters.
  • 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
  • 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
  • 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

  • 7 The voice of the LORD heweth out flames of fire.
  • 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
  • 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and strippeth the forests bare; and in His temple all say: 'Glory.'
  • 10 The LORD sat enthroned at the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth as King for ever.
  • 11 The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

  • These seven voice describe the lower two triads of sephiroth. We are talking about the energy of transformation here. When it says at the end of verse 45, that The people all saw the voices it means that they witness the connection between the sending forth and the gathering in. What is this witnessing? It is our recognition of the voice within. Why seven voices? Isn't there only one voice that we hear within? Yes there is one voice but seen through seven transformations of energy such as 1-the voice upon the waters-which thunder. All of these convey the recognition in the first place of our spiritual nature.

    Tuesday, June 07, 2005

    Bahir 41-42-43-44

    See how in following verses, 41 and 42 your thoughts are are made holy.

    '41. They also said: Every dream (Chalom) is in the Cholem. Every white precious stone is in the Cholem. It is thus written [with regard to the High Priest's breastplate] (Exodus 28:19), "[And in the third row...] a white stone (aChLaMah)."'

    What is a dream? It is the time well spent in the next world brought on by our acceptance of the visualizations within. This dream expands itself inside of that which is called Cholem. The Cholem is what is called a type O vowel. It is the dot above a letter such as a dot above a vav which gives the vav the v'o sound. It is tiny yet it is expansive in sound. Once the letter is sounded the vowel continues. It is therefore so true with our thoughts which have their Cholem in our intention. The intention is what sounds out our thoughts. It is the essence and the carrying forth of a thing which is spoken of here. See the High Priest as our highest self and the breastplace that is worn as a symbol for that self expression both pure and powerful and deeply imbedded as in the cholem inside of the white stone in the breastplate. Notice the movement. The beginnings of the expansion of soul are touched upon here.

    '42. He said to them: Come and hear the fine points regarding the vowel points found in the Torah of Moses. He sat and expounded: Chirek hates evildoers and punishes them. Its side includes jealousy, hatred and competition. It is thus written (Psalm 37:12), "He gnashes (Chorek) his teeth at them." Do not read chorek (gnashes), but rochek (repels). Repel (rachek) these traits from yourself, and repel yourself from evil. Good will then certainly attach itself to you. "

    Chirek refers to the type i vowels as in the ee sound. We use the study of this vowel in the words that are formed by it. The operative method is to 'repel yourself from evil.' Keep your thoughts focused on that which is good which by definition is the thing itself that you are thinking about for good. The soul will not expand without this direction of good. The soul cannot consider evil but that it shrinks in its promotion and overcomes in its triumph. Your thoughts achieve their holiness in follow through. This follow through recognizes the right direction and then assumes the attitude of acceptance. This creates the opening for holiness or the spirt of God to energize and flow into the channels of your awareness. While this holiness flows endlessly it is our recognition of it that quickens the flow and bonds us to this flow forever. This holiness is what the expansion of your soul accomplishes. Imagine that your soul, the undefinable has a life of its own and that it wants to move and grow along with your very own expectations. Soon you will feel this connection and then know beyond words the meaning of holiness and of the expansion which is taking place for you.

    '43. Chirek. Do not read ChiRiK but KeRaCh (Ice). Whatever the Chirek touches becomes ice. It is thus written (Exodus 34:7), "and cleanses."

    Exodus 34:7 says this, 'keeping mercy unto the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and unto the fourth generation.'

    Here above is the classic definition of Karma. Do right and it follows you. Do wrong and that too will follow you. Make the choice to do right. This passage in its context comes about when Moses is asking God for the law a second time. Ironically it is this second presenting of the law which in itself shows the results of karma. The law is given but much attention is herein given to those who would transgress this law. The law is the law of consciousness. This law is that energy produces energy of like and equal value. Think well, act well, experience good. Think without focus, dwell on the negative and experience negative surroundings in your life. The ice spoken above as relating to Chirek is the ice formed by the focus of your thinking. It is this focus which cleanses your thoughts and gives them purpose.

    '44. What is the indication that Chirek has the connotation of burning? This is because it is fire that burns all fire. It is thus written (1 Kings 18:38), "And God's fire fell, and it consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and evaporated the water that was in the trench."

    First the idea of focus is represented by ice and now in verse 44 it is symbolized by the all consuming fire. This focus is what you build up within by returning your thoughts to the thing you want, to your heart's desire. Nothing that is offered up in its place can take precedence because this focus does become an all consuming fire completely transforming your world into the image and likeness of your focus. Here is the final piece of the soul's expansion. It is directed by focus and once perfectly honed this focus burst's into being much like the lightning flash of the zimzum. This completes the study of the second section of the Bahir. The upcoming section will study the seven voices and the Sephiroth. Stay tuned. There is lots more.

    Monday, June 06, 2005

    Bahir 38-39-40

    The idea of gates is further expanded in verse 38.

    '38. Rabbi Amorai sat and expounded: What is the meaning of the verse (Psalm 87:2), "God loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob." "The gates of Zion" are the "openings of the World." A gate is nothing other than an opening. We thus say, "Open for us the gates of mercy." God said: I love the "gates of Zion" when they are open. Why? Because they are on the side of evil. But when Israel does good before God and are worthy that good be opened for them, then God loves them - "more than all the dwellings of Jacob." ["The dwellings of Jacob"] are all peace, as it is written (Genesis 25:27), "Jacob was a simple man, dwelling in tents. '

    Let's cut to the chase in this one and see it as a whole. Zion is the place where you are coming from in your best efforts in meditation and acting in your world of experience. Zion may only be accessed (your place of power or your connection with God) when the gates of understanding are opened. These gates are opened in response to each revelation you have. Good and evil may only be determined as far as what we accept for ourselves in our minds in response to our inner calling. When we are at peace or become as Jacob the simple man we live in a state of grace. This state of grace means we are ever receptive to the divine calling. The gates of Zion that are open on the side of evil. Whenever we see evil in these writings we are to remember that evil refers to making the wrong choice. We have to divorce ourselves from our recognizable concept of evil which has been brought to us by centuries of immersion in cultures that have forgotten the true meanings of these words. That is to say that our choices are what take us where we want to go. When we follow the design which is there from the divine within us then yes we are in this place of peace where our good shines forth. If we follow anything other than our own judicious council then we err. This is the evil being spoken of. God loves when these gates are open inside of us simply because God loves. This love we can access and radiate by opening our own hearts and minds to the inspirations that are there for us morning noon and night. The next verse 39 continues this theme.

    '39. This is like two men, one who is inclined to do evil and does good, and the other who is inclined to do good and does evil. Who is more praiseworthy? The one who is inclined to do evil and does good, for he may do good again. It is therefore written (Psalm 87:2), "God loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob." These [dwellings] are all peace, as it is written (Genesis 25:27), "Jacob was a simple man, dwelling in tents."

    Do you see how choice is made into the prevalent attitude of this verse. When we make the right choice then our dwellings are peace. Where do we dwell? Most immediately inside of our own minds amongst the thoughts that we are thinking. While we go through our day we choose the good thoughts even though there may be 'evil' ones lurking about. It is always about these choices that we make that influence our dwelling places. This is the lesson that is given here continuing on the theme of choice and the good result of our correct choices. We know what thoughts we have to choose. By our act of will then do we set forth and choose them. Watch now how the heart of the matter is brought home in verse 40.

    '40. His students asked: What is Cholem? He replied: It is the soul - and its name is Cholem. If you listen to it, your body will be vigorous (Chalam) in the Ultimate Future. But if you rebel against it, there will be sickness (Choleh) on your head, and diseases (Cholim) on its head. "

    Listen to your soul. Your soul is where you dwell within your body. If you do not listen there is chaos. If you do listen peace and the vigor of life. Your soul becomes the nexus of your thought forms. It extends itself through these thought forms and is diminished by these thought forms if they are embracing a lower form of energy. Think now of the sap that runs through a tree. With the light of the sun and plenty of water it runs gloriously through bark and limb and produces healthy vibrant flowers. The more light there is the greater the strength of the tree. It is also true with us that the more we come to recognize our own connection with light that we extend our souls inside of the body that we are living in. The secret of the extension of the soul is about to be explained. Pay careful attention in the next few days to see how this occurs. I will tell you that even though I haven't read ahead to try and find it in the Bahir I know that it is here and is calling to me, to us through this verse. Forty represents a completion of sorts. Another level of consciousness and understanding has been transcended.

    Sunday, June 05, 2005


    Verse 35 refers back to verse 34 and provides the answer for infinite mercy in the midst of all of our troubles.

    '35. What is this like? A king wanted to punish and whip his slaves. One of his governors stood up and asked the reason for this punishment. When the king described the offence, the governor said, "Your slaves never did such a thing. I will be their bondsman until you investigate it more thoroughly." In the meantime, the king's anger was calmed. '

    As a result of our past actions and thoughts we find ourselves perhaps in the midst of chaos. What do we do? How can we extricate ourselves or lessen the effects of this karma. We go back to basics which means watching our thoughts and our attitude even in the midst of this chaos. We look for the light. The king above is the karma which seeks to overrun those who are unaware of its effect, making them slaves to the king. The governor is our conscience and inner voice which says, "wait a minute. What are the causes that are bringing on these effects." Once you learn to look within for this kind of answer or as he says above, 'to investigate it more thoroughly,' then you are getting to the heart of the matter. You are also short circuiting Karma which cannot proceed when we become aware of the cause and then seek to alleviate the Call this repentance if you will. Call it stopping in the middle of a road going nowhere and backtracking until we find the right road. The result is control and the awareness of control. Nothing can take the place of a realized thought.

    '36. His students asked: Why is the letter Daleth thick on the side? He replied: Because of the Segol which is in the small Patach. It is thus written (Psalm 24:7), "The openings (pitchey) of the World." There He placed a Patach above and a Segol below. It is for this reason that it is thick.'

    The Segol is an E type vowel pronouced ay as in Hay when written like this .. and eh when written with two dots with a dot underneath in the middle. Also another form is the two dots .. with the dot in the middle and two lengthwise dots next to it. The Patach is an A type vowel as in ah designated by a single dash underneath the letter or a dashwith an intersecting line making it look like a "t". The vowels are what give life to the consonants or the letters themselves. Without the vowels language would be a series of hissings. What this passage is saying is that the Daleth gets its shape from the combination of vowels or that you can see the Segol or dots in the small or reduced Patach. Psalm 24:7 gives away the meaning with this very familiar passage.

    'Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; {N}that the King of glory may come in.'

    Could it be any clearer? Daleth is the door. The opening to the world are your thoughts as they arise and then go through their permuations. These gates are the gates of understanding, called the Fifty Gates of Understanding. These 50 Gates re really 49 days or 7 weeks of inspiration and deep meditation followed by one day of revelation or prophecy, that Israel lived through from the time of the Exodus from Egypt until the time they received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Basically this is the time from Passover to Shavuos, a time we are currently in. Shavuos or the giving of the light of the law occurs this year at sundown on June 12 and ends on June 14 at nightfall. The timing of our study of the Bahir could not be more in the groove than we currently are. Here is a link to the 50 Gates of Understanding amongst other things.

    Scroll down to find them. They are configurations of the ways in which the Tree of Life may be seen. These doors or gates of wisdom aren't to be traversed specifically in any order although it may sometimes seem as though this is exactly what is taking place. In the case of our study here we come upon them all at once and therefore are served the entire portion with a caution to take in only as much as you can digest in a sitting. In terms of thought they represent the ways we may express our thoughts and be carried along to the next idea or inspiration. This is their purpose and we will not be taking anything from them but these inspirations.

    '37. What is the Patach? It is an opening (Patach). What is meant by an opening? This is the direction of north, which is open to all the world. It is the gate from which good and evil emerge. And what is good? He mocked them and said: Did I not tell you that it is a small Patach (opening)? They said: We have forgotten, teach us again. He reviewed it and said: What is this like? A king had a throne. Sometimes he carried it on his arm, and sometimes on his head. They asked why, and he replied: Because it is beautiful and it is a pity to sit on it. They asked: Where did he place it on his head? He replied: In the open Mem. It is thus written (Psalm 85:12), "Truth sprouts up from the earth, and the righteousness looks down from heaven."

    The Patach is the vowel we learned about in verse 37. Once again the idea of gate comes into play. The master is teaching and is playing with his students. Another side trip to disregard. The throne that the King carries with him and sometimes carries on his arm or on his head is a reference to the tefillim which are worn on the arm and the head. Spiritually we think about something and then act upon it. This action is carried out by our hands, an extension of the arm. Tefillim symbolize our connection with unity. The unity of heart and soul, mind and body, thought and form. When we make the effort to seek higher wisdom then this higher wisdom dawns upon us. As the Psalm says truth is in our being so much so that it fills us up as we seek our good which is symbolized by heaven. The place where the crown is located in the Open Mem, Mem,the Great Mother, the seat of understanding or Binah where the thoughts go forth in cycles of emanation.

    Saturday, June 04, 2005

    Bahir 33-34

    What happens to your thoughts once they are envisioned and then you meditate on these visions? What is your relationship then to these thoughts. How are you connected to these thoughts in the moments that follow their coming forth? In this next verse another teaching follows an admonition to look deeper.

    '33. They said to him: It is written (Lamentations 2:1), "He threw the beauty of Israel from heaven to earth." From here we see that it fell. He replied: If you have read, you did not review, and if you reviewed, you did not go over it a third time. What does it resemble? A king had a beautiful crown on his head and a beautiful cloak on his shoulders. When he heard evil tidings, he cast the crown from his head and the cloak from his shoulders.'

    Here is the JPS version of Lamentations 2:1, 'How hath the Lord covered with a cloud the daughter of Zion in His anger! He hath cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and hath not remembered His footstool in the day of His anger. ' Consider now the thing itself and how much you want that very thing be it health wealth or wisdom. The anger that arises is not only a distraction but it is the cause of all blockages that intervene between you and your experience of the thing itself. The beautiful crown and beautiful cloak are the visions you have so wonderfully brought into being. What is Israel? This next part is perhaps the most important piece in this understanding. What is your reality and what do you accept as true in your world? How can you then change your mind to accept the things you would like to see in your world? This is known as the focus of the almighty upon the acceptance of the truth about who you are. This almighty is the length and breadth of the will you are uisng to maintain and grow your focus. It is both intimate and selective. It brings to you that which you embody as yourself. This is in essence the meaning of Israel. It is the transformation of the self by the infinite through our connection both above and below to our highest aspirations. This is how we live and move and have our being. It is the consciousness that what we think is ours to embody. This can be no disconnect here. It is in the natural order of things. Relate to that which you have been thinking of in the highest of all possible attitudes,the attitude approaching reverence. You are given these visions by connection and it is through connection too that you experience these ideas taking place as experiences in your life. Do not deny yourself the good that you are making by identifying with it. In the above verse our King has a choice to make. Either he is a victim to the passing events and reacts by tossing away his treasures, or he is active in his events and makeshis life the way he needs it to be and uses his treasures for increasing both his good and the good of those around him. Our King has to take responsibility for his actions and thoughts just as we all do. In Lamentations 1:3 'Judah is gone into exile because of affliction, and because of great servitude; she dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest; all her pursuers overtook her within the straits.' Without the savior which is our ability to change our mind Israel in this passage is subject to the karma of her actions. In Lamentations chapter 3 near the end the author remembers the one but does this in a backwards way not knowing how to keep the faith and high watch which would have taken Israel back into their promised land. The secrets are not mentioned here as they appear elsewhere. We however carry the secret of eternal life within our hearts and mind each day. When we arise we can remember to affirm this eternal life and know that this life is ours to embody and to enjoy our good through.

    Let's continue the thought of finding our good in the next verse 34.

    '34. They asked him: Why is the letter Cheth open? And why is its vowel point a small Patach? He said: Because all directions (Ruach-ot) are closed, except for the North, which is opened for good and for evil. They said: How can you say that it is for good? It is not written (Ezekiel 1:4), "And behold, a stormy wind coming from the north, a great cloud and burning fire." Fire is nothing other than fierce anger, as it is written (Leviticus 10:2), "And fire went out from before God, and it consumed them and killed them." He said: There is no difficulty. One case is speaking of when Israel does the will of God, while the other is speaking of when they do not do His will. When Israel does not do His will, then the fire comes close [to destroy and punish]. But when they do God's will, then the Attribute of Mercy encompasses and surrounds it, as it is written (Micah 7:18) , "He lifts up sin and passes over rebellion."

    'When Israel does the will of God,' more aptly put we shall say when we act in the will of God. We act in the will of God when we take our highest thoughts and meditate upon them. We take our thoughts of life and life and accomplishment see them through. The will of Good can only be good. Their discussion of evil becomes a side trip which the students are concerned with but the master pushes aside to find the good in this verse. We must do what is right in terms of our following our highest thoughts. This means to listen to our heart and to really focus on what we want. No other may make these decisions for you. If you think about the things you've have problems with it is because you weren't listening to what was right, exactly right for you. When you act in your own behalf because of your firm conviction that this feels right to you in terms of seeing your good, you will always find harmony in your life.

    Friday, June 03, 2005

    Bahir 28-29-30-31-32

    Whenever we suggest something in mind, this leads to another idea, and then so on it goes. Keep in mind this idea as you read through the following verse 28 of the Bahir. Transformation is the topic here.

    '28. They said to him: What is the letter Heh? He grew angry and said: Did I not teach you not to ask about a later thing and then about an earlier thing? They said: But Heh comes after [Daleth]. He replied: The order should be Gimel Heh. Why is it Gimel Daleth? Because it must be Daleth Heh. And why is the order Gimel Daleth? He said to them: Gimel is in the place of Daleth, on its head it is in the place of Heh. Daleth with its tail is in place of the Heh.'

    Forget about where it says he grew angry. This in my opinion is a side trip. The true teaching here involves the transformation of the letters which take place. It is literally speaking about the life of the letters. Think of the vines that move through forests making all kinds of shapes. Their movement caused by as much the light of the sun as the substances (trees for example) to which they must have the support of in order to reach on high. Our thought behave in exactly the same manner. There is no certainty without the supporting thoughts which have come before and will come after. Preparation is by the light of design and the will of the one. The transformations take place because of our willingness to be both alert for and amenable to these changes. It is our spiritual nature which because the support of all thinking processes. "The order should be Gimel Heh," Gimel is the camel and Heh the window. The carrier of thought and the vision of thought. In between the transformation of thought via the door of Daleth. Also in terms of their physical form each letter from Gimel to Daleth to Heh is an extension of the other. What this is suggesting then is that we cannot have vision without transformation. Even though we carry our thoughts forward they have to become something and be transformed then into our our vision. How we perceive a thing determines its purpose and our use of the thing. We continue this transmation in the next verse 29:

    '29. What is the letter Vav? He said: There is an upper Heh and a lower Heh.'

    In Tarot the Vav is representative of the Hierophant, the inner wisdom or inner voice. This is where all transformation derives from. Vav is known as the hook or the nail. In this case the hook is how we bait our thoughts through vision to correspond to our heart's desire. We send forth our intention and it brings back via the inner voice or the hook of Vav the thoughts which help to conceive the thing itself. In the Sepher Yetzirah or the 'Book of Formation,' another ancient Kabbalistic text, Vav is
    'The Sixteenth Path named The Enduring Consciousness.(Sekhel Nitzchi). It is called this because it is the Delight (Eden) of the Glory. As it is, there is no Glory lower than it. It is called the Garden of Eden,which is prepared for the [reward of the] Saints.' This path runs from Chokmah to Chesed, from Wisdom to Mercy. There is the knowledge of the one transformed into the letting go of the one. This means the vision appears because of the meditation of the thing itself and then by letting the vision make its own way in transformation it lets itself go into energy of Mercy or the allowing of the thoughts to seek its own level. Practically knowing that thought once arisen will transform itself by degree into our heart's desire gives us certainty to begin and step aside and let the process mature naturally. Chokmah is the upper Heh and Chesed in this instance is the lower Heh. So you see that by describing one thing we find another. We describe the letters but are talking about the Tree of Life. That is why these texts are difficult to decipher. With the aid of Modern Kabbalah we can draw our connections keeping always the one source of connection as the inspiration to continue to seek out their meanings.

    The transformation of the inner soul is shown next in verse 30

    '30. They said to him: But what is Vav? He said: The world was sealed with six directions. They said: Is not Vav a single letter? He replied: It is written (Psalm 104:2), "He wraps Himself in light as a garment, [he spreads out the heavens like a curtain].'

    The six directions refer to the Cube of Space. It is a diagram used in many Kabbalistic studies where each direction and each corner and side are given attributes using the 32 paths of wisdom which are the connections given between the various Sephiroth or energy centers of creation. Vav is a single letter but is connected on both ends as we have seen above to Chokmah and Chesed. This connection provides the unity of the whole. What happens when we wrap a garment around us? The garment assumes our form. The garment is our thought nexus or frame of reference that as we think builds itself into the fabric of our being. These thoughts of the thing itself are not distant from us. Take them and clothe yourself with them. Then by the action of Vav or the hook, we attract more thought and therefore more energy of resident being corresponding to the thing itself. The curtain isn't one to cut off the light but is rather the curtain which is the aura of light or the aura of our heart's desire. It is the lifeforce that we are connecting to and emanating. Attention being paid here to these emanations puts us in touch with our intention and builds for all of us our world without end. This world without end is the subject of the next verse 31.

    '31. Rabbi Amorai asked: Where is the Garden of Eden? He replied: It is on earth.'

    How much more clear can he be? Here on earth. What is the earth? It is our contact with form, the spirit inside of the matter, the life force permeating everything. It isn't off in the distance or on some mythical world long ago lost. It is here directly in our face. By our actions, our thoughts and our letting go we enter this garden truly each day. In our moments of inspiration or laughter we enter this garden. By intuition and yes by intention and yes in stages according to our understanding. This garden of eden has nothing to do with percentages such as one percent and ninety nine percent. You cannot ascribe even the least amount of separation to a concept as all fulfilling as the garden of eden. It and we coexist together. By one step or another we enter into this garden of eden. Walk with this kind of consciousness around you and watch the magic that results. Take a few steps knowing that the garden of eden is all around you. Next there appears a semantic discussion which serves the surface but not the core. Let's peel away this surface and probe deeper into verse 32)

    '32. Rabbi Ishmael expounded to Rabbi Akiba: What is the meaning of the verse (Genesis 1:1), "[In the beginning God created] (et) the heaven and (et) the earth"? [Why is the word et added in both places?] If the word et (an untranslated preposition that connects a transitive verb to its predicate noun) were absent, we would think that "heaven" and "earth" were gods. [For we could have read the verse, "In the beginning, God, the heaven and the earth created..." taking all three nouns as subjects of the sentence.] He replied: By the Divine Service! You may have reached out for the true meaning, but you have not sorted out, and therefore you speak in this manner. But [in the case of "heaven"] the word et comes to include the sun, moon, stars and constellations, while [in the case of "earth"] it comes to add trees, plants, and the Garden of Eden.'

    The initial inspiration, the opening lightning flash, the prelude and the promotion of creation is described but a question is sought after. The explanations say that et is there because we should not think of heaven or earth as gods, and then this explanation is correspondingly corrected to expand the meaning of heaven and earth. It is a simplified answer and peels away only the surface skin. Deeper still we go in and find that the et is the breath, it is the ruach of creation, the soul of the sending forth. You cannot transform or initiate with the breath. Yes the breath has no apparent meaning and no sound other than the wind yet this is a very special wind because with its force of sending all of creation results. It is the force behind inspiration which carries it to the ends of the earth and indeed to the very heavens. The fact that this verse ends with the Garden of Eden ties it into the last verse. What we are saying once again is that through the force of now the propulsion of thought our ideas find their harmony in the exposition and attraction of the energy of creation. This energy of creation moves our being to become that of harmony itself as found in the Garden of Eden. Go into the weekend now with this very positive energy and enjoy all of the blessings of the Sabbath as you and the Garden draw near each other and both partake the one from the other.

    Thursday, June 02, 2005

    Bahir Verse 27

    What could be the purpose of trying to figure all of this stuff out? What is the result for us when we do and how can this affect the practical affairs of our life, our health and our wealth? I ask these questions in order to elicit the right answer for everyone. When you work in mind to produce something from nothing you are building the temple within. You have heard of this temple within? It is your shrine of worship. It is where the mystery, the perpetual one, the g-d or divine power resides in each of us. This power is innate. It can always be alluded but never encompassed. In our allusions however, we are making this temple by adorning the walls with decorations of our inspiration, our intention and our joy just being there. Many times we are making something that may not seem to be spectacular at first but then when taken in conjunction with other realizations many light bulbs will go on within. These light bulbs turning on within are to be understood in terms of the zimzum or lightning flash of Kabbalah. This lightning flash follows from the initial ideation all the way through to manifestation. Seen as Keter through Malkuth. The next time you envision a tree of life. Here is a beautiful one:
    See it as your ideas taking shape initially and then going through the process of manifestation. This tree is the temple within that is building your life for you. In this temple as Jesus would have said there are many mansions. There are many structures of your thoughtforms arrayed before you in grandeur and majesty. This is why we make the effort to seek on high. From this place on high we learn the inner workings of the way of the universe and become consciousness co-creators. Co-creators because we are both simulataneous subject and the object of creations.

    In this next verse of the Bahir Daleth appears. Keep in mind your temple for this one.

    '27. The students asked him: What is the letter Daleth? He replied: What is this like? Ten kings were in a certain place. All of them were wealthy, but one was not quite as wealthy as the others. Even though he is still very wealthy, he is poor (Dal) in relation to the others.'

    A relationship is discussed. The non obvious meaning comes from what Daleth represents which is a door, an opening into. While a door may not be as magnificent say as the grand foyer of a house, it still has its place of honor by being the entrance where all things must come through. In many ways Daleth as the door is the first place we look at in a home because it is here where we must first enter. While all around the house there are adornments it is the door we must touch in order to gain access. Now step outside this internal view and see Daleth from the standpoint of Modern Kabbalah. What is the door we must touch in order to gain access to our temple within? What is it that we look for first in order to move forward in our discoveries? It is our inspiration and intention to continually seek and find these inspirations. It is a committment to always take our minds further into the inquiries which lead us past the openings and into the heart of the matter, the thing itself, our heart's desire. The ten kings are leading us to think about the Ten Sephiroth, about the energy transfer and the way energy itself goes from stronger to weaker and then back again. A circuit is described. Once a circuit is stepped down as Daleth is called the weaker here it allows for force to be built up. It is a kind of strategic retreat in terms of the energy of the transmission of thought. Daleth, Venus, the East, the 14th path of wisdom called the Illuminating Intelligence, the Empress in Tarot, all these refer to openings within which produce the abundance without. The Illuminating Intelligence-(Sekhel Meir) called so because it is the essence of speaking. The mouth is the door to the voice, the expression of what we are and the intention to speak that which is true for what we are. Much to think about here.


    Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    Bahir 23-26

    Spoken from Yoda: Clear it is the way that is watered well. The next verse speaks to the heart of Kabbalah and therefore to the heart of our lives.

    '23. Rabbi Rahumai said: From your words we could conclude that the needs of this world were created before the heavens. He answered yes. What does this resemble? A king wanted to plant a tree in his garden. He searched the entire garden to find a spring flowing with water that would nourish the tree, but could not find any. He then said, "I will dig for water, and will bring forth a spring to nourish the tree." He dug and opened a well, flowing with living water. He then planted the tree, and it stood, giving forth fruit. It was successfully rooted, since it was always watered from the well.'

    The heart of Kabbalah is the well from which all of our inspirations spring forth. Inspiration is what produces the tree and then the fruits of our thoughts. This isn't a single case of being inspired but a wellspring which continually waters the garden of our imagination. What is being described here is the growth of being as it goes through the steps of imaging and then of manifestation. This passage here provides us with an excellent vision for meditation, one in which we will derive an unending supply of light. Before any undertaking remember this well that overflows and waters your imagination. We are being given a vision of the inner school where such visions are commonplace. More than this we are being invited to attend this school on a daily basis. Our teacher as always the voice within the waters. In this case the voice is alluded to by the King in the analogy. Continuous flow is the lesson. Think on this idea and bear your fruit in peace.

    Moving on the verse 24,

    '24. Rabbi Yanai said: The earth was created first, as it is written (Genesis 2:4), "[On the day that God made} earth and heaven." They said to him: Is it not written (Genesis 1:1), "[In the beginning God created] the heaven and the earth"? He replied: What is this like? A king bought a beautiful object, but since it was not complete, he did not give it a name. He said, "I will complete it, I will prepare its pedestal and attachment, and then I will give it a name." It is thus written (Psalm 102:26), "From eternity You founded the earth" - and then, "the heavens are the work of Your hands." It is furthermore written (Psalm 104:2), "He covered Himself with light like a garment, He spread out the heaven like a curtain, He rafters His upper chambers with water." It is then written (Psalm 104:4), "He makes the winds His angels, His ministers of flaming fire." Finally, it is written (Psalm 104:5), "He founded the earth on its pedestals, that it not be removed for the world and forever." When He made its pedestal, He strengthened it. It is therefore written, "that it not be moved." What is its name? "And Forever (VoEd) is its name. And [the name of] its pedestal is "World" (Olam). It is therefore written, "for the World And Forever."

    Most of amazing of all is that there is this kernel of thought that speaks through this whole passage. It is speaking about the place we stand in mind where our thoughts emanate from. This place can only be evolved or revealed in symbol. Look at this place with water in the upper chambers, angels are flying by as the winds of heaven, and flaming fire arises from here. What is their meaning? Thought as angels (inspiration), as fire (higher order of angels), and as pedestal. Pedestal is something that raises something else on high. This pedestal is our certainty. Our certainty raises our thoughts to the level of manifestation where we see that which we've heretofore only envisioned in thought. Once our thoughts appear they are forever. The phrase above "for the World and Forever," means that thought remains not only to produce form (the World) but also continues forever. The light that he covers himself with is the glow from the certainty of intention. It is worn as a garment and thought spread out as a curtain is spread out from the heaven to encompass everything below. It is intention complete wrapped in holiness (again certainty raised even higher) giving forth of itself to the upper waters (rafters-the sending forth of thought incessantly transformed into raised ideation).

    The idea of certainty continues in the next verse 25.

    '25. Rabbi Berachiah said: What is the meaning of the verse (Genesis 1:3), And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light"? Why does the verse not say, "And it was so"? What is this like? A king had a beautiful object. He puts it away until he had a place for it, and then he put it there. It is therefore written, "Let there be light, and there was light." This indicates that it already existed. '

    The eternal existence of light not created but called into being because it already was. This is certainty. It is always there for us to call into being in whatever world we find ourselves making. We don't have to make certainty. We take it from where it already is inside of us. This is very important to remember. We are taught how to walk but our certainty is there for the taking and is meant to be a part of our thinking process. We can reach up or within and clothe ourselves in our certainty and then think about what we want. In this very special garment our thoughts come out like wings of angels with flaming fire.

    Verse 26 takes us well inside the vision and the inner working of mind imaged thought.

    '26. Rabbi Amorai said: What is the meaning of the verse (Exodus 15:3), "God is a man (Ish) of war"? Mar Rahumai said to him: Great master, do not ask about something that is so simple. Listen to me and I will advise you. He said to him: What is this like? A king had a number of beautiful dwellings, and he gave each one a name. One was better than the other. He said, "I will give my son this dwelling whose name is Aleph. This one whose name is Yod is also good, as is this one whose name is Shin." What did he do then? He gathered all three together, and out of them he made a single name and a single house. He said: How long will you continue to conceal your meaning? The other replied: My son, Aleph is the head. Yod is second to it. Shin includes all the world. Why does Shin include all the world? Because with it one writes an answer (T'shuvah). '

    The man of war is the strategic plan. It is thought directed. In war troops are directed here and there. In thought mind is directed to focus on this and that according to the intention. The three houses are dwelling places of thought, temporary homes which resolve into on home which is the directed intention. The first house symbolized by Aleph is the original inspiration where thoughts gather and then move in transformation to the second home sybolized by Yod. Yod is the hand of creation where the inspiration turns into the formation of what is to be. Shin includes all the world since the result of all thought is its expression into greater and greater degrees of clarity called form when brought to earth. As form and also as answer. The question inspires the answer, the final product of our inquiry.

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