Kabbalists believed that God is impossible to comprehend. That there is a gap between how mankind can understand God and what God actually is. Kabbalists call this unknowable aspect of God Ein-Sof ("infinite" or "extends without end"). Rabbi Moses Cordovero described it as Before anything emanated, there was only Ein Sof. Ein Sof was all that existed. Similarly, after it … [Read more...]
Kabbalah, meaning 'tradition' is a school of Jewish mysticism based on the text, the Zohar, which interpreted the Torah as a way to return to God. Later, Christianity and more modern esoteric Occultists adopted its practices. Read articles about Kabbalah below.
Mysticism is not new to Judaism. It dates back at least to the 6th century BCE with Ezekiel's visions of the divine chariot (called merkavah mysticism) in Isaiah. In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his … [Read more...]
Mysticism is difficult to define, largely because it encompasses so many different practices and beliefs - from Catholicism to Kabbalah. Its purpose is the divine union with the Godhead or the Ultimate Reality. What is Real? Western culture is preoccupied with the self - the "I" or "ego" - and that there is a world beyond our grasp. We are constantly torn between our … [Read more...]
Last month after I finished Lon Milo DuQuette's My Life With Spirits, I started another of his books, Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millennium. It's a pretty good collection of magickal essays, but the one that caught my attention was based on Gematria. If you're not familiar with Gematria, according to tradition, God created everything through the 22 letters of the … [Read more...]
Usually, we think of the universe as comprised of 4 dimensions - spatial dimensions (length, width, height) & time. However, like "super-string" physicists, kabbalists hold that the universe is comprised of 10 dimensions. These extra dimensions take into account intangible objects such as consciousness, will, freedom, fictional and imagined entities, pure numbers, … [Read more...]