This study path contains six classes, as well as optional follow-up work for each class; reflection questions to help you internalize the wisdom, and 'thought into action' prompts to help you apply what you're learning to create real, meaningful change in your life.
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Throughout history, people from many different cultures have used meditation to find inner peace and wellness, as well as to access higher levels of consciousness. In this class, you will learn how Kabbalistic Meditation aims to allow us to interact directly with the supernal worlds, striving to bring us closer to the Light. You will learn various tools for connecting with the voice of your soul to receive powerful messages and guidance.
Question: How is Kabbalistic Meditation different and or similar to other forms of meditation you have studied, practiced, and or heard about?
Thought Into Action: Focus on one of the fears within that you identified from this class. For the next week or two, practice using the meditation shared in class for transforming your fear. Try changing up a different element of the meditation each time you practice it to see what works for you and what doesn't. For instance, there may be a particular environment you feel safe to be vulnerable in and another environment it's hard to focus in. Or, visualizing different colors during your meditation may be distracting, but focusing simply on your breath may be calming. Get curious – keep experimenting until you find what works best for you!
Kabbalists teach that through meditation, you can connect to the voice of your soul, awakening your innate ability to receive powerful heart-based messages and guidance. During this two-part interactive meditation workshop, you will learn how to use the kabbalistic secrets of The Tree of Life to: release & cleanse stress, pressure, challenges, and worries, as well as balance & restore your energy centers to feel grounded and empowered.
Question: Which sefira (emanation) and chakra are associated with the main challenge or challenges you are facing in your life right now?
Thought Into Action: For the next week or two, practice using the inner peace meditation introduced in this class. As you send energy to the different areas of your physical and energetic body, pay attention to the shifts you experience in your daily life. Specifically, notice how the specific challenge or challenges you identified above unfold.
Prayer, as defined by kabbalistic sages, is a process through which our energy and intentions ascend to the spiritual realm. As such, it is a powerful tool for building a higher level of consciousness. In this class, you will delve deeply into kabbalistic prayers and meditations such as the Ana Beko'ach, the morning blessings, the Shema, and more.
Question: How will your approach to prayer and meditation change as a result of this class?
Thought Into Action: Choose one prayer or meditation you learned about in the class, are inspired by, and feel a desire to connect to. For the next week or two, connect with this prayer or meditation once a day (if possible) with the intention to expand your capacity to love and follow up the connection with an action that supports this intention. Observe how this connection influences the flow of your day. Take note of any consistent changes you experience as a direct result of your connection.
The Light speaks to us in various ways, through people, messengers, and situations; the problem is that we are not listening. In this class, you will learn how to attune your consciousness to divine messages and guidance through the tool of meditation. You will focus specifically on a letter from a 13th century Kabbalist, a letter which has since been designated one of the most powerful tools for inner transformation.
Question: Where do you see the Light communicating with you in your life right now? For example, through people, situations, art, books, etc. Where in your life do you want to enhance your awareness of the Light’s communication with you?
Thought Into Action: For the next week or two, read the letter of the Ramban at least once a week. Each time you read the letter, ask the Light to give you a message on where in your life you can awaken greater humility (i.e., in your romantic relationship, in a friendship, with your family, at work, etc.).
In this class, you’ll be introduced to a very simple yet powerful morning meditation. This meditation is intended to help you align your heart and soul with the unique purpose for which it is meant to accomplish on each given today.
Question: When you think about your purpose, what do you typically imagine? Do you envision a grand, lofty path you are meant to discover and or follow? What would be different in your life if you started viewing your purpose as the everyday spiritual choices you have the opportunity to make?
Thought Into Action: For the next week or two, practice this morning meditation daily (or as often as possible), and observe how it impacts the way you live each day. Take note of any differences in the day or days when you don't practice the meditation.
The Kabbalists share that freedom is a specific state of consciousness. We are free when our thoughts are completely aligned with our soul rather than our ego. We are free when we have disconnected from the illusions and attachments the ego imposes on us. In this class, you will experience a meditation intended to guide you in releasing any ego-based thoughts or feelings that keep you imprisoned in a limited state of consciousness.
Question: How has your understanding of freedom shifted as a result of this meditation? During the meditation, did you discover any blockages to your freedom that you were previously unaware of?
Thought Into Action: Focus on one specific blockage you identified above; one thought, belief, or feeling that is limiting your freedom. For the next week or two, practice using this meditation as often as possible (or comfortable) to transform this blockage. Notice how you think and feel after you meditate. Notice when and how your consciousness begins to shift into a state of true freedom.