Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Candles, Meditation and Contact

My PC finally gave up the ghost. It died in the line of duty and I’m very proud of the many years of service it gave despite how often I treated it with a lack of respect.

Anyway, with that non-news item out of the way... on to the main topic of the post.

Sefer Yetzirah chapter 1 verse 7:
Ten Sefirot of Nothingness
Their end is imbedded in their beginning
and their beginning in their end
like a flame in a burning coal
For the Master is singular
He has no second
And before One, what do you count?
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in his commentary and translation (an extract of which is quoted above and below) describes a meditation on pp.64 with a relatively explicit set of instructions:
...This can be used as a meditation. Th wick itself represents the physical world, while th blue flame nearest to the wic is the counterpart of Malkhut. Surrounding this is bright yellow flame, corresponding to the next six Sefirot: Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod and Yesod. Above this is the barely visible exterior flame, the hottest part of all, paralleling Binah. Then comes the light radiating from the candle, which is Chakhmah. Finally, there is the concept of flame itself, and this corresponds to Keter.
All of these parts are unified only through the wick. By contemplating a flame in this manner, one can bind himself to the Ten Sefirot...”

I’ve had a few goes at this. Like most things, it’s likely to need lots and lots of practice. It did get me thinking though if this could be combined with the techniques that Josephine McCarthy described in her book “Magical Knowledge: Book I Foundations”.

What would happen if a person meditates on binding themselves to the Ten Sefirot and then using that same flame to reach through for inner contacts?

Then again I may just stick to the method of contacting a maggid by repeating a mishna over and over again. That might be a different way to contact the author of SY1:7 to understand it better.