Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Perachya says, "Make for yourself a teacher and acquire for yourself a friend, and judge each person favourably."Recently I’ve been feeling that I should get a teacher. Several books I’m reading and “coincidences” that I’ve encountered have all pointed to the simple message: to progress to the next level of experience and knowledge - get a teacher. It’s been on my TODO list for a while.
“Acquire yourself a friend” is checked off on my TODO list. I have a friend with whom I study Sefer Yetzirah chapter 1 regularly; we study the text, practice meditations and share our experiences.
“Judge each person favourably” is something that I failed at quite spectacularly in my last post. I read “Magical Knowledge: Book 1 Foundations”, went to a talk by the author, was upset by some things that were said and promptly made a fool of myself online.
To fulfil “Make yourself a teacher”, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and try the practices described on pages 52-53 in “Magical Knowledge: Book 1 Foundations”.
- Daily stillness meditation
- Twice weekly working with element in specific direction
- Twice weekly visit to inner library
- Regular physical exercise
Since I find that my ideas rarely progress unless I put them within a project framework, here is the project summary:
Scope: Make Yourself a Teacher
Time: 1 year plus…
Cost: Just time.
Quality: Success is measured by whether an inner teacher is willing to teach me and whether I am willing to learn.
Communication: Irregular blog updates, sorry I can’t promise weekly updates :-)
1. My free time is limited due to work and family commitments
2. My prejudices, fears and preconceptions may hinder or block the work