Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Another simple letter meditation

 This meditation is based on Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), Chapter 1.
  1. Clear your mind.
  2. Cycle through the letters of the Aleph Bet
  3. Pronounce the sound of the beginning of the letter... for example
    1. Aleph: Ah
    2. Bet: Beh 
    3. Gimmel: Gi-h
    4. Dalet: Dah
    5. Heh:  Heh
    6. Vav:  Vah
    7. Zayin:  Zah
    8. Chet:  Cheh
    9. Tet:  Teh
    10. Yud:  Yoh
    11. Kaf:  Kah
    12. Lamed:  Lah
    13. Mem: Meh
    14. Nun:  Nu-h  
    15. Samech: Sah
    16. Ayin:  (A)ah  (A) means gutteral, from deep int he throat
    17. Peh:  Peh
    18. Tzadi:  Tzah
    19. Kuf:  Ku-h  
    20. Resh: Reh  
    21. Shin: Sheh
    22. Taf:  Tah
  4. So the whole chain in one go is:
    1. Ah - Beh - Gi-h - Dah - Heh - Vah - Zah - Cheh - Teh - Yoh - Kah - Lah - Meh - Nu-h - Sah - (A)ah - Peh - Tzah - Ku-h - Reh - Shih - Tah
  5. Once you are able to go through the sounds of all the letters in quick succession, then start with the 2nd letter Bet and finish with the first - Aleph.
    1. Beh - Gi-h - Dah - Heh - Vah - Zah - Cheh - Teh - Yoh - Kah - Lah - Meh - Nu-h - Sah - (A)ah - Peh - Tzah - Ku-h - Reh - Shih - Tah - Ah 
  6. After that start with the 3rd letter Gimmel and finish with the 2nd letter Bet.
    1. Gi-h - Dah - Heh - Vah - Zah - Cheh - Teh - Yoh - Kah - Lah - Meh - Nu-h - Sah - (A)ah - Peh - Tzah - Ku-h - Reh - Shih - Tah - Ah - Beh 
  7. The ultimate aim of this meditation is to be able to use each letter as a starting letter to cycle through the rest of the Aleph Bet from Aleph to Taf, Bet to Aleph, Gimmel to Bet.... Shin to Resh, Taf to Aleph

If this seems like a boring meditation... it helps if (1) you are familiar with the Aleph Bet and (2) you can visualize the letters as you cycle through them.