Friday, 11 August 2017

Renewal

Last weekend I took some time to meditate, think long and hard about which direction to go – and decided on the path of the mystic.

Now you could argue that Jewish magic and mysticism are two ends of a spectrum and that there are no clear boundaries separating one from the other. The counter argument to this might be that Halachah (Jewish law) states what is defined as magic, but again that is not so clear cut either. Throw in to the mix the concept of ritual adjurations to gain power have been used by people who would label themselves as mages, mystics, and wonder workers – and we get back to the model with a spectrum of magic and mysticism.

So in short I will be heading towards the mystic end, following some way behind in the footsteps of Rabbi Abraham Abulafia. As there is no how-to guide, FAQ, or teach-yourself-Abulafia-in24-hours – the path will be a long and slow one. However, as the last 7 years of this blog have shown – it takes time to learn, practice, and integrate the lessons in to one’s life.

Image from Chabad

Speaking of 7 years, that is the same duration as the Shmittah cycle: letting the land lie fallow for 1 year out of 7 and everyone can harvest from whatever grows. Think of it as a late bronze age strategy for sustainable agriculture, whilst at the same time being a reminder that we humans are not in charge of the world. We are only its caretakers – its gardeners after the last cycle of human history failed to achieve Divine consciousness.

To get my next 7 years of study and pratice started I am returning to my all time favourite book which got me started on this journey in the first place: “The Thirteen Petalled Rose” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. After this I will be systematically working through Rabbi Abraham Abulafia’s “Chaye Olam Ha-Bah” (Life in the world to come).