What is Kabbala? Part 1

What is kabbala: the word itself means “to receive”, to “be open” to higher consciousness.
Briefly explained, kabbala is a science of spiritual forces, energies, structures, laws, and systems that helps us understand how the world of spirituality works. Just like mathematics is an abstract study of quantity and calculation built on a few axioms (for example, the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line), kabbala is a spiritual system built on a few central truths, including the existence of an original infinitive energy source that nourishes and sustains everything existing in our world. Many call this original power God.
According to the Lurianic kabbala (there are a few different kabbalistic schools), each human has a unique and holy divine soul, rooted in God, that is sent into the physical world to fulfill its mission to better/ repair the world.
Our soul is armored with a physical body so that we can function in the physical world, with the help of a local guide, our animalistic soul. We need our animalistic soul to make sure we maintain our body, to make sure we eat, drink, sleep, stay warm, find shelter, have children, etc. The body and soul are in a partnership of equal responsibility for our mission’s success and for all of our actions. Our animalistic soul is basically a good guy, and without its help we would not be able to exist in the physical world. But our animalistic soul is rooted in physicality, so it likes physical things and if we are not careful to balance our life, the animalistic soul can get in charge and take control, silencing the voice of our godly soul, reprogramming our “mission” to wanting more “stuff“―more food, more houses, more sex partners etc. Which of course brings only temporary satisfaction, because there is always something bigger and better out there. A person in this state of mind is focusing on things he or she doesn’t have, instead of what he or she already has, just like a glass half full, half empty parallel. Deep down the person stays unhappy, somewhere he or she knows intuitively that a deeper reality exists that can’t be measured and perceived with the five senses.. and some might keep looking for meaning in life or trying to fill this void with addictions.
We know somewhere inside that the universe cannot be deaf to our prayers and that our existence has meaning.
It works the other way around, too―the spiritual soul can hardly be happy and satisfied if the animal soul suffers from a poor diet, an uncomfortable home, health issues, or being overweight, etc. It’s supposed to be team work.
It’s our job to keep our spiritual and animalistic souls in balance. To achieve our highest potential, we need a healthy, strong body, and we must also listen to our higher soul and trust in our potential.
To be continued…


3 thoughts on “What is Kabbala? Part 1

  1. My philosophy has always been to be grateful for what I have and not bitter about what I don’t have. I also agree that our body and soul are in partnership and that it is our responsibility to keep them in balance by exercising both of them equally. With my limited knowledge of Kabbala, I don’t understand, though, how it has grown from a source of study within Judaism to become a religion unto itself, practiced by people like Madonna.

    1. There is a lot of Kabbalist out there some posing to be ‘the real deal’ some are charlatans(lots of them in Israel) , and for a ‘untrained’-spiritual person who is searching for more knowledge and understanding ,might be an easy prey for those people. In our tradition , most famous Kabbalists are those who spent their entire life by refining themselves, and they offered us a unique and profound interpretations in Torah or in mystical literature, or shared the way how can we improve ourselves . So in my opinion ‘main stream Kabbala’,
      shows that people showing a hunger for spirituality . Unfortunately some charlatans using Kabbala to lure people and create a cult out of it.

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