Judaism and Kabbalah
Kabbalah, the set of ancient mystical beliefs of Biblical Judaism that was once the intellectual domain of only Jewish patriarchs and prophets, is built upon precepts akin to those of the Law of Attraction. Students of Kabbalah claim that the teachings of the Kabbalah and the spiritual work they do enhances their understanding and draws them closer to God. Through the Law of Attraction, their efforts also pull to them other people who stimulate sharing of ideas and insights. Some say that the once-secret teachings may have originated with the Bible's first human — Adam. However, others assert that God gave the wisdom teachings not to Adam but rather to Moses.
The Way of Kabbalah
Kabbalists say that the teachings contain the secrets of the universe as well as the human heart. Right understanding enables people to observe the chaos of the world without becoming entangled in it as well as to maneuver through or remove the minefields of pain and suffering. The stress is upon sharpening the mind to gain clarity of thought. Teachers emphasize that all humans possess the seeds of greatness. Through Kabbalah, those seeds' potential can manifest.
The Kabbalist idea of self-actualization (we are each accountable for ourselves, our thoughts, and our actions) resonates with Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu thinking as well as the Law of Attraction. Kabbalists believe that faith and certainty become stronger when we connect to God's light and draw down the manifestation of good into our lives.
What texts are helpful in the study of Jewish mysticism?
The Book of Formation (Sefir Yetzirah) elaborates on the ecstatic experience of the divine. The Book of Splendor (Zohar) was written in thirteenth-century Spain and expounds upon occult and metaphysical ideas. Along with the Torah and Talmud, these two texts form the basis for the study of Jewish mysticism.
Importance of Mental Certitude
Practitioners of Kabbalah believe that they can lift themselves closer to the light of the divine by respecting and viewing others as equals — seeing no hierarchy in humankind — and by treating others with dignity and loving service. The softening of the heart, possessing certainty of will or mind, coupled with positive action, allows greatness to manifest. This, too, seems like a reiteration of the Law of Attraction.
Rabbis from roughly the seventh to the eighteenth centuries developed the mystical method of Kabbalah to interpret and explain Scripture. Two main ideas of Kabbalah state that all of creation emanates from God and that the soul is eternal. Another important concept is that humankind (the microcosm) mirrors the divine (the macrocosm). Finally, an understanding and use of Kabbalah can enable us to transcend our karma.
Opening Up to the Sacred
When you desire to gain deep spiritual insights, study of such sacred books draws you deeper into the world of ideas of spiritual thinkers and holy people. These are people who may have spent their lives in an intellectual and heartfelt pursuit of the divine. Aligning your mind with those whose ideas appeal to you draws in more sources for similar thought because you are open to seeing such ideas everywhere. Your conversations with others may drift to a particular spiritual concept that confuses you. You may pick up a book that elucidates a concept or philosophy perfectly. The Law of Attraction is at work at all times to help you find myriad sources to fulfill your desire for more knowledge, insights, and understanding when you feel passionate about a topic.
Since ancient times, rabbis and students of Kabbalah have turned to the symbolism of numbers, images, colors, and words to decipher and explain the ecstatic experience of God. One important and necessary image for the study of Kabbalah is the Tree of Life with its ten orbs and twenty-two paths.
The word Kabbalah means “to receive, to accept.” Many translators attribute the meaning “tradition” to the term. Some sources say the Kabbalah, which offers an esoteric interpretation of the Scriptures, was given with the Torah, but whereas the Torah was meant for the masses, the Kabbalah was intended for the holiest ones who then orally passed on its secrets to Jewish mystics.
There are different paths for the study of Kabbalah. The path known as Ecstatic Kabbalah emphasizes recitation of divine names or combinations of the pure forms of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The iteration or chanting of divine names, fueled by a noble desire to attain greater understanding and insights into the divine, causes loftier spiritual thoughts and thus sets up a corresponding attraction with the universal Law of Attraction to draw to the Kabbalist an expansion of consciousness, perhaps even a state of ecstasy.