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The art of visualization

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In order to explain Kabbalah and its practical applications you first have to study the art of visualization as it applies to Creation and to the advanced revelation of the thirty two paths or the thirty two times Elohim appears in Bereishis. Right away we are faced with the task of interpreting symbolism that had one meaning when it was first described and then whatever meaning we can ascribe to it given our current understanding. This can be a daunting exercise except for the fact that we are going to operate from a certain common ground which is about to be explained. This common ground will act as a kind of map that is updated just like a GPS to allow us to orient ourselves no matter where we find ourselves in Bereishis or by extension anywhere we look in Torah.

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The common ground we will learn to tread upon is ‘the way things work.’ It is the fundamental call it the ground zero application of universal spirit and universal substance. In Torah it is symbolized by Elohim. By definition Elohim refers to the dual nature of God or its feminine and masculine aspects entwined together in order to symbolize that fundamental principle of ‘the way things work.’ Elohim is the primary application and yet even before Elohim appears in Bereishis there is the receptacle of Bereishis the universal container that symbolizes the source and in Kabbalistic terms the Ayin Sof Aur, the ‘Endless light’, the source unknown and yet ever present.

It is the interplay between Ayin Sof Aur and Bereishis, the interplay of something from nothing and the light arising out of the darkness that we may concern ourselves with. The reasons are that we are mirrors of the divine expression and the images that appear in our lives are brought about by the very same primary process that we may speak of in an intellectual analysis contemplating the mysteries of Bereishis.

Every inquiry that we make we are asking about our own interface with the world. This is inevitable. The answer to that internal question is always our image making. When we try to conceptualize we ultimately visualize. Therefore by extension every question produces a visualization. It is the quality of this visualization which produces the efficacy of the result. In addition it is the relationship to the body of the soul.

Proverbs 6:22 “When thou walkest, it shall lead thee, when thou liest down, it shall watch over thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.”

We have a choice to change the channel of our visualization at any given moment in time. We can edit past, present and future simultaneous to whatever moment we choose to reside in. Indeed after careful review of the 32 instances of Elohim in Bereishis you will see that there is a constant editing going on all with the aim of making things better and providing for the events that have come before and the events that are to come. The choice after all is yours.

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