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There is always a process that is continuing throughout our lifetime of experience. It is this process that we are peering into getting to the heart of the matter in various ways. This process goes along with trying to determine the source of all things ultimately seeking to understand Creation so that we may more actively and successfully work together with the flow of being rather than being at odds with it.

Kabbalah cannot be taught it must be experienced. This is to say that while it is true you will learn something of Kabbalah from a lecture or from reading a book about Kabbalah you still won't be able to say that you understand it until you actually live it in your life experience. What you experience is the following:

The awareness of Shekhinta the divine presence the inner movement, all of these markers point to the existence of something else that is going on.

When you begin to notice that your thoughts begin to appear in your life experiences and you make the connection between thoughts and experience this is a precursor to understanding Kabbalah.

One of the reasons why listening to a lecture on Kabbalah that does not contain a question and answer session falls short is that it is the interchange the flow of question and answer that awakens the connections between above and below. Such a static lecture no matter how enlightened it rises to still is lacking in drawing forth the meanings that would otherwise be left behind.

In a sense then every conversation that focuses on Torah, on holiness, on unity, on Hashem, on Shekhinta is by definition an experience of Kabbalah if the central goal is to promote the unity of expression that we all partake of.

Out of darkness comes the light
Out of darkness comes the light JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

Out of darkness comes the light

It is no secret that we are what we create.  Whether in our imaginations or directing the building of a house or any kind of structure our conception is where the heart of our creation lies.  But first there has to be an initial starting point that comes as inspiration, a light bulb going off, or something just comes in out of the blue.  It is basically something from nothing and this is the paradigm that continues to influence our daily affairs.

The purpose of being
The purpose of being JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

The purpose of being

Out of this initial aha moment then there must be a purpose to realized.  Since we are aligned constantly with Torah that purpose can be no other than a unity on high that takes us everywhere we need to be.  We could therefore say that we are aligned with that initial purpose and it is our guide for everything that comes after.

The wide expanse of being
The wide expanse of being JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

The wide expanse of being

Every thought expands and becomes much more than the initial conception.  It is natural that things are added along the way.  In fact we expect these additional things because no matter how intricate our conception is we count on the action of holiness to fulfill it in ways that are both promised and miraculous.

The essential template of beauty
The essential template of beauty JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

The essential template of beauty

 Beauty is a rare quality mentioned several times in Torah most notably in the Song of Songs.  Chapter 2:10. "Its pillars he made of silver, its couch of gold, its curtain of purple, its interior inlaid with love, from the daughters of Jerusalem." Everything that we conceive should be conceived with such care.  After all it is our lives that we are building and our thoughts are its building blocks.

Still waters run deep
Still waters run deep JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

Still waters run deep

 Once we come to terms with what we are thinking we are linked to the continuous flow of creation and arrive at that moment of pure contemplation where we witness the harmony of being and the direction of self.  This is no small achievement and many might live a lifetime to experience this perfection of thought and form.

The reflection of light
The reflection of light JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

The reflection of light

What is the purpose of Creation then.  Maimonides says in Guide to the Perplexed..."As to the purpose of creation...it was the will of God."  We are following in the footsteps of the Creator carrying out the divine plan by reaching on high and listening for the right thing to do.  Only then will our effect be duplicated on high with their mirror following simultaneously below.

The rising flowering of perfection
The rising flowering of perfection JJ Siet, Inspired Vision Photography

The rising flowering of perfection

In our hearts the idea arises to become the impetus for the thought that awakens from nothing.  Then it goes through various stages of representation until it culminates in the perfection that surpasses even our most hoped for expectations.  This is creation in all of its wonder and continuous vision.

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