Kabbalah is the Hebrew word for ‘received wisdom.’ It is known as The Work of Unification; its purpose being to bring together people of all faiths and none. This is an oral teaching which updates for each generation.
New for June 2018: Kabbalah, Genesis and Exodus.
Many people disillusioned with formal religion are now seeking esoteric instuction. Kabbalah is one of the ancient traditions that can interpret ancient wisdom for the challenges of our time
This ten-part online course is a mystical interpretation of the first two books of the Torah viewing the stories on four levels – literal, allegorical, metaphysical and mystical. You will be taken on your own journey from creation to manifestation, from slavery through the desert to the Promised Land.
To the mystic, the Bible is our own inner story; it tells us about the ego, the self, the soul and the Great Journey of Humanity to rediscover its connection with the Divine.
The course will be on Zoom webinar software starting on Thursday 14th June. You can attend live or not, according to your preference. All episodes will be recorded and available to you within three days of the webinar taking place.
Episode 1: Genesis – Creation.
Looking at the story-within-the-story of who created the Universe and why; melding the masculine and feminine elements of the Divine, and observing the flow of creation through the four worlds as we are ‘called forth, created, formed and made’ (Isaiah 43:7).
We also examine the four levels of comprehension in the story of Adam and Eve and the expulsion from Eden, understand the legacy of eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and how that is expressed today as well as in ancient times. We also look at the Cosmic Law of Karma and how it works within and without our psyches.
Episode 2: Genesis – Rebellion and Salvation.
The story of Cain and Abel and Noah – how humanity works with ego and consciousness and the allegories within the accounts of the mark of Cain, Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel.
Each one of is has an aspect of every Biblical character within us. We can learn from our feelings of comfort or revulsion with every story how our own ‘pain body’ and ego works to act as an inner ‘demon’ to impede our spiritual growth. Also, how no matter how far we may believe we are on the spiritual journey, how pride can lead to our fall.
Episode 3: Genesis – The Calling.
A mystical interpretation of the lives of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac and their place on the Tree of Life. We also look at the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cult of sacrifice of the first-born.
The great theme of these stories is covetousness — the desire for something that the other had. This much-neglected commanment is a major cause of poverty consciousness and depression in the modern world. We will look at the cause and effect and the vital misunderstanding within the concept of sacrifice.
Episode 4: Genesis – The Jealous Heart.
Conficts between Rebekah and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah and the clear demonstration of the law of Karma in action. How and why Jacob became Israel and what Jacob’s Ladder means for us.
From Jacob, we learn that even the most damaged of us can receive profound spiritual guidance simply by opening up and listening. From Rebekah, we learn how trying to control destiny brings its own challenges. From Rachel and Leah we learn the true concept of adultery and the damage it causes to the unaware.
Episode 5: Genesis – The Scapegoats.
The stories of Dinah and Joseph, betrayed by their families. How Joseph rose above the conflict and led the twelve tribes of Israel into honesty and repentance. The journey of the Israelites into Egypt.
Joseph and Dinah appear to be victims but they are architects of their own suffering too. We can only surmise the outcome for Dinah but for Jacob it is the beginning of a path of wisdom from the ego to the true self. The lesson for us here is the dissolving of resentment of the wrongs done to us by others.
Episode 6: Exodus: The Reluctant Convert.
The story of Moses is the metaphor for spiritual growth. From crisis to the first miracle that inspires us to move forard and then the hard graft of the follow-up work that is required to continue our journey. Then another miracle and then, guess what? ‘Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. This story is a jewel on so many levels representing the levels of our psyches and how we comprehend and communicate with God. This book of the Bible carries revelation to its very core from the Ultimate Name of God how we receive the teaching.
Episode 7: Exodus: The Ten Plagues.
Now comes the real work — beginning the job of transforming the ego and our false pride. Moses, Pharoah and the Israelites all represent parts of our own psyche and the ten plagues, the Passover and the beginning of the Exodus tell of the trials and tribulations we may face as we start to hone the steel of our soul. Again and again we attend the workshop and promise ourselves we will set off on the route. Again and again we break that promise…
We will examine all the levels of consciousness in Moses, Pharoah, the Hebrews and the magicians to understand exactly where we are in our own journey and what steps we need to take next.
Episode 8: Grace and Command.
Let us cross the red sea – parting the waters of the psyche to begin the work of spirit. Or shall we simply join another tribe and pretend? The Hebrews hated the wilderness and wanted to turn back. They complained and carped and challenged every one of Moses’ commands. This is the part where we learn how to be a leader of ourselves and a teacher of others. It requires constant self-examination and willingness to learn.
We will understand the inner, mystical teachings of the ten commandments and how they are still valid for the modern day.
Episode 9: Rebellion.
No matter how far we are on the spiritual journey, each step up will bring new levels of internal opposition. Worshipping a golden calf is an awful lot more attractive than opening heart and mind to the unknown. Here we also see how the division between aspects of the Divine is created in the human mind and the free-fall of rules and regulations that can result from this imbalance.
Much of this part of Exodus has been added too and edited but deep in the text are the workings of Divine Mind, human heart and the law of cause and effect. It is all about our ability to respond.
Episode 10: Building the Temple.
Instructions for the moving tabernacle of the Hebrews are given earlier and repeated but his is the point where we can understand how they lay down the skeleton-structure of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and a guide to the patterns of the Universe. Each level, from the Ark, through the Menorah, to the Laver all have a spiritual significance in our lives, as do the rituals, clothing and colours laid out.
Here we reach the end of this stage of the journey: the entry into the Promised Land will not come until the Book of Joshua. But we can rest and allow all the sacred teaching to sit within us and bring us to another level; another journey and a deeper appreciation of the Christ within us all.
This course will be on Zoom webinar software starting on Thursday 14th June. You can attend live or not, according to your preference. All episodes will be recorded and available to you within three days of the webinar taking place.
Cost: £150. Bursaries are available. The secret is to ask 🙂
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Kabbalah is the name of the Western Mystery Tradition. I am a student and teacher of The Toledano Tradition of Kabbalah and have no affiliation with the Kabbalah Centre.
This ancient philosophy underpins the written teaching of the Bible and scholars believe it was clearly understood by those who wrote the Torah, the Prophets, the Wisdom Books and the Gospels. What’s important about it is that it opens the perennial Wisdom Teachings up to any genuine seeker, no matter what their faith.
Kabbalistic teaching is founded on the scaffolding of the Tree of Life diagram which, in turn, is based on the menorah — the seven-branched candlestick in the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple. This diagram holds the structure of the tradition, keeping it sound and strong for each successive generation.
Maggy Whitehouse would probably have been burned at the stake 400 years ago. Though, of course, they wouldn’t have let her be a vicar then.
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