Many people have asked me why I believe I can write or discuss any aspect of Kabbalah, let alone how it relates to conscious creation. I first received this question when I was under the age of 40; you see, a time existed when people under 40 weren’t supposed to study Kabbalah. Besides that, I was a women, and traditionally women did not study Kabbalah either. I had two strikes against me. Additionally, I was not a Torah scholar in any way, shape or form.
These days, I’m still not the latter, and I haven’t changed my sex, but I am over 40. I continue to study all sorts of Jewish texts as much as I can (which, albeit, isn’t that much given my work and my two children’s crazy schedules). So, what makes me the “expert” on this subject or gives me the ability to teach it or write about it? I happen to understand this one particular aspect of Kabbalah. I have studied conscious creation, deliberate creation, The Law of Attraction – whatever name you want to give it – for many years. I have studied Kabbalah – maybe not on a very, very deep and scholarly level, but I have studied it – for quiet a number of years. And I saw the correlations. I connected the dots. I came up with my own understanding and my own methodology for combining the Kabbalistic teachings with the secular teachings of conscious creation. I also went out and corraborated my theories with some scholars – rabbis and Kabbalists more knowledgeable than am I.
Plus, at this time in our human evolution, this information needs to be disseminated. In fact, Rebbe Ashlag actually spoke in favor of the dissemination of Kabbalah and began the process of doing so. He felt that because we live in time when so much is changing so fast and not always for the betterment of all, we need to use the information available to us – information that Kabbalah has to offer – to help improve our situation. As our human situation worsens (some might see it differently…), more and more people are becoming unhappy and dissatisfied. Thus, they are beginning to ask the BIG questions about life: What is the meaning of life? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why is life so difficult? How can I succeed at this thing called living? What is the meaning of all of this – sex, money, power, “stuff”? Kabbalah explores the answers to these questions. Thus, the time to learn a little Kabbalah…or a lot…is now.
My work may not be an indepth study of Kabbalah. In fact, it’s not meant to be. It’s meant as an entry way, a portal, if you will, into a new way of thinking, a new way of feeling, a new way of seeing, and a new way of being in the world. It’s a way into a new consciousness…and a way into creating change. And we sorely need change right now.
Why now? The world lies on the brink of transformation. Actually, change is occurring all around us. You need only watch the fluctuations of the stock market to see this. Some say the Mayan calendar predicts a huge change for humankind in the year 2012. The Kabbalists also predicted a change that lies still many years off in the year 6000 on the Hebrew calendar but which has already begun. It’s up to us to help make the change a postive one, to transform ourselves, first, and then, second, the world, for the better. The teachings I offer, which come from Kabbalah, offer ways to begin that transformation.
Why me? Because I believe I discovered this correlation between secular teachings and Kabbalah in order to share them and help others create change within themselves and then in the world around them. I believe that in that way, I can be a change agent in my own small way. I feel this is my soul’s purpose.
Some might criticize what I’m doing as too much like “pop” Kabbalah, because I draw on popular secular ideas as well. In my defense, I quote my friend and teacher, Avraham Lowenthal, a student of the work of Rebbe Ashlag and a great Kabbalastic artist and a Kabbalist in his own right:
“Ancient prophecies say that the revelation of the inner teachings of the kabbalah to everyone will be part of the spiritual transformation in the world, when six billion people finally come to truly care for one another. I think that the Kabbalah coming out in the world today in a big way, even if a lot of it is on a very ‘pop’ level, is the beginning of the fulfillment of these ancient prophesies.”
I trust that he is right, and I hope that, indeed, I can be a part of the fulfillment of these prophecies.