WHAT IS KABBALAH?
Kabbalah is the blueprint for Creation.
Just as a house is built, in precise detail, according to its blueprint, G-d created the world and all of its details according to a precise plan.
Everything that exists on the physical plane flows from this plan, its spiritual source. In fact, as the blueprint for Creation, Kabbalah actually predates the existence of the world.
The spiritual principles of Creation guide and control everything, from the cycles of the planets and constellations, to the weather, to the trends of history, to the precise and specific details of human functioning.
So, the more you understand these principles, the more you will understand about your own nature and the nature of life on earth.
Studying Kabbalah will give you insights into your own soul, and the power to use those insights to make a huge difference in your own life and the lives of others. It will give you the wisdom to better understand the purpose of creation and the opportunity to experience a growing intimacy with your Creator.
With the rising popularity of Kabbalah, especially among celebrities, an essential misconception has taken root. This misconception is that, because Kabbalah predates organized religion, it is either a religion in its own right, or a spiritual system devoid of any religious association.
Nothing could be further from the truth! It is true that the teachings of Kabbalah are, for the first time in history, accessible to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or level of observance.
But Kabbalah is Jewish mysticism, the deepest level of the Torah, the Divine communication given to Moses at Mount Sinai. It is the ultimate mission statement for the human being. If Kabbalah is disconnected from its Divine source, it is stripped of all that makes it powerful, holy and real. We are left with nothing more than another interesting-sounding, generic New Age self-help technique.
But when you understand the true foundation of this profound wisdom, something amazing becomes possible. As an ordinary person, living an ordinary life, you can tap into a level of Divine light that is above the limitations of the physical universe.
We are entering the climax of history, the time when we will begin to ‘see through the walls’ that appear to separate the physical world from its spiritual source. That is why Kabbalah has been made accessible to anyone, Jewish or otherwise, who wants to live with joy, purpose, truth, power and passionate aliveness. The path of authentic Kabbalah is open to any person who sincerely wishes to reach his highest potential as a human being created in the image of G-d.
Darkness and Light
According to Kabbalah, everything in the world is made up of two parts - that which we see and know, and that which we can't see and don't yet know. The concealed part - the spiritual source, essence and purpose behind every detail of creation - far exceeds the revealed.
In our world, what we can't see is perceived as darkness, and what we can see as light.
Paradoxically, anything we can see is by definition concealing its own essence. Essence is indescribable, unbounded and infinite. Whatever can be seen with the eyes or understood with the mind is limited, separate and has a specific form. By relating to the known as if it is the whole picture, we disconnect it - at least in our perception - from its infinite source. But, like the hand within the puppet, this essence is not only present but is the activating and guiding force within everything that can be seen and experienced in this world.
So in a sense, the light, by concealing the infinity beneath it, is actually darkness, and the darkness, which is too vast to be perceived, is actually light.
This same truth is reflected in each of us. Concealed within what we experience as the self - our limited personality and identity - there is a self far vaster, more powerful and more true. The fact that we exist and act on this earthly stage points to our truer self - the hand within the puppet. The fact that we experience ourselves as defined and limited conceals it.
The ultimate perfection and fulfillment of the world lies in bringing this vast hidden light out of the darkness of concealment, thus illuminating creation with the radiance of its own essence.
In the same way, our own ultimate fulfillment as human beings lies in revealing our own inner light - the power and potential of our concealed essence - thus creating a life illuminated with the light of our truer self.
This is the purpose of Kabbalah.