Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pregnant with Blessing and Light ~ a contemplative prayer

24 Tishrei 5773, 8:20 AM, Wed., at a Starbucks in Philadelphia

Dearest Sweet Beloved Divine Parent,

Thank You for this opportunity to commune with You this morning. Thank You for the holiday season from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah. Those tuned into the message of Jewish mysticism know that this is just one long holiday undergoing different phases. In the most general sense one can easily see that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur comprise the upper three sefirot of the season that elicits blessings for the next twelve months. Succot with its seven days, comprises the next seven sefirot. Between Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot a complete structure of ten sefirot are formed ~ making the blessings of the year ripe to be harvested. Then on the holiday of Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah we pray for rain and dance the blessings down to the ground, to the earthly level. This is just on the very superficial level. So to say that there’s so much more going on mystically is truly a vast understatement.

There’s a passage I came across in “Tree of Life” which enhances this perspective even further. From this perspective the whole year is seen as a single unit to give birth to new blessings in a broad sense#. The book “Tree of Life” explains that the basic elements of a successful birth of anything (people, blessings, consciousness, souls, living beings, rocks, etc.) are lights, sparks and vessels. In a very generalized sense the lights are soul, the vessels are the body and the sparks are what connect the soul and body to each other. Every detail in the entire creation has some version of body, soul and connective sparks; regardless of what level the entity is on (spiritual and/or physical).

Each of the three has its own length of processing during pregnancy. The lights are processed in seven months, the sparks in nine months and the vessels in twelve months. Since humans are usually born after nine months, the first three months of nursing and nurturing complete the twelve months needed for bodily development in the pregnancy sense.

The year’s efforts to give birth seem to have a similar flow. From Passover season through Simchat Torah is seven months. These are (in the hemisphere of Jerusalem) the warmest months and [thus, suited to] develop the lights. From Passover through Chanukah is a blend of weather, which climaxes with the tiny flames of the Chanukah Menorah. This corresponds to the sparks. After this the weather gets coldest. The full twelve months climax with the Purim season, when our bodies were saved. This corresponds to the vessels.

So this season [we just celebrated] was to fill out the lights. May it be light!

Thank you [for the insights] …

Love and Kisses ...

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