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Bringing Kabbalah Into Daily Life

Bringing Kabbalah Into Daily Life

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Bringing Kabbalah Into Daily Life

These sets of affirmations, based on the ten sefirot, or vessels, of kabbalah, can be used as a daily practice. By Tamar Frankiel

Excerpted from "The Gift of Kabbalah" by Tamar Frankiel with permission of Jewish Lights Publishing. Editor's note: These affirmations are based on the ten sefirot, the divine energies that kabbalists believe are manifested in every aspect of creation. The sefirot are: keter (crown), chochmah (wisdom), binah (understanding), chesed (expansiveness), gevurah (restraint), tiferet (splendor), netzach (perseverance), hod (surrender), yesod (foundation), and malkhut (manifestations). An affirmation is a way of creating a positive mindset. Many of us have, over the years, created mental habits that are like ruts in a driveway—we simply go down them without thinking because they're the path of least resistance. Affirmations create new mental habits, a new and more beautiful and expansive road for our minds to travel. One kind of affirmation is an "I am" meditation. These are specifically about yourself. They work best if they are framed in a way that expresses your being, not your doing. In other words, they should be "I am" statements, not "I can" statements. Remember that Anochi, "I am," is the first word spoken by God in giving the revelation at Sinai to the Jewish people. It is the essence of the sefirah of Chochmah. When you say "I am," you should try to use words that express your eternal essence, not your temporary frame of mind or feelings. (In daily life, this means it is better to say "I feel tired" rather than "I am tired"; "I feel angry rather than "I am angry," etc.) It's not always necessary to use "I am" for affirmations, but the sense of being-ness should be prominent.

AFFIRMATION 1 | Affirmation 2
Affirmation 1 This first set of affirmations is designed to set up a positive frame of mind, which will allow you to see yourself in the context of the Divine creative energy that sustains the universe at all times, along with the framework created by the Tree of Life of the sefirot. You may wish to use them individually or say them as a series, after your morning devotions. After you become familiar with the ideas expressed, you may wish to change some of the words so that they feel comfortable. Keter I am a spark of God. My essence is Divine. Chochmah I emerged from the wild creativity of existence--I am a path worth risking everything for. Binah My being--body, mind, and spirit--is aligned with the patterning of the universe. I am a temple for my Divine soul. Da'at I am a seeker of higher Divine unity through my mind. Chesed I am in touch with the support of the universe, the unconditional love of God. Gevurah My limitations and challenges are Divine gifts. Tiferet I am a free being, choosing to align my will with God's will. Netzach I am a giver, wholeheartedly contributing my effort to creating the world by tending my little part of the universe.

Da'at The path of unification is open to me at any moment by settling my mind. gathering and passing on all that comes to and through me for the good. Binah Every pattern or design I see is an aspect of Divine reality. Hod I am willing to sacrifice my personal desires for the general good and for the glory of the Divine. When we feel victimized or want to blame someone. Netzach My creativity is valued and cherished in the ultimate scheme of Divine unfolding. when you are experiencing conflicts or when you are having difficulties in seeing the good in what is happening. The following list is also correlated with the sefirot. . there is an evolving design. when we feel disappointed or don't understand why our plans aren't working out. Gevurah What happens ois all from the Creator. and Lord of history--whether I can see it or not. resetting your world view as you might reset your watch. Chesed I join the outpouring of Divine love by performing acts of chesed and thinking kind thoughts. may Your Will be done.Hod I am grateful. my purpose on earth is being fulfilled even though that may not be apparent to me. Tiferet God connects to the world through me. Creator of coincidences. joining with all other beings to express gratitude and praise to the Creator of the universe. Malkhut God's will is manifest right here and now. Yesod God is Master of time. or when we feel overwhelmed. revealing itself to me. to help you at difficult times. to other living beings and to the next generation. Malkhut I am part of a greater whole. this kind of affirmation can be very helpful. appreciating and honoring the work of others. Yesod I am a channel of transmission. Chochmah This world is being infused with Divine intent at every moment. Now I have an opportunity to re-examine my connection to my spiritual path. Keter Master of the universe. Affirmation 2 Another kind of affirmation expresses a positive view of the world around you. everything is exactly as it is supposed to be.

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