Posts tagged Holy Sparks
Our next MMM covers a well-worn but very important topic in Jewish Mysticism… and that’s the Holy Sparks.
I’d like to go through a few sources, and some of the practices that come out of these sources. Probably the earliest source of the idea of Holy Sparks is when the world went through the primordial breaking and breakdown, and the fixing of the breaking is accomplished through gathering lost lights that were scattered in the process of breaking.
We resonate in our lives with pieces of G-dliness that are presented to us in all the challenges and encounters we have. When we resonate and clarity our challenges, we bring the sparks back to our pristine home, inside of ourselves and inside of the world.
This is true on a micro level and on a macro level, as the world leans toward the rectification of the world by replacing the lost sparks into their place, where they came from originally. Practically speaking, on a macro level, the Jewish people were thrust across the globe for most of our history, and we gathered the lost sparks, which were converts that we inspired to return home, so to speak.
But it’s not just converts, it’s also ideas and energy and lost pieces of Torah that are exiled, and we help to redeem them as well. The Holy Sparks also have a place in reincarnation, meaning that every one of us comes back again and again, to continue to gather up more and more lost sparks. Sometimes we can feel what our unfinished business is by the smoothness or non-smoothness factor. We see what our personalities are struggling with and driven to take care of. That’s another aspect of the Holy Sparks.
And another aspect is to understand our calling, meaning what Hashem is calling you to do. We can understand that, similarly, by what you’re driven to do, and you may have a hard time doing it, but you have to keep on getting up and doing it again. Or, another way so see it is to recognize what we’re really, really good at and understand that other people need us to be good at it, too. We need to shine the light for others in our area of expertise.
The Baal Shem Tov talked about sparks, and that according to the quantity and quality of our belief in Divine Providence so, too, will Divine Providence believe in us and react to us, showing its magical world to us. If we really believe that G-d’s guiding us, then G-d will guide us. If you open up your eyes and check out the events of your life you’ll see how G-d is guiding you to do what needs to be done.
Sparks present themselves in the realm of eating, the whole eating ceremony where another type of spark needs to be raised up. Human beings in a netherworld, post-life, on the mineral, plant, animal and human levels, may get stuck. So, sometimes by just eating, or making the blessings at the right place and time, we can raise them to the next higher level, getting them out of the stuck place.
Sparks are found in the giving of the Torah, which happens in this week’s Parsha. At Mount Sinai, we got to a place where we transcended the whole need to raise sparks, which was Adam before the sin, and we got to the place where we could say, “we will do and we will hear,” which represents the willingness to embrace G-d, sight unseen. That’s probably the fastest and most powerful way of raising sparks.
Sparks are found in the 6-week period of Shovavim, from Parsha Shemot to Parsha Mishpatim. This is the time when we are trying to raise up the seed that was spilled by Adam in the 130 years during which he separated himself from Eve. We do that by doing things above and beyond the normal call, which has to do with more prayer, more learning, more fasts and more specific tikkunim. We raise a lot of sparks by doing these things as well.
This week, Tuesday and Wednesday, is Tu B’ishvat, the time our Sages tell us when the sap is rising in the trees. It’s sort of a Jewish Goundhog Day when Spring is being announced in an unseen way. But we know Spring is coming, and we know this means sparks. We can grasp it experientially by feeling the bubbling-up of unborn life in many forms, and we can plug into it.
And finally, in this collection of material on the topic of sparks, we can find sparks in the Sefirot. Another idea of the Baal Shem Tov is this – the Sefira of any kind of personality trait or any kind of situation we encounter in our lives can be used to raise sparks from a fallen state to an elevated state. As an example, fallen Gevurah, which is fear, unfounded fear, can be raised up into the courage to do G-d’s will. All of the Sefirot have fallen and elevated states. This is yet another way of raising up Holy Sparks.
So, that’s my collection of Holy Sparks ideas for now.
Continuation of Kabbalistic Healing Techniques
Continuation of Direct Divine Infusion Healing (Part 1)
) HELPLESS CRYING DVAIKUT (Clinging to Hashem)
While emoting as much a possible, both internally and externally (crying, screaming, jumping up and down, moaning, etc, go over in your mind, or orally, all of the events of one or more than one dilemma, crisis or any other type of difficulty that you are facing. Discuss all the efforts that you have invested to try to solve your problem. When you get to the point where you see that you have done all that you can do, and that it is beyond your ability to solve the problem, you’ve arrived at the helpless point.
Now is the time to reach your emotional crescendo and with a primal scream to Hashem, call out “I CANT DO IT – PLEASE DO IT FOR ME HASHEM”.
This exercise can be done very effectively and powerfully with an entire group.
Each person chooses their own private darkened corner of the room and begins to emote.
Then they all come together after a designated time to help each other process.
Part 2 –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW INTERNALLY THROUGH BALANCE, HARMONY AND ALIGNMENT
5. UNIFICATION HEALING
Here the basic principle is to offset or heal the weaker side or half of a pair with a meshing or fusion of the stronger corresponding half. Therefore focus on the weaker side of the pair (example: the left brain as opposed to the right brain, or fallen desires as opposed to rectified ones, or a fear as opposed to a corresponding strength, or a traumatic time in your life as opposed to a very self assured time).
Begin to draw down energetically the strength and power from the stronger one of the pair and enmesh the two together until the weaker side begins to feel stronger and reinforced.
If the situation involves two personalities, have the stronger of the two reassure their weaker partner.
In a group situation have all the members of the group draw upon their stronger side to heal the designated person’s weaker side.
6. TURKEY HEALING
A dysfunctional part of yourself will definitely inhibit a free flow.
Liberating the dysfunction, or “turkey”, reopens the channel for full physic flow.
The healing principle and the name “turkey”, comes from Rebbe Nachman’s story entitled “the Turkey Prince”.
A prince, thinking he was a turkey, sat cockling and pecking his food while he was totally naked underneath the table.
A wise sage eventually healed the turkey with the following steps:
a. Radical non-judgmental acceptance of the turkey just as he is (so much so, that the sage convinced this prince that he the sage, was a turkey just like him).
b. Take very slow, but deliberate “baby steps” towards bringing the “turkey” to a complete recovery.
On the ground, when turkey healing, one has to make a very great effort to lovingly embrace the person and their dysfunction (turkey) just as they are.
This is the key to the healing process.
To the extent that the person feels your unconditional acceptance, they will begin to heal.
CONTINUATION OF PART TWO –
7. SOUL BODY HEALING
This healing method is based on the idea that the body knows what the soul needs in order to heal.
Sometimes the body overcompensates, and becomes very protective; for example, a person with chronic fatigue will only be able to function minimally so that the person doesn’t get abused, hurt or otherwise harmed.
We would tell the body that we will strike a deal with you and if you release the person from their chronic fatigue, we will create a strategy whereby the person will be safe from harm. Therefore, do the following:
Choose any bodily ache, pain or illness.
Contemplate what this pain or illness is intent on protecting in your life.
Next, contemplate an alternative way to protect yourself other than the illness.
Speak to the bodily pain and convince it that you are taking over from here and you won’t need its services any more, but that you really appreciate its services that its done to help.
The body won’t always be so willing to listen, so you must be consistent and persuasive.
PART THREE –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW EXTERNALLY (SPARKS-ing)
8. RAV OOSHER’S PUPPET SHOW HEALING
Rav Oosher (Zatzal) over the years had countless people seeking his healing help.
Most of them were very miserable and depressed. They felt that they were victims of people’s manipulations and bad luck. Rav Oosher taught them to reframe their perspective and view life as a puppet show.
All of the bad fortune and abusive people in their lives are merely G-d’s puppets meant to direct them towards their rectification and enlightenment. The results of this reframed perspective were breathtakingly astounding.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a situation in your life where you feel that you are the victim of bad people and bad fortune.
Bring into your mind an awareness that every aspect of these people and this bad fortune is merely a display custom sent from on High in order to direct you towards the next level of your growth. Therefore don’t take personally what this person or circumstance is doing against you – they are only puppets.
This technique is a consciousness – be patient.
It takes a long time to reap the maximum benefit from it. Nevertheless, without a doubt, its got the power to transform your life.
9. SEFIROTIC LIFE BODY HEALING
The idea here is that there is a direct correlation between the events of our lives and our Sefirotic health.
If one Sefira is out of wack, then that area of life will also be out of wack; for example:
If a person has chronic pain in their left leg, that points to some disfunctionality in the HOD area of their life. HOD corresponds to the left leg. HOD is the Sefirotic character trait that corresponds to our capacity to enable others to do their best. If this enabling process is too strong or too weak, or is being abused by others, then there is a good chance that this person will suffer in a part of the body that corresponds to HOD, such as the left leg.
Here’s what to do:
Focus on a part of your body which is giving you trouble.
Identify the body part’s Sefirotic correspondence. (I understand that many people don’t have this knowledge. In case you are interested, please consult me regarding the Sefirot correspondence to your effected body part.)
Now identify the corresponding Sefirotic aspect of your life.
Adjust this Sefirotic aspect of your life to be aligned and in balance with all the other Sefirotic aspects of your life.
10. GILGUL (REINCARNATION) HEALING
The principle here is as follows:
A very large part of who we are, who we associate with, the challenges which we go through, our stations in life, etc etc, are a direct result of a trans-life perfection process. What we didn’t get right in previous lifetimes is what we will be challenged with in this life.
The way to identify reincarnation based aspects of our life, is to take inventory of the unique people and situations that we find ourselves in. Then view these people and situations as being the direct result of what we have come into this life to rectify.
The healing process happens when we take action in the proper way in response to these challenges which are thrown at us.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a unique challenge that you find yourself in life.
View this challenge as being the result of a similar challenge that we didn’t quite get right in a previous life time.
Ask Hashem to enlighten you as to what you are meant to do in order to get it right this time. (This dialogue with Hashem can also be enacted in a written manner.
Write to Hashem your question, and write what you think He will answer back to you.)
Carry on in this way with all the different people and challenges in your life.
greetings from ‘THE CITY’….as part of our Masters Project [the Healing Track], I send you this teaching;
KABBALISTIC HEALING (Facilitating the Flow)
Shalom and blessings
ALL OF ME-ing
What do the Jewish Sources, both the mystical and revealed ones, teach us about the essence of healing? We can probable sum it up in four words; FACILITATING THE DIVINE FLOW.
To rephrase this, its all about facilitating “the all of me flow”.
When this full expression is blocked up, and the Divine influence is not integrated directly, or through an internal source, or an external source, then the lack of the healing flow rears its ugly face in any number of ways; whether in body or soul, or any other construct or process.
With this understanding, we will present a Kabbalistic healing system based on a three part formula: (a) direct Divine integration; (b) Internal alignment; (c) External alignment.
PART ONE – DIRECT DIVINE INTEGRATION (“I am G-d your Healer”)
The first states, “….Ani Hashem Rofeicha”; “I am G-d your Healer” (Shmot, Parsha Beshalach, Chapter 15, verse 26).
Our Sages in the Talmud discuss whether or not we can rely solely on Hashem healing us without any human intervention. Though the conclusion of the discussion is that since we are not on the transcendent level to be able to rely solely on G-d healing, we therefore have PERMISSION to be healed by doctors and healers.
It is not that we truly believe that the doctors or the medical technology is doing the healing; G-d is doing the healing.
The Baal Shem Tov teaches that to the extent that we can identify and connect with G-d’s presence inside of the pain, illness, darkness, etc.,——-the pain, illness and darkness will go away.
PART TWO – INTERNAL BALACING; TIFFERET (“Rofei Cholei Amo Yisrael”)
The second part of the formula which enables flow, is taught to us by the Arizal. He teaches that the silent prayer benediction that our Sages coin for healing corresponds to the Sefira of Tifferet (all of the different blessings of the silent prayer correspond to one of the Sefiras or Divine based character traits).
The connection between the Sefira Tifferet and healing can be expressed as an internal balance or harmony.
Just as the Tifferet, which corresponds to the trunk of the body, is the apex that bridges and connects that which is above the trunk with that which is below, as well as bridging the right extremities of the body such as the arms and legs with left extremities, this bridging effect is the key to healing body and soul and all other entities.
When we refocus on our definition of healing as being “flow facilitation”, what then our Tifferet internal alignment prevents one side of the body being more overloaded than the other side.
For example, with regard to a healthy holistic flow of character traits, if a person is leaning too much to the right side, they will be very benevolent in giving, but they will be lacking in the ability to contain that benevolence.
Everyone will benefit whether they are deserving or not, and whether it is harmful or not for the giver. More left side traits are in order at this point. The Tifferet balancing/harmonizing effect will cause a resumption of full functionality and full capacity flow.
PART THREE – EXTERNAL INTERGRATION SPARKS HEALING
Here too, the Arizal teaches us how to facilitate maximal healing flow and maximal self expression and actualization. The action here though is coming mainly from outside of ourselves as opposed to an internal Sefirotic alignment or Tifferet based harmonizing that we discussed above.
Here we are opening up our receptive powers and sensitivities to integrate the Divine messages of holistic flow being externally sent to us constantly from our environment.
This whole amazing dynamic is otherwise known as the gathering of the Holy Sparks. Those same Sparks are the missing parts of our souls; they are sent to us through the arousals and stimuli that we resonate with when we are doing a process called “BIRUR” or selection.
When we decide or choose to go with one direction, strategy, decision or choice, and to reject or filter out the undesirable other side or option, that primal choice which we make at all times, whether in a learning process or in life decisions, great or small, when fused with the input with what G-d would have us to decide; that choice is actually a little piece of our soul re-bonding itself to us.
The option that we rejected is the waste matter that would otherwise stop up our flow and prevent ourselves from achieving our maximal capacities.
The more that we are aware, believe and are real with this whole process, the more “SPARKS” we are sent from on high; quantitatively and qualitatively with the utmost speed and impact does the whole process flow.
In tandem with this soul selection process, is a body-sparks-selection process.
The body integrates that which builds it up and filters out (ultimately through urination and defecation) the unwanted matter. The more impactful the spiritual filtering process, the more impactful will be the physical process as any full time ‘Sparkser’ can testify to. The more that the selection process is brought all the way down to a doing level with zero or minimal doubts or fuzziness, the more complete will be our bodies digestion process.
The Arizal associates this whole Sparks-selection dynamic with healing. The same silent prayer (The Amida) benediction that we previously mentioned, i.e. “….Blessed are you Hashem who heals the sick people of Israel”.
Here the teaching is hinted at, not Sefirotically, but through the numerical value of the beginning letters of the benedictions words, producing the word “RAPHACH”; an esoteric term or code word denoting “Sparks-selection”.
KABBALISTIC HEALING TECHNIQUES
PART ONE – DIRECT DIVINE INFUSION TECHNIQUES
My contention is that just as instantly effective and universally accepted the Aspirin pill is for the body, so too can this B.S.M.S. Pill potentially do the job for our psyches. The underlying principle in all four components of the Pill (B.S.M.S.) is to let go and let Hashem take care of it. The translated verse states in Psalms, Chapter 55, Verse 23; “Toss up to Hashem your burden, and He will take care of you………”. Here are the components;
B —-Bitachon — trusting in Hashem that he will come through you just as he has done your entire life.
S —-Sedona — Whatever emotional and physical pain you feel, identify it as being caused by your frustrated need to either control the situation or to receive approval from the situation. Then simply toss up to Hashem that need for control or/and approval, and let it go by turning it over to Him totally, and allow Him to take care of your needs for control and approval. (This exercise done for five minutes a day has remarkable transformative effects if done consistently for a few months to give you peace of mind and many other benefits).
M —-Mikveh — Say to yourself that this painful problem that you are dwelling on presently, is the best possible thing in the world for you and the reason is; ………………….
S —-Supernatural Solution —- Work your way up to maximally want a solution to your painful or sometimes nearly impossible situation, and also maximally believe that Hashem can give you the answer/solution right now. Then close your eyes and wait for that amazing solution to pop into your mind.
********* B.S.M.S. super express version:
B: He will come through for me as always
S: I release to him my need for control and/or approval
M: It’s the best thing for me because ……………..
S: His solution (that I maximally want and believe in) is……….
2. DIVINE LIGHT HEALING
Once you have identified where the darkness or the block to a healthy psychic flow is located in your life and in your body (sometimes this involves going into earlier life traumas or even previous life traumas), then simply begin to turn yourself and your intention into being a conduit for Infinite loving and nurturing healing Divine Light energy. Then direct a constant stream of light/energy to the effected part. Keep zapping as long as you can or as long as the person still feels the need for more. An entire group sending Divine Light to one person or to each other is especially effective.
3. DARKNESS BUSTING
Collect all of the negativities in your life that come into your mind into a big wax ball in your mind’s eye. Just keep adding more and more little pieces of darkness, pain, confusion, hurt etc. to the wax ball. Then conjure up in your mind all of the various expressions of Divine Love, Healing and Benevolence that you can think of (you can use the B.S.M.S. strategies above). Focus on the principle taught to us by the Baal Shem Tov that teaches that to the extent that you reveal Hashem inside the pain, the pain disappears. With this thought in mind, start zapping these various Divine expressions of Love, etc. as if they are laser beams of light, into the darkness filled wax ball. Keep directing your laser beams until all the darkness turns into pure light!
stay tuned for more soon B’H,