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Malkuth

We were doing some research recently and have been working with some stuff like the Qabbalistic Cross and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram which seems to be popular with certain magic practitioner people. I’m actually really liking the Cross, it feels familiar and like a good starting place for some things we do. But with the Cross, something got me thinking. Malkuth. I looked it up, and here’s what one page had to say:

SEPHIRA MALKUTH
GOD FORCE AH-DOH-NAI MEL-ECH (KINGDOM)
ANGELIC ORDER ASHEEM (SOULS OF FIRE)
ARCHANGEL SANDALPHON (MESSIAH)
SOUL G’uph (PHYSICAL SELF)

“Malkuth is the first sphere upon which an initiate enters the Tree of Life. It is in this realm that you learn of the existence of other things, other than the earth, and touch upon divine sources.”

So… what’s all this about “low vibrations” being “bad” among so many newagey people? Malkuth is literally the second point on the Cross, and is the bridge, or door, or connector, between the physical and everything not physical. You can’t complete the Cross without the Kingdom… which is earth.

Here’s a bit more to think about:

Malkuth means Kingdom. It is associated with the realm of matter/earth and relates to the physical world, the planets and the solar system. It is important not to think of this Sephirah as “unspiritual”. Even though Malkuth is the emanation “furthest” from the Divine Source, it is still on the Tree of Life and therefore has its own unique spiritual qualities. It is often said, Kether (the “highest” Sephira) is in Malkuth and Malkuth is in Kether.[2] As the receiving sphere of all the other Sephiroth, Malkuth gives tangible form to the other emanations. The Divine energy comes down and finds its expression in this plane, and our purpose as human beings is to bring that energy back around the circuit again and back up the Tree.

Do the people who think that things of earth are “low” and “dirty” and even “evil” to be gotten away from… do they not understand how important the connection of all this to the earth is? If you’re a physical person, you’re made of physical matter, and are existing on the physical plane, with solid plants and trees and rocks and things, like the old song goes. The tree has to be rooted in something, right? If it’s not rooted, it gets disconnected and lost… right? If you, a physical person, reject Malkuth, how do you bridge the gap and access the rest of the tree?

Notice what it says about the “angelic order” too. “Souls of fire.” That’s not fluffy stuff, trust me on that. It’s intense and can scare people and can be dangerous if you handle it wrong. But there it is. It’s part of the whole picture. If you’re rejecting the “low” or “dark” stuff, you’re throwing out a big chunk of how you, a physical person reading this, can work with these powers.

If you can’t handle Malkuth, you’re about to get a rude awakening when much darker and more intense and powerful stuff makes itself known and you don’t know how to deal with it.

Another song I like says “when you reach the top don’t forget where you came from.” For most people reading this, that’s Malkuth.

Quick PSA: I will be getting back to my review of the Brotherhood of Angels and Men soon. Kinda dropped the ball on that. Sorry. What reminded me of it is that she got handed a big stack of old metaphysical books by Stewart Edward White, I think from the 1940s? So I’ll be reviewing those in the future, and Call to the Heights by Hodson.

Thinking about Malkuth as I’ve been on our walks lately, I was also thinking about going through the Tree of Life too, but I’m not sure since so many others have already covered what the Sephiroth are and do. I kind of want to cover Daath at least, since so many people skip over the Void and don’t understand it. But I’ve lived it. I’ve been inside it. I’ve worked with it. So maybe I’ve just answered my own question.

Practice Raw Listening

A while back we were in a tiny little newagey kind of store in her tiny little town. They added some things in a side room, including some shelves of used books. Most were kind of general or fantasy novels, but one section was newagey, so we took a look for a few minutes.

One title was Angels Speak, which made me say “Yeah, no kidding,” which made her say “Yeahyeah,” but not aloud. We got a chuckle out of the title, but decided to flip through it. It had such revolutionary advice as “listen to your inner voice” and that kind of thing, so we skipped it and picked up another out of curiosity. Then another. They all said things that seemed completely obvious.

I’ll tell you the super magical secret that all these books had in common.

Are you ready?

Okay, here it is:

Pay. Attention.

No, seriously, that was it. If people would pay more attention to some basic things, they wouldn’t need a shelf full of $20 books.

Now, what may seem basic to me, might not seem basic to you. Such as opening up to something and listening to it. I do rely on the experiences of others to cross-reference what I’m experiencing, plus there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel on things like what scents correspond to what colors and the properties of various stones. But where do these things come from originally? Right. People opening up, listening, and paying attention.

Same thing with talking to us. How am I doing this? One person paid attention a few years ago, listened, and now I can say what I want here.

But why all the books? Why all the tarot cards and candles and incense and statues?

Because people don’t listen. They need these things as crutches, because they don’t trust themselves, or their guides. They don’t learn how to trust their intuition, or their visions, or their minds are simply too noisy and drown everything else out. They’ve been taught, or have taught themselves, that these things aren’t real. That only other people can talk to angels or rocks or animals. That they have to be specially gifted, or that it’s a bad thing that goes against their religion, or that they’re crazy.

So there are thousands and thousands of books all saying mostly the same things, but in different flavors. Books about Wicca, talking to your guardian angels, the Kabbalah, the “law of attraction,” channeling, meditation and all that stuff.

All of it is about listening, common sense, and trust. Open up to what the universe has to say to your mind, your heart, your soul. Common sense dictates that red gemstones work in tandem with the root chakra, blue gemstones work in tandem with the throat chakra, and so on. Trust your intuition, trust that the Source will provide.

Slow down, quiet your mind, and put away your filters. Practice raw listening, and take the messages as they come without any judgment, even if they don’t seem to make sense at the time.

Pay attention.

Friday Live Chats, 6:PM Pacific/9:PM Eastern

soup can telephoneI am facilitating weekly Friday evening chat sessions on a variety of metaphysical topics. This past week, we attempted to have a discussion group that focused on this excellent and very detailed blog post about the connections between the chakras and the Kabbalah, but it didn’t work out so well (see below for hints as to what happened). So this next Friday we will be going over the basics on what the human body chakras are and how they work, and moving on from there to the basics of what the Kabbalah tree of life is. I expect the tree of life to take several sessions. Other topics will be discussed as requested in future sessions.

If you would like to participate, please do come on by. Please have handy a printout or website with the chakras on it at the start of the session. Ideally, you should also have a printout or website with the tree of life on it as well, in case we do get that far.

Some suggestions to help future sessions go more smoothly:

– A study group means a group of people studying something. It isn’t 100% teachers, or 100% students. If you don’t know something, it’s the place to listen and learn. If you do know something, it’s the place to contribute to the conversation.

– Please come prepared, even if that means coming with nothing but questions.  Please do at least the minimum amount of research requested by the person leading the discussion, including having your printout(s) and website(s) handy. It wastes everyone’s time to have no idea what the topic is about when you walk into a classroom.

– Please pay attention and stay on task. If someone is asking the group to focus on one particular photo or idea, please don’t start discussing a completely different section of the material, or walk off for 20 minutes to get a sandwich. This is not the time to discuss your pets or your favorite perfume or what you saw on TV earlier.

– Sitting and listening quietly is fine, no one is obligated to ask questions or even say anything. There is also no such thing as a stupid or bad question. The only bad question is the one not asked.

Friday evening chats are here:
http://www.chatzy.com/978361463370
Password is Faith with a capital F.
It starts at 6:00 PM Pacific (9:00 PM eastern).

If you haven’t joined the chat before, make a Chatzy account (super easy, it doesn’t ask you for much more than your name and email, just so it can remember your preferences when you login next time), then pick a name and the color you want on your name. Click into that room, then you’ll need to click the “Join Chat” button at lower right to actually get in and start talking to people. Once you’re set up, I highly recommend clicking on the second tab down on the left, and setting your notification preference to “Alert By Blink” which will let you know that someone has posted in the room by making the text flash in your browser tab. It’s extremely easy to wander off and forget you’re even in a chat room without this reminder.

Everyone is welcome, feel free to invite people you think might be interested. If the room exceeds capacity, I may ask for a small donation in order to pay for Chatzy pro, which makes the room size unlimited. The chat session itself is free.

True Nature

angel with flaming swordPeople find out what I’m about, either right off the bat or after talking to me for a while, and the categorization starts. Angels don’t do this or that. Spirits never blah blah or always blah blah. Apparently I’m too plain-spoken, like a normal person. I’m supposed to be all Glinda the Good Witch and float down in a soap bubble and spout antiquated language about “dear ones” and their “vibration levels” and be sweet all the time to everyone.

Right.

Sorry to disappoint you.

I can be angry. Judgmental. Violent. Destructive. I cuss like a sailor when I’m upset. I have a lot of patience ordinarily, but if you piss me off and cross over my bullshit threshold, I will snap and it won’t be fun for anybody.

For some reason, some people think this means I’m not “evolved” or “really what I say I am.” I’ve been told “you’re better than that” when I lose my temper. Excuse me? Better than what? My nature?

I make no secret of the fact that I’m fiery. Literally. My color is red, I’m a pyro, a red dragon, the root chakra of passion, survival and force of will. I’m very similar to Michael and Chamael, both warriors, leaders and psychopomps. I will stab evil in the face and watch it squirm.

Chamael in particular is linked to Geburah of the Kabbalah, which is judgment, power, discipline and severity. He is also an angel of unconditional love, who gave strength to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Combine those attributes, and what do you get? Tough love. I will help you, but I will not coddle you. If you want somebody to float down in a soap bubble and pat you on the head, you’re knocking on the wrong door. It’s simply not my nature.

The Hidden 36 Righteous Ones

Excerpt from Rabbi Zwerin’s Kol Nidre Sermon, September 15, 2002:

It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end. The two Hebrew letters for 36 are the lamed, which is 30, and the vav, which is six. Therefore, these 36 are referred to as the Lamed-Vav Tzadikim.

crowdAnd who, we might ask, are these righteous ones? Well, the legend maintains that they are each extremely modest and upright, often concealing their identity behind a mask of ignorance and poverty, and usually earning their livelihood by the sweat of their brow.

The Lamed-Vav Tzaddikim are also called the Nistarim (concealed ones). In our folk tales, they emerge from their self-imposed concealment and, by the mystic powers, which they possess, they succeed in averting the threatened disasters of a people persecuted by the enemies that surround them. They return to their anonymity as soon as their task is accomplished, “concealing” themselves once again in a Jewish community wherein they are relatively unknown.

The lamed-vavniks, scattered as they are throughout the Diaspora, have no acquaintance with one another. On very rare occasions, one of them is “discovered” by accident, in which case the secret of their identity must not be disclosed. The lamed-vavniks do not themselves know that they are one of the 36. In fact, tradition has it that should a person claim to be one of the 36, that is proof positive that he is certainly not one. Since the 36 are each exemplars of anavah, humility, having such a virtue would preclude against one’s self-proclamation of being among the special righteous. The 36 are simply too humble to believe that they are one of the 36.

The question that this mystical account always raises in my mind is why are such people needed to keep the world aright? Can not the world maintain its balance out of the amalgam of seven billion people, the vast majority of whom are good? Certainly, there are exquisite souls among the faithful of all religions who exude goodness and righteousness in their daily deeds.

In most religions such people are called saints or pious ones or and they are viewed as being holy — recognized as unique and set apart. In the Catholic church such people are honored for their service to the community and for the miraculous deeds they performed or for the visions they experienced. In eastern religions, there are extraordinary teachers — swamis, gurus, bahgwans — who by their self-discipline and their instruction have a profound influence on their disciples. Around the world, there are shamans and healers — medicine men and women — pastors, priests, thinkers, scholars, survivors, care-givers, rescuers, counselors, donors of time, builders of community, charitable money people, donors of body parts even … selfless souls who plunge into swirling rivers, dart into burning buildings, pilot choppers and tugs under the worst of circumstances — do such awesome and fearless things as to leave us all agape.

There are those who for personal or religious reasons maintain keep a constant watch against lust, greed, anger, attachment, and ego — who in their daily life, consistently try to stay above the influence of self aggrandizement and amoral attachments. And there are those who believe in and practice daily living in peace, with love and kindness toward all, and in harmony with nature and neighbors.

In Jewish folk tales, Elijah is depicted as a beggar in the streets waiting for one sweet person to look past his rags and wounds and offer him a kindness — a drop of drink, a morsel of food, a shelter from the elements.

But such is not the condition of the 36 — the lamed-vav tzadikim. They are not saints; they are not holy people, they are not recognized or known even to themselves. They simply are what they are and in their very being, they somehow sustain the world!

Imagine what would happen if every co-worker, and manager, and boss, and CEO were to think that somewhere in the organization or in the office or in the store, some field worker, secretary, nurse, custodian, is a lamed-vavnik or a messiah, or a guru, or a saint. No one could discount someone else, or back-bite, or invent stories, or even gossip about another. And how could one even consider perverting the audit, or treating themselves to a huge interest free loan, or taking millions from a troubled company as a farewell bonus.

And no one could imagine firing thousands of fellow workers as a first step solution to a corporate problem — and no one could imagine dropping a pink slip on a co-worker who just might be one of the 36 … two days before a holiday.

Just imagine what would happen in our families if we entertained the notion that one of us had inner, spiritual talents yet to be recognized. What would happen if we treated each other all the time with dignity and nobility? That would mean no yelling and no put-downs, and no putting off chores and tasks that others rely upon. It would mean showing concern for parents at all times; it would mean not taking children for granted; it would mean letting each other share in our thoughts and feelings without fear of being discounted or embarrassed or ignored. It would nurture patience and trust and faith. The word “family” might even come to mean something other than … obligation, stress, and car pooling.

And what might happen if we treated ourselves as if we were one of the 36? We might be, you know. So long as we don’t think that we are, we are still in the running. Perhaps we might just take life a bit easier — be less prone to criticize and over-evaluate. If we were one of the 36, why, the world rests on our shoulders. Where we go, it goes; how we act shapes it and influences the spheres. Our every little act of tolerance, tzedakah, kindness, patience, friendship … our every commitment, each positive emotion, even a smile can change the world for the better.

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