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INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER










INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER











INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER








INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER


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9. HOD AND NETZAH 
 

THE TWO SEPIROTH THAT INFLUENCE US THE MOST

 

The dual nature of our being extends to the mental part of it as well, so too our thinking is divided into two different functions, two different modes. The two sephiroth, two attributes of creation, are both associated with our thinking. The Kabbalists call them Hod and Netzah. Hod is the same force that in the mythology of the ancient Greeks was called Hermes, the Messenger of the Gods The Romans called the same god Mercury. When we employ this force in our mental processes, our thinking becomes scientific, reasoning, analytical, in other words down to earth or dry as dust and bone. This might be good for us if our main field of activity is for instance accountancy, if we are research scientists, or perhaps linguists, in fact anything that calls for analytic approach. But being a scientist doesn’t necessarily mean only dry, logical approach to a problem. When any advances in the above fields of activity are to be made, then another aspect of thinking, the imagination, has to be employed.

Imagination, ruled by the sephira Netzah, is the larger and the nobler part of the mind; it is creative and we can say that it is the stuff of which the dreams are made of. Imagination is what really sets us apart from the rest of the Creation on this planet, including the animal kingdom. It is imagination that makes us strive for freedom when we find ourselves in bondage; imagination that prompts us to design something greater and better, it is imagination that impels and stimulates us to action along a path that as yet has not been trodden, explore the uncharted sea or a virgin land, be it a real one or one in the realm of our thoughts. When I’m writing this book, before I write a sentence it appears to my inner eye on a kind of screen that Netzah readily makes available to me. Or I might to repeat a sentence several times in whisper, allowing my imagination to listen and tell me if it sounds right. Netzah is our great inspirator. If we believe in something, if we desire something badly enough, that desire can be fulfilled. Why? Because of the creative power of Netzah, the imagination.

 

Text Box: Aphrodite, a statue, Greece 1st century BCOn the Tree of Life, both Hod and Netzah are just above the level of Yesod, the sephira we will be dealing with separately. Here it suffices to say that Yesod represents the astral realm, where the thoughts are kneaded by the action of a wish, longing, aspiration or a burning desire, perhaps even an obsession. Such a wish needs to be held long enough in our mind to give it affixity in an organic living, form and shape. But it is imagination, forever the vanguard, the herald of individual growth, which is the force that stirs the embryo into growing roots and shoots — it heralds the growing of the magnificent oak tree out of the one tiny acorn. In the mythology of the ancients she was known in Greece as Aphrodite or in Rome as Venus.

The imagination can work magic, but it still needs co-operation and reinforcement on the side of the practical everyday intellect, otherwise it would become atrophied. If neglected, the imagination loses its power, goes backward, and those people who wouldn’t look after their imagination lead a living death, a vegetable life. Netzah doesn’t suffer flaccidity; other names for this sephira are Victory, also Eternity — there is nothing slack or half-hearted in this. This is an everlasting campaign against ignorance, a conquest that can only end in victory. It is a victorious conquest over ignorance; it is on the positive pole of our existence. Unorganised substance is negative to organised substance. The highest form of organization on this planet is man; all lower forms of organization are subordinate to man. The difference between man and all forms of the animal kingdom is exactly in the higher form of organization the former is capable of, and it is imagination that allows man to organise things, and thus be the ruler over the animal kingdom. The ability to organise the things of life is what gives man this power; organization, even unconscious, is a protest against chaos, victory over chaos. Our intellect flies on the wings of our imagination, propelled in search of knowledge, of beauty, and of goodness.

Much of people’s day-to-day activities is taken by working to accumulate material wealth. But is there much point in this? How often does one hear of cases where someone worked hard their whole life to acquire a lot of property, money, real estate, only for it to be lost in a short time by their heirs, through gambling, flamboyant living, bad investments? This certainly isn’t an imaginative way of living, and when after the death of original acquirer of wealth such things do happen, from this perspective the life of such a person looks decisively lopsided. What is missing above all is imagination and ability to create a balance in one’s life. This is what the Kabbalah teaches us.

 

THE WAYS OF HOD AND NETZAH

Let’s say a species of a bird is to be the subject of a scientific study. Two kinds of scientists are going to participate in the process — one a naturalist, the other a biologist.

The naturalist would go to the terrain, to see the environment the bird lives in. He or she then would take some time observing the bird in its natural habitat, see what sort of food it eats, how it behaves during the mating season, what are its nesting habits, etc. The naturalist might also record the sound of the bird’s call, perhaps even shoot a documentary film, which we would see on television, and we would love it, because it is beautiful, it is life.

The biologist who wants to find out about the same bird would use a totally different approach, and it would not be anywhere near as beautiful to look at as the way of the naturalist. At some point the bird would have to be killed, so that its anatomy can be properly studied. The poor creature’s body would then be laid on a board with its wings spread, waving a scalpel in hand the biologist would then cut it open, look at the individual organs. That done, the body of the bird would be preserved in some way, perhaps put in an alcoholic solution, or stuffed up and displayed in some glass case.

In the former we recognise the way of Netzah, the latter is the way of Hod. Though one may be prettier than the other, without either of these methods of studying this particular species of bird, our knowledge of it would be limited. People in other fields of knowledge, such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, etc., might be dealing with subjects of a more abstract nature. But whether they follow the way of Netzah or the way of Hod should still be discernable to those who have some knowledge of the Kabbalah. They would also know the rather sad truth that most theoreticians, perhaps unconsciously, would prefer to maintain the status quo without any advancement, in case their theories might be disproved and their lifetime work lay in tatters, which would be the case more often than not. If for instance Karl Marx was alive now to see how Russia went about application of his speculative theories, how the whole country, and several other countries that were forced to follow the same political course ended up being ruined and corrupted, he would certainly not be a happy man.

 

WHAT ARE OUR TRUE NEEDS?

The person, who is on the spiritual path, an adept or initiate, does not look at the world that makes dogmas about this or that, or worry too much about political issues. He or she has an inner voice to listen to, therefore he knows that there is an ultimate power that he might or might not call God, he knows that there is a soul in him imprisoned, and that his main task is to free it. The first step is separating oneself from the dross that many people think are their needs but in reality are their wants, because otherwise there would be no advancement. The problem with such “wants” or desires is that there is never any end of them to be seen, that it is a vicious circle. The more of them a person fulfils the more will arise, like the heads of the mythological Hydra, which the Greek hero Heracles, or Hercules in the Roman mythology, had to fight and kill, to fulfil one of the twelve tasks he was given. On the Greek vase left (5th century BC) Heracles fights the Lernaean Hydra, the creature of many heads. The problem was that for each head the Greek hero managed to cut off, two new grew out in its place, making the task virtually impossible. Heracles (in some versions of the myth with the help of another Greek Hero, Jason) eventually found the way to go about it. After cutting off a head with his sword he singed the stamp with the burning torch he held in the other hand. The new heads stopped growing, and he was able to complete the task.

This myth, though some three thousand years old, is basically about the same problem humanity faces in the 21st Century. It is about freeing oneself from the “wants” that are sticking out their heads all around us. The whole system of the world economy, and we can say the world economy, because even those countries that up till fairly recently were not afflicted, such as Russia, China or India, are now very much part of the problem, is based on coveting, one of the sins in the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments. An example of where coveting leads can be seen on the recent upsurge in the sales of new four-wheel-drive vehicles. Up till about the 1980s, mainly farmers or people who used them for regular trips into bush bought the four-wheel-drive cars in Australia. In other words, people who had some genuine use for them. Suddenly, they came into fashion in the middle class suburbs, where the wives of public servants and businessmen began to use them, mainly only for driving their children to school. The fashion had spread rapidly, and by the early 21st century there are some suburbs where four-wheel-drive vehicles seem to outnumber the ordinary cars. Many of them have never left the bitumen road and probably never will, until they end up in the scrap yard. Not even the energy crisis brought about by the soaring prices 0f oil managed to end this madness. Such vehicles, of course, use up a great deal more fuel than ordinary cars, and recently held tests proved that they are more dangerous, both to those who drive them and to those who are involved in accidents with them. The only conceivable reason why people keep buying them must be that “the Joneses next door have it”.

Everywhere we look around us we find similar examples of wastefulness in our society — the media advertisements that are urging us to throw away our perfectly working old appliances, TV sets, radios, fridges, and change them for the newest models that are supposed to work better, but rarely do. We have become a supermarket generation and are buying things that we don‘t really need only because they had caught our eyes as soon as we entered the supermarket, where they are usually displayed in large bins marked “Special” right next to the entrance, and this has either become an obsession with us or at least a deep-seeded habit. Cupboards in our homes are already overstuffed with crockery, ceramic plates, salad bowls, cutlery, yet we cannot bring ourselves to saying no, and keep buying those useless things, only because they are supposed to be a bargain.

THE FORCES OF NEGATIVISM

The advertising agencies, the media, the retailers, all do have us caught in their web of consumerism and supermarket economy, and it is hard for us to resist these forces. Most of us cannot avoid going to the supermarket, if only to buy food for our family and ourselves, and there we are subjected to a concerted assault on our senses. Goods that the retailers want to sell are displayed in such ways as to be immediately visible and signs “Sale”, “Price Reduced”, “Bargain”, etc., are screaming at us from all sides. But it is possible to resist the temptation to buy things that we really don’t need. Upon seeing some irresistible bargain in the supermarket bin, all one needs to do is ask oneself the question: DO I REALLY need to have this widget? Of course, in most cases the answer would be: NO, I DON’T. You can then walk away, because your Netzah has just won you another little victory.

Each of the sephiroth carries its negative aspect, which causes the excesses I have just mentioned. It could be dangerous though delving too much on negativism. The reason for this is that by exploring the negative sides of things we would give them an unwanted strength, and if we do too much of this we might create a black hole that would eventually suck us in. A priest who talks too often from the pulpit about the Devil instead of God, even though he might sincerely believe that his parishioners need to be forewarned about the forces of evil, creates in the religious community the kind of atmosphere that helps to invigorate the latent potencies of negativity. Instead of worshiping God and reinforcing the powers of goodness, the community becomes focused in the other direction.

Obscurantism has always been a problem, and the enemies of mankind will always seek to bind the living present to the dead past. However, in the modern world it is not bound to individual places and countries, as it has been in the past. The facilities that the technological progress has given us; the fast transport, the means of almost instant communication from almost anywhere to anywhere else through the mobile phones or the Internet, can also be used for spreading violent death, terror and propaganda. There are religious fanatics and fundamentalists who believe that anyone who does not share their dogma must be either converted, or else murdered. There are racial antagonists who believe that only their own race is pure and the inferior races should be enslaved or exterminated. There is the battle of the sexes. Men who fail to realise that there is a soul that yearns to free itself from the prison of the body of every man and every woman. Some women are reacting in a negative way, forming various lobby groups. There are forces of conservatism opposing anything that threatens to change the status quo and stiffening any research and investigation. They forced men to stay for thousands of years in the grooves in which they were born. These are the forces of negativisms, of inertia, of apathy and complacency that lay supine, allowing their person to be ravaged and violated. The initiated person should not accept this, he or she should at least oppose in word if not in action. If someone tries to force you to do something that is against your belief, you should never say “maybe,” you should always say “No! This is wrong, I will not do it!”

 

THE JUSTICE

There is a sword in the hand of the goddess of Justice as she appears on statues at the entrances to the public buildings where the courts of law are being held. To most it is simply a symbolical tool of enforcement of the law, but it may also have a much deeper meaning. With a sword, we can demand the return of human rights that were denied us. Such attitude might not always call for violent actions. The sword of the Justice thus symbolises strength of will and unyielding stance. No one has the right to take away other people's rights; neither should anyone willingly surrender their rights. Of the human rights, the most important one is the right to live. It is a precious gift that can only be fully enjoyed when we gain moral independence, when we advance our individuality and adhere to our principles under every possible form of pressure - political, religious, social or other. The door to initiation to the higher spheres of existence opens only to those who are ready to protect their rights, their moral and spiritual independence, to those who are even prepared to die defending them. From times immemorial, an integral part of initiation was the protection of human rights. The struggle still goes on, the initiates of this world, be they the Kabbalists, Buddhists, Hindu, Sufi, or anything else, still find themselves under attack from the forces of ignorance that hide themselves behind the facades of various -isms. Their utmost duty is to preserve the purity of the emblem of Justice, of the unswerving Themis, who must forever remain untouchable.

A great deal of time and effort is needlessly wasted upon theorising about justice, or as the case might be, injustice. Fight for justice is a slogan used by most political parties, and it usually turns into just another tool in the hands of the establishment, which often uses it for exoneration from its own crimes. The real Justice, the Nemesis or Dharma, cannot be corrupted, and so long as we act within the spirit of our conscience we become its tools. The scales in the hand of its representative should point out to us that everything in our lives, indeed in the whole world, must eventually reach the state of perfect balance. When we disturb its pans by some action, the pans swing up and down until they regain equilibrium. She, who loves, deserves to be loved, he who respects, evokes respectfulness, and a person who reaches an inner balance of clear conscience and good deeds, radiates such achievement all around so that other people might also become inspired.

 

NEED FOR BALANCE

While still maintaining a great deal of popular support, Hammurabi's code of law, which demands eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, has no room in the concept of higher Justice. The very logic that props it can also be used to invalidate it. In practice we do not use scales to weigh two things of the same order. We weigh something against something else, a heart against a feather, a cornet of sweets against the calibrated weight. Moreover, the eye struck out in the name of the law cannot be given back to the person who lost one, albeit through the wrong action of the offender. At the time of its conception, when an inconsiderate but harmful deed was often followed by an excessive punishment, Hammurabi's code of law was indeed progressive though it never was, and never could be, even-handed, balanced. Capital punishment is equally unjust and dated. Leaving aside a miscarriage of justice that is always a possibility, passing by even the Biblical commandments that non-believers or adherents to other religions might not have heard of, the fact remains that it transgresses the basic human rights. When the state authority orders an execution, in reality it declares itself incapable of reforming the criminal, in other words it admits a moral defeat. And it proceeds to commit yet another murder and worse: it does so in the coolest and most calculated manner that is possible, lowering itself even below the level of the person it had condemned to die. It is the worst form of vengeance that has nothing to do with the principles of justice. The true justice must always be positive, it should never be rancorous, it should strive to reform the criminal, it should make every effort to heal the wounds. It is most unfortunate that some of humanity's greatest crimes are being committed in the name of justice. Campaigns for justice can be conducted from the platforms of most ideologies, and those who initiate them may charismatically demand law and justice for the masses of ordinary people, who can easily be deceived to the point of becoming their own executioners. The instigators of such monumental crimes may often escape the worldly justice, but they cannot avoid the true Justice, that of the higher order.

The task the Justice has is correcting the mistakes humanity makes during their stay on Earth. She understands that to err is natural and unavoidable. It is so because we live under conditions imposed by the imperfect matter that renders most of us incapable of seeing beyond its physical limits, beyond the boundaries that separate us from the higher worlds, beyond death that terrifies us, beyond the confines of her poorer relative, the worldly justice. She cannot display such benevolence towards the initiates of the Mysteries, who should understand the workings of the law of cause and effect. As above, so below: the Karmic laws work in similar manner to the system of credit that the banks use. An imperfect human being is given a fairly large but not unlimited credit, from which he or she can begin to draw. Early on, not yet fully aware of the implications, that person she might go on a spending spree, which may continue even after the bank statements begin to arrive. Eventually there comes the realization that such attitude must inevitably lead to bankruptcy. There are people born into this world with heavy burdens, such as physical disabilities, and who in addition suffer many losses and disappointments. Yet they still somehow manage to maintain a positive attitude to life. Have such people arrived to an instinctive understanding that time to dramatically reduce their debts may have come in this life? Regardless of the level of conscious understanding and acceptance of their situation, they can be assured of one thing; the Justice will see to it that they would not be overburdened and forced to pay more than they would be able to bear.

As far as spiritual evolution of mankind is concerned, swords and the blindfolds usually seen on the images of the goddess of worldly justice are outdated objects; they are destined for liquidation, as are many other old and outworn ways of the past. The scales on the other hand do point to the future, to the way of restored balance, and our self-tuition should be aimed in that direction. The process of education however is not completed unless one learns to act, and act in concentrated and balanced manner. The inevitability of making mistakes along the way, and of having to pay for them in due course, should not deter us from taking action whenever it is appropriate. Only through a sustained action can we realise the one and the only Truth!

 

IMAGINATION VERSUS IGNORANCE

Hod in itself encourages ignorance, but imagination of Netzah provides it with the wings to conquer ignorance. People, and there are many, who become too absorbed in the Hod-like dry ways of thinking and acting, and who insist on adhering to rules, are always obstacles to any real progress. What more, they are capable of sending people who disagree with them to jail, if it is in their power (and they often find themselves in the positions of power); in the past they have even sent people to the gallows. In the former Soviet Union and its satellites, such practices were common even up to about half a century ago. In 1950 I was seven years old, and lived with my recently widowed mother in a villa in a fashionable Prague suburb, which after the inset of the Communist regime several years before that was divided into smaller flats. A young couple with a child lived in one of the flats; the husband was employed as an interpreter by the Canadian Embassy. One day he seemed to have disappeared, and when I asked my mother what might have happened to him she reluctantly told me that he was arrested. Some time later he was put to trial as an “enemy of the state,” and sentenced to a lifetime in jail, apparently escaping the noose by a whisker. Only recently I was able to find out more about his life story. He stayed in prison for about twelve years during the time Stalinism was rampant, after which time he was freed. He worked as a translator for a while, but after further tightening of the regime following the 1968 unsuccessful attempt at bringing down the government he worked as stoker at a heating plant, until he was pensioned off in the 1980s. He died in 2005. He was very lucky, because life sentences in the 1950s usually meant forced labour in the uranium mines, where a prisoner lasted an average of eight to ten years, before succumbing to some radiation induced disease, mostly cancer. Not many life-timers lasted in the uranium mines till the 1960s, when the regime loosened up the reigns slightly and began to let some of the survivors out of jails, later even fully exonerating at least some of the political prisoners, many of whom of course were by this time dead.

Stalin and his “apparatchiks” coolly calculated the trials that happened in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, and Moscow ordered them to be repeated around 1950 in the satellite countries that Russia annexed after the war. They were chiefly designed to spread terror among the populace, to help to maintain a tight grip on political power. Naturally, power struggle and personal vendettas were part of it as well. Those unfortunate ones who were caught in the web and sentenced to long terms in jail or often even to the gallows, were rarely guilty of any real crimes; practically everything they were accused of was based on hearsay or entirely manufactured. How was it possible that such atrocities were allowed to have happened? People who live in times of any major social upheavals (for instance, situation in the revolutionary years in France during the 1790s would have been similar to that of Stalinist Russia), even if they happen to be very bright, exactly because of their intelligence would often be able to “rationalise” for themselves things that might otherwise run against the grain of their social and moral conscience. In the above cases, the survival instinct would also have contributed to the seemingly merciless condemnations of fellow human beings to death or near death. The accused themselves have often added to it and made things easier for the sentencing judges, by making “voluntary” admissions of guilt — sometimes forced by torture, at other times simply designed to shelter their loved ones from further persecution, which would have been mostly futile.

I have described this situation in some detail, because it is typical of the way the negative aspects of the sephiroth might work under similar circumstances. Let’s now look at all this from the Kabbalistic point of view. The negative aspect of Hod, when it finds itself on a rampage, is capable of literally anything. This is exacerbated by the presence of another sephira, Geburah, situated directly above it. Hod — Glory (in this situation glory at any cost, even of bloodying one’s hands) would feed upon the negative aspect of Geburah — Severity, which would make possible the death or long prison sentences to be meted out to political opponents or simply to innocent bystanders, all in the name of a “cause”. All this time, Netzah on the other side of the tree was keeping relatively quiet, inactive. Such a state of imbalance, of course, cannot last forever, and slowly and inexorably Netzah — Victory begins to assert itself.

Once Netzah is in play, those people who are in the decision-making positions, now finding themselves increasingly under its influence, inevitably begin to re-evaluate. Imagination will look at the rules, even in cases of the real criminals, let alone in those of innocent political prisoners, and will subject the harsh rules to the sense of mercy and understanding of the person who may have breached them. Many people do something that is wrong, but they often might do wrong things for the right reason, like admitting to guilt while innocent, only to make life easier for their family members. This is when the imagination of Netzah can look at the situation, and take it to a higher level, in this case to the sephira directly above, Chesed — Mercy. The imagination of Netzah then triumphs over the rigidity, narrow-mindedness and harshness of Hod, and the way is now open to freeing of the political prisoners, eventually even to fully exonerating them.

 

THE CASE OF HOMOEOPATHY

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy (1755-1843)

People who lean too much to Hod, will always insist that “one plus one is two,” or will tell you “I’ll believe it only when I see it”. For them nothing ever could be two and a half, similarly unacknowledged because unseen would remain all things situated just around the corner. In the 1990s, when the Internet was still relatively new, I became entangled in a polemic with some Czech intellectuals. The subject of homœopathy came up. I have used homœopathic remedies on myself and on members of my family; I have also done some translations of articles on homœopathy, which required doing some research on my part. Consequently I have some basic knowledge of how they work, though not why they work, because even the best homœopaths cannot tell you this for sure, though they might have some theories. A clue: look into the quantum physics. It is quite obvious to me that this is the “mind over the matter” thing, because the highly diluted homœopathic remedy cannot possibly work in the same way as any ordinary medication would — by having its molecules chemically influence the molecules in the patient’s body. When a homœopathic remedy is being prepared, which involves successive dilutions by a factor of 1:100; preparations usually leave none of the active ingredient (atoms or molecules) in the final product. It becomes statistically improbable after about the 13th such dilution, while 30 dilutions are very common and sometimes the remedy would be diluted a thousand times or more.

Despite all this, homœopathic remedies do work; of that I have had ample proof. What it is that works we cannot be certain (many will tell you that it is simply the placebo effect) — I rather like the theory that the remedy, even when all the molecules of the original substance had gone, retains a certain rate of vibrations, which in a most subtle way influence the patient’s organism. In other words, that it is the finer, non-material part of the person that is being treated, which is being influenced by the remedy. The Czech academicians, who despite the recent change in the political climate in the country nevertheless belonged to the generation weaned on the powdered formula of “scientific materialism,” were simply incapable of conceding that anything could exist other than the stuff that can be seen, touched, measured, recorded, filed… 

The imagination of Netzah turns victorious when it triumphs over the inflexibility of Hod. You might for instance be working for a company, and your imagination helps you to devise a new technological process, of which you know that it would enhance the prospects of the company. You go to your boss and subject the innovating plans to the higher authority. However, the old ways die hard, and you are told that “this is how things have always been done by this company, and this is how it’s going to stay.” With disappointment you go back to what you did before, but after some time one or more of your old bosses retire, and after a promotion you suddenly find yourself in the position where you can begin to apply your original idea. You do, and soon it becomes obvious that the dry conservatism of your previous bosses, their myopic sight, and their adherence to the old methods were wrong, and that you were right. You are victorious, and it was your use of the imagination of Netzah and your taking a step aside to see things from a more universal point of view, which helped you achieve your great victory.

 

TO: 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE


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