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INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

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










INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

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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20. KNOWLEDGE

THE POWER OF SUGGESTION

        A lady who is very well educated and knowledgeable, was once told by some ill meaning person that if she does a certain thing, she would have one of her arms paralysed. Despite her having studied psychology and knowing about the “pointing of the bone” and such things, her arm indeed became paralysed for about two weeks. She was eventually cured by being told that a letter of thirteen pages was being sent to her, which she should read and upon reading the last of the words her arm would be relieved, which was duly accomplished. The reason why the spell could work was that the lady believed the person who cast the spell, and therefore she momentarily lost all her protection.

        This brings us to the power of suggestion. I have said already that when we sincerely believe in something, when we have a purity of mind and intention, then we ooze out these positive vibrations and we inspire confidence in other people. People might even buy the proverbial used car from us. Our being consists of the conscious part, which is focused onto this world, and the unconscious part, which stretches to infinity. The conscious part is limited by what our five senses can perceive, by what it can learn through touching objects, seeing them, smelling them, tasting them, by hearing sounds. Anything inodorous that is quietly hiding behind the nearest corner is almost certainly beyond the reach of our conscious mind. That doesn’t mean, however, that we would never be able to perceive it. The unconscious part of is a mechanism that can tap into the knowledge that is all around us. It could for instance save us from danger that might lurk behind that corner, either by sending us some hunch, making us hear our inner voice, or even in a more decisive way preventing us from walking there, perhaps by making us trip and fall before we could reach the dangerous area.

        Because knowledge is all around us, the real knowledge, by which I mean the esoteric knowledge, should in theory be accessible to anyone. But it is not always so easy. Originally I found the idea that some knowledge might be hidden or not accessible to everyone, quite repulsive. I felt that it would not be fair and just, if some people could possess it, while to others the access would be denied.  However, there are different ways one might approach the problem. Based on the writings by Ouspensky, from The Struggle of the Magicians, here is another fictitious dialogue between G. I. Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky (right), which might even have taken place at least in part, when these two philosophers were closely associated around the time of the Russian revolution.

 

Gurdjieff and Ouspensky

Gurdjieff:     Firstly: no one hides any knowledge. Secondly: all knowledge is not suited for general distribution, some must remain hidden. Still, it is more accessible then you might think, but only to those who genuinely seek it and are able to absorb it.

Ouspensky:  Isn't it the general idea that the way to knowledge should be open to all, that all people have the right to be educated?

Gurdjieff:     So far as the general education is concerned, I cannot agree more. But you must understand that the real knowledge cannot be the property of all, not even of many. This is the fundamental law, the law of materiality that relates to everything in this world, including knowledge.

Ouspensky:  But knowledge has nothing to do with materiality!

Gurdjieff:     In the world of matter everything is limited. At any given moment there is an indeterminable, nevertheless exact, number of grains of sand in a desert. There's a certain, potentially measurable, volume of water in a lake. And so on. It's the same with knowledge. It, too, is limited.

Ouspensky:  Are you saying that humanity, in a span of, say, a century, has only a limited amount of knowledge that it can gain?

Gurdjieff:     That's exactly it. We take knowledge in the same way as we take food. Even more precisely, we take it as a rare medicine. The effectiveness of such remedy depends on the dose we have taken. So long as the dose is large enough it can be beneficial to a person or to a small group of people. If too many people wanted it, each one would be getting so little that the effects would be negligible. It would make no difference to their lives. The knowledge would simply be dissipated, wasted.

Ouspensky:  Is it in any way advantageous that only a small number of people receive the available portion of knowledge?

Gurdjieff:     Of course it is. Imagine that you have six ounces of gold and that you want to gild some object. First of all you have to calculate how much of the surface your gold could cover, otherwise the surface might come across as patchy, it won't look good, in fact you would have wasted your gold. When distributing knowledge, you cannot give it to everybody, because you would be giving them nothing.

Ouspensky:  To whom do you give it, then?

Gurdjieff:     Simply to those who ask for it. The majority of mankind has no desire for knowledge and they would leave their rations unclaimed anyway. Because of that, there is a lot of knowledge around that can be found and claimed by those who can appreciate its value.

Ouspensky:  But are they its rightful owners, then? Shouldn’t they be obliged to offer it back to those who, perhaps carelessly, passed it by?

Gurdjieff:     What makes you think that this doesn't happen? No one is hiding anything; on the contrary, those who have picked up this knowledge usually do everything they can to pass it on. But it isn't so easy. There is a great deal of effort involved in passing on or receiving knowledge, both on part of those who want to give it and of those who are about to receive it.

Ouspensky:  I understand, one cannot force-feed people with knowledge, it would be like condemning them to a lifetime of hard labour. One can only give it to those who search for it and who are ready to receive it.  How would you describe such "readiness"?

Gurdjieff:     The ancient schools of wisdom always stressed one fundamental rule: "Know thyself!"

 

We might say that the sum total of all knowledge that has been propounded into the Universe is at our disposal, provided that we do the right thing. The “right thing” is giving opportunity to our unconscious mind to do its work. The unconscious mind is capable of solving all our problems; it can, sometimes in very uncanny ways, create situations that make it easier for you to gain whatever you have demanded of it. It can also tap into other people’s unconscious minds and thus pull the people who might be sympathetic to your course towards you, because there is a linkage between minds that find themselves on a similar wavelength. When people get together and they have the same intentions, there is a kind of harmony and consensus present, thus helping to create what is sometimes called a mastermind, a think tank or an egregor - an autonomous psychic entity, which is made up of the thoughts of those present whom it can in turn influence, and sometimes in a profound way. Practically every society of people, but particularly those societies that have some occult leanings, has its egregor, which grows stronger the larger the group of people associated with it gets and the longer they consciously work together towards the same goal.

 

THE DREAMS

The famous prophecies of Nostradamus, which this Frenchman wrote in the quatrains, came to him in dreams. Nostradamus' family had to convert from Judaism to Christianity to be allowed to stay in France, but before he went to university at home the young Michel was educated in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, as well as having been taught the Kabbalah by both his Jewish grandfathers.

The author of the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, also saw many of the scenes from this book in his dreams. The Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev too saw his periodical table while dreaming, and Niels Bohr came up with his model of the atom after he dreamed about planets orbiting the Sun. Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz was working on the model of benzene molecule. It lacked the hydrogen atoms, and he could not find the solution. Then he dreamed about being at a ball, where the molecules were dancing, some of them looking like snakes. Then one of the snake-like molecules bit its tail – thus forming the well-known Kabbalistic image of ouroboros (above left). The chemist woke up with the six-membered ring of carbon atoms firmly imprinted on his mind. Ouroboros incidentally is a very strong and frequently occurring symbol – on right we can also see the Nordic version, which is usually associated with the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, here forming the number eight or the sign of infinity.

The unconscious mind is a formidable apparatus that, if filled with the right data, can, after we have gone to sleep, present us upon waking with a solution to our problem. We all have a certain self-image; it is the sum total of what has been fed into us since we were children. Some of this, sometimes even most of this, may be of a negative nature, such as: How come that so and so always gets better marks then I do? Why does the girl next door always look cleaner? Why does our neighbour have such a neat looking garden while ours is always neglected?... and so on. All this forms a wrong self-image for us. We should never compare one person with another, stand one child against another child, each of us is an individual, and each has a unique personality. We must therefore encourage that what is already there and help to build it up, rather then discourage and trash it. If someone tells us that we are “born losers” or that we are “accident prone,” and some people like to say to you things like this, we are most likely to get into a wrong frame of mind, if we are foolish enough to accept it.

This is why it is important that we have a good self-image. If we are not happy with what we are, if we want to change a wrongful self-image we have already created, we have to keep feeding our unconscious mind with positive suggestions. One proven way of doing so is by repeatedly telling yourself before you go to bed: From day to day, in every way, I am better and better. Building a good and positive self-image is moving out of what we have been pressed or molded into by the system. All of you who are reading this book have changed your self-image quite obviously, otherwise you would be watching television or reading a women’s magazine. By changing our idea of what we think we are into what we want to be, will change our lives completely, we will move onto a higher level of being.

THE SEPHIRA DAAT

I said elsewhere that the first attempt at Creation failed because man was not prepared to be a receiver and a sharer. Unless we have this quality of receptivity there is no point in doing anything; we may want to write books, paint pictures, establish gardens and parks, but if no one wants to receive what we have to give, there is no objective in doing it.  When the Creator created man, he was meant to receive for the purpose of sharing. The original Creation was incomplete, and for the next attempt more attributes were needed. To the three supernal sephiroth, Kether, Chokmah and Binah, or the Crown, Wisdom and Understanding, another sephira was added, Daat or Knowledge.

Daat was not really a sephira; it was more a key to the other attributes, Mercy, Understanding, Victory, Glory, Beauty and Foundation. Daat is thus called the virtual sephira; it represents all the other sephiroth that came down and originally it was called the Dominion. In terms of St. John’s interpretation, the world became flesh; this means that the world became coarse, material or physical.  When we are trying to describe the first created world we cannot really use words because they are inadequate. The first created men were not human beings, as we know them, they were forces that did not balance with each other. The original man wanted to have independence; this is how he became knowledgeable. The fact that man has a choice, freedom to decide what he wants to do, gives him a higher standing then that of the angels, who all have their individual tasks and paths, which they have to follow and cannot abandon. We humans can do anything we wish to do, but the price that we all have to pay is that we have the evil inclination that is inextricably entangled with our good inclination. Our lot is to sort out what is good and what is bad; while doing it we receive some help.

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