Jewish Guided Meditation (Kabbalah?)?

Jewish Guided Meditation (Kabbalah?)?

Question by nectarine: Jewish Guided Meditation (Kabbalah?)?
My (reform) youth group is having an event at a local beach. As I am in charge of programming, I am looking to write a program based on meditation, specifically “jewish meditation” which some refer to as Kabbalah. There is so much information about this topic and so many different approaches… I’m feeling very overwhelmed…=] Basically, I want to start by finding and/or editing an existing guided meditation script to be about any or all of the following topics: nature, the beach/ocean, possibly new beginnings, and of course, judaism! I guess I don’t have one specific question, but anything that could help me develop my program is greatly appreciated!! todah:)
thanks so far everyone:) i just wanted to add that Jaderak reminded me about the importance of simplicity… i want to be straight to the point and make sure easy connections can be made when we discuss the meditation afterwards

Best answer:

Answer by kjv_gods_word
Kabbalah is not Jewish – it is everything anti-Jewish.
It is the product of heretical rabbis who renounce the Lord G-d.

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  1. Convert Ruth AsherAug 31, 2011

    answer: starring for my Jewish contacts. Perhaps something along the Tree would work?

    Ignore KJV – one who obviously hasn’t a clue about Judaism, Torah, or Kabbalah.

  2. JaderakAug 31, 2011

    Wow, that sounds like a wonderful project. You’ve inspired me to try one myself. lol There are many charts showing the chakra points associated with the all the spheres of the Tree of Life. Take the meditation, and have the person visualize walking through a forest, the beach, thru the mountains, changing the setting for every sphere, adding bits of wisdom that is associated to each sphere of the Sephiroth. The Kaballah is very complicated, and even though I’ve studied it off and on for years, I would by no means consider myself an expert. However for a guided meditation for a group of people that probably have little to no knowledge on it, you can pull it off.

    There are great books on the subject, but they normally are very overwealming. I’ve begun to understand the Kabbalah much better since I read a very simple chapter about it in the “Secrets of High Magic”.

    But all in all, keep it as simple as you can. Look at all the charts, learn about the spheres, and just make it easy to understand, otherwise you’ll loose yourself and everyone following with in the information. 😀

    If you want to chat about it, I would enjoy it very much, and maybe we could give each other ideas. I do think I will try this myself with my roommates. my yahoo is gwenhwyfar_aine

  3. haa701Aug 31, 2011

    Kaballah is so much more than “guided meditation”. It should only be studied after one has reached a certain age (40), has acquired significant knowledge of Talmud and Torah, and has found a worthy teacher of Kaballah.
    Kaballah is a very serious thing and should not be looked at lightly. I would advise against this and finding something else more appropriate for a beach party.

  4. allonyoavAug 31, 2011

    Kabbalah is NOT about meditation, especially on the beach!

    To explain what Kabbalah is: The study of Torah is spmetimes referred to as PaRDeS (orchard) – and here we have a number of meanings arrached. Firstly, the Torah is known as the tree of life, and studying it brings blessings in this world and the next- thus studying it, and living what it teaches, brings innumerable blessings, like an orchard of fruit trees.

    However, another meaning of PaRDeS is that it is an acronym for the four methods of studying Torah:
    (P)shat- the direct or obvious meaning. This level is from the simple meaning of the text, though it does not mean that it is simple to study and understand this level! Here we would study the laws stated directly. Rashi based his commentary in Pshat
    (R)emez- alluded to meanings. Here we study the meanings alluded to in the text. Some of these are based in gemmatria, others in spellings of words (missing letters, extra letters, grammatical variations); other lessons are in similar phrases in two places complementing each other (a gezeirah shavah) to teach something in common and so on. The masoretic text adds to this with word counts, discussions on where you would find the same word and thus what may be in common and so on. The commentary of the Ba’al HaTurim on the Torah has a large amount of Remez
    (D)rash- here we have the Midrash- the oral lessons passed down with the Torah – the additional details that tell us more about what is behind the scenes. Some of the stories are meant literally, some are allegorical, some are ethical lessons, others give details on the laws. The best known collection of Midrashim is MIdrash Rabbah, though Sifrei, Sifri, Sifra, Midrash Tanchumah and Pirkei d;Rabbi Eliezer are frequently cited as well.
    (S)od- the Hebrew word for secret, this is the Talmudic term for what we call Kabbalah today. The hidden meanings that provide insight into the spiritual’ and the impact of this world on the next and vice versa. How the Torah teaches us about the world that we cannot see though a part of it is within us.

    The bottom line is that Kabbalah is about studying Torah. It is not some esoteric spiritual system. It is nothing like the new age nonsense that some try to peddle; nor does it have anything to do with red strings, holy water or buying books you cannot read! Lets repeat the important fact there KABBALAH IS ABOUT STUDYING TORAH! Kabbalistic meditation has nothing to do with the new age style meditation or with the Buddhist idea of becoming one with nature. As it is about studying Torah- Kabbalistic meditation is about calming oneself, opening your mind so that when you study Torah at that level you are receptive to what you learn; that you are in a state where you will be able to think clearly and understand the import of concepts that are not really meant for us to grasp when in a physical body.

    So that is why I am saying the it is inappropriate to discuss Kabbalistic meditation in the context of meditating about the beach, nature or in fact anything besides Torah. Reducing Kabbalah in such a way just turns it into a new age fad, instead of understanding that it is an understanding of the spiritual realm with roots going back to Avraham (who is credited with writing Sefer Yetsirah)

    You want something appropriate to study on the beach? How about G-d’s promise to Avraham that the Jews would be as numerous as the grains of sand on the beech. Discuss why grains of samd are significant- how they are broken down from a much larger rock, yet persist. This can lead to discussion about past oppressions of Jews, how they might break down the large physical constructs, yet the Jews persist- we might not have the impressive facade of large rocks, but we remain, like grains of sand. LArge rocks dissapear in history- either broken and lost or swept away by the tides. Gone are the impressive empires of the Romans, Greeks, Assyrians etc- yet the grains of sand remain, the Jews remain.

    A far more appropriate dioscussion and lesson thatn twisting something quintessentially jewish into a new age mockery of what it really is!

  5. ChallahGirlAug 31, 2011

    I am speechless. If you get a bunch of youths/teenagers to do spiritual meditation on a beach, I will eat my hat.

    Here are some links, I am no expert, but I think anything you find on this topic will be too esoteric for that age group.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=Q3uc8zB5FRoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=aryeh+kaplan&ei=hGmqStHhLZmuyQSh8P2uCg#v=onepage&q=&f=false

    Another book that I’ve personally read (but did not understand):

    Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide – Aryeh Kaplan

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