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Ezekiel Meditation

This painting illustrates a Kabbalistic meditation that was described to me by a very successful and spiritual friend.  The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of the Merkava (God's Chariot or Vehicle).  The Kabbalah teaches that every human being becomes a Merkava by aligning oneself to God.  The Sefirotic Tree of Life is a map we can use to help us connect to God's Light and Love.  The Tree of Life in this meditation is formed with Thirteen Sefirot - a motif I have used in several paintings.  These form two Magen Davids (Stars of David) inbedded in two spheres that

Primary Sounds #3

This painting is another version of the Primary Sounds (version 1 and 2)  that are based on the Three Mother letters of Sefer Yetzirah.  You can read more about this image by reading the explanation of those pictures and the explanation of Primary Shapes (version 1 and 2).

2009
Acrylic on paper
36 x 32 cm

Primary Sounds (version 1)


In this picture you can see the Three Mother Letters of Sefer Yetzirah:

See the large Hebrew letter Aleph א?

Now look at the yellow diagonal line.  It can be seen as the Hebrew letter Vav pronounced Wow.  It can also be seen as the numeral One.  The Wow of this Aleph balances and united the red Shin ש the blue final Mem ם. 

Primary Sounds (version 2)

 
This picture can used as a focus for meditation.  Sit comfortably and become aware of your chest rising and falling with your breath.  Now breathe in through your nose down into your belly with your lips closed.  This is the humming sound of the blue letter Mem in the lower part of this picture.

Meditating on a Burning Lamp

A common meditative technique in the Kabbalah is to contemplate the flame of a burning lamp.  Our soul is likened to the energy of the flame whereas our body is like the material candle or the oil being consumed by the flame.  When we are born it is as if our body begins to be lit by our soul which continues to burn until our soul ascends to Heaven when we die.  From Sefer Yetzirah:
 

"Ten Sefirot of Nothingness:
Their end is embedded in their beginning
and their beginning is embedded in their end

Meditating on the Holy Name

This picture shows a woman sitting in meditation.  She is practicing an ancient Jewish meditative technique where one visualizes the four letters of the Holy Name of God (YHWH) in the mind’s eye.  This Name is the most important and powerful Name in the Kabbalah as its four letters represent all Ten Sefirot. 

72 Holy Names


One of the most complex meditative techniques of the Kabbalah uses the 72 three-letter Names of God that can be seen in this picture.  These 216 letters (72 x 3 = 216) actually comprise one Name. 

This Name is mentioned in the Bahir and the Zohar, in Rashi’s commentary on the Talmud, but it was Rabbi Abraham Abulafia, the controversial 13th Century kabbalist, who taught how to use this Name in order to attain prophetic insight.