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YHWH

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

The Name, Sefirot and Partzufim

This slanted Tree of Life diagram has the connecting lines extending outward in all directions, as in my picture Slanted Sefirot #6

Aleph: 2 Yods, 2 Hehs and 2 Wows

The shape of the letter Aleph is comprised of an upper part (actually a Hebrew letter Yod); a lower part (an upside-down Yod; and a diagonal part (actually a Hebrew letter Vav or Wow, which means ‘and’).   The diagonal Wow unites the two Yods and makes them One (the numerical value of Aleph).

Primordial World

This painting is based on Primordial Worlds that are described in the Lurianic Kabbalah.  Notice the four letters of the Holy Name YHWH in the four corners.  Also notice the Hebrew letters that represent the various spellings of this Name (as I explain in the explanation for the picture A Tapestry of Holy Names) are in the four corners of the light rectangle.

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. 

Aleph

The first Hebrew letter - Aleph - represents the unification of opposites.   At the end of the Passover Seder there is the song, ‘Who Knows One?’  The answer, ‘I know One, One is our God who is in the Heavens and the Earth’.  This means that God can be found both outside of ourselves (in the Heavens) and inside of ourselves (and the Earth). 

A Tapestry of Holy Names

The Torah states that God created Adam in His own Image, in His own Likeness.   However, since we believe that God has no image or likeness, kabbalists say that God makes Himself known to us in our likeness by ‘clothing’ Himself in the Ten Sefirot of Adam Kadmon



The 18th Century kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (known as the Ramchal) explains in the following passage, that Adam Kadmon is associated with the four letters of the Name of God YHWH