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Introduction to the Tree of Life
Dr. David Sanders

This poem, a 2,000 year old description of Ten Sefirot is the basis for the Tree of Life –a map of the flow of energy from infinite to finite, or viewed another way they are different stages through which creative energy flows.

Ten Sefirot of Nothingness

Their measure is ten, which has no end.

a depth of beginning,

a depth of end.

The One,

finds expression in them all.

~ Sefer Yetzirah -The Book of Formation 1:5

The KE logo is a representation of the Tree of Life. In Transformational Kabbalah the Tree of Life is used as a pragmatic tool for seeing how and why things, people, and events manifest in your life -and how and why you creatively manifest things, people, and events.

In advanced study each of the Sefirot (Sefirah in the singular) represents a practice of awareness (See 11 Principles of KE). The perspective of the flow of the Tree is seen in the influence of higher awareness, the Sefirot above, on lower awareness, the Sefirot below.

Eleven Awareness Practices for Transformative Kabbalah

1. Attend to what shows up as a reflection of what you need to learn and grow into. (Malchut)

2. Be fully present to what is present and integrate past and future into this moment. (Yesod)

3. Accept reality as it is. Let go of regrets and resentments and be grateful. (Hod)

4. Set intention and overcome obstacles. Remain open to possibility. (Netzach)

5. Hold opposites and find common ground. Be compassionate and seek forgiveness. (Tiferet)

6. Set boundaries for greater focus and intimacy. (Gevurah)

7. Expand your concern, caring and love for all who exist in the ecosphere. (Chesed)

8. Recognize all the masks you wear so they don’t wear you. (Da’at)

9. Understand the metaphors that underlie your stories and life choices. (Binah)

10. Witness the creation of story from no-thingness and release your attachments. (Chochmah).

11. No more questions. No more answers. Being is wordless. (Keter)

Finding the Parallels: An Ancient Practice in Today’s World By Julie Mireau, ScienceofMind.com​

Oneness and Interconnectedness underlie both Science of Mind and Kabbalah

The key prayer — the Shema, said daily — is framed as: “Pay attention, God’s Name is One,” explains Kabbalah Experience founder and director Dr. David Sanders. “Any other name for God is just a mask. Behind the masks is the oneness and interconnectedness of life.” With origins in Judaism, Kabbalah has been around for more than 2,000 years, and it is always evolving. Like Science of Mind, Kabbalah is based in practical application. It brings together different philosophies and principles rather than prescribing a single belief system.

In its original use, the word Kabbalah means parallel. “We study the parallels between the seen and unseen reality,” Sanders says. “How we experience the flow of energy and how we understand who we are through the ability to see parallels is central to Kabbalah. We see those parallels by recognizing what shows up personally, in our communities and nations, and on our planet. What shows up is a reflection, a mirror of our awareness or lack of it.”

The saying “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” is transformed from a side-view mirror on your car to a meditation on parallelism. “The things and events, the people and animals and the emotions and thoughts that populate our lives and reflect our choices show up as guides for our spiritual and psychological growth.

“If you ever want to know what you can work on,” continues Sanders, “look around; more than the world is our oyster, it is our mirror.”

For additional texts and resources view Melanie’s sheets on Sefaria.

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