The Counting of 50 days from Passover through Shavuot

We are adding our own way of approaching this 50 day count.   Be mindful that this is a practice of living in the present moment; being aware of just today and the possibilities it presents—without being stuck in the past —  living with regret of the past , or being stuck in the future—waiting for “then” and not living now.

Wonderful teachers have gone before to create a scheme of using the (seven lower) Sefirot and intentions for each day of the week representing one of the seven Sefirot.  Each week is an inter-inclusive teaching with the particular Sefirah defining the week. The Sefirah then is the energy of the week—and the specific combination of the overall Sefirah and its connecting Sefirah a particular energy for that day. Please find below a chart with a synopsis of Rabbi Jacobson’s The Spiritual Guide to the Counting of the Omer (1995) and Rabbi Min Kantrowitz’s Counting the Omer: Kabbalistic Meditation Guide (2010).

In our approach we take each Sefirah as incorporating all the differing aspects of the (lower) Sefirot. So for instance, Chesed itself is love (not lovingkindness) with all its variations. Chesed in Chesed is lovingkindness, or boundless love, Gevurah in Chesed is bounded love.

[For those unfamiliar with the Sefirot system we teach this in depth in the Space class and there are many worthwhile books on the subject—also a quick reference is my teacher’s website www.inner.org].

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