This Illustrated Video Teaching introduces the concept of I-centers—an extremely useful tool for sorting through the complexities of paradox. It is always good to build an idea from the ground up. In the next teaching (Part 5 or our series) we will examine the mystical origins of this concept as well as its practical applications.
#1 — A Jewish Meditation from the Code of Jewish Law
The first level of meditation instruction appears on the opening page of the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Arukh). It is an obligation that takes hold at the moment of awakening.
Our break from work on Shabbat creates an atmosphere of rest that permeates both body and soul. But if we also meditate we harness the principle of resonance to bring the peace of Shabbos into the deepest reaches of our soul. In meditation, we touch the inwardness of Shabbat, and Shabbat touches the inwardness of us.
This illustrated video teaching, called Poleholders uses the polarity of Truth and Faith to model a way of grappling with paradox that alters consciousness and expands ones capacity to hold complex truths. It demonstrates how to extract the energy locked inside a paradox and channel it toward growth and change.
One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is the matter of “strange fire” which we’ll define as: “taking pleasure from something that violates one’s own moral code.” It makes sense to avoid temptation whenever possible, but that’s a strategy that needs to be augmented with an equal (perhaps even greater) measure of inner work, i.e., meditation.
This FIFTH video teaching on Jewish meditation explains how meditation, and in particular the practice called Speaking Truth to Lie, is a powerful agent of Tikun Olam (mending the world). This illustrated video teaching describes the kabbalistic underpinnings of this discipline.