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.
#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.
“The Cosmic Roots of Paradox” explains why a deepening relationship with the Holy One requires us to grapple with ever more challenging dilemmas. Know, says kabbala, that each new paradox is a portal to higher consciousness.
This second video on Jewish Meditation gives useful tips and incentives. Hopefully you have been experimenting with the meditation from the Code of Jewish Law presented in Lesson 1. Before moving to more advanced techniques it is good to have some practice under your belt. The next lesson will suggest ways to deepen the experience.
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.