The Kabbalah of the Soul: The Transformative Psychology and Practices of Jewish Mysticism
Reveals the transformative spiritual work by which the soul can reach ever higher dimensions of consciousness.
• Relates the soul levels of the Zohar to the various paths the soul may travel toward ultimate realization.
• Introduces a new meditative technique called "the Transformative Moment".
Throughout the history of the Jewish esoteric tradition, humankind has been understood to play a pivotal role in the perfection of the cosmos, uniting the finite with the infinite in the perfection of divine personality. Working from an original synthesis of the major kabbalistic traditions of cosmology derived from the Bible, the Zohar, and the school of Isaac Luria, Leonora Leet has erected a new framework for understanding the mechanism of the transformative spiritual work that enables the human soul to reach increasingly higher dimensions of consciousness. This analysis extends the frontiers of Leet's prior works on the Kabbalah to provide a new illumination of human possibilities.
Leet first considers the false temptations of worldly power and pleasure that lead to the fall of the soul and then the means of its redemption. She develops a powerful meditative technique called "the Transformative Moment," whose workings are exemplified by Jacob and Joseph and that allow the individual to progress through all the higher levels of the soul, even possibly to attain the miraculous powers of the legendary spiritual masters. She further correlates the hierarchy of soul levels with Ezekiel's Throne vision to show the various paths the soul may travel toward self-realization: sex, love, power, knowledge, holiness, and unification. The first four paths relate to the four-faced living creatures (Chayot) of Ezekiel's Throne vision--the bull-ox, lion, eagle, and man. The final two paths correlate to the prophet and the envisioned man on the throne he recognizes to be his divine higher self, the knowledge that defines the secret doctrine of the whole of the Jewish mystical tradition culminating in the Kabbalah.
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THE SCALE OF THE SOUL
THE TRADITION OF BIBLICAL COSMOLOGY
THE CONFLICT BETWEEN ZOHARIC AND LURIANIC COSMOLOGY
A NEW MODEL FOR KABBALISTIC COSMOLOGY
THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
THE SEVENTH WORLD AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE OF THE KABBALAH
THE FOURTHWORLD TRANSFORMATIONS OF NEFESH CONSCIOUSNESS
THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SOUL
THE MASTER OF TRANSFORMATION
THE MASTER OF CREATION
THE SIXTH WORLD OF TRANSFORMATIVE NESHAMAH CONSCIOUSNESS THE PATRIARCHS AND THE PARTZUFIM
THE SIX PATHS TO DIVINE KNOWLEDGE
THE SEXUAL PATH OF THE BULL
THE STRUCTURE OF THE NEFESH SOUL
TEMPTATIONS OF A FALLEN CULTURE
A THERAPEUTIC FORM OF MEDITATION
THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUL
THE FIFTH WORLD OF MESSIANIC AND RUACH CONSCIOUSNESS
TRADITIONAL MESSIANIC CHRONOLOGY
STAGES OF RUACH CONSCIOUSNESS
KABBALISTIC TEXTS ON MEDITATION
THE STRUCTURE OF THE RUACH SOUL
THE RUACH SOUL MODEL OF TRANSFORMATIVE MEDITATION
THE MASTER OF SYNCHRONICITY
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