Kabbalah is Hebrew for ‘receive’ and this ancient oral tradition is the foundation of all the Western Mystery Traditions. Written teachings crystalize and become locked into religion, the oral tradition continues to reveal the mystical and eternal truths behind the form. Kabbalah teaches us who we are; why we are here; what we can do; how to balance our lives and the relationship between the Divine, the Universe humanity and all creation.
‘The Kabbalistic Universe’ – Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi FREE Online Study Group with Marie-Elsa Bragg
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In these challenging times, this online study group will examine ‘The Kabbalistic Universe’ by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi. Each week a small portion of the text from the book will be set to consider, and then our meeting will explore the text through contemplation, meditation, and collaboration. Students who have studied with Halevi for many years, and those beginning to explore, are welcome. As Halevi always said at the beginning of his many Summer Schools at Hawkwood in Stroud: ‘We will always find more when we return to the teaching.’
PARADISE LOST for KABBALISTS An Introduction to Milton’s epic with Peter Brennan
…Let my lamp at midnight hour Be seen in some high lonely tower, Where I may oft out-watch the Bear With thrice-great Hermes, or unsphere The spirit of Plato, to unfold What worlds or what vast regions hold The immortal mind, that hath forsook Her mansion in this fleshly nook… IL PENSEROSO
Paradise Lost has always excited fascination and controversy, confronting as it does the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. Although an explicitly Christian poem, Milton drew on a profound understanding of the fundamental truths that underpin all esoteric practice. In order to illuminate these, we shall consider a carefully chosen and representative selection of crucial passages from this astonishing work. In the process, we will come to see how Milton’s cosmic drama can directly assist us as we seek our own spiritual evolution.
The themes we shall consider include:
– Comprehending the divine source of all human creativity – ‘Riding the chariot’ between the worlds of the extended Tree – The necessity of the satanic, ‘testing’, aspect of creation – The importance of looking inwards for true enlightenment – The responsibility of being human, deriving from free will – Understanding that divine providence accompanies us on our earthly journey
No previous knowledge is required. What can seem a daunting poem quickly becomes accessible and enjoyable once it is read aloud and clarified.
Peter Brennan has studied Kabbalah in Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi’s (Warren Kenton) school for over 20 years. He was for many years Head of English at The Latymer School in north London and has subsequently taught over 60 courses at City Lit College in central London. Last year he gave a well-received talk on Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man as part of the London group’s programme of events. He especially enjoys disclosing the esoteric basis of English poetry, from Chaucer, Spenser and Shakespeare to the present day.
Peter Brennan’s teaching shows literature to be an engagement with the most serious questions of moral, emotional and spiritual life. His vast and detailed knowledge of texts allows him to challenge his students, and himself, to find new orientations in life through reading, study, and discussion. His teaching can help people, and it continues to help me, to make meaning out of literature and of life. – Dr Tom Jones, Senior Lecturer and Director of Research in English, University of St Andrews
Cost: £50 Payable via bank transfer only for UK Companions; please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Interested parties living outside the UK, please use PayPal by clicking on this PayPal link. Thank you.
‘It is like a ladder in the midst of his home whereby he may ascend and descend.’ Hekalot (mystical) text 6th Century
The Workshops: Held over three to four days in January 2021 Dates: 16th, 23rd, 30th/ 31st
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The Tree of Life and the extended Tree, called Jacob’s Ladder, are models of the laws of existence, which can be observed within every living thing – especially within ourselves. They are our working tools in the Toledano Tradition.
It is recommended that every Kabbalist constructs their own Jacob’s Ladder and Tree of life as an expression of their conscious commitment to Self – knowledge. When they have been completed and hung on our walls they may be used as an aid to meditation, contemplation, dialogue and reflection.
INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED!
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Joanna and Kurt Browne will be teaching four introductory sessions in October/November 2020 which will aim to use theory and practice to bring the Teaching to life and provide clarity and perspective, whether applied to our own journey or to world events and history.
Each session will be conducted through the Zoom platform.
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