Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A New Start

Dear Kristi, Maria and All,
I'm starting over on this blog, in anticipation of an all-new Web site that a group of us have been working on most of the summer. More on that later.
For now, let me say that I had planned on a new blog that would offer reflections on 25 years of personal reading, mainly on faith topics. But as of yesterday, that, too, has changed. By chance, looking something up on the Internet, I ran across an article from May 2005 at, titled The ABCs of Kabbalah, by Rabbi David Aaron.
I'm fascinated by the teachings of Jewish mysticism, and light has special significance in my life personally. So this passage from Rabbi Aaron's writing spoke directly to me:
"The Kabbalah is all about light. It's main message to us is that we have the power to increase the spiritual light in the world or decrease it. All our actions, words and thoughts control the dimmer switch that turns the light up or down. What is the power of light? When you turn the light on in your room it lets you see what is there. Otherwise you grope in the dark, knock things over, bang your knee and walk into walls. This is also true with spiritual light. Without it, your spiritual world is dark. Without spiritual light you can't see love even when it is right in front of you. You knock over people who love you. You step on souls. You walk right past meaningful moments. And you have no sense of direction.
"According to the Kabbalah a person who only has access to physical light lives in the World of Shells or Peels — called Olam HaKlipos. Such a person only sees physical things, those which are external and superficial. The shell or the peel is only the outside of the fruit and is therefore secondary to the fruit. If you can only see the shell or peel, you confuse the wrapping with the true contents. You are impressed with the packaging and miss the true gift inside."

I've come to believe through the years that we, as humans, are light, and that we are meant to light each other. In the past few years, I've made notes in the margins of books and articles, highlighting anything pertaining to the deeper meaning of light in our lives. I've hoped all along to pull these tidbits together someday into something meaningful. Maybe a book, I thought. But for now, a blog seems like a good medium for stringing together lots of different points - and seeing how they come together.
I have no idea where this is going. We'll just have to see.


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