Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A Mysterious Book about a Hidden Race Living in Darkness

Recently a friend lent me a book in Hebrew that had some very interesting information about a race of beings whose existence is both terrifying and intriguing. It’s hard to date when this book was first printed and on which manuscripts it was originally based. However one thing that does stand out is that the names in the book hint strongly at it being translated in to Hebrew from another language; possibly even from the language of this mysterious race of beings.

Land of birth
The title of the book references the realm of birth in which the main protagonist is from. It’s apparent early on that the race of beings is related to Fae. According to Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis’ “Encyclopaedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism” the term fae first appears in medieval European Jewish texts. There are similar such beings referred to as Kesilim (imps) and Banim Shovavim (changelings or shape-shifters).

First of three tomes on the dark fae

Anyway as you can see form the image above, the author hints at the existence of two other tomes that describe the lives of these amoral and sadistic creatures. There is a clear statement that this is the first volume and there is a clear mention of fae. The word next to fae is problematic in my opinion as it either means that they have fallen or that they are literally living within the darkness of the earth.
Whilst the latter option of translating the word may seem far-fetched, I have it on good authority that at least one Kabbalist makes mention of non-human entities living within hollows in the earth. The rabbis in the Talmud make explicit warnings to stay away from ruins and uninhabited places. Having read more of the depraved society of this race of being who may or may not live within the ground, I can see why one would want to stay away from any place that may be they slip in and out of our world.

Rabbi Selbeturah
The second-to-last clue that the author leaves is his pseudonym, a Rabbi Selbeturah. And most daring of all, he even includes a sketch of the one being who attempted to rebel against his tyrannical upbringing and escape. Putting all the clues together, here is the cover of this intriguing book.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Meditate More with Less

I have been fairly quiet of late. Not just on this blog but also in every day conversations.
I just don’t have much to say at the moment. This may in part be due to the meditation that I’ve been doing recently.

Do More with Less
Ever worked for a boss who expects more for less? I know that feeling well. When work and home life got rather busy over the past several months, I had a tough decision to make - either reduce my meditative practice even further or dramatically increase it.

Three Years in a Cave
This is how long it takes to become a golem builder, 3 years living in a cave. Aside from looking after bodily functions it takes 3 years of solid meditation practice to get to the point where a practitioner may be skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced enough to create a real golem.
Consider that for just a moment, doing over 9 hours of day of meditation each day constantly trying to push your limits; doing just that bit more than you’re capable off the day before. That would total roughly 10,000 hours which some modern writers are claiming you need to master a particular discipline.

Do it all the Time
So faced with the dilemma of having less time to meditate, I was given some invaluable advice. Don’t meditate less; try instead to meditate all the time. In particular to learn and practice the meditation as described in the book by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg “Living in Divine Space: Kabbalah and Meditation”.

It described how to create a ‘cube of space’ around yourself by meditating on 6 commandments that correspond to each of the directions. I had come across the idea of a ‘cube of space’ before in Sefer Yetzira (Book of Creation) 1:13 which talks about sealing the Name of the Divine in 6 directions.

But the question that bugged me about trying to do that meditation – aside from trying to remember the order of letters – was what do I fill my thoughts with regards to each direction? The “Living in Divine Space” answers that question with 6 commandments that are linked to each direction and provide meditative focus.
And the beauty of this meditation is that with enough practice, I can do it all the time. Whilst I am not yet at the point where this is a constant focus and awareness all the time, with enough practice it will be. And I can practice every moment that I am wake.

Trouble is… the effort that it takes to try to keep this focus on meditation all day means that I have less time to think about other things. Hence I am chatting less and generally less vocal. Perhaps this is what the sages meant when they said praised the value of silence (see Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers).

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Level Up: Click

Last year I did not feel that I had made sufficient progress to warrant a "level up" post. This year looked like it was heading in the same direction but the past few weeks... well a lot of different sources of information have been clicking in to a more coherent whole (picture).

"The Arte of Glamour" by Ms. Deborah Castellano. Click.
Which in a round-about way inspired this this blog post. Click.
Gordon's Archonology series. CLICK.
Which directly inspired this blog post. Click.
"What Torah Says About Extraterrestrial Life" by Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok. CLICK.
Grasping what humanity is supposed to be evolving to. Click.
Understanding that Neo become a body of light in Matrix Revolutions. Click.
Chaordic Mind blog post on "We can only see down until we look up: consistency vs accuracy". Click.
"Angels & Humanity, A Study of Relationship" by Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok. Click.
Getting a sense of what Ishim angels are. Click.
A hint at the nature of guardian angels. Click.
Spirit Forces in Hebrew Amulets - Part 1 and Part 2 by Jacobus Swart. Click.
A lesson by the author of Blogos on the point at infinity. CLICK.

All the sources keep coming back to the body of light and its interface to the body and the make-up of non-human entities that inhabit and visit our dimensions. I'm still processing the information, but it's definitely convinced me that I need to shift my balance of practice more from forces to forms, from letters to as forces - to letters (and ermutations of letters) as vehicles to communicating with non-human entities.To paraphrase a quote from Neo, I don't know how it's going to end... but I do know how it's going to get started.