Kabbalah and Prosperity Part 1.

Placeholder ImageWhat Prosperity Really Is

Prosperity is the ability to be abundant in all areas of life including health, relationships and finances.

Traditionally, Kabbalah was only taught to men over the age of 40 who had already had a family. This was so that, by the time such people came into the Work, they would already have demonstrated their maturity in being able to cope with the everyday pressures of life such as paying the rent and coping with both financial and relationship issues.

However, as a living tradition, Kabbalah can be a useful tool to help us to solve any financial or relationship problems that we may have. It is a discipline that is meant to work at every level, so it’s just as appropriate to use Kabbalistic principles on your finances or your love life as it is in spiritual self-development.

After all, if you are constantly worried about money or in destructive relationships, much valuable time and energy will be used on those situations, leaving very little for spiritual work.

Kabbalah teaches that if you, yourself, are in alignment, then the Universe will work for you. Kabbalistic prosperity is about working out where our thoughts and attitudes towards money are preventing us from being able to receive the natural abundance of the Universe.

The first thing that the Kabbalist needs to understand about money is that it is a neutral energy form and nothing else. It is an energetic symbol which mankind adopted in order to barter and create trade.

As a form of energy, the laws of physics demonstrate that it cannot be created or destroyed; only changed and moved. Therefore, to burn a banknote is only to destroy a symbol of money, it does nothing to the source of the energy itself.

Money obeys the law of cause and effect just as everything else in Earth. What you put out, you get back. So, if your consistent thoughts about money are that you have to work hard to get it and that there is never enough to go round, that is the picture which will be reflected back to you. Fortunately, with a little will-power, this can be changed.

Prosperity is not just about money. However, our attitudes towards abundance and lack – as represented by money – will affect every other aspect of our life. Wealth is represented by the right-hand column of the Tree of Life and Lack by the left-hand column. The right-hand column can over-balance in greed and possessiveness and the left-hand one can revel in the ‘pureness of poverty’ or punish you for not being ‘good enough.’

However, by positive use of the left-hand pillar, you can clear space for prosperity and by positive use of the right-hand pillar you can initiate actions to create prosperity. The central column of consciousness is about drawing the prosperity down from God into the physical world. Held in balance on the central column of consciousness, you can always have quite enough to enjoy life as a prosperous and free spirit.

The Tree of Life is also the Tree of Abundance.

 

Common Mistakes People Make Over Prosperity

There are basic ten Kabbalistic reasons why people usually have money issues. The word for ‘sin’ in New Testament Greek is hamartia which means ‘to miss the mark’ or ‘to wander from the Law of God.’ The word ‘sin’ is also said to be a medieval English archery term also meaning ‘to miss the mark.’ So when we ‘sin’ we are putting ourselves out of alignment with our Divine Good. The most common errors we make with regard to prosperity are easily aligned with the ten Sefirot of The Tree of Life.

  • Keter: Emotional or mental issues with religion, faith or the idea of God which are projected onto money.  Also the fear of being thought ‘unspiritual’ if you are prosperous.
  • Hokhmah: Inability to think laterally or be innovative in financial affairs.
  • Binah: Lack of understanding of Universal Law with regard to the way money works.
  • Hesed: Lack of generosity to self and others.
  • Gevurah: Living a cluttered life – leaving no space for the new.
  • Tiferet: Forgetting to be happy with the abundance already around and within us.
  • Nezach: Lack of spiritual, emotional and mental action to create prosperity.
  • Hod: Avoidance of monitoring our financial situation.
  • Yesod: Fear of envy by others – or being seen as ‘above ourselves.’
  • Malkhut: The belief that ‘there’s never enough to go around.’

Lurianic Kabbalah

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Until the 16th century Kabbalah, like modern-day spiritual teachings, worked on the premise that the world was predominantly a place of well-being and abundance. As Kabbalah has for many centuries been held within the heart of the Jewish faith, it followed the belief that when God created the world it was perfect.

This is based on the first chapter of the Biblical book of Genesis (1:31 ) “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

Mystics from the beginning of time have taught the principles of responsibility; that we are stewards of the Earth and that every action has a consequence. Therefore the tragedies and misfortunes that can fall on humanity were seen as being caused by the misuse of human free will. But in the 16th century, for the Jewish people who were persecuted in the Inquisition and expelled from their Spanish and Portuguese homelands, this teaching was both unhelpful and possibly even cruel. They had done nothing to deserve such ill-treatment and it was too hard to expect them to believe that they had, themselves, persecuted others in a previous life.

Therefore, a new impulse was needed in the Kabbalistic mystical tradition which was attempting to hold their faith together as the Jewish nation scattered around the World.

This was given by a charismatic young man called, Isaac Luria. Luria was a mystic who spent years in seclusion communing with the higher worlds and who believed that he was guided by the prophet Elijah. Luria joined the school of a respected rabbi and author, Moses Cordovero in Safed, Israel. On Cordovero’s death, he took over the group and began to teach a brand new line of Kabbalah which helped to explain the tragedy of what had happened to the Jewish nation. He taught that when God created the Universe, He made a mistake: that the great Divine vessels which were created to hold the light of emanation were not strong enough and broke. This sent shards of matter throughout the Universe which became evil impulses. They are the cause of bad things happening to good people; an external evil which strikes at random.

Later Lurianic Kabbalists explained the apparent dichotomy of an omnipotent God being capable of error by saying that the Holy One intended the mistake to happen in order to be able to test humanity.

Lurianic Kabbalah spread like wildfire, not only because it bought comfort but because it emerged at a time when the printing press had been established and people could spread the word in literature.

Ironically, Luria himself forbade his followers to write down his words but, being human, they did.

So, most Kabbalists believe in a similar system to Christianity’s belief in the devil – that there are outside forces that attack us.

However, a curious thing happened with the dissemination of Isaac Luria’s teachings by his followers: Jacob’s Ladder was not taught … and it disappeared from conventional Cabalistic study for the next 400 years. No one is certain why this happened. Instead, Luria’s own diagrams were taught. These are so various and (to our eyes certainly) so complicated with the links between levels and worlds so easily misunderstood that it is not surprising that students of Kabbalah began to study the tradition in alternative ways. The Tree of Life is still seen as relevant but the diagrammatic part of Kabbalah became less important in favour of the study of the significance and power of the Hebrew alphabet.