Jan 31 2017
When I learned about the balance of energies in the Tree of Life, the Energy Center close to the top of the Tree, Binah, or Understanding, was something I thought I was expert at.
One would have thought that Understanding would be bright and cheerful, something to strive for and accrue over time. The answer is, *parts* of spiritual Understanding are apparent. However, other parts are extremely challenging. For each Energy Center has both positive and negative qualities. In Kabbalah-Relating, we want to move towards the more positive Qualities.
The negative Quality of Understanding, Avarice, seems to be predominant in our world today. Look at the 1% Let’s see how some of the over 100 Dynamic Attributes in Kabbalah exist and interplay with one other. Let us see how we would go about Understanding last weekend’s “shock event,” perpetrated by Stephen Bannon, the president’s new aide. According to Professor Heather Richardson, History Professor at Boston College,
“…Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order.When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like….”
How can we Understand this shock event? We cannot immediately. We have to save a true Understanding of what this action means for a second, enlightened response.
Our physical reaction, the immediate response to shock, occurs in the Energy Center of our Yesod, or Physical Foundation. In our Yesod, we have our visceral, reactions to Bannon’s recklessness. We get angry, frightened and try to become prudent. Yes, we react. We hit the streets.
And then, we contemplate. We enter the Energy Center of Understanding to get what this means. Two of its Attributes are the Static color, black, and the Dynamic quality, Silence.
The color black has nothing to do with skin color. But, we think of night and a vast universe consisting more of nothing than something: an exceptionally lonely and isolating place. What does Kabbalah call this mode? Silence. Silence is the virtue of Understanding. Its opposite quality is Avarice.
The Dynamic Quality, Silence, is forced upon us to spiritually Understand. No one can escape Silence, but as a virtue, it is a tough one.
We need to learn how to be spiritually Silent to Understand. This might be the very opposite of marching in the street. It is contemplative, or even more: meditative.
Silence is a place very deep within that enable us to hear and contemplate, all of the other Energy Centers of the Universe. There are 10 Energy Centers in the Tree of Life. The Universe has a Tree of Life, and so do all of the people on earth.
Silence is the ability to hear the pain of Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon. It is acknowledging pain and fear and the misguided-ness of our leaders. Somehow, their Avarice got them to where they are.
Silence is recognizing that the world is bigger than us – no matter who we are. The current leaders demonstrate a deficit of Understanding. Their Avarice, Understanding’s negative quality, dominates.
When someone reacts only to their Foundation and never contemplates to Understand, the greed of Understanding grows.
They care more about policies than the deaths of millions in war. They see nothing wrong in hand-cuffing a 5-year at a U.S. airport because he might be a terrorist.
To heal a negative Attribute, one takes energy from the right pillar and puts it over the left. Across from Understanding is Wisdom, and its positive quality is devotion to a spiritual path. The spiritual path of Understanding may be Silence, but it is one we must embark upon.