Ancient Ways Modern Powers
Greetings Everyone, and special Thanks to Diane "GG" Endicott for introducing me to this wonderful site - It's sweet to see so many special friends shining Light into the world.
It's traditional Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) right now, a continuous ceremony lasting ten days. It's official name is the "Days of Awe" (yamim noraim). It is a time of self and Gaia reflection, approach to others for whom in the past year one may have offended for any reason-intentional or not, humility to see oneself as one is, to draw strength to continue, to realize forgiveness of self and others who may approach your Self, and an embrace encompassing a renewal of hope, intention, and Love. The span of time is symbolized as a "Book of Life" which opens at dusk on the eve of the first day, and closes (one can almost hear the "c-r-e-a-k" as the book eases into itself, closing for another year) 10/8-9/11.
The action's which accompanies the end of the ten days, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, symbol is that of inscribing; or a sealing-that one's name be inscribed in the book of life, is the greeting acknowledging the upcoming conclusion of this actively reflective time - גצר חתיבה טןבה - "may you have a good sealing" / "g'mar hativah tovah" is the traditional greeting after the initial, לשנה טובה ומתוקה "May you have a good and sweet year" /l'shana tova u'metukah" . Of course, these are but a few of the traditional greetings which vary within Jewish communities throughout the world.
Which brings me to the point of this blog and its title. I'm in school. It's a perpetual state with me. This time around I am set to write a dissertation on, "Kabbalistic Motifs in the Jewish Love Poem, the Lecha Dodi". My work to date consists of a preliminary Concept Paper, found at: http://pacifica.academia.edu/JeannetteCamilleNesaBland. I invite you to visit, comment, suggest, and help fine tune into this expedition with me over the next two years. I am thrilled to be cleared to fall fully into a kabbalistic love poem filled with Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge symbolism from numerology ( gamaitra) to rhythm and number of stanzas (there are forty of those), to who knows what else will emerge through travel, research, dreams, and channeling?
I owe the Spiritual Mystery School, Laurie, and the rest of my teachers and colleagues more than can ever be fully expressed for permission to pursue this topic and endeavor. It is my wish to continually honor the Light and reach deep within in order to simply deliver the best of which I'm able. I pray that this journey honor my Guides, God-consciousness, and Divine Self, serving at each step healing through words, letters, sound, and heart-felt Love.
May you, your loved ones, and your dreams be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life in this new lunar year of 5772.
Shalom, Shanti, Salaam,