Through daily practice and study of the Qabalah’s Tree of Life, I have discovered many personal truths. In the Qabalah’s Tree of Life, each path is a memory. The Tree of Life is depicted as a “V” like diagram. You’ve likely seen it many times before, but if you are not a student, have likely not realized the deeper meanings associated with the magical Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life is a diagram that, to the student of the Qabalah, is the manifestation of God’s Will on Earth. The Tree of Life is a metaphor for God’s Reality. In The Tree of Life, each connective path represents an inward spiritual journey that the practitioner takes to develop a deeper relationship with God. Each path also has a correspondence to an astrological sign, planetary body, or element of nature, and to an aspect of a human’s psychological nature, their psyche.
Each day I look at memories and arrange them in accordance to The Tree of Life, in addition to normal prayer and reflection of God. This is a personal spiritual practice that I began after many years of faithful practice in the Roman Catholic Faith where the act of confession made one aware of the importance of reflecting on past sins toward God.
How does one access their memories? In my opinion, the Qabalah is a map to “unlock” the powers of one’s memories. An individual’s memories are arranged with a connection to both time and space. Each memory has a context, and that context is where the memory happened, who was involved, and when it took place. The Qabalah therefore, with its associations to the primordial timekeeping mechanism the Astrological Zodiac, is a wonderful tool for helping to recall and arrange past memories.
The act of forgetting is simply the act of misremembering the context of one’s memories. If a memory does not have a temporal or spatial context, how can one remember? The memory then simply did not exist to the mind of the human. The context of one’s memories becomes a powerful heuristic by which to more easily recall memories that shape who we are today and explain the reasons for our actions.
As somebody who is well-read and well-intentioned when it comes to religious study and practice, I have often thought that the act of recalling one’s memories is, what I call, “reverse prophecy.” Why is the act of “reverse prophecy” helpful? The act of recalling one’s memories aids in knowing thyself. Knowing thyself is the art of aligning one’s psyche with God’s Will. In everyday life, knowing thyself aids in virtue such as discipline, strength, and moral character. If one knows how they might be tempted to step off the path toward God, they can anticipate their shortcomings and failures and proactively course correct.
For example, tomorrow I will reflect on the path that link the Sefirot Geburah, the embodiment of the planet Mars and depicted as Severity, with Tiphareth, the embodiment of the planet Sun and depicted as beauty. The path that connects these two heavenly bodies is called “Justice.” Think about a memory that informed your concept of justice. Were you a victim or were you the criminal? Were you the judge or were you the jury? The Tree of Life is a powerful heuristic for knowing thyself.
I encourage you to begin practice in studying The Qabalah’s Tree of Life. Practice is simple. Choose a path, learn more about its correspondence to the natural and internal worlds, then try to recall and visualize a memory that is impactful to who you are today. The Qabalah Tree of Life is truly a wonderful metaphor for the human mind.