One’s spiritual Journey practicing the Qabalah can have many rewards, primarily a closer relationship with God. How does one go about cultivating a relationship with God?
One school of thought holds that it is man’s Ego that prevents him or her from attaining a close relationship with God. Pursuing God’s Will is not always easy. Pursuing God’s Will may require the individual to do things that they cannot see a reason or end to, consider the stories of both Abraham and Job. God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. At the last moment, God’s messenger rescinds his command, but states “now I know you fear God.”
How far will one go in pursuit of God’s Will? Abraham’s story is an extreme example, and thankfully, many are not called to make such extreme sacrifices in their lives. However, if God’s messenger commanded you to start a business, change career professions, give up something that you held dearly, would you listen? The story of Job offers a similar parable. Job is afflicted with terrible loss, but when God appears to him, he remains silent. In doing so, Job is restored what he lost because by staying silent he acquiesced to God’s will even if he could not see the immediate reason or benefit in doing so.
God is infinite and omniscient. If one listens to God’s Will, through prayer, then how can they be led astray? This is the quintessence of Faith in God. It is mankind’s ego that can lead them astray from this pursuit of God’s Will for the ego blinds mankind with the many wants and desires of the flesh that before God appear meaningless.
Through daily study and practice of the Qabalah, one can learn to shed their ego. The Qabalah, being a system of correspondences between man’s higher consciousness and the natural world, aids the practitioner in better knowing thyself, which is to better distinguish between one’s ego-driven response and one’s accordance with God’s Will.
Each path on the Qabalah’s Tree of Life represents an aspect of human consciousness. If put in service of the ego, mankind’s animal instinct, then they will experience a fall of some sort. Perhaps they will handle a situation with malice when they should have chosen compassion. Careful reflection on the Tree of Life helps mankind differentiate their response to a situation. If this reflection is fresh in one’s consciousness, one is more likely to stay on the path of God’s Will. If one forgets to keep their memory of their own True Will, that is in accordance with God’s Will, then they will step off the path of the Qabalah. Daily practice is an essential component for staying on course.
How does this process unfold psychologically?
The psychological characteristics of the Qabalah’s Tree of Life represent a lens by which we see not only the world and our actions within it, but also how we perceive our memories. We can understand our memories as both acts where we stood on the path of God’s Will or acts where we stepped off the path. It is not a judgment of right or wrong but a reflection on one’s personal choices as a judgment about how we perceive our past actions. Reflection is a litmus test as to whether we acted in accordance with God’s Will.
For example, imagine committing an action that some might describe as a sin. Obviously, we all feel a sense of guilt when we sin against God and many will want to atone for the sin as quickly as possible. One can feel “dirty” in a sense after we sin, and depending on the severity of the sin, one may also feel a deep sense of remorse and regret. By using the Qabalah’s Tree of Life, we can understand our sin within the context of our higher consciousness or our deep psyche. It is one thing to understand that sin is bad, and wholly another level of spiritual practice to understand why we committed that sin in the first place.
The wonderful aspect of the Qabalah is its psychological system of knowing thyself. I encourage practitioners to use each path as an aid to explore their deeper psychological nature. For example, explore a recent memory, or even a sin, considering the path that you choose to walk on for that day. I can assure you that structured practice will help unlock insights about your own nature and help you understand the root cause of failures and shortcomings so that you can live a life that is in greater accordance with God’s magnificent and everlasting Will.