As I began my journey into
the world of mystical Judaism I discovered Kabbalistic exegesis, the
mystical interpretation of text. I learned that every Hebrew word
has many different possible meanings: Every word is connected to a
root word with numerous variations; each Hebrew letter has a
numerical value that when added up gives every Hebrew word a
numerical value, and every Hebrew word is connected with all the
Hebrew words that have its same numerical value; and in most of
Judaism's sacred texts the original Hebrew words are written without
vowels, leaving the past, present or future tense open for
Every Hebrew letter, every
sound, every combination of letter and sound holds a key to the
cosmic code of creation, and in Kabbalah, it is the seeking out and
embodiment of this code that enables one to become a vehicle for
receiving the Divine presence.
The Kabbalist can be seen as
a kind of cosmic secret agent; like the CIA agent who looks at a
newspaper story and finds his next assignment hidden within the text
of the story, the Kabbalist hunts for the secrets of the Divine by
looking beneath the surface of the sacred texts of Judaism and deep
within every aspect of creation. Hidden beneath every word, letter
and sound, every rock and tree, every thought, emotion, and action,
is a hidden DNA; a cosmic DNA holding the keys to the wisdom and the
presence of the Divine. Just as every single piece of biological DNA
holds a map of the whole organism it is a part of, every piece of
cosmic DNA holds the whole of the universe and all of heaven within
it. Like the spiraling strands of biological DNA, the cosmic DNA is
a spiraling ladder, a ladder between earth and Heaven; it is Jacob's
Ladder; it is the Tree of Life itself, hidden within us and all
So as I began my hunt for the
cosmic DNA within the words of the Torah, I discovered that the
first three Hebrew words of Genesis (Bereshet), "Bereshet Bara
Elohiem," can literally be read as: "In beginning create God."
Then I learned that all the Hebrew words for God are not really
names of God, but are actually references to aspects of the nature
of the Divine. In Judaism, the Divine Name can not be spoken because
it is beyond naming. So Elohiem actually refers to that aspect of
the Divine that creates. As I delved deeper into these three words,
exploring their letters, sounds, and hidden codes, these three
simple words became a vast well of wisdom.
There is a story about an old
Rabbi who was revered for his wisdom of Torah. A young man sought
out his wisdom and asked him what the essence of the Torah was? The
Rabbi laughed and told the young man that he had no idea because he
was still studying the first three words...
Bereshet Bara Elohiem
In the beginning God created
In beginning create God
In beginning create the Source of Creation
In beginning to create call upon the Source of all Creation
Bereshet Bara Elohiem
In beginning this KabbalahBlog I call upon the Source of all
Creation to bless this journey...
And I invite you to begin
each KabbalahBlog reading with the following simple meditation. You
may also use this meditation before beginning any endeavor to assist
you in opening to receive the Divine flow of creation.
A Receiving Mantra...
1. In beginning, Inhale
slowly and deeply, feeling your breath moving into your body;
Exhale slowly, sounding out the Hebrew word BERESHET (pronounced
2. Inhale slowly and
deeply, listening to the sound of your breath moving into your body;
Exhale slowly, sounding out the Hebrew word BARA (pronounced
3. Inhale slowly and
deeply, imagining the breath of the Divine entering through the top
of your head and moving through your entire body; Exhale
slowly, sounding out the Hebrew word ELOHIEM (pronounced El_oh_heem).
4. Inhale slowly and
deeply, imagining that your body is an empty vessel being filled
with Divine breath; Exhale slowly through your mouth allowing
your outgoing breath to create a whispering sound. Listen to the
sound of the breath until it vanishes into silence.
Allow your breathing to
return to normal and be with the silence within you for a few
Let us begin...