School of Holistic Mystics
Holistic Mystics is a unique school for students who desire to learn more about holistic lifestyle coupled with the mystical teachings of Torah based Kabbalah. Our school offers teachings on holistic medicine, modalities and healing weaved with the ancient wisdom of Torah based Kabbalah. This creates a powerful medium for change, transformation and transcendence in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.
WHAT IS KABBALAH and WHY TORAH based?
Kabbalah in essence means to "receive" in Hebrew.
DO I HAVE TO BE A JEW TO LEARN TORAH or KABBALAH? Do you have to become a musician to love and appreciate music. No. There are some who just enjoy listening to music, there are those who like to play music and there are those who's passion is to create music. No matter where we go to learn we are coming into a system that was created by people, ie. college. If you want to know more about medicine you will learn from men/women who designed their system, you will learn their system and ways of doing things from their perspective. You take that information and build upon it, allowing it to be a tool in your toolbox. Just because you study the art of Chakra which is Hindu does not mean you must convert, as is the path of Torah based Kabbalah.
WHAT IS A HOLISTIC MYSTIC
The Holistic Mystic is a person who knows he/she bears the image of the Infinite. The Holistic Mystic desires to walk an unrelenting path to explore, discover and to come into complete union with the Infinite that we call G-d and by doing so recognizes his/her integral part in the whole. All major religions and ancient spiritual thought and desire was to come into "Divine Union" with the Infinite, whether it be through ritual/religion, prayer, meditation, contemplations, supplication and asceticism.
Mystics describe their experiences of union with the Infinite relative to their respective culture as we see in Judaism and Hindusim. The Holistic Mystic sees everything in its wholeness and in a unified state. In the words of Mesiter Echart, "All that a man has here externally in multiplicity is intrinsically One. Here all of grass, wood, stone, all things are One. This is the deepest depth. It is not just the idea of union with the Infinite but the awareness of the inherent unity of all being. This "oceanic"feeling of undifferentiation is obtainable and is real. It is the deepest undersatnding on the highest dimensional level.
Swimming in the ocean of unity, no longer does the mystic have a need for fractal, facets and faces to connect or to understand the Infinite. The soul rests in the constant input of what it needs today to undertand its role and mission here and now. It no longer desires to see a "piece" of the greater whole, holism is about seeing the whole, holographic, as one, infinite and complete. If we look to the fractals, faces, and facets of the whole, we loose the complete integrity. The sum is greater than its parts. In a world where we are constantly in contact with the duality and fractaled light it seems that it would be impossible to be in the oceanic Oneness.
The mystic believes there is no obstacle, in the words of Baal Shem Tov, "A king had built a glorious palace full of corridors and partitions, but he himself lived in the innermost room. When the servants came to pay homeage to the King they found that they could not approach him because of the maze of partitions. Confounded and having a desire to see their King, they stood in wonder. The king's son came and showed them that those where not real partitions, but illusions and that the king in truth was easily accessible. Push forward bravely, with no fear, and you shall find no obstacle." This is the mind of the mystic. There are no obstacles, no unwarranted questions, there are always answers and you can see your world in this lifetime.
We have been taught to beleive that man and G-d can never become one because of obstacles, but those are illusory. As one early Jewish Mystic states, " If we achieve union, we will think about oursleves as well that we are nothing other than God who gave us life. He alone exists and there is nothing other than Him and His Name. And when we realize this, that we are like nothing-ness in truth and nothing exists in the world but G-d, just as before creation, He, as it were, taks geniune pleasre."
"When the mystic thinks no longer of his worship or himself, and becomes altogether absorbed in the Infinite whom he worships, he begins his journey first to his G-d and then at the end "in" his G-, the perfect absorption and union." On this journey to discover G-d he/she discovers their higher self, who they were meant to be, their place in this world and mission.
The goal of the mystic quest is unity with transcendence and G-d. The experience of overcoming the barriers that seems to separate the world of G-d and man. The mystic works using religion, spirituality, science and divine experience to be one with G-d which then results in transformation into union with G-d.
Abraham Abulafia, a Jewish Mystic, writes that "The mystic and G-d become one permanent and everlasting entity. The mystic not only becomes one he now aqcuires the ability to influence the divine and the world from a distance, he becomes a conduit. Isaac Singer states, "Mysticism isn't a line of thought seperated from religion. They both share a basis in the human soul. Religion however appeals to a group, whole tribes and nations and social systems. Mysticsim on the other hand is indvidualistic. True mysticism has always belonged to one person or a small group. It was and has remained esoteric in essence. The mystic assumes the relighion of his environment, but transcends it. Religion is no more than mysticism turned into a discipline, a mass expereince and thus grown partially diluted and often worldy.
The more succesful a religion is the stronger the influence, the further it recedes from its mystical origin. The mystic influences others to transform the religious expereince into an intense relationship with. Mysticism is not spirituality. Mysticsim is the search for unity with G-d beyond self, spirituality is a highly personal outlook about what is sacred to the individual, the expression of his daily life, religion is the daily rituals we do to ground us in this experience. It is head knowledge that becomes "heart-knowledge."
True mysticsim is about transcendence, while spirituality is about inwardness. The mystic quest is often a search into the divine mystery and beyond. A mystics path is transformative, transient and ineffable, of a noetic quality building new mystical knowledge unknown to the masses. (Excerpts from Kabbalah and the Mystic Quest)