The Celestine Prophecy

I watched a film, The Celestine Prophecy, over the holidays.  If you’re reading my blog, it’s probably a film you would enjoy.

The film (released in 2006) is based on a 1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas which are rooted in many ancient Eastern Traditions and New Age Spirituality. The main character of the novel undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book is a first-person narrative of the narrator’s spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life.

Dvar for Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)

torahParshat Haazinu is Moshe’s last speech, delivered as a song because songs reach deeper into our souls. In the beginning of the song (32:4), it says “The Rock! – Perfect is his work, for all his paths are justice; a G-d of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He”. This statement is loaded, saying that Hashem is perfect, just, fair, righteous, and without iniquity. What’s strange is that it begins with comparing G-d to a rock, and then saying that G-d’s work is perfect. What’s the Torah trying to tell us by mentioning a rock, and by using all those terms? Luckily, the Chafetz Chaim answers one question with a story about having faith: A man had an only son that was sick, and spared no expense finding him a cure. One doctor finally cured the boy, and told the father that the son got sick because of certain meat that he ate. The father vowed to keep that meat away from his son. Years passed, the father had to go away on a business trip, and he had his family watch the boy. After he left, the boy was tempted by the smell of the meat, ate some, and became deathly ill again. When the father returned, he called the doctor and begged him to do all he could. Once again the doctor was successful in healing the boy, and the father decided to never leave his son again. A while later the father had a party (with meat), and when the son walked in, the father quickly rushed him out. The guests all watched in wonderment, but they didn’t understand that it was for the son’s sake.

Gaea – Crying for our attention

faceicecapIs it coincidence, a warning? Is√Ǭ†Gaea (Mother Nature) in distress trying to tell us something or merely just case of seeing what you want to see? A few weeks ago the Metro (UK) published the amazing picture of a ‘crying face’. It is revealed in an ice cap located on Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway.

√Ǭ†The metro reported √Ǭ†”A melting glacier has amazingly taken on the form of a face – and some think it shows Mother Nature in tears at the state of our planet.”

 The stunning image shocked onlookers who felt the vivid pattern in the melting glacier looked like teary-eyed nature staring straight at them in a foreboding manner.

The ‘tears’ were created by a waterfall of glacial water falling from one of the face’s ‘eyes’.

I can’t help but feel moved by the above picture and feel that there is a power higher than ourselves really trying to tell us its time to take the world we live in a little more seriously. Often people I meet or consult with ask for signs that are irrefutable. How much more ‘in your face’ do you need the message to be from Mother Nature before we take the abuse of our planet seriously?

Rosh Hashana 5770

Rosh HashanaAs Rosh Hashana approaches and the New Year Approaches let me wish everyone Shana Tova (a good year)

Rosh Hashana, according to the Sefer Hachinuch, is the day on which the creatures of the world are judged, both as a whole, and as individuals. But why have a Day of Judgment if the ruling won’t be final until Yom Kippur, which is 10 days later? If the judgment isn’t final until Yom Kippur, then Yom Kippur should be the only Judgment Day, and thus Rosh Hashanah has no real purpose!? In addition, of all things, why did G-d choose the Shofar (ram’s horn) as the tool to inspire our repentance.

The Ben Ish Chai tells the story of a man who had a ring made especially for him. He engraved the words “This too shall pass” on the ring. If he was troubled or pained, he would look at his ring and remember that his suffering would eventually end. Likewise, during times of happiness, he would gaze at the ring as well and realize that his wealth and good fortune could change for the worse in an instant.”This too shall pass.” The ring reminded the man that his life must be put in perspective, and that one should never live life either complacent or despondent. We too can use the Shofar to represent joy (as we did when we won a battle), and it can represent sorrow (since it sounds like crying).

Ace of Wands

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Divination:

This signifies the beginning of a new venture, project, idea, birth of a baby, a promotion in your career or an inheritance. This shows a lot of vigor, energy and vitality. This is may be the beginning of a new journey and give you purpose in life. You may be sexually active and aggressive in your pursuits.

Key Words: Inspiration, Power, Beginnings, Enthusiasm, Creation, Energy, Beginnings

Dvar for Netzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

torahParshat Vayelech includes the commandment for every Jew to write a song for themselves (31:19), which Rashi says is referring the following Parsha, Haazinu. The sages derive from this rule the final of the 613 commandments that each Jew has to take part in the writing of a Torah scroll. Why would we be required to write our own song, and then be given the song to sing? Also, how is the requirement to write our own song the same as the requirement to take part in scribing our own Torah?

The Elements – Earth, Air, Water, Fire

The elements of nature; Earth, Air, Fire and Water are the foundations of creation and the basis of life itself. Ancient myths describe how four Divine Beings (spirits) were sent to make order out of the chaos that was fledgling Earth. As the rays of their celestial bodies made contact with the crystallized influences of the lower world, they became the four elements linking humankind to nature, the heavens and the Divine.

Alll physical and spiritual substances are made up of one or more of these elements. The Earth is the essence of fertility and solidarity so it nourishes, binds and gives form. Air is the essence of intelligence, which liberates and stimulates. Fire is the essence of strength that animates and activates. Water is the essence of emotions and fecundity making things malleable and flexible.

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Dvar for Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

torahOf the many sub-topics in Parshat Ki Tavo, one especially noteworthy expression is when the Torah says, “G-d has not given you a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear until this day” (Deuteronomy 29:3). Tradition (and Rashi) has it that Moshe gave Shevet Levi (the tribe of Levi) a Torah scroll, and the rest of the nation justifiably complained that they didn’t get one. But their complaint wasn’t that they didn’t get a scroll, but that future generations might have a problem with it. Upon hearing this complaint Moshe rejoiced. As Rabbi Liebowitz (and others) explains, he was actually HAPPY about a complaint because it showed how much they valued the Torah and their bond with G-d so much, that they even thought about the future of that bond.

BUT, if we look closer at the Passuk (verse) we’ll see it even clearer. G-d gave us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to feel.

I try not to let things I cannot change affect me

While watching a re-run of Stargate Atlantis earlier today, one of the characters made a comment that made a lot of sense. Ronon Dex answered Dr Rodney McKay “I try not to let things I cannot change affect me” in response to a question McKay asked him.

I’d like to ask you to think about that statement for a moment. How often do we feel frustration, anger or irritation at something we cannot change? How often do we worry about something over which we have no control? Two of the Reiki precepts tell us not to anger or to worry√Ǭ† one day at a time.

We often set ourselves up for failure when we set unrealistic goals and when we fail, we beat ourselves up. So, without sounding trite, one day at a time starts with one step at a time.

Keep starting on the one step at a time philosophy, even if you start many times during one day, eventually you will walk many steps and will one day be able to say “I try not to let things I cannot change affect me”.