Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Tree of Life...Of My Life


When you're in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. That's the consolation of philosophy.
~David Cronenberg

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

~Ezra Pound
SOME KNOWLEDGE: The yin/yang symbol also demonstrates as noted previously that within each there is a bit of the other. Because duality and polarity are universally exhibited in all of creation, parallels can be seen between differing cultural and religious traditions. For example, parallels can be seen between the Chinese Taoist tradition and the Jewish/Hebrew Kabbalistic tradition. As the Yin and Yang are complementary principles, displaying opposition, similarly the Tree of Life of the Kabballah exhibits the opposite yet complementary pillars of receptivity, which is Feminine energy similar to yin, and of aggressive/expansiveness, which is Masculine energy like yang. Both traditions seek unification and balance through universal truth. The Tree of Life is a physical representation of the creative structure and nature of the universe, and the source of life and a foundation for the mind of man. Tree of Life
The most prominent form of the Tree of Life was devised by Rabbi Issac Luria in sixteen-century Palestine. It serves as a practical application of mystical knowledge in the service of Divine will, and is a description of the structure and nature of the universe and a path to righteousness. The Tree of Life is composed of the ten sefirot, which are spheres of divine attributes. The attributes are listed as follows:

1. KETER Crown & Emanation of Divine light and will

2. CHOKHMAH Wisdom

3. BINAH Understanding

4. CHESED Mercy

5. GEVURAH Judgement or Power

6. TIFERET Beauty

7. NETZACH Endurance

8. HOD Glory

9. YESOD Foundation

10. MALKHUT Kingdom

The Tree of Life...Of My Life

Does anyone remeber the "Even Steven" episode of Seinfeld? I'm not saying this me, but I do notice a balance in my life and the world around me, even when times are the toughest or at their best. My world includes my friends, and there is balance among them as well. Some are up and at hiogh points in their lives, while others are static and things are on an even keel, while some are going through some lows right now. I try to keep this in mind to ensure I have many perspectives on life, to keep humble, and to keep myself optimistic. Within in my own life some things are great, others are still in question while others leave a lot to be desired.



At 6:04 PM, Anonymous SkeptiC said...

I was reading the post...then noticed the pictures at the bottom...left me speechless. LOL. NICE.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger sammygeerock said...

Yeah kinda an on going gift for a friend, the feature ends this weekend, because he's getting married.


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