Don’t Believe a Word You Read

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you” Friedrich Nietzsche

The Power of The Kabbalah

This post marks the first post in a series of 12, each post will distill the essential wisdom from the principles of the Kabbalah. Kabbalah is a discipline and school of thought that reveals the mystical aspect of Judaism. The purpose is to explain the inseparable relationship of the unknowable infinite creator, with the mortal human being. It is a set of esoteric teachings that gives an individual a deep understanding of god.

Kabbalah teaches that God is neither matter nor spirit, but is the creator of both. Kabbalah has many practical applications, allowing one to practice the wisdom and experience the evidence from the perspective of the observer. It gives you the wisdom of discovering the light in yourself and everything around you.

Principle 1: Don’t believe a word you read. Test drive the lessons learned.

Your inner being consisting of your immaterial spiritual soul is here on this earth to experience the material world. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. The material world is a world of action, in order to take action that is spiritual in nature you need to develop trust in your self. Trust has to be experienced, it is something you simply just can’t read about, and accept logically. To only accept something based purely on theory and logic is your beliefs. Beliefs are given to you and conditioned by society.

With anything you learn in life learn to only accept it hypothetically until you have a direct experience. You truly don’t know something until you have experienced it for your self. Remember that you experience this life from the perspective of the observer; ultimately the meaning you give to anything comes from the observer. Never accept anything as truth until you have or create an experience to either affirm or deny it.

So that is lesson one, with the remainder of the series don’t believe anything I tell you. Take it in, contemplate it, than apply to your life and see if there is any truth or value in it for you. Remember that whatever I say is my own interpretation from my own experiences.

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2 Responses to Don’t Believe a Word You Read

  1. Ivan,

    I love this topic. I’ve wondered for many years what exactly the Kabbalah is. All I’ve ever heard is, “It’s Jewish Mysticism.” What the heck that means? I have no clue!

    Anyhow, I love that you’re raising this topic of not believing everything you read. I’d also add ‘don’t believe everything you hear!’

    I was just engaged in a forum discussion about the contradiction between the concept of ‘hard work’ (which generally has a negative association to it), and the concepts of living each day as it’s your last, and living a life of passion and joy.

    It was an interesting topic to discuss as we observed that the concept of hard work is merely a perception, and one in which the perception has quite often been put out in the world with an energy of slight to extreme negativity behind it.

    The Western world has developed the notion that ‘hard work,’ is how you become successful…but really? Is that true? Or is it just that so many people have heard that to be a ‘truth of life,’ since they were very young, that they just accept it and believe it as true? (I personally believe ‘hard work’ is not a necessary element…I’d go more on the term of ‘smart work…’ granted, ultimately either term can be used with the right perspective and energy behind it).

    What you said about not taking anything for a fact until you ‘experience’ it is so dead on. However, even there I ask and give the challenge, ‘Even at that point…should we judge it?”

    I ask that because it is experience which acts as a trigger for the development of a perception within us. After the trigger is made, that perception is created through that experience combined with the correlation of past experiences we’ve had in life. Considering this is the case and it is still connected to the past, are we at any more of a right point to being judging the experience and determing what it is?

    Why not just allow it to be, accept it to be the way that feels most right to you, but be willing to change it if something else came into your understanding and knowledge that would give for a new perception?

    The only way those opportunities for new perception would come in anyhow is through the willingness for it to come through.

    Anyways, thanks for the great post. I’ll look forward to the rest of the 11.

    –Sean Patrick Simpson
    **The Mindset Apprentice**
    Twitter ID @vpsean

    The Mindset Apprentice’s last blog post..The 6 Fundamental Human Needs

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