C.R. and I sat down to finalize our plans for bringing you an introduction to a little-known (in the general population), transcendent, but personally relevant countdown towards a richer, more fulfilled understanding of the psyche.
And that’s when an old friend contacted us and sent us the link to her husband’s latest video.
What’s his video about?
The subject of our countdown post!
It’s the mystical, spiritual, yet ultimately practical, seven-week long Omer countdown. The Omer count, among other benefits, helps us laser-focus on the 7 basic personality qualities and their 49 variations, as described by Jewish mysticism.
Here’s our friend’s video:
The annual Omer countdown begins in the evening of the second day of Passover, shortly before the second Passover seder. Religiously observant Jews use this countdown period to get in touch with their deepest selves through the lens of Kabbalah*. During the 49 days, we touch base with where we’re headed in the areas of personal/spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, and related realms.
Historically speaking, the countdown, which culminates in the 50th day where we transcend our limitations, was needed, in part, to help our ancestors shed their slave-personalities leftover from when they were enslaved in Egypt. They needed to transition from a slave-nation to a nation free to serve God and develop their individual potentials.
But slavery wasn’t, and isn’t, just a physical oppression. It is also a spiritual oppression which damages the soul. It takes time and effort to heal from it’s ravaging effects. The Omer is a way to intensely examine and work on reaching beyond those traits that enslave us: arrogance, anger, lack of faith, laziness, untruthfulness, and so on.
But, the Omer is done with a positive twist by focusing on the good aspects of the traits we already have within us, even if they are buried deep.
The 7 personality or character attributes (which are based on the 7 sefira of Kabbalah) are counted down in this order:
Week One: Lovingkindness (Which begins tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 26 )
Week Two: Inner Strength, Justice
Week Three: Beauty/Compassion/Harmony (which is a blend of the first two weeks’ attributes)
Week Four: Eternity and Endurance
Week Five: Awe, Splendor, and Humility
Week Six: Foundation, Bonding
Week Seven: Majesty, Leadership
Some of the end-results of the countdown well-done, are self-knowledge, self-improvement and spiritual connectivity. Also, it really helps one maintain objectivity when observing the self and can improve interpersonal relationships.
If you want to join us or have questions, feel free to comment, below.
(Last week’s Passover-related post: Gossip, Slander, and Humiliation: A Passover Message?
Note: There are several reasons why we count the Omer, we are just touching on this one.
* This isn’t the made-up cult-y Kabbalah, but the authentic Kabbalah of the ancient Jewish mystic tradition.
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