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Three Kabbalah Tidbits: Benefits and Insights

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1. Unlike some types of meditation, Kabbalistic meditation does not have any of the following aims: To be one with nature, to feel blissed-out, to feel love for everyone, to connect with/be a part of nothingness/emptiness*, or even to lower your blood pressure.

That being said, there are many side-benefits to authentic Kabbalistic-based meditations that would be familiar to most people who meditate: Calmness, clarity, spiritual inspiration, and a renewed sense of purposefulness spring to mind, and there are others.

2. It’s also important to note that having a mystical experience simply for the sake of having a mystical experience is considered to be trite in the world of Kabbalah. The mystical experience is simply the vehicle for learning about one’s connection with the Divine. What’s more important is the privilege of coming “back down to earth” and doing something with what you’ve learned! 

Traditionally, the great mystical masters aren’t admired for their powers—though they may be rather impressive; they are admired for their generosity, their willingness to help and inspire others, and very importantly, their humility. In other words—they are admired for their humanity rather than their razzle-dazzle mystical abilities. That’s what wows us. That’s what we want to emulate.

3. As with powerful drug or herb-based medicines there is a rule of thumb with powerful meditation techniques such as Kabbalah that is worth keeping in mind: If a medicine or meditation is strong enough to heal (initiate positive change), it is powerful enough to harm (initiate negative change), especially if used in the wrong way or by an unprepared individual.

**Nothingness/Emptiness is an important concept in Zen meditation. A  different take on nothingness is actually a concept in Kabbalistic meditation and will be discussed in an upcoming blog.

Three Kabbalah Tidbits: Benefits and Insights

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2010). Three Kabbalah Tidbits: Benefits and Insights. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2010/10/three-kabbalah-tidbits-benefits-and-insights/

 

Last updated: 18 Oct 2010
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Oct 2010
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