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The Awakening Ground

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Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological reductionism. The path articulates the ultimate quest for meaning, which seeks to pass through the clutter of the mind's conceptual associations to nakedly and directly recognize the innate essentiality of all things known as the light of En (no) Sof (end), or the Infinite. Most mainstream conventional schools of Kabbalah hold such a radical aspiration to be inapproachable at best, and heretical at worst. *, The work introduces six stages that articulate how the mind breaks through its own restrictive habitual reflexes to awaken to the ground of En Sof, which is the mind's essential nature *, Each stage is illustrated by the author's own original works of art and line diagrams *, Draws upon obscure sources such as the 13th-century Kabbalistic text Fountain of Wisdom, various alchemical and gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind The author reveals how meaning never remains static--its nature is to move, transmit, and display--yet its precious potential becomes buried under layers of mental constructs. He explains how the mind's habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that try to make sense out of phenomena, but these very structures actually obscure their essence completely. Smith's experiential path to gnostic awakening reveals how, in the wake of the lesser concerns of the conceptual mind, primordial purity shines in resonances of vast poetic beauty, if a sensibility of wonder, awe, and delight is cultivated. Offering a step-by-step analysis to the ecstatic aspects of contemplative revelation, David Chaim Smith explores how to ride the razor's edge of the paradox to coax the mind from the sleep of habituation towards the culmination of gnosis. Although the process is described within the traditional symbol system of kabbalah, its import is a truly radical exponent of extreme mysticism.

Autorentext

David Chaim Smith was born in 1964 in Queens, New York. His early career was as a visual artist throughout the 1980s. In 1990 he began an immersion into the root sources of Alchemy and the Hermetic and Hebrew traditions of the Kabbalah. In 1996 he abandoned visual art for a total dedication to spiritual practice, from which came a unique blend of practical mysticism and creative innovation. This blend coalesced while working with an obscure thirteenth-century text called The Fountain of Wisdom, which he mapped out diagrammatically in notebooks during his ten-year hiatus from visual art. The resulting symbol vocabulary served as the basis for his 2006 return to art, generating the content for several books. He currently lives in the suburbs of New York City with his wife, Rachel.



Inhalt

INTRODUCTION A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism

CHAPTER 1 The Mixing Field: An Introduction to the Six Gates

CHAPTER 2 Flight of the Merkavah

CHAPTER 3 The Pregnant Sacrificial Beast

CHAPTER 4 Gate of the Wedding Chamber

CHAPTER 5 The Fire of Nondimensionality

CHAPTER 6 The Skins of No-thing-ness (a Summary)

EPILOGUE Continuing the Work

About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Awakening Ground
Untertitel: A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism
Autor:
EAN: 9781620555347
ISBN: 978-1-62055-534-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Simon + Schuster Inc.
Genre: Spiritualität
Anzahl Seiten: 208
Veröffentlichung: 16.06.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 7.4 MB