What follows is a series on the fundamental concepts of the Atz Chaim, Tree of Life. Although Kabbalah is a vast subject, we will focus mostly on the Tree of Life in this article: what it is and what it represents as well as how it links up with your Chakras. I take a integrative approach because I am not a purist and believe the various esoteric systems fit together and enhance each other. If you are a purist, then you will probably shake your head with disdain.

This is the theoretical framework for the most important part of the Kabbalah – practice.  Paul Joseph Rovelli said the “Kabbalah is a practice, it is not something you learn”. Yes, in this series we will learn but I encourage you to do it, to play with the concepts and connect with your being to the energies the Tree represents. We can do this with the active imagination and use of the voice. The concepts here may seem overwhelmingly complex and but with practice you will see their simplicity.

For me, the Kabbalah gives us practical tools to tune into the qualities, abilities and resources within and the power to invoke (or rather tune into) the Light which is an infinite expanse. With the Kabbalah, we not only receive the Light but we also must transmit it. I not only encourage you to use it in this way, I believe it is our duty as human beings. Our consciousness spans the most concrete level of physicality to the most abstract, that of Infinite Being and Wholeness. It is an incredible system that we can use with a group of enthusiasts where you will discover joy and fulfilment beyond words.

Imagine a group meditation where all members tone the Hebrew Holy Names or mantras together to invoke the Light and then act as a channel to transmit it into the world. Working the Tree can be wonderfully communal! With this method we can a) transmit Light it into the world b) find deep inspiration and creatively c) create abundance in this world of action. We have forgotten our oneness with wholeness and abundance and it is this ignorance that is wrecking havoc on earth and our precious ecosystems.

Special thanks to Ivan Kaplan, you teach from experience. Most of what you read here was transmitted to me by you.