Eretz. The earth. The earth will be restored. The silence from which all
sound issues. The All in the One. Let no one and no part be eliminated.
Let no one and no part be eradicated. Alef is the silent blessing on all
beings. A Holy name in which all beings reside is Elohim. All the names
of God are the names of God. All the Gods are God. We relinquish the fire
that consumes all for the fire that does not consume. The Burning Bush
is the Tree of Life. All One, the Burning Bush and Creation. One. One.
One. Alef invokes the unity of all beings in the One.
Everything is a house for God. Let no house be chosen over another house.
Build me a Temple and I will dwell in them. We are two and cannot war
against each other. Here we are aligned, enter us all and at once, Divine
One, that we may be fertile with You. Now each moment is Beresheet, is
In the Beginning as we return again and again to the original creation.
We live in the house of God and the house of God is in us. That is the
Blessing. The grass, every blade of it, the songbird, and the howl, these
are great Temples. The one we think is an enemy is a Temple. Beit invokes
the recognition that all beings are Temples.
Lovingkindness takes us out of exile to Paradise. Lovingkindness heals
the tortured. We have tortured and we cease and heal with lovingkindness.
No one can redeem the deeds we have done but ourselves. Gimel comes to
the battle and takes the two of us into its arms. For Gimel to exist I
must exist alongside the Other and the Other must be present with me.
It runs after us to give us the courage of reconciliation. Each of us
is rich in gifts and we run to give what we have to the other. We are
the rich ones giving to the poor ones with an open heart. The rich ones
give to the poor ones. The rich ones give to the poor one. Instead of
these great wars, we enter the gilgul, the wheel, the cycle, death and
rebirth, transformation, the souls journey. There is a great wave
coming toward us. It is God running toward Creation; we run together toward
God. Alone, I cannot accomplish it but if we are all alongside each other,
redemption comes. Gimul invokes the loving kindness of the souls
journey that is generous to all beings.
There is a door. We open the door that seems closed. We go through it
from one world to another. In the fourth world, adepts enact the miracle
of the first world, the great Peace that passeth understanding. Blood
will not be spilled. Da, we Know before whom we stand. The Judge discerns
when we carry peace in our hearts, and when we are carrying fear, hate
or murder. This knowledge. The hidden place on the Tree of Life. Daat
is a door that we must open. Only then, Devekut. We bind ourselves to
You and You are everywhere as we, poor ones, receive you. All of us are
poor and bend down before the Holy One. Thus our egos are finally nullified
as our souls are lifted up and ignited. We ask assistance from the four
elements, the four directions for all beings. We open the doors of the
four worlds: invisible, animal, vegetable, mineral. We invoke the Tetragrammaton
on behalf of Creation. After our selves are finally undone, Dalet opens
the door to Peace.
Here we are. Everything is broken. We are broken into many pieces. We
are shattered into all the tiny but Holy distinct pieces of Creation.
Atomized. Each one of us is a part of the shattering. We shatter and we
are shattered. Because we are different from each other, we are the holy
sparks. God calls us each. What can we say? We search our souls. Hitbodedut.
This is the time of soul searching. We must account for ourselves with
each other and with the world. Does Creation proceed from us or do we
annihilate it? Are we seeds or are we destruction? Is the earth green
under our touch or is it burning to extinction? Are the animals free and
abundant? Are the trees exultant in their great woods? We scrutinize each
of the 5 levels of our souls. We hear the voice again. The breath repeating
itself twice in the Name of God. Breathe now. Breathe again. Be still.
The breath carries us to the moment of awareness. Again, we are called.
It is time to say, Heenayni. Here I am. Behold. Revelation comes to each,
human and non-human in our own voice and understanding and way. It is
not for ourselves alone. Hei praises the sacredness and equality of all
the small particulars that are life and calls us forth on its behalf.
Vav mediates between the worlds. Vav joins heaven to earth. The lightning
bolt of illumination for every one to see. It is the holy light descending.
Vav calls every connection to be upright and sacred. Vav joins each one
to each one. Each one is unique and independent and we depend upon these
differences. We do not annihilate the others but treasure them equal to
ourselves for their distinct ways of living and knowing. Vav is the straight
line and the hook, the separate and individual paths that are fastened
to each other. The jeweled net of Indra. The network of all life. The
web of inter-being. This is the sacred that Vav mediates. When we forget
Vidui, confession. We confess for each other. We strike our hearts
with our fists in great remorse and act accordingly. Vav invokes the sacred,
Zayin creates the Sabbath for all beings. Zayin offers the world rest,
the joy and relief of prayer and contemplation, the heart eased by the
Presence. Zayin is the holy life undistracted by personal and human cares
and lived harmoniously according to the divine law. Zayin enfolds the
secular and the sacred, the mundane and the esoteric. Zayin is the returning
light, the prayers rising upwards and gaining consciousness so that they
are on behalf of all. Zayin is remembering. Remembering the ethical life
and living it impeccably. Remembering our joys, giving thanks and offering
them to the world. Remembering our suffering with compassion and refusing
to enact suffering on anyone. Zayin is the sword put down. And here come
the grandfathers, the old ones, the ancestors in all shapes and forms
who have wisdom and sustain the living community of all beings benevolently
and equally. Zayin is the crown, the return to the great light, the splendor,
that rescues us from our own darkness and illuminates all things. Zayin
invokes the Presence in the world so that all beings live in its great
Life, the holy of holies. The faces of God are the living faces of Creation.
A warning to all of us regarding the destruction and desecration we are
wreaking in the world. We are doing this. We are. A small group of people
gathered in piety brings life, restores life, saves life. We can do this.
We can. We take the marriage vows under the canopy that shelters new life.
We enter into the sacred union. We recognize the forty-nine gates of wisdom
and do the work to pass through them, wise enough to study Peace. Life,
not destruction, flows from us. Chet is the gate through which the dreams
pass. The dream is the word of the divine, the teachings of the ancestors
calling us to the Way and the sacredness of all life. Chet is life. Chet
invokes life. LChaim. To life!
Tet is the vessel. A vessel containing the blessing of Peace. Nine months
We are pregnant with Peace. In its good time, Peace will be born. The
sefirah, Yesod, the vessel, the angel or the attribute of God, that symbolizes
Peace. Peace is the only vessel containing blessing. The staff became
the living snake in Moses hand. Nefustan, the great serpent, is
a name of God. The caduceus. Healing. Transformation. The Nine lives of
peacemaking. Tiferet. Beauty. We walk in Beauty. Tet invokes the goodness
of God. What more need be said? It is good. It is good. It is good. Peace
God. The name of God. The hand of God. The essential Presence of God everywhere.
The essence of God hidden in Creation and extended as the hand is extended.
The initial point from which Creation emerges. The point and the pathway.
Every letter, the tiny, infinite Yud in motion. Giving thanks. Two hands.
The hand extended in friendship. The hand of God extended to everyone.
To the Presence, everyone is a friend. Therefore, minyans, councils that
contain the wisdom of each individual. In council, together, we resurrect
all the peacemaking traditions. We gather in minyans for the prayers of
peace. The ten Sefirot and the pathway they travel. The attributes and
paths of Creation entering and creating the world, continuously. Yona,
the Dove of Peace. Yud invokes the Presence of God everywhere and gathers
us into the Holy Councils from which Peace emanates. God invoking God.
Keter. Here God first touches the world and Gods spirit flows in
the 10 Sefirot for the sake of creation. We touch our palms together in
gratitude, in prayer. The palm of God sustains us, is under every burden
and the palm of God blesses all of us. We raise our palms to receive Gods
bounty. We bless and we pray: Bless the clouds, bless the rain, bless
the air, bless the earth, bless the holy fire in all things. Honor. Honor
all. Honor all things. Honor all beings. Honor the mother and the father,
the old ones, the ancestors, the four legged people, the crawling people,
the standing people, the swimming people and the flying people. Honor
the stones and honor the fire of the hearth. Caf is the intent to restore
Gods creation. Honor all. Caf is the intentionality, the will power,
the focus, the one-pointedness, the devotion to prayer. Caf invokes the
honor due all beings and the intent of blessing the wondrousness of creation.
Learning and teaching. The teacher and the student stand before the agonies
and the mysteries of our time and respond with the wisdom of the heart.
The teacher teaches peacemaking and the student becomes a peacemaker.
One calls the other into being. The small flame of the moon is a light
in the dark night of these times. These are the days when we are learning
again and again what the words, Thou shalt not, mean. The
ability to say No. The willingness to say No.
The heart to say No. Thou shalt not kill. No, we will
not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Thou shalt not covet. We agree, No. No, killing. No theft.
No coveting. No bearing false witness. Lamed invokes the Lamed Vov, the
ones who secretly and tirelessly carry the suffering and righteous action
on behalf of the world. Lamed invokes the heart. Lamed invokes the Lamed
Vov here. In us.
Here are the deep waters of wisdom and redemption. Here is the underground
stream and the flowing fountain of Holiness. Here we purify ourselves
so that we may return to the original state of blessedness. We went away,
far away, from wisdom and purity, and now we step into the living waters
so that we may return. The fountain of wisdom is never ending, it flows
ceaselessly from the heights, and we drink from it. This is the wisdom
we need in these times and it is given to us in abundance. The secret
knowledge bubbles up from the springs in the earth, we bathe in it and
are refreshed. The waters of the earth are gathered and purified. The
waters are cleansed from our toxins and the wells we have poisoned are
clear. We go into retreat, we quarantine ourselves, we take the time we
must take, for our minds and hearts to be transformed from one consciousness
to another. We wander in the desert until we are other than we were. We
enter the kingdom, Malkut, restored. Mem calls the wise ones to guide
our spirits and we restore ourselves in the presence of angels. Mem invokes
the desire to return to holiness and means to purify ourselves. Mem is
the universal activity of midrash, the penetration of the story, in order
to understand the deeper meanings, the sacred teachings. Mem invokes the
Messiah in everyone so that the Messiah can be among us.
Nun invokes the Jubilee year when all debts are forgiven, all slaves freed,
all contracts dissolved. After Nun, no one is enslaved or beholden. Outside
of slavery, each one attends his or her soul. Nun is the recognition of
the soul in everyone. All souls are freed from the terrible servitude
of hunger, fear and oppression. There are forty-nine gates to wisdom,
Nun calls us to pass through the forty-nine in order to approach the fiftieth
gate which is Faith. We carry the faith of the existence of the Divine
and we serve that Peace in each moment. Now the spark is in us. Nun follows
Mem and serves the exultant creatures of the Holy sea abundant in their
joy and their liveliness. Nigun. A sacred melody. The song that Blesses
and Invokes the Presence of the Divine. Nun invokes the healing song that
brings all beings through the last gate where Faith is constituted in
the Presence of God.
The circle. The sacred circle. Everyone and everything is in the circle.
No one and no one thing is above another and each are necessary for the
completion of the circle. The circle is the wedding ring that unites each
with the other. With this ring, I thee wed. We say this to each other,
endlessly. Creation is the Holy Book that we learn to read and honor.
The secrets concealed in the worlds of holiness are revealed to all of
us for the sake of restoring Creation. The teacher supports and blesses
the student, transmits knowledge and blessings, in the way that the Divine
supports us and blesses us in the work of Peace. We offer ourselves to
God. Semichah. Each one of us. We are ordained to carry the wisdom that
the earth and Creation teaches. We learn the sacred stories. We carry
the sacred stories of the elements, of the animals, of the trees, of the
water, of the angels, of the spirits, of our peoples in us as maps leading
us toward Peace and kindness to each other. We search out the stories
of peacemaking. We are all, in our different ways and languages, the servants
of the sacred and the endless cycle of life. Samech verifies the completeness
we feel when we are dancing with each other. The endless cycle. The endless
cycle of the Sefirot descending and ascending. The ways and shapes of
Divinity entering the world and Creation rising toward Spirit. Samech
invokes the future.
Peace depends upon humility. What is great in any nation becomes greater
with humility. What is arrogant, oppressive, imperial is undone with humility.
We have lacked humility, and we humble ourselves. Ayin is an eye. Perception.
Insight. We see the great harm we have done to others and to the earth
and we take in these insights and perception with humility. We do not
know how to proceed. We call upon the Sanhedrin, the ancestors, the Council
of Holy Ones to guide us. The Sanhedrin are composed of all the ancestors
of all the peoples in the world. We call upon the names of God, the secret
attributes of God, the many faces to inform us. Each people knows another
name and face of God. When we bring all the names and faces of God into
the circle then the full nature of God as humans can know it, is revealed.
The eye of God is upon us. And the eye of God sees through us all. We
worship together. The different colors that we are, the full spectrum
we carry together become the rainbow that is the covenant that we first
make with each other. The covenant that we broke is renewed. We restore
the sacred groves, the rain forests, the forests, the woods, the olive
trees of peace that we cut down, and worship there among them. Ayin invokes
the Tree of Life.
The mouth. Words. Words that open the gates. Right speech. The words we
are obliged to speak and the words we must never speak. The end of evil
speech. The end of calumny and bearing false witness. The end of propaganda.
The end of the lie. The doors that right speech opens. The power of prayer.
Pei supports the power of prayer. Pei is the wisdom of all that is hidden
from us. In dangerous times, one can not rely on what is obvious or on
the surface, one must find the wisdom that is concealed. The elephant.
Wonder of wonders. We make alliances with the other animals of the world.
We learn the languages of the beasts, the birds and the trees. We speak
peace between all of us. Peace is carried into the world with the entrance
of the Shechinah, the indwelling aspect of the Divine. We go to the Holy
apple orchard, to Pardes, to meet Her. The miracle of the invocation of
Pardes on earth. The simple truth. The simple heart. The simple prayer.
Being present. Here. The ability and willingness to be here and to be
open to what is present among us. Pei invokes the words of God as they
come through all of us and open the gates to Peace. The Word. That miracle.
In the beginning, the Divine One withdrew for the sake of creation. Tzadik
represents the sacred act of withdrawing to make room for others. The
world emerges where we are not. Tzimtzum. Preferring Creation to ourselves.
The sacred act of allowing each its place. Bending ourselves to the Higher
Will. Offering Tzadakah. Hunting out what we can offer. The act of giving
rather than taking. We have taken what belongs to others, we have taken
what should not have been taken from the earth, we have taken more than
we needed, Tzadakah, reverse this. We give everything we have to rectify
the situation. We are defined by our giving. We become the bedrock of
generosity. Righteousness. Hunting out righteousness. Hunting out the
fallen sparks. The Tzadik. Tzadikim. The righteous ones. The Tzadik bring
down the light of heaven. The great wisdom of the world of Atzilut, the
world of Emanation is drawn down deep in our world through the activity
of the Tzadik. Tzadik invokes the congregation of the righteous from everywhere
on the planet, the elders, the teachers, the healers, the holy ones, the
council or minyan of the righteous who become who they are in concert
with each other.
The great prayer in the face of death. The great prayer of mourning and
praise. Kuf invokes the prayer, Kaddish, for all the wrongful deaths we
have invoked. We claim all the dead as our dead and we mourn them all.
All the dead are our dead and we say Kaddish for them. Yitgadal
May the Great Name whose Desire gave birth to the universe,
Resound through the Creation Now
. We raise the glass, we Bless
the wine of life for all people, all beings: Sanctification We make the
great sacrifice, whatever is necessary so that peace will come. We give
up whatever we must give up that stands between us and peace. We make
of ourselves an offering to all beings so that what we do is sacred, so
that our peaceable actions have the power of this sacrifice. Whatever
Peace wants we offer to it as a Sacred offering, a Holy sacrifice. We
welcome peace as the luminous face of the Sabbath Bride. Kabalat Shabbat.
We make ourselves so small that we can go through the eye of a needle.
We follow the moon through her nineteen years of cycling the sun. We do
not have to be the great light. We are content to reflect the light. We
take down the walls we have put up and what we surround, we surround only
with love and holiness. Kuf invokes the Sacred. Kadosh. Kadosh, Kadosh.
Holy. Holy. Holy.
The wind. Ruach. We pray for the wind. We clear the air from the toxins
we have released so that the wind may blow through the world as a great
spirit. Ruach. Spirit. Breath. We follow the breath. We meditate upon
Peace. We honor the breath of life in all beings. When we breathe in we
take in the spirit. Compassion. Have Compassion. Rachel, the great womb,
the great mother, weeping for her lost children. We weep for all our lost
children. We do not send our children to die in the war. We refuse to
allow any children to die in war. All the children are our children. We
are Rachel to all the children. HaRachaman. Rachman. The all Merciful.
The all Compassionate one. We become healers. We ask what will heal the
world. We invoke God so that God might heal through us. We are poor but
we are not destitute. When we are rich, we make others poor. There are
not enough resources in the world for everyone to be rich. The poor planet.
We can all have enough if we are poor in goods and rich in spirit. So
we bow our heads so that Spirit might enter into us. We begin again. We
put an end to the path we have been walking that endangers the world.
We begin again. And we begin with the Spirit. Reshimu, the impression
of Holiness. Reish invokes the Holy Spirit. Ruach Hakodosh. It blows through
The flame. The Eternal Flame. The Eternal Light. We must change our ways.
We have the power to change our ways and bring Peace wherever we walk.
We have broken the sacred vessels. Shvirat HaKaum. It happened before
but in the last years we have broken them again. We have done this. We
must gather up the sparks. We must make Peace. Shalom. Not only for us
but for all beings. Peace to those whom we call enemy. Shalom. Salaam.
Peace to them first so that we will not have enemies. Shanaim. Two. There
must be an end to duality. Two together are not a division. Two together
are the two candles of the Sabbath Blessing. Sound the Shofar. The animal
opens the gates of Heaven and calls the divine spirit into the world.
We can no longer sacrifice the animal. The animal is holy. Shin invokes
the Letters of Flame. Shin is the Letter of Flame within the Letters of
Flame. Shin invokes the Holy One. Shaddai. Shaddai. Shaddai. May there
be Peace. Shalom. Shalom.
Tav completes the Invocation. It is complete. All the Letters are in this
last Letter. All the prayers are in this prayer. Stamps, marks, signs,
seals. We bear the mark on our foreheads of those who have killed their
brothers. Repentance. Teshuvah. We do Teshuvah. We make amends. We repent.
We make reparations. We return to holiness. We follow Torah, the Law.
We follow the cosmic law. Prayer. We pray that God will bring Peace to
the world. We speak the truth. We live in truth. Emet is the seal. Emet.
Tikkun Olam. We do the work of Tikkun Olam. We rectify, we redeem, we
repair the world. We live among all beings as equals and so we make the
world whole. The world is redeemed. The world is made whole. Tav invokes