A New Day, a Cup of God Creation!

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I Bless the Sacred Nine Directions

High there ~ Rainbow family ~ Let me bow to thee. Cup of GoD is back (Summer Solstice 2011)~ Let's Dance!

Let me share my heart with thee. I finally re-unite with my family. I have been in a hole, U know, the kinda U make yourself. That’s why here starts my log-diary (magenta child's stories to share), blessings wherever I go – every cigarette (golden leaf, must start from the green grass steep/le), what a show! I should smoke less, or can one over-bless ;-) ? The fire-forgiveness-ceremony appeared to bee strange, as I was shocked about the huge field and range, of beings that came to my mind, bee (dream impossible dreams) it_I LOVE, bee it_I FORGIVE, bee it_I BLESS, in the end_it was “ALL kind ;-) ”.

Self-esteem re-charged, love spread along my way through the day. Blessing spaces I enter, the air & smoke I inhale, The fire (sun and rainbow colors), the water (rain, tears, clouds in the sky) need to bee ordinarily blessed and so do I. And so WBCW (White Buffalo Calf Woman our Twin Deer Mother) is right in saying that: “Upon blessing, ALL is well” (fine-tuned synchronicity says I, vision of me, the dream). The first step is done. We have come to the very core of my E-G-O (selfishness has been relieved through sacred blessings). Let’s rock those final walls! – Judging from day 01 (today), the blessings (Holy Week Day) really seemed to have infected the outcome of the day’s “meetings” & “experiments” positively (rather the right way, heavenly on the blue road display, the heart radiates all the way, a light from within, the golden ray, brotherhood is here to stay).

~ Yee-Haa ~ ThanX

Bowing to U, so U can flow through (grandmother dreamspace, gray),

your Magenta-Aqua-Yellow ~dancer~,

& wanna-bee “great caretaker & great librarian”

Blessed bee ***

Bees are world-class navigators. Honeybees communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through a sophisticated dance "language". In 1973, Karl von Frisch received a Nobel Prize for deciphering this bee language, which consists of a circle dance and a tail wagging dance. It accurately tells other bees the angle from the sun and the distance to the nectar. Bees use the sun as a compass. Even when the sun is obscured by clouds, bees can detect it's position from the light in brighter patches of the sky. Bees also can see ultraviolet designs in flowers like an airplane circling an airport sees the landing lights on a runway. Honeybees also have a built-in clock that appears to be synchronized with the secretion of nectar from flowers.

Do your dance, be the romance. The sweetness of the flower upon your breathe. Do bow to know the glorious show, it will be okay in a moment, when you let it all flow (through). Do not doubt who you are, the radiant and true. Just do your blessings and learn to exchange, your gift of love for all of his pain. Sings Grandmother Comfort in the Wind for Cup of God, the Honey Bees!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Wrap about Paradigm Shift

When we approach Jewish Renewal we are challenged to engage with the Paradigm Shift.  Many are perplexed about this profound challenge in how we approach the emerging reality.  Paradigm Shift is a consciousness change that is flowing through science, art, and spirituality.  It is born out of the discourse of change.  The birth of a new way of seeing things, in the light of a civilization that is transforming its focus from a limited three tier universe (heaven, earth and hell), to one that takes into account multi-universes.  Quantum theory, feminism, minority rights, and a post-racial view of the world were realities that forced themselves into our collective psyche.  A world had changed.  But this was not the first time this had happened.

Moshe Kibeyl Torah beSinai – ‘Moses received the law at Sinai’.  Never has a phrase so challenged and retarded us in our history.  It is not the phrase itself, but our reading of it that caused such a problem.  There are those who hold that the entire Torah was received, including the Talmud.  The problems this view has created are manifold, including stopping us moving forward.  That there was a revelation that transformed our collective sub-conscious at ‘Sinai’ is a part of the mythos of our people.  This mythological event was a transformative part of our psyche.  It enshrined a new relationship with the Divine.  Yet, was it the same revelation as the one we have now.  ‘Would Moshe come to Shacharit and lay Tefillin?’  Clearly not, but we need to be aware that things have not always been as they are now.

This was the period of the Bayit Rosh, or the First Temple.  When we worshiped, we did it through the priesthood in the Mishkan Rosh, or First Tabernacle.  The Divine was still distant, and to be approached through others.  But the beginnings of a new way of looking at the universe were coalescing.  We were not alone in this journey.  Akhenaton had heralded monotheism some 150 years earlier with his Atenist revelation.  The first of the Zarathustra’s had taught the doctrine of Ahura Mazda in Persia.  The Saivite and Vaishnava movements were being transformed by the forest sages called rishi's into an ethical vision of spirituality.

It took the first exile to Babylon to transform the Jewish psyche.  Exposed to all of these cultural, intellectual and spiritual influences our paradigm changed again.  By the time the exiles returned to Judah, they did not recognize the Judaism of the Jews who had remained behind.  It was they who built and established the Bayit Sheni, or Second Temple.  It was also there genius that brought about the birth of Rabbinic Judaism. 

With the fall of the Second Temple, a new paradigm was needed for our people to survive.  This was the Judaism of the Talmud.  A new way of relating to the Divine grew out of a vast array of influences, from Platonism to Apollonius of Tyana as well as Mithraism, an offshoot of Zoroastrianism.  The various Gnostic teachers also added to this divine recipe and the Judaism that met the rise of the two other Judeo-based faiths birth and rise was born.

This pattern of challenge and change was to continue, through the rise and fall of Al Andalus (Moorish Spain), the Baal Shem Tov’s Hassidic revelation, and the Ben Ish Hai in Baghdad set the scene for the coming storm of modernity.  The Haskalah or Enlightenment was a challenge that threatened the old certainties.  Science and reason where suddenly made available to Jewish populations moving out of a dark age of oppression.  Some embraced the rationalist agenda and expressed this in the Reform movements of Hamburg, and the United States.  They saw mysticism and the Tzaddik Agenda as being a part of history.  The Jewish people were beginning to tackle the Paradigm Shift to modernity.

The pattern of history seemed set like the course of a river, but an avalanche was about to rock that course to its core.  To understate the influence of the Shoah, or the Holocaust upon the Jewish psyche is to do it an injustice.  It has defined our history for the entire second half of the 20th century.  Our responsa to it has been varied.

The last Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson established his outreach to fulfill his aim of ‘chadesh yameinu k-kedem’ –‘renew our days as they were before’.  This is a society ruled by a Beth Din, or Religious Court of Law.  (Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, Renewal is Judaism Now, p28)

This mission statement meant that they [Chabad – a popular name for the Lubavitcher Hassidic Movement] sought, and seeks to recreate a world that belonged to an earlier paradigm, or model.  In trying to heal the injury done by the Shoah, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe sought to ‘turn the clock back’.  The reality was however that this ideal (and in his mind, Hassidic Orthodox) was beginning to crack.  In a city of such deep seated orthodoxy as Lvov, home of many Hassidic dynasties, a Reform Synagogue opened in 1880, and remained open until 1942.  Clearly some were opening to a new paradigm.

This Reform shule [Yiddish for synagogue] would have followed the German Reform Movement, that beacon of Progressive Judaism was slash-burnt to the ground in the ovens of the death camps.  Chabad and their ilk could claim the past, because so many of the Hassidic dynasties escaped in the early years of the Shoah.  The only ‘Reform’ voices were mainly American Reform.  The voices of a new consciousness rooted in a Hassidic and mystical culture who embraced a Progressive and egalitarian vision had been silenced.  American Reform just could not speak this language, and Progressive visions of the future Judaism languished in a ‘rationalist’ agenda that spoke more of Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson that the Baal Shem Tov, and Rabbi Isaac Luria.  Many Jews of Orthodox upbringing could not feel ‘comfortable’ in a world were halacha and chassidut were seen as quaint parts of our history.

The years after WWII where a whirlwind of activity for world Jewry.  Simply rebuilding our numbers and supporting a besieged Israel occupied us rather than rebuilding our culture.  Jews behind the Iron Curtain were suffering from the oppression all those poor souls suffered.  Chabad and the other Hasidic dynasties looked on communities busy engaging with an emerging new world, and enjoying freedoms and wealth never before possible.  Increased wealth meant more yeshivot training Rabbis to go out and take up positions in our communities.

In the 1960’s a great shift in consciousness began in the West.  The wisdom of the East, and especially India and Tibet began to come to the West.  These spiritual systems took in our injured youth, seeking to hear a message that fitted with their times.  These spiritual traditions were holders of spiritual technologies that rivaled the modern world’s scientific achievements.  This message was also clothed in love.  A healing began in the hearts of our young.  The miracle of this encounter was that so many of these teachers told their Jewish students to go back to their communities and take what they learnt with them.  I can vouch for this, as a Tibetan monk, I was present with several other Jewish monks who were given this very instruction.  Many Jews had been central to bringing this Paradigm Shift to the Western psyche, but in their hearts they remained Jewish.  How could they not bring healing and reconnect with the ways of their mothers and fathers?  The civil rights agenda, Gay and Lesbian rights, Feminism were all issues that these visionaries were open too.  But how to return? 

As the Orthodox Rabbinate became more Haredi than Dati (ultra-observant rather than observantly religious), and these mainly Chabad trained Rabonim moved into communities unable to hire a Rabbi, with all the support structures of the Chabad Outreach arm, the discourse of Orthodoxy became increasingly fundamentalist.  The rebuilding of the shtetl was happening in people’s minds.  Rabonim who could hardly pass a secular high school curriculum, yet highly steeped in Talmud took up communal leadership.  These poorly educated Rabonim were leading congregations that were made up of highly educated Jews, and their children who were already manifesting the Paradigm Shift in the wider community.  The result, many left observant Judaism and all looked bleak.

Young people growing up in this milieu were at a crisis point.  Was there a future of Judaism?  What were the choices?  American style Reform, or observant Hassidic Orthodoxy seemed to be the only voices coming to the table for most Jews seeking to reconnect.  Conservative Judaism was undergoing a struggle between reformers and traditionalists. 

But Rabbi’s Schachter-Shalomi and Carlbach were engaging in a dialogue with modernity.  They offered the gifts of tradition, mysticism, song, and joy via there various gifts.  Reb Wolf-Blank was creating a nascent community of brave spiritual pioneers in the Aquarian Minyan and the ideological and philosophical birth of Renewal emerged.

Meanwhile Israeli Backpackers were carrying cassettes of Rabbi Carlbach, Sephardi Israeli music and the growing Kabbalah was beginning to enter the parlance of Western Jewry.  As Israelis began to move into Jewish communities a living Hebrew culture was made immediate and relevant to many young Jews, Havurot began to form.  These synagogues without allegiance to any particular movement began to transform the Jewish landscape.  Progressive Judaism in all its forms was beginning to flow back to Israel as well.  Those who felt trapped by an increasingly restrictive Rabbinate began to want a progressive but spiritualized Judaism.  But how to move forward?

Jewish Renewal began to form, and its ideas began to imbue the consciousness of the Jewish psyche.  A Progressive Judaism did not have to be secular Judaism.  Some of the great voices in this new Progressivism were the new wave of women Rabonim.  These women brought a world of observance back into the Jewish lexicon of Progressive and Conservative Jews.

We are now 40-50 years into this evolution.  Waves of Jewish teachers, Rabonim, and philosophers have returned home.  Many converts who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and culture made the broth richer. 

The Reconstructionist movement, whose founder Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan ordained the first woman Rabbi in the 1930’s as well creating an operating system for negotiating modernity joined the Progressive Union.  This body is undergoing massive evolution and many of these Reconstructionist Rabonim share Jewish Renewal influences, if not outright membership.  Sephardim who were also Progressive are increasingly having their voices heard creating a diverse and emerging new set of voices in the choir of the Jewish people.

Joseph Campbell stated that western Judeo-Christian myth was essentially a dialogue of divorce.  (Masks of G-d, DVD from VHS 1989)  Its terms of reference worked well 3000 years ago, but were worn out.  What were needed were new ‘prophets’ who would breathe new life into the spiritual dynamo of Judaism.

In the Tibetan tradition, the great teacher Guru Padmasambhava was said to hide termas, or treasures.  These termas where spiritual treasures meant for a future age so that the tradition could speak for a new age.  These termas must meet a few criterion.  They cannot refute what came before them.  They must bring a new consciousness to flower.  They also must gather a community of practitioners to bring life to this new spiritual paradigm.  They in essence bring about a paradigm shift.  These treasure finders are honored with the title to Terton.  Some of these treasures included ritual objects, sacred texts and the most precious of all the mind termas.  Treasures that matured in the mind of the teacher.  They all shared in one quality.  They provided a path to freedom.  The way home!

Many faiths have their Tertons:  Zoroaster, Socrates, Taliesin, Apollonius of Tyana, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Quetzalcoatl, White Feather Francis of Assisi, and the list goes on.  Judaism has had its share to Tertons.  Avraham Avinu, Joseph haNavi, Moshe Rabbeinu, Yochanan ben Zakai, Maimonides, Baal Shem Tov, Mordecai Kaplan, Rav Kook to name just a few.

Grounded in Chassidut, Kabbalah and Torah learning, Rav Zalman Schachter-Schalomi found a treasure mature in his mind.  This treasure was the Paradigm Shift.  This revelation taught that we need to expand our model, creating a Cosmic Judaism.  A Judaism that can live with Quantum String Theory, Evolution, Feminism, and GLBT rights.  Instead of creating a world of the past, he conceived of a Judaism Now.  Others gathered, thirsty for this new Kiddush.

With his Credo of a Modern Kabbalist (2004) and Jewish with Feeling 2005, Reb Zalman and Jewish Renewal became a part of the mainstream Jewish world.  The Paradigm Shift became a part of the Jewish story.  Around this time Kabbalah became part of popular culture and a Paradigm Shift Kabbalah emerged.  Rav Luria, the ‘father’ of Kabbalah revealed this system in response to the fall of Al Andalus (Moorish Spain).  This system was taken up to bleak Eastern Europe in the world of the Mussar Movement (a legalistic moralism that flourished in Eastern Europe).  Like all Piscean movements, it emphasized fasting, penance and suffering with a mason-like secrecy around the Holy Kabbalah.  You had to be over 40, married, strict observers of the law (as a limited few saw it).  You also had to be male. 

We live in world were the old sureties are no longer applicable.  We have changed, and the Paradigm Shift is here.

The Paradigm Shift is a time of birth, of renewal and of transformation.  It is an expression of the universe’s yearning to ascend upwards.  Paradigm Shift Kabbalah, Halacha, and Judaism are part of that vision of Reb Zalman’s for a ‘sky-like’ Judaism.  With the other leaders of Jewish Renewal such as Rabbi’s Marcia Prager, David Cooper and Debra Orenstein a new wave of spiritualized Judaism is emerging.  This Paradigm Shift opens up new paths rooted in the old. 


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