What Do I Know?

One of my teachers, Shlomo Carlebach, the singing rabbi, used to end his stories with the rhetorical question, “What do I know?” The teaching is God reigns over the chaos. The world is forever out of control in our limited understanding, because we don’t know. We look at the politics of the world today, and it is pretty crazy. Everything is complicated. In the story of Korach, the earth opened up beneath him and whole families associated with him went into this hole, even babies. Aren’t babies innocent? Maybe, and maybe not. Maybe, depending on past lives, there was something […]

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Essene Week 10: The Essene Way of Life as a Peace Teaching

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The Essenes practiced an agricultural, community-based lifestyle away from the cities. There were no rich or poor among them because of the alignment of their economics, lifestyle, and society with Divine Law. The Essenes considered Divine Law to be the sum total of all the laws governing all manifestations of the forces of nature and the cosmos. This Divine Law is perhaps best summarized as the Living Law of Love and Harmony with All Creation. In accordance with their sense of Divine Law, the Essenes had no slaves and were said to be the first society to condemn slavery both […]

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Essenes Week 9: The Noon Communions of The Sevenfold Peace

The following Communions are prayers you may say or contemplate each day of the week at mid-day to connect with the Essene energy of the Sevenfold Peace. SATURDAY: Peace with Radiance of the Universe If I say that Adonai Dwelleth within me, then are the heavens ashamed; If I say that Adonai Dwelleth outside of me, it is a falsehood. The eye which scanneth the far horizon and the eye which seeth my heart is one eye. Adonai is not manifest. Adonai is not hidden. Adonai is neither revealed, nor unrevealed. There are no words to tell that which Adonai, […]

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Essenes Week 6: The Universality of the Essene Path

One world soul or working in unity does not in any way mean forcing anyone to follow a particular form of worshipping God. In this context, as Essenes, we are specially obligated to live in harmony with all creation and to perceive the world’s transcendent unity. It is our joyous duty to share by example this unity with all sentient beings. Our focus is not simply personal transcendence, but the social and spiritual transcendence of the whole world. We need to bring into the world a morality and spirituality imbued with an awareness of Yah’s presence. It is Kedushah or […]

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Essene Week 4-The Essene Mantra

The Essenes taught a way of being whole and peaceful that included following the laws of the Torah, but took one beyond rote performing of the laws. Their teachings were not meant to replace the Ten Commandments, but rather to offer a way to transform oneself into the living law of the Ten Commandments as the Ten Speakings. The teaching and lineage were given to King David, King Solomon, Samuel the Prophet, and to the prophets Elijah, Elisa, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Amos. Many of these prophets lived on the Mount Carmel mountain range and guided the people who gathered […]

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Week 3: The Modern Living Essene Way

The Modern Living Essene Way, with its foundation in the perennial liberation wisdom teachings going back to Enoch, and perhaps even Adam, is not a religion. It is a way of life grounded by ancient and basic principles that can guide us to creating the Sevenfold Path of Peace in our lives, and on the living planet. The Essenes, like the Sufis, were the mystics of their respective traditions. According to oral tradition, they actually pre- ceded these religions. It is possible that the ancient Sufi and Essene teachings have the same pre-Noachide source. The modern Essenes represent, in the […]

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Week 2-Who Were the Essenes?

The Modern Living Essene Way is a general path that resonates with the historical life and core truths of the ancient Essenes. It connects to the particular spiritual life of the prophetic, Kabbalistic mystics of the desert, known as the Essenes. It is a complete path and lineage of liberation that goes back 5,000 to 6,000 years, probably to the time of Adam, and more specifically was activated by Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam. The teachings and way of life of the Essenes were most accurately described by Flavius Josephus, the Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, and Philo, the […]

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Week 1-The Consciousness of the Essenes

Today, the world urgently needs bridges of unity between the world’s religions, especially for brothers and sisters of Jewish and Christian back- grounds, if we are to create jointly the conditions necessary to usher in the Messianic Age. To achieve this holy state, we need to embrace the perennial truth of all paths: The Divine Presence is the essence of who we truly are. When we are blessed by this consciousness, known as deveikut in the Living Essene Way, we are living the Truth of all religions. From this Truth, which is our natural, awakened state, we begin to emanate […]

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A Liberation Lifestyle

There are two levels of dharma. The first is what you do in your life. The second is the ultimate dharma – to know God. If you have the right perspective, everything is pointing that way… but that is the background for the discussion. When we say the prayer, “L’shem yichud”, it is a reminder that we are multi-dimensional beings, living both on the physical plane, the astral plane, the mental plane also on the plane of the Nothing, the plane of chokmah, or wisdom. In the yoga tradition there is a nice way of explaining dharma. It is one […]

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The Dual/Non-Dual Illusion

Today I’m speaking about the illusion of the dual and the non-dual awareness. We have different levels of reality that we consciously and unconsciously operate within. We have the gross duality of good and evil, right and wrong. We have another level of duality that says, “Whatever God does is for the best”, which is a part of right and wrong but beyond the gross reality. We have another reality that says, “It doesn’t matter what God has to say, there is nothing separate from God.” This is spoken in the sense that it’s all one; that there’s no right […]

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