Truth is Beyond the Senses

If we visit a canyon and call into it our voice will naturally reverberate around and return to us. Do we actually hear our voice? No, we are hearing the echoes of our voice. If stand under the night sky and look up at the stars, are we actually seeing those stars? We are not seeing the stars; we are seeing light they’ve emitted perhaps millions of years ago. Our hearing and our seeing is misleading. When we look at the stars, we are seeing the reflection of something that happened millions of years ago. Are we looking into the […]

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The Doshas and the Cycles

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From the book, Spiritual Nutrition:  The seasons, the time of day, and one’s age are also forces affecting the balance of the doshas. From birth to the teen years, the predominant dosha is kapha. It governs growth. The most obvious manifestation of this is the tendency for frequent colds and runny noses we see in young children. From the teens to the sixties, pitta tends to predominate. Later, there is a tendency toward vata disorders such as arthritis, dryness of skin, tremors, emaciation, and memory loss. As we get older, no matter what our constitution, we need to shift our […]

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🌎 The Kapha Dosha 💧

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The kapha principle can be translated as biological water. It is considered to be formed from earth and water elements. Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection. The Kapha dosha also regulates biological strength, vigor, stability, and natural tissue resistance. It lubricates the joints, moisturizes the skin, gives energy to the heart and lungs, helps heal wounds, and fills the spaces in the body. Kapha activates the anabolic or growth forces in the body – one […]

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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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