Balancing Spiritual Life

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One of the most challenging dynamics on the spiritual path is the balance between gevurah and chesed. Gevurah is boundaries and severity. Chesed is loving kindness and mercy. The balance between these left and right poles is tiferet, meaning beauty. Beauty is the balance between severity and mercy. This struggle to find balance between these points is something everyone experiences within themselves. Most of us constantly are asking, “How far do I go?”; “Where do I draw the line?”; “Where should I let up a bit and be gentler with myself and others?” This is a struggle that doesn’t necessarily […]

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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 Sevenfold Peace

Essene Sevenfold Peace Peace with the Body Peace with the Mind Peace with the Family Peace with the Community Peace with all Cultures Peace with the Ecology Peace with the Divine Peace with the body has far more implications than physical health. The enlightened mystical rabbi Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidic Judaism, said, “A small hole in the body can create a big hole in the soul.” This becomes increasingly important as we live in a planetary situation where chemtrails, GMOs, irradiation of food, radiation, pesticides, herbicides, and a variety of other toxins are increasing and it is harder […]

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Truth

When you look at the world today, you can’t help but notice that there are very few people living in the truth. We can blame it on the politicians, but the politicians reflect the population. Living in the truth doesn’t mean you have to be enlightened. It’s more about living in integrity with the best you can in terms of an inner truth. The more you meditate and do the Six Foundations, the more you are in touch with the inner truth. It is  just what happens. Then living in the truth, which is not about any ideas, concepts, religion, […]

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Scientific Support for Collective Meditation-Prayer

The following is an excerpt for Dr. Cousen’s book Creating Peace by Being Peace The Peace Every Day Initiative has been deeply inspired and validated by many scientific research projects that clearly demonstrate the power and effectiveness of group meditation-prayer for creating peace. The idea that a critical mass of meditators being peace in a specific population area can create positive social change has been supported by more than 300 studies. For example, in 1973, Dilbeck and Associates found in twenty-two similar cities,with populations of approximately 25,000, in half of those cities, where 1 percent of the population was practicing […]

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Peace is the One in front of the Zeros

There are different levels of understanding of how to go about achieving peace. Most important is quieting our mind in order to access this inner peace. It is the metaphorical One in front of the zeros. The Six Foundations and the Sevenfold Peace are about accessing this inner peace. The Six Foundations are as follows: Spiritual Nutrition and Spiritual Fasting Building Life Force Energy through Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, jumping on a Rebounder (bringing the oxygen in), etc., Service and Charity, Working with a Spiritual Teacher; Tuning into the Ancient Scriptures to get a framework of the […]

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The Cosmic Heart Beneath the Sense of Emptiness

The great spiritual wisdom is learning how to walk in our multi-dimensional world integrating all the dimensions in a synergistic way. People usually talk about the physical plane, but as consciousness expands we also begin to be exposed in different levels of spiritual planes.  The spiritual mystery is how to walk in all the planes consciously. Although most people do not walk in the plane of emptiness, a more practical question is: What does one do with that sense of emptiness that most people have in their lives?  Even though most people do not live in the great emptiness, “How […]

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Building Character (Midot)

Dear Ones, Spiritual life is eternally simple, yet appears complex. It is reflected in what Muktanda’s Guru, the God-merged being called Nityanada, said to him… “Throw away your books and intellectual spiritual questions and meditate.” It is the same message today from an Essene point of view: The teaching of the Torah, its prophets, and of the deep Kabbalah is both simple and profound. It is to live in a way that illuminates and activates our essential, conscious oneness with YHWH. That oneness is already there, but without us being aware of it and putting this teaching at the center […]

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Jess Inman

Beautiful location! The food and spa services were amazing. Everyone was really friendly. It was a great place to take a break for a few days. I really appreciated the space for meditation at the beginning and end of the day.

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Hamish Quinney

The whole experience was great, the days were full of joyful activities and teachings on all aspects of healthy life style, the happy smilely staff made the stay so much nicer. If you are ready for a lifestyle change and want to reach and understand a high level about health go to the Tree.

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