Thank you Brian for all your wisdom.
And thanks Susan for teaching us how to raise hands. I may try to do that if I can get to a Live class.
Wondering what the longer prayers you are saying that are not part of the Ashrei? I heard them a few of times when envisioning a sefirot outside of the body and I think once for the sefirot at the body.
Just for clarification, I am not asking about the single word and the Hah, Wah, Yah, but am curious where those single words are from . I remember from the other classes that the Hah, Wah Yah are from YHVH.
Also, I feel a bit incomplete when I just visualize the Hei in my body and do not include another Hei for my longer body. Anyone else feel this way?
There are three different texts in the practice: Sefer Yetzirah, the Aleinu prayer, and Psalm 145 (Ashrei). Also, part of the Aleinu quotes the Torah passage "V'hashivota el l'vavekha..."
Each sefirah has 3 different sections of visualization and chanting, corresponding to the 3 different texts:
Touching top of head, perceptualize Keter as sphere of white light at your crown, and chant:
אחת רוח אלהים חיים
Akhat – Ruakh Elohim Hayim
(One – Breath of the Living Divine)
Perceptualize second Keter as a sphere of white light a few feet above your head, and chant:
הוּא אֱלהֵינוּ אֵין עוד
Hu Elohienu Ayn Od
(It is our Divinity, There is Nothing Else)
Visualize Aleph above head between the two Keters,
Thinking: “Open to Joy and Sorrow”
Bring hand to heart, visualize center line of light extending from top Keter down into the heart, and chant:
אֲרוֹמִמְךָ֣ אֱלוֹהַ֣י הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ וַאֲבָרֲכָ֥ה שִׁ֝מְךָ֗ לְעוֹלָ֥ם וָעֶֽד
Aromimkha Elohai HaMelekh, va’avarkha Shimkha le’olam va’ed
(I will exalt You, my Divinity, the Sovereign, and I will bless Your Name forever and ever.)
Also, we will do a visualization of the lower hei- it's coming!
Brian Yosef, I am really enjoying the class and gaining new insights with each session. However, when we got to the Zayin sefirah, I found it awkward when you changed the order of inner sefirah to outer. It broke up the flow for me and still does every time I replay the practice. Is there a reason for this?
There is a reason for it. But first, to clarify, it doesn't change the order of the inner and outer sefirot. What it does is put the letter Zayin as the second text, between the inner and outer. So, the inner is still first, the outer is still second, but Zayin comes between them. The reason has to do with the way we will be tracing the pyramids. It's hard to explain without doing it, but we will go over this in class soon.