Intention: What if we explore Biblical wisdom from a physical perspective, and look at the Torah as if it is a living, breathing guide to unlock our higher potential? The question, on one foot: How the Entire Bible is Happening In Your Body Right Now, How You Can Hear the Messages, Apply Them To Your Life, Experience Greater Power, Clarity & Fulfil Your Soul’s Mission”. How can we read The Energy Torah?
Context: Noah is told to make himself an ark and in doing so he will save humanity from the forthcoming flood. Now we ask.. how is this story happening right now?
“Make For Yourself An Ark of Gopher Wood” (Gen 6: 14). We can also read this “make yourself [into] an Ark”…wait..what? how?
“Gopher wood” (6:14) – Let’s look at this more clearly. ‘Gopher’ is made from the Hebrew word ‘Guf’ which means ‘body’. “Eitz/Tree” – elsewhere in Devarim/Deuteronomy we are told that human beings are a ‘tree of the field’ (Deut). So on a deeper level we can read this as if we are making the ark out of our physical body. This however could still use some deeper explanation. Let’s keep going…
“You shall we make the ark with compartments” (6:14) – our body has different ‘compartments’. For now I’ll suggest we focus on three ‘compartments’: below the waist, below the neck, and the head. More in a moment.
“you shall caulk it both inside and outside with pitch.” (6:14). The Hebrew word for pitch or tar is ‘KoFeR’ which is the same spelling as Kippur (like Yom Kippur) or Kaparah (atonement, at-one-ment). In other words…coat yourself inside and out with a sense of humility, atonement, expiation, cleansing. Continually cleanse yourself in & out…
“And this [is the size] you shall make it: three hundred cubits the length of the ark, fifty cubits its breadth, and thirty cubits its height.” (6:15). Kabbalistic tools will help us deconstruct this. Let’s use the concept of the sefirot, the 10 Divine Spheres (see The Kabbalah Sutras for a practical guide & explanation to this).
“300 cubits length”– We have 10 toes that represent the 10 lower spheres, and 10 fingers that represent the 10 upper spheres (Sefer Bahir). We also have 7 ‘gates’ in the head, eg 2 nostrils, 2 eyes, 2 ears + 1 mouth ~ this represents the 7 physical sefirot, plus our wisdom (chochmah), understanding (binah) and knowledge (da’at) that takes us to 10. Or maybe you could say our 2 nostrils/2 ear’oles/ 2 eyes/mouth + 2 brain lobes + pineal gland (aka 3rd eye) = 10. So that’s three sets of 10 in our body. Then multiply each one of those by 10 because the Kabbalah teaches in many places the concept of a partzuf, eg each Divine sphere is a microcosm of the rest, so every one will contain all of the rest. 3 x 10 x 10 = 300. If this seems complicated I can explain it quite easily if we sit down together for 16 hours…
“50 cubits breadth” – Kabbalists teach 5 levels of our soul (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Chaya, Yechida) so multiply each of these by the 10 sefirot/Divine spheres).
“30 cubits height” – this is more ‘simple’ 🙂 – it’s your 10 toes, 10 fingers, 10 parts of head. Literally your ‘height’.
“You shall make a skylight for the ark” (Gen 6:16). Rabbi Nachman of Breslov has a beautiful teaching on this, translated in the ‘Tzohar’ booklet by the Breslov Institute. I’ll keep it simple..what’s the ‘skylight’ in your head? Your third eye, pineal gland, point of enlightenment. Or, make your head a light, use it to spread light. You can also see the clear play on words – Tzohar = light..but ‘Zohar’ is the name of the biggest work of Kabbalah, the book of Illumination or Enlightenment. We can also break down that last word EN = in /LIGHT = light EN = in /MENT = mind. In other words put light in your mind.
THE WHOLE IDEA IN ONE SENTENCE, IF ANYONE IS STILL READING THIS FAR: The idea is to make your body into an Ark. Coat yourself inside and out with Divine consciousness and forgiveness. Be aware of the Divine spheres in all parts of the body, remember you are made in the image of God. The Flood? Your body is 57-60% water…you are literally in a ‘flood’ of water! Or a flood of emotions (emotions = water, the feminine). In sci-fi literature, Margaret Atwood’s novel “After the Flood” has some cool ideas. The bottom line: stay connected to your Divine consciousness at all times and keep your head above the water.
Ok..so what can we do with all this? You might take any one of these ideas as a starting to point to meditate on how you can reach your highest, fullest potential.
> Thanks to my friend Rabbi Brandon Gaines for his input and teaching http://rabbibrandongaines.com/.