I once met a bright and happy girl about whom someone said “the sun shines upon her. Some people are just like that”.
Imagine a world where thoughts are things. You think of something and it immediately comes into existence. You experience a mood and everyone can see it. People walk around surrounded with dark clouds above the heads, and others carry their own rays of sunshine. This might be an interesting imaginative exercise until we apply it to ourselves – what are your thoughts creating?
The Hebrew word _Devarim_, eternally translated into its none-too-helpful Greek name ‘Deuteronomy’, means ‘words’, ’things’ or ‘matter’. In the ancient language there is no difference in this regard between thoughts and things. Sticks and stones may break stuff but words will hurt, words will heal, words will destroy and words will create. Add the letter ‘L’ into words and you have _worlds_ – even the English barely hides the power of our utterances.
The Kabbalistic theories of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria taught of four worlds which simultaneously exist in parallel dimensions. Our physical state exists within the World of Action (_Olam Assiyah_) and is preceded by the World of Formation (_Olam Yetzirah_). In the next dimension there is no sense of time or space and it was just a moment ago that Rome was sacked, King Lear was written, and Vesuvius erupted. In this world, we are taught, thoughts can be seen and our very emotions and words create matter. What exists on the inside can be seen on the outside.
Back to our initial world of action where thoughts are matter made real. Life would change if we could see the results of our thoughts and emotions, the same way that insects might see fragrances in the air or an MRI scanner can view layers that are hidden from the naked eye. We might move from a culture of blame, fear and anger to one of conscious love, and holding peaceful and powerful thoughts at every possible moment. Then, and only then, could we choose for the sun to shine upon us at all times.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet 1:V
Spiritual meditation for the coming week:
“One should concentrate his intellect and understanding deeply for a period every day, or at night before Tikkun Chatzot, to contemplate how through his sins he has brought about the exile of the Divine presence, and caused his spirit and Divine soul to be uprooted from the Divine Source in Life” (Iggeret HaTeshuva Middle of Chp 7).