Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

This learn of the need of mystical faith, additionally indicates how conventional Western doctrine should be reconciled with the intuitive faith of the Orient.

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The five phonetic origins of speech in the mouth together with the ten fingers of the hands equal 15. ” Relative to the mouth (which possesses five origins of speech), the brit is singular in the sense that it possesses one origin of procreative energy. This 1 together with the 10 toes of the feet equal 11. We thus see how the “higher union” and “lower union” of God’s Name Havayah is most beautifully reflected by the human model portrayed in Sefer Yetzirah. The “higher union” appears in the first two letters of the Name Havayah Chapter Two: Mystical Anatomy 53 (yud, hei ), which equal 15.

May God shine His countenance upon you and be gracious to you. 49 The priests recite this blessing with their hands raised (the blessing itself is referred to as “the raising of the palms”). 50 The letter lamed, whose numerical value is 30, represents the 30 bones of each hand. The two lamed ’s of the two hands, when facing each other, form an image of the heart. ” The “five fingers” of the “uplifted hand” are, in fact, the five phonetic origins of speech in the mouth: 1. the throat (from which emerge the four letters alef, hei, chet, and ayin), 2.

33 Certainly, the most evident allusion to the ten sefirot in the human body is the ten fingers. 38 Balance between the right and left axes of the sefirot is dependent upon the middle axis of the sefirot in 42 Body, Mind, and Soul general, and upon the faculty of da’at (“knowledge”) in particular. Da’at is the seat of the soul’s power of sensitivity. Physically, sensitivity becomes manifest as the sense of touch in the fingers. ) Da’at serves to balance the creative tension produced between the two symmetric groups of five sefirot each.

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