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The Hebrew alphabet, especially when interpreted from a Kabbalistic perspective, is a richly woven tapestry of historic origins and esoteric meanings. These alphabetic letters hold mysterious, powerful, and transformative connections that remain constant, vital and forever within out being - waiting for release. Indeed, from a depth psychological perspective, the letters are transcendent forms that entail the visible, phenomenological, and spiritual universe. But from an experimental point of view, the letters must also be meaningfully and actively engaged to release their potential. Thus, it is through meditative personal interaction with each letter's valence that their universal, spiritual, and personal messages can be unveiled,absorbed and understood.
The Hebrew alphabet, although comprised of twenty-two distinct forms, is as infinite in its effect as is one's capacity for imagining life. As an analogy, one might envision the letters to be portals through which one may pass into the levels of the infinite mystery for which the are prepared. This crossing of threshold, the absorption of the letter's valences, is a Kabbalistic process that contains an infinite mirroring of oneself into the other - a magical coming together of essence, presence, authenticity, and embrace - a path in life that embodies the transcendent function and the numinous dimensions that beckon to be engaged. As such, the twenty-two Hebrew letters are gifts from the gods, invocations to become transparent by opening up to the mystery, and thus re-imagining our lives.
The essays in this book are the result of a shared interest in the esoteric Kabbalistic process, and are more specifically reflections on the twenty-two paintings and prayer poems of the Hebrew letters created by artist Elizabeth Fergus-Jean. In turn, these essays provide multiple entry points to engage the Kabbalistic processes through the voices of the individuals who have been deeply moved and informed by them.
Posted August 12, 2010
This is a remarkable journey into the esoteric power of the Hebrew alphabet and ultimately the doors we can open up to greater transcendent imagination. Each of the book's sage essays provides enlightening perspectives, culminating with Fergus-Jean's first hand account of the ecstatic visions she beheld through her artistic engagements with the letters of the Kabbalah. These are all evidenced in the twenty-two paintings and prayer poems she created and the contributing essays by Christine Downing and Rabbi Mel Gottlieb on the mystical Kabbalah. A powerful vision to behold and read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2010
Illuminating Letters by Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, with essays by Chris Downing and Mel Gottleib traces the origin of Hebrew letters and tells a story about each.The art work by Elizabeth is stunning; I liked that all the letters appear on the back cover, and the essays on the faith out of which they emerged are first rate, accessible and historically situated. For any writer or artist, this book is an illustration of how image and word are not, finally, separate entities, but complements to understanding. I could not recommend it more highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2010
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