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Hermetic Kabbalah--the Tree of Life

{written by : Carol Powel-Smith}

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Understanding the Soul and the journey of Life as depicted by the Kabbalah





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TREE OF LIFE

The Tree of Life, which is the pictorial symbol for the Hermetic Kabbalah shows strengths and weaknesses, abilities and urges. It is an outline that your Soul made for you before you were born. You have the free will to make changes and alterations along the way. Some urges are very strong and will be hard to ignore.

One way to think of this is as if the Earth is the stage of a Divine play that you are acting in. This lifetime you are living the role you are playing. Your Soul knows that it is a play but you don’t. When you are born, you lose memory of the whole picture. One could say that this way you can better act the role.

The Tree of Life is a diagrammatic way to show this, to help us to understand our roles in this life. It is not just one Tree, think of it as a chain of Trees, with each lifetime being an individual link in the chain. There are 10 principles of life that make up the Tree of Life.

For example: let’s say there are 100 lifetimes to complete a cycle of growth (strictly an arbitrary number): you cannot tell where one is on the cycle just by looking at it. What it will tell is how the person is acting in life, how loving and understanding they are. Someone with numbers at the bottom of the Tree may be in their 10th lifetime or in their 85th. So just because there are numbers at the bottom of the Tree doesn’t mean a lower level of understanding.

When the cycle is complete, one moves on to the next cycle of growth.

The stations accentuated on the Tree are the 5 principles you are concentrating on in this life. Empty stations do not mean there is nothing to work on in regard to the principle involved, for we all have the 10 principles operating at all times in our lives. We choose 5 principles to work on particularly in one lifetime.

The Pathways that connect one Station to another represent learning how to balance the principles of the two Stations. In any given one lifetime there will be Pathways activated and sometimes not.

The purpose of this work is to shed light on the ego and its hold it has on us. The ego is that part of us that is separate from the Source (God). It is our ego

that gets us into trouble for the ego feels the pain and the separation from God. This is an unconscious action in us all.

One cannot conquer the ego by force and will alone. We start with understanding and then move into love, by loving that part of us that feels rejected.

One starts the journey with the mind in order to understand, but the time comes when the mind no longer is the way, the heart must open to love. Use your mind to understand the Tree of Life and your personal energy pattern but then take the quantum jump and look at your weaknesses, your hurts, and surrender yourself to love. Love and forgive both yourself and others. When we let love come into our life our Soul grows stronger, the ego feels less pain and our life becomes more peaceful.

Your Soul has deep memories of every life you have ever lived. Think of the Soul as being a three fold energy being, (this is just an analogy) with one at a super conscious level that you aren’t mentally aware of. Another is the conscious level; the You that lives and breathes, constantly making value judgments. Your conscience is at this level. And the sub conscious level, the habits, instincts and deep ingrained urges that you feel.

The Soul is in the physical body, so you are a Soul having a physical experience. The physical experience is for you to experience the Earth plane and to gain something from it. You may be learning or teaching something in particular or something general.

Before your Spirit entered flesh, you had an outline of goals and objectives, so to speak. The goals may have been big ones that would be difficult to do or they may have been small ones, not too hard to achieve. You wanted to experience situations where you would accomplish your mission.

The mystery of the Universe is beyond our comprehension and the mystery of God and life are beyond it too. We create our personal world by our thought energy patterns. The more evolved our consciousness becomes, the more aware we are of this life we are creating.

Why are some lifetimes so hard and painful? Why do some people suffer so much? We living here on Earth have chosen to have our consciousness attuned to Earth’s vibratory energy pattern. We have created energy patterns of Good and Evil which do not exist beyond our Earth.

Here there is pain and suffering, happiness and love, and you experience whatever your own consciousness chose to experience.

When we operate from the lower levels of consciousness and take no responsibility for ourselves, letting our thought patterns run wild, unpleasant situations occur. This is because we have created them.

Events in your life are happening according to the outline of your life as the Soul planned. It is only an outline, as you have the free will to fill in the spaces. Each one of us has the ability to make our lives happy or miserable. It is a matter of how you chose to use your energy.

What about innocent peoples starving and dying all over the world? If someone is suffering or dies young, perhaps it is all part of their plan, which makes sense if you live more than one life. Suffering and pain are necessary at times for Soul growth.

Often, it is the interactions that we have with others that are so important. The effect the loss of a loved one has on the ones left behind is fertile ground for growth of the Soul.

One last thing to remember, even though we are having a physical experience here, it is still a Spiritual experience because that is really all there is. God, the Divine is everything.

Author Bio :
Carol Powel-Smith is a graduate of the Quantum Quest School of Energy Healing and the author of "Escape From Planet Earth--the Soul's Journey Home" www.karmiclifereport.com

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