Kabbalah’s Rhyme Of The Ancient Tree
Dedicated to I.F.
“And the Tree of Life pulses sturdy and strong
Through aeonic ebb-flow of Eternity Long…” Isidore Friedman
Ten Divine Forces flow from Kabbalah’s Tree
The Tree that’s in you. The Tree that’s in me.
The first is Will, the Crowning point
Enter inner stillness and allow it to anoint.
Wisdom is Divine Life Force number two
Its ever-present brilliance will guide you through
Any life-challenge if you’ll just relax and listen
Turn from the outer hubbub and go deep within.
Understanding is Divine Ray number three
From the babbling herd-mind it sets you free
Instead of drowning in mental confusion and delusion
The inner light dawns to dispel fear’s bleak illusion.
Mercy is fourth on the Tree of Divine Love
As you ease up it descends from above
Trust in your peaceful, kind-hearted ways
And joy abounds to uplift your days.
Then follows Justice that is nothing to fear
Though it establishes bounds around Mercy that feel too near
Its purifying fire hurts almost too much,
But the lesson it teaches is even this trust.
The prize of Beauty is Tree Ray number six
The Orphic way to the Golden Fleece
The harmonic way that heals all strife
Gives birth to God in human life.
Leading to Victory, Divine Ray number seven
Your inner power to overcome that's rooted in heaven
You have the drive, the power, to make it through
And conquer any forces that might be sent against you
To emerge in the Glorious Splendor that is Tree Ray eight
Where you touch the Perfection that will utterly satiate
As the inner door opens and you step inside
Where unspeakable Heaven does abide.
This lands you in the Foundation, Divine Ray number nine
Where you sturdily stand, unattached to “me” and “mine”
Relying with certainty on the Golden Tree
Whose roots forever feed on Divinity
Till at last you make it to the Kingdom, Ray ten
To start all over after a time again
It’s here in the flesh that your soul must fend
To live the Divine Life, so mote it be, Amen.
2- Four Worlds
The ten Divine Forces work through four Divine Worlds
These too are within us and inward calls
Our heart to open, our inner being to explore
Until we feel connected to the innermost Core.
The first and highest is the World of Origin
It’s guiding soundless Tone and lightless Light win
When you drop all personal bias and verbal spin
Surrender your life to the pathless, begin.
In the second World, Creation, awake
To wield creative forces and direct your fate
Here you are in charge of all
But do not know it till self-awareness here you install.
The third World is named Formation
Here you live in dreams of subconscious creation
Images in the mind appearing substantial and real
Capture your life and Splendid Truth conceal
Forming the forms of physical life in World four
Named the World of Making, lying on the outermost shore
Of conscious life, in the physical senses locked
Denying the Divine Light by inner ignorance blocked.
We must arise from World four by looking within
Until World three inner sight enters in
Revealing its images and urges as false mind
As we see through the false, the truer inner Light we find.
Awaken we then with new sight unblind
To the World of Creation, to leave behind
The miasma of thought forms, emotions and desire
Where pure stillness reveals a state so much higher
Where we cease creating trouble and mire so dire
As we touch the World of our Origin and its heatless fire
The Higher Ordering Forces that we call God
Work through us to transmute the earthly clod.
Twenty-two pathways on the Divine Tree
Link the ten Divine Rays for all Eternity
Points connected through lines of life that trace
The Divine Possibility of the entire human race.
The path of The Fool unites Rays 1 and 2
Holding onto the pretense that you know what you should do
Closes the mind to the dawning of genuine Truth
Accepting that you know nothing begins True Wisdom’s reboot.
The path of The Magician joins Rays 1 and 3
As the light of Higher Will manifests True Understanding
Through you is then created the Higher Plan in solid form
As you render yourself a pure vessel freed from personal values’ emotion-thought storm.
As you render your heart receptive to Higher Will through inner balance
You traverse the path from Ray one to Ray six
The inward path of the High Priestess
Revealing the hidden laws sublime to your innerly peaceful Perceptiveness.
Ray two is joined to Ray three by the path of The Empress
Who is pregnant with the seeds of Wisdom and subconsciously births
The inner light of True Understanding that dissolves the dark
As you entrust your mind to the higher, thoughtless, Superconscious Spark.
Divine Rays two and six then meet on the path of The Emperor
Who permits the Original Will to administer Creation’s Power
His rulership is essentially of himself
As he initiates the materialization of True Spiritual Wealth.
The Path of The Hierophant Ray two to Ray four connects
The Wisdom of allowing Divine Grace to heal and bless
Descends through trust in the Nous high above
The human thought mind and its counterfeit love.
The Path of The Lovers joins the third to the sixth Ray
Through the practice of internal discrimination, The Lovers clear your True Way
Recognizing human thought as a miasmatic fog
That conceals True Attraction and induces Divine Love clog.
The Path of The Chariot joins Rays three and five
As you hold serene and steady until you KNOW the direction to ride
Confidently for the Golden Chalice of Divine Light await
To adhere to True Reason along the path Just and straight.
Rays four and five meet along the path of Strength to tame the brute
Of wild emotion, desire and thoughts that so convolute
The heart and mind in a tangled mess
Of reactivity and confusion that you forget your Divine Home Address.
The path of The Hermit joins the fourth and sixth Rays
Shedding the inner light that illumines dark nights and busy days
With the way of Grace Divine as you stand still and tall
In your heart's peaceful balance, above the mad world’s thrall.
Rays four and seven on the path named The Wheel Of Fortune fall
Where the lessons of non-reactivity to “good” and “bad” to you call
What goes up comes down as cycles spin round and round
Maintain calm mental silence and to Graceful Victory be bound.
The path named Justice Rays five and six links
To sense your True Way of Divine Radiance
Leave judgement to your Higher Mind above human thought
Free from the snares of false opinions in which so many blind sufferers are caught.
Rays five and six meet along the Path of The Hanged Man
Who hangs suspended upside-down, hands tied, leg bound and
Remains so serene in enlightened helplessness
Allowing life’s limits to refine Glorious Splendor’s human instruments.
The Path named Death goes from Ray six to Ray seven
And is not death the doorway from earth to heaven?
In this case we learn to live the Higher Life
By surrendering the false self-idea that produces prideful strife.
The path named Temperance joins Rays six and nine
Where you are tested and tempted by the winds of fate that would undermine
Steady and grounded on the True Inner Foundation make your stance
Transcend transitory, illusory threats and promises in peaceful permanence.
The path of The Devil meets Rays six and eight
Where outer forms True Will vie to confiscate
Intimidation by false ideas of promise and threat that would keep us enchained
Dissolves through inner balance as we see the Splendid Glory of our Limitless True being.
Rays seven and eight meet along the path named The Tower
As upheaval reveals the false beliefs we empower
The fortress of resistance we erected in such seemingly solid stone
Crumbles and ejects us in a flash of soul-liberation’s Silent Tone.
Until we land in the Light of the path of the Star
Uniting Ray seven to Ray nine where we recover from the jar
To find True Stability in the Radiant Inner Light
That defines our True Victory over spiritual night.
Now comes the aeonian journey of the forever quest
As the path of The Moon presents test after test
Along the path that connects Rays seven and ten
Overcoming subconscious illusions and embodying Higher Truth so hard, long and slow must we ascend.
Rays eight and nine are joined by the path of The Sun
As freedom from the oppressive subconscious patterns of the past is won
Now free to dance and sing in natural ease
Our ship sets sail on the Secret Breeze.
The path of Judgement joins Rays eight and ten
As the kingdom of earth-life becomes translucent
To the Golden Trumpet Sound of our True Inner Call
Here now we arise where once we did fall.
At last we arrive at the penultimate depth
Along the path of The World where we embody God’s Breath
Rays nine and ten meet where there is no death
As we finally allow the Higher Ordering Forces of Cosmic Creation to manifest.
4 – In Conclusion
The Kabbalah Tree of Life rhymes with a life so bold
To shade you from the heat and warm you from the cold
Of evil forces that with illusion rules
And captures the heads, hearts and souls of fools.
As you climb the Sacred Tree, limb by limb
Lifting yourself from the darkness you begin
Through inner peace to awaken in the Hidden Light
To be guided by the Crowning Will to do what is right.
Freed from ideas that swirl in the head
No longer sucked in by whirlpools of desire and dread
That masquerade as wisdom and understanding true
Until inner stillness lets Higher Truth through.
The Tree is guiding you all of the time
That with Cosmic Beauty your life does rhyme
All your needs met by the Light Divine
As you step out of the jail-cell of lower mind.