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The Awakening Ground

Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non dual Kabbalah unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological reductionism The path articulates the ultimate uest for meaning which seeks to pass through the clutter of the mind’s conceptual associations to nakedly and directly recognize the innate essentiality of all things known as the light of En no Sof end or the Infinite Most mainstream conventional schools of Kabbalah hold such a radical aspiration to be inapproachable at best and heretical at worst • The work introduces six stages that articulate how the mind breaks through its own restrictive habitual reflexes to awaken to the ground of En Sof which is the mind’s essential nature • Each stage is illustrated by the author’s own original works of art and line diagrams • Draws upon obscure sources such as the 13th century Kab

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Balistic text Fountain of Wisdom various alchemical and gnostic texts and the writings of Isaac the Blind The author reveals how meaning never remains static its nature is to move transmit and display yet its precious potential becomes buried under layers of mental constructs He explains how the mind’s habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that try to make sense out of phenomena but these very structures actually obscure their essence completely Smith’s experiential path to gnostic awakening reveals how in the wake of the lesser concerns of the conceptual mind primordial purity shines in resonances of vast poetic beauty if a sensibility of wonder awe and delight is cultivatedContemplation begins with intellectual understanding As contemplation deepens the mind shifts from the accumulation of data to the unfolding of direct gnostic apprehension This dissolves the idea that outer and inner or personal and cosmic dist Fabriuer sa lessive son dentifrice son shampoing ses produits d'entretien layers of mental constructs He explains how the mind’s habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that try to make sense out of phenomena but these very structures actually obscure their essence completely Smith’s experiential path to gnostic awakening reveals how in the wake of the The Burning The Haunting of Grey Hills lesser concerns of the conceptual mind primordial purity shines in resonances of vast poetic beauty if a sensibility of wonder awe and delight is cultivatedContemplation begins with intellectual understanding As contemplation deepens the mind shifts from the accumulation of data to the unfolding of direct gnostic apprehension This dissolves the idea that outer and inner or personal and cosmic dist

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Inctions exist allowing phenomena to return to its basis as a single uninterrupted continuum As the mind becomes dwarfed by the sheer immensity of this vast wholeness the character of meaning begins to change Meaning’s fullness shapes the mind rather than the mind’s reflexes and habits shaping meaning The fullness opens beyond the experiences the mind relies upon to define both itself and the world but paradoxically only arises within those experiences as their basis Once this basis is recognized as the root of the paradox the awakening ground becomes clear Offering a step by step analysis to the ecstatic aspects of contemplative revelation David Chaim Smith explores how to ride the razor’s edge of the paradox to coax the mind from the sleep of habituation towards the culmination of gnosis Although the process is described within the traditional symbol system of kabbalah its import is a truly radical exponent of extreme mystici


2 thoughts on “The Awakening Ground

  1. says:

    As usually a complex while often perplexing read with stunning imagery Who expects a step by step guide to contemplation with handy to do lists and tipstricks will be disappointed as I was to a certain degree For those who only rea

  2. says:

    This book presents a profound and advanced view from which to understand and glimpse the essential ground of all inner and outer phenomena using abstract Kabbalistic metaphors It is not beginner friendly unfortunately Also I'm a bit disappointed that it doesn't explain how to put it into practice This tradition emphasizes reading and comprehending extremely abstract and complex symbols

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