Teshuvah is one of the great gifts of life. Through Teshuvah we are able to return from pain, fragmentation and confusion to a place of greater unity and well-being, to our authentic self. Reclaiming the Self offers a glimpse into a world with-out the damaging influence of past negativity - where misdeed is transformed into merit. Questions addressed include: What exactly is Teshuvah and how does it function?
In the realm of visualizations, there are both externally based visuals where one uses an actual external object as a focal point, as well as inner creative visualizations where one creates an image within the mind's eye. In addition, there are also awareness practices with which one learns to become aware of what already exists within the inner screen of the mind's eye.
Derived from actual discussions and classes at the IYYUN Center, The Garden of Paradox is a primer on the essential philosophy of Kabbalah, presented as a series of three conversations, revealing the mysteries of Creator, Creation, and Consciousness. Accessing the deepest secrets of Torah and Kabbalah, The Garden of Paradox helps us to find reason for the world we live in and the lives we have been given. Written in clear and concise prose, Rav DovBer Pinson gently guides the listener towards making sense of life's paradoxes and living meaningfully.
Achieving a sense of self-mastery and inner freedom demands that we gain a measure of hegemony over our thoughts. We learn to choose our thoughts so we are not at the mercy of whatever burps up to the mind, thus transforming a cluttered mind into a peaceful inner state of awareness. Through quieting the mind and conscious breathing, we can slow the onrush of anxious, scattered thinking and come to a deeper awareness of the interconnectedness of all of life.