Óscar Reyes-Matute
Philosophy, kabbalah, screenwriting...

Kabbalah and prayer: creating things that did not exist in the world before

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Javier Wolcoff defines the Kabbalist, the free man, as someone capable of creating things that did not exist in the world before. In this sense, Kabbalists have spoken for centuries of becoming equal in form with the Creator.

By equalizing ourselves in form with the Creator, we become co-creators of the world.

Mozart, Newton, Tarkovsky, have created melodies, equations and images that did not exist before, and that have made the world we live in a little better.

A craftsman who wants to create a modest but beautiful and useful clay pot goes through the same process, although perhaps with less drama.

But the best mortar is our own life, and the greatest miracle we can achieve is to live it fully, without fear, drawing closer to each other, achieving that unification or yihud that the sages of Israel have spoken of for millennia. Unity of our inner feelings, without fractures that lead to a tragic vision of life. Self-determination coupled with fullness. Unity with our loved ones. Unity with other human beings. Unity with other living beings, and even with the inanimate that surrounds us, but which is full of energy and information that our unconscious somehow codifies and processes, as scholars of quantum theory applied to neuroscience are discovering.

Many friends argue against me saying that, for example, we Venezuelans live in a destroyed world. Ukrainians can think the same.

Get Happy, would say a Kabbalah master. Now you have the mission to recreate it. It is something that the people of Israel have experienced many times. Two temples destroyed, exoduses and exiles until the redemption and the creation of their own State, finally.

Of course, you need all your intelectual and moral faculties, your action, your intention, your desperation and the miracle, which is the final stage of the process of co-creation of the world, when you become equal in form with the Creator.

Ariel Bar Tzadok describes it this way:

“This is how miracles occur. They are first created above with correct thought and feeling. The image is carved above in the collective unconscious. When the image becomes clear enough due to the desperation of the person, that person then becomes a vacuum, empty of anything else. One thus enables that newly created image to come and fill the newly vacated space. The creation of the new reality has become manifest. Don’t think that this is “magic” or “make believe”. This happens to everyone of us. Prayer is the manipulation of the mind and the psychic factors with which the mind comes into contact. Our Sages have correctly said, “Prayer is one of the greatest things in the world” (Ber.6b). For by prayer mankind causes the upper (sefirotic) union to occur and thereby are the kings cleansed and raised above.”

(Ariel Bar Tzadok, The Kabbalistic Secrets of Power Prayer)

Imagine that a tyrant in South America is deposed, or that the invaders are driven out of Ukraine. Perhaps it is the moment of the miracle, of recreating the world.But no, even with the tyrant in power oppressing his people, even with the invaders in your land, destroying and murdering, you have to create things that did not exist in the world before, because life goes on, despite them.

How did the Auschwitz captives who were sentenced to death manage to survive?

Through prayer, through the powerful imagination of a reality that did not yet exist in that dark world, that is, get out of there, meet your loved ones again, be free again, live…

But not only prayer, meditation, which could be part of the highest faculties, of the superior sefirot: Keter, Chojma and Bina. That would be too easy.

You have to overcome emotions, reactivity, fear; and those passions or drives are found in the sefirot of the chest, grouped into zeir ampin.

But you don’t have to be versed in the tree of life and the sefirot to know this. Just watch yourself. Every day and throughout life, we are harassed by anger, fear, envy, sadness, indecision, which make us lose our way and divert us from our good intentions and our dreams.

Those are the things that must be removed from the chest, from the mind, when we meditate or pray, as Ariel Bar Tzadok says, to create a void, and there put the image that we want to materialize, the new world in which we want to live.

It is curious, but it is too similar to the Big Bang theory: space did not even exist, and it had to be created from a singularity, so that time, matter and energy could dwell there.

Before the Big Bang, Isaac Luria, the ARI, had already described it in the poem The Tree of Life:

“Then the Ein Sof restricted Himself, in His middle point, precisely at the center,
And here remained an empty space, an empty air, a vacuum
And after the restriction, when the vacant space remained empty
A place was formed, where Emanations, Creations, Formations, and Actions might reside.”

The techniques described by Ariel Bar Tzadok have been known to Kabbalists for many centuries.

As many of these sages predict, the Creation, the world, the generation, has reached the historical moment, the breaking point in which this wisdom must be disseminated to all nations, or we will not survive as Humanity.

If kabbalists don’t do it, there will be no miracles, the Messiah will not appear from heaven, in his version of Ben David. It will come mounted on a donkey, in the most modest version, that of Ben Joseph, and science, all of humanity, the Gentiles, will gradually reach this level, scattered throughout the world, between setbacks, wars and slow achievements, because the Creator, althouhg being generous to an infinite extent, he is usually democratic, to humiliate the arrogants who do not share the gifts that have been bestowed upon them from above.

Another crucial step remains; action, the act of creating in matter, in our relationships with others, in the real world of every day, that image that has been created in the collective unconscious, in the superior worlds.

Here and now it will have to be confronted with the will, resistance, selfishness or solidarity of others, who can mock you, who can persecute you and even try to exterminate you if you become an opponent of their ambitions, their own images of their world to live in.

In other words, the miracle goes a long way from the prayer, from its creation and materialization in the collective unconscious, in the superior worlds, until it reaches this kingdom, Malchut, and becomes perceptible blood, body and matter.

And at each and every level, it will require the same energy, the same desperation, the higher lights, meditation, prayer, and a colossal faith above reason.

Becoming gods, co-creators of the world, will always be a heroic, arduous, tortuous journey, which, however, will finally give meaning to our lives.

About the Author
Óscar Reyes-Matute (Matu / מאתו), lives in Caracas. He's a philosopher graduated at Andrés Bello Catholic University, with a Master in Political Science at USB. He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at NYU on American Studies, and professor of political philosophy at UCAB and UCV. He has published academic papers in universities of Venezuela and Europe, and articles in several newspapers. Since 2008, he is dedicated to study Kabbalah at the Bnei Baruch Institute in Petaj Tikva with Michael Laitman, while works as writer of cinema and television screenplays. He's liryc tenor. Be aware, after a glass of wine, he suddenly can start to sing "Nessun Dorma!"
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