INTRODUCTION

The main premise of this book is that the human body, and the energetic system that surrounds it, is a miniature replica of a larger, universal system. This is not a new concept, and it will be the subject of much discussion throughout the book. The procedures described here use knowledge of the anatomy of the universal system, or macrocosm, to understand how best to address the human system, or microcosm. You will learn specific ways to bring the human body-mind into alignment with the higher pattern, and this will enable you to develop a healing approach that can be applied to yourself or others. The tools you will use to tune the body-mind to its higher blueprint are hand signs or mudras, Hebrew and Sanskrit words, and the touching of special points on the body.

Through this work, you can balance many structural misalignments, energetic imbalances, and emotional traumas. In other words, you will find that spinal subluxations clear up, acupuncture meridians balance out, and emotional stresses literally cease to be a problem. However, these procedures are not a cure-all. They are highly effective in balancing a person, but they do not address all of a person’s needs. People still require nutritional support, detoxification, structural support, life-style management, exercise and movement therapies, improved self-esteem, healthy relationships, and purpose in life. This includes the possible need for allopathic care.

Nevertheless, the procedures presented here can be of great value because they address the human system from a unique health perspective. They rely on the wisdom of a fundamental blueprint that exists in the deeper levels of our being, the same blueprint as for the cosmos. Most people can benefit from several balancing sessions of the kind offered here, but the more consistently a person uses these procedures over time, the deeper the effect they have.

A special aspect of these procedures is that the individual receiving the balancing determines the direction the treatment takes. He or she is always in control of the process. The person directing the treatment simply follows, via manual muscle testing, the pathways that open up in the client. The interactive nature of this work allows the gradual, harmonious awakening and integration of these higher energies in the body.

These methods work equally well for people of all religious perspectives. The work is not about religion. It is about balancing the human body-mind in accordance with a cosmic blueprint. This approach is not the only way, or necessarily even the best way, to align the body to and with the subtle energy fields. It is one way.

In addition, although these procedures incorporate mystical teachings, their performance does not require mystical or psychic abilities. If you are a practitioner, your clients do not need to see or even know about the hand signs that you use in order for them to experience a positive outcome. Practically anyone who is open, focused, and able to follow the directions can activate the pathways. Although it is helpful to develop some skill in muscle-testing, this knowledge is not essential to do this work. Becoming proficient in muscle testing comes with experience and does not depend upon extraordinary ability. Healing is as much an art as it is a science.

Health

Health is more than the absence of symptoms; it is the presence of robust vitality in the physical body, emotional freedom, mental clarity, and an inner connection to something sacred. We are multidimensional beings, and all these areas need to be in harmony for us to be truly healthy. Millions of people each year now seek out complementary (holistic) therapies because they want all parts to be addressed in the healing process. These are nutritional or homeopathic therapies as well as body-centered therapies, such as chiropractic, massage, or craniosacral techniques. Other complementary therapies involve energy-balancing techniques, such as acupuncture, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, and Qi Gong. What you are about to study in this book is an approach to healing that grew out of my 25-year practice as a chiropractic physician, but is now a completely separate and distinct therapeutic system. This work acknowledges the inner being and it uses a spiritual blueprint to organize and implement the healing process.

This is not a new idea. Eastern cultures have systems of healing and balance based on esoteric cosmologies. Yoga, T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, and meridian therapy (acupuncture) all view human beings as part of a greater cosmic system. Yoga is based on the concepts of Tantric Hinduism. T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, and meridian therapy are based on the theory of the Tao, including the five elements and the yin and yang. These systems, all of which seek to bring people into harmony with higher forces, are effective for maintaining and enhancing health, and, in many cases, for curing disease.

The Western approach to health, on the other hand, looks at health from all of its physical perspectives. Western science has excelled in biochemistry, physiology, biomechanics, and many areas of psychology. Yet, as tremendous as this knowledge is, and as much as it has improved the quality of life and increased our longevity, it is incomplete without the spiritual component. This is why the complementary health movement in the West has embraced many of the Eastern systems.

What is little known is that there is a Western esoteric tradition that can provide us with specific healing methodologies. The paradigm presented here will associate many aspects of Jewish mysticism, known as Kabbalah, with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Out of this integration come methods you can utilize to enhance health and inner balance. This Western wisdom tradition, although mystical in nature, contains many references that relate this knowledge to the physical body. In fact, the human form is seen as a direct expression, or reflection, of the divine Being. Through this association, we can learn new ways to address and balance the human system. Since the map of the soul is the same for the body, one can literally navigate this map, the Tree of Life, within the body. This book will show you how.
Kabbalah
The term “Kabbalah” means tradition, or that which is received. Although the name Kabbalah dates back only to the 12th century, it is said that HaShem (literally, The Name), or God, originally taught it to Abraham when He formed His Covenant with him. This knowledge was passed on to each generation orally, from teacher to student, and was occasionally enhanced by the revelations of one of the prophets. Generally, the masses were protected from its power, and although there have been various schools of Kabbalah over the centuries, most of them were secretive and reluctant to share their wisdom with the outside world.

Today, many people are awakening to this ancient wisdom, through books, teachers, and inner experience. The core texts of the Kabbalah are the Torah, Sefer Yetzirah, and the Zohar. Some people also include the Talmud and the Bahir in this list. In addition to these older texts, the last two decades have shown a proliferation of books on the Kabbalah, covering topics from health and spirituality, to particle physics.

Judaism traces its roots to the Torah, the first five books of the Jewish scripture. The Jewish bible also consists of the Prophets and the 11 books of the Hagiographa. Like all scriptural writing, the Torah can be interpreted on multiple levels. The Kabbalah provides an inner meaning or mystical interpretation of the Torah. The book of Genesis, the story of Exodus, and the vision of Ezekiel provide Kabbalists with some of their most important imagery.

One of the central Jewish mystical texts, the Sefer Yetzirah, or the Book of Formation, appeared sometime between the third and sixth centuries, but was not published until the mid-1500s. This short text contains the basis for much of Kabbalistic thought and it is integral to this book. It describes the stages and building blocks of creation. The correlation of the human body with these building blocks comes from this text, tying language to form and showing the essence of “as above, so below.” Man/woman is a microcosm of a grand Creator and this relationship is evident in these teachings.

The Zohar, or Book of Splendor, is a multi-volume book that may stem from 13th century Spain, but is quite likely to have much earlier origins. It gives a mystical commentary on the Torah, and offers elaborate descriptions of the Tree of Life and the qualities of its various aspects.

Most modern books on the Kabbalah provide commentary and specific discussion on the early texts. The mysticism remains the same, but people of different levels of knowledge and degree of inner development provide their interpretation. Obviously, some of these observations are more useful than are others.

A book that has had a great influence on my own understanding of the Kabbalah is Qabalah, The Mystical Teachings of the Children of Abraham, by Daniel Feldman of the Work of the Chariot (Qabalah indicates the mystical approach). The author makes this complex subject clear and intelligible. Any serious student of the Mysteries should read this book, which is universal in its presentation. You should consider it a companion book to this one, as it will enhance your understanding of the Kabbalistic material in this book. Much of the information from Feldman’s book, including a downloadable PDF copy of his book, is also available online at www.workofthechariot.com. The specific letter pathways of the Tree of Life that Feldman describes are the ones used in this book. Of the many pathway correlations expounded by different authors, only Feldman’s scenario tests to work in the body, as you will learn in Chapter 11.

I have chosen to write on the practical Kabbalah as my focus is on healing. I am not a rabbi, or a Hebrew scholar, and I claim no authority in these areas. My expertise is as a healer and chiropractic physician. Therefore, this book will emphasize how to use the design of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to promote health and balance in the body-mind. This work serves to balance and integrate the human body-mind to the subtle multilayered structure of the soul. Moving through one’s soul to the Mystery beyond is each person’s personal journey. However, when the blocks are removed, it can help facilitate this process.

Mysticism

Imagine trying to describe the taste of a strawberry to someone who had never tasted fruit. No matter how rich your description, it will never quite match the experience. However, if a person hears your description and later on tastes the strawberry, the explanation will become meaningful. The same is true with mystical experience. Mysticism is the direct experience of spiritual reality. The only pathway to this knowledge is experience. Mystical teachings give rules and tools to help one safely access the inner realms, or they try to inspire with their stories and poetry. Once you have the experience, the words take on new meaning. There are cultural preferences and individual ways of expressing this inner knowledge, but, for the most part, they are all describing the same reality. No matter what language or metaphor one uses, a strawberry is still a strawberry. The major mystical teachings of the world include the Jewish Kabbalah, Hermetic Christianity, Gnosticism, Sufism (Islam), Tantric Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism. These teachings all describe the nature of our inner self and of God. They all say that our essential nature is holy and sacred, and that, at this level, we are one.

Although every term in the Kabbalah can be equated with a similar term in the other systems, the goal of this book is to show a clear, easy way to follow the divine pattern in the body based on the patterns found in the Kabbalah. References to Hindu Tantra, Christianity, and Eastern philosophy are important in certain phases of this work, but not from a religious perspective. This study of the interaction between the inner worlds and the human body should not be confused with the endorsement of any particular brand of religion.

What You Will Learn

The Kabbalah is a vast system of knowledge, covering all aspects of human experience; however, I focus primarily on how the patterns of the Tree of Life manifest in the body-mind and how to activate them. In the pages that follow, you will learn a unique, interactive approach to balancing the body-mind, based on this Western wisdom tradition. You will be able to apply these methods and immediately observe their effect, all under the guidance of the person’s body with which you are working. This study will include coverage of the following:

1. A complete, yet concise, description of the different pathways of the Tree of Life
2. Where these pathways are located in the body and how to test them
3. A description of the four levels of existence and how they express in and through the body
4. Effective methods to balance the body-mind

There are many new concepts to learn, but you can master the actual application of these principles with minimal effort. These powerful tools, in the right hands, and guided by the right heart, can help people to greater health and inner awareness. They are also excellent self-help tools.

Format of the Book

Section I, “Physical Methods,” sets the stage for understanding the healing process. There are certain limits and rules that are important to be aware of regarding these procedures. You will see how the Kabbalistic patterns manifest in the physical body, and you will learn a simple muscle test that will enable you to evaluate these patterns.

Section II, “Tools,” begins to develop the methods used to tune the body to the Tree of Life. You will start to learn a Sign Language of the Soul, including the hand signs (mudras) based on the Hebrew letter Shin,    . These tools open the Kabbalistic patterns in the body. Chapter 7, “Resonance,” will show how to use muscle testing to demonstrate that this is not just theory; it really works.

Section III, “Anatomy of the Tree of Life,” describes just that. You will learn the various pathways of the Tree: the 10 Sefiroth, the 22 letter pathways, and the four worlds. We will work with multiple levels of the worlds and Chapter 9 will explain how to know which ones are active in the body.

In Section IV, “Activating the Tree of Life,” you will learn a powerful centering procedure. Chapter 12 explores the different levels of the soul according to the Kabbalah. Here you will learn how to acknowledge the deeper aspects of the Tree. Chapters 13-16 develop the methods to activate the Tree of Life in the body. The summary of the Tree of Life activation can be found at the end of Chapter 16, pages xxx.

Section V, “Balance,” puts all the information to practical use. You will learn how to use the 10 Sefiroth mudras, or their corresponding body points to complete the healing process. You can also just look at the picture of the Tree of Life Mudras to accomplish the same thing.

Chapter 18 takes a deeper look at the healing process. You will learn how to bring hidden imbalances to the surface. Once revealed, they can be corrected with the Tree of Life activation, and one of the four balancing procedures.

“Final Thoughts” looks ahead to the next steps in the evolution of this work.

The appendixes contain a synopsis of all the hand signs, words, and balancing procedures.

Finally, most chapters contain exercises to help you learn the principles of activating the different energy pathways in the body. It is best to do them with a partner. You are encouraged to spend some time on them, as it will greatly enhance your ability to understand and integrate this work.

There is a lot of material in this book and much of it will probably be new to you. Keep in mind, however, that the procedures are quite simple to perform. The Tree of Life activation process, summarized at the end of Chapter 16, takes less than a minute. You do not need to memorize everything in this book in order to learn the methods and obtain good results. Simply do the Tree of Life activation process and then look at Tree of Life mudra picture. Repeat the process until you no longer feel changes taking place.

A Chiropractor’s Perspective

Even before entering chiropractic college, in 1973, I knew that there was more to understanding health and disease than traditional medicine, or even chiropractic, had to offer. I sensed that a sacred place existed within each individual and that it was always present, even in the most difficult situations. I also knew that discovering and acknowledging this special place in a person would create new opportunities to help. My job as a chiropractic physician was to correct imbalances in people’s spines and extremities, yet I continued to seek out ways to enhance their well-being. I added numerous other therapies to my repertoire, including techniques found in applied kinesiology, such as cranial alignment, muscle balancing, meridian therapy, nutrition, the use of psychological affirmations, and so on. Yoga, Qi Gong, color, sound, and light therapies, and bioresonance, among others, also crossed my path.

Adding more therapies, however, did not satisfy my desire to touch a deeper place in my patients, although it did extend my treatment range. Then, in 1983, I received the first Kabbalistic hand sign (see Chapter 4). This began a new phase of my healing work. I applied this new knowledge to myself first, and then later to my patients. As the pathways of the Tree of Life unfolded within me, I not only resolved many of my own issues, but found that I was able to do so for others as well. Chronic problems usually have deep roots that topical therapies, though palliative, are insufficient to correct. The new impulse that was developing within me, based on the Kabbalah, was what I had long been seeking.

I learned early in my chiropractic practice that telling people the correct way to eat, stand, sit, and think in order to enhance and preserve their health was successful only a small percentage of the time. Certainly, many people would listen to my advice and would benefit from it, but often those who really needed to listen and make positive changes in their lives were unable to translate it into positive action. A more effective approach to encouraging changes in life-style was not only to help them improve their immediate physical condition, but also to help them feel better about themselves. When we feel good, our self-image is healthy, our relationships are apt to be more fulfilling and fruitful, and we are likely to make good decisions. Many of us have it backwards. For example, many people believe that if they were to lose weight, they would be happy. Truthfully, if they find their inner happiness, the weight will more likely come off naturally. New life-style habits will be a by-product of their inner joy.

Chiropractors attempt to align the body to gravity. In other words, they align the structure so that it is mechanically sound while one is sitting, standing, and so on. I would never underestimate the benefit and importance of this. However, it has been my observation that we rely even more on being in alignment with our inner being than we do on gravity. Our body expresses the state of our soul even more than it reflects our relationship to gravity. When we are totally attuned with our inner selves, then we are firmly grounded in and on the earth. We feel great when we are mechanically aligned so that our posture is centered with gravity, but the results often do not last. Again, the inner pattern always surfaces eventually.

Both approaches to health are important. Everyone should avail themselves of a good spinal adjustment from time to time, and more often if specific conditions require it. In addition, using procedures such as those found in this book will add tremendous depth and longevity to the spinal manipulations (or any other therapy) because they balance the deeper cause of the misalignments. When we balance the infrastructure, many other conditions disappear, and such balancing extends the benefit of any other therapies we might be using.
This book will teach you how to begin to balance the roots of the problems you experience with your health and in other areas of your life. You may experience complete alleviation of your condition. You may discover a new level of energy, inner clarity, and sense of well-being as you deal with life’s challenges. The procedures will not fix everything, of course, but if you work with them for a while, the changes can be dramatic. It still amazes me to see obvious structural misalignments literally disappear as the result of a simple hand sign or by thinking or saying a word that causes the body to resonate to one of the frequencies of the Tree of Life. Likewise, a major life trauma can resolve just as easily. A simple attunement to the Tree of Life can create a profound effect that will last long after you close this book.