Metaphors of Movement Esoteric Study Group

Developing the Physical World

Kabbalah and Personal Development

It might be useful to think about the physical world in terms of sephira meditations and personal development. Here’s a loose guideline.

MALKUTH (improve the physical)

    • Clean your house, finish any outstanding DIY jobs, fix those things you have been putting off. It might be that you need to move house to a better, more affordable or more suitable area. For example, if you live in the city and are really a country person at heart (or vice versa) then address this.
    • Clear the clutter from your house. Give away, sell, or throw out anything that is just clutter.
    • Clear your debts, start a savings account (even if it just a pound a week, but start saving), pay attention to how you spend your money, look for how savings can be made with a little effort, start giving to charity.
    • Visit the dentist, get those minor ailments treated, start exercising, check your blood pressure, cut out all junk food, eat more fresh greens, get a full medical checkup.
    • Stop smoking, quit drinking (don’t just cut down, 100% quit) quit all intoxicants and bad habits.
    • Learn to cook.

YESOD (improve the unconscious)

    • Change your bed, buy a new mattress, buy the most comfortable bedding and pillows you can afford. Get rid of the TV from the bedroom. Pay attention to your bedroom, make it great.
    • Keep a dream diary.
    • Learn to meditate, focused concentration, practice daily.
    • Improve your quality of sleep, adjust your eating patterns to be harmonious to your sleep/wake cycle..
    • Start keeping a reflective journal/diary/scrapbook.
    • Get some therapy, learn self-hypnosis, read the Karma Sutra, slow down and relax more during sex.

HOD (improve the intellect)

    • Study a subject, learn anatomy, first aid, take evening classes, complete your education. Learn maths and geometry.
    • Start buying more books…and reading them.
    • Learn a foreign language, learn advanced written English. Take a public speaking class.
    • Volunteer in a hospital, get to know medical students.
    • Study chemistry, alchemy, magick, system theory.
    • Practice the LBRP daily, the hexagram ritual (IAO formula) regularly.

NETZACH (improve the creative)

    • Learn to dance, sing and paint.
    • Start writing poems, no matter how bad they are.
    • Get creative, take art classes, pottery, photography. Develop an eye for looking at the world as an artist.
    • Learn and practice The Five Rhythms (al la Gabrielle Roth)

Tiphereth (act from the heart)

    • Reconnect with old friends.
    • Put right all your wrongs, return that borrowed book, repay debts.
    • Phone your mother (or another relative you ought to call).
    • Learn to see both sides of an argument.
    • Pay attention to your legacy that will mark your life.
    • Give your time to a voluntary organisation for children (Scouts/Guides, youth clubs etc)
    • Study and practice Catholicism.
    • Practice the hexagram ritual (IAO) daily.

Geburah (develop strength)

    • Take up martial arts, learn to box, self-defence.
    • Learn to shoot and handle a weapon, sword fighting, archery.
    • Read the Art of War, watch films about the Nuremberg trials, and films with a revenge theme.
    • Study the history of military strategy.
    • Learn criminal law, right-wing politics, management theory.

Chesed (be nicer)

    • Practice forgiving those who have wronged you, abandon past hurts and wrongs.
    • Help the poor, give to the homeless, give a part of yourself not just money.
    • Feed/help stray animals.
    • Give up meat, become vegetarian.
    • Support a prison charity.
    • Study social reform, civil rights and left-wing politics.
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