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Malkuth – Pathworkings CD
(1st in a set of 10)
Hermetic Kabbalah Series
Pathworkings and Life Force Institute have co-operated to produce a series of life changing recordings which are now available by online purchase in CD-Rom form. I experimented with the first in this collectable Hermetic Kabbalah series, Malkuth. Yes, positive changes have occurred to me since then and are continuing to happen, so please read on
The series is based on the age old principle of ascension through the divine qualities known as the Sephiroth, placed on the Tree of Life glyph. Malkuth (10), or the Kingdom at the base of the glyph, represents the physical world and stability; higher sephiroth (9 to 1) go deeper into the psychological and spiritual levels of our existence. It is vitally important to be anchored in Malkuth, as we don’t need any more “Space Cadets,” “Bliss Ninnies” or others who are so “heavenly” minded that they are no earthly use.
For the experience, you will need a good set of stereo headphones. I used mine on a Walkman portable player. It must be stereo because there is a sonic aspect you will miss in mono. The recordings all use binaural beats* designed by Michael, who is a professional coach and teacher of esoteric disciplines. His techniques provide powerful tools to transform yourself. The meditations include a unique musical soundtrack for each of the sephiroth and there is one sephirah upon which to meditate per disc. The full set is 10, plus an 11th for Daath afterwards.
Each sephirah can assist you with a different aspect of your personal growth and empowerment, and they build cumulatively, so it is not something to be rushed. You need to listen actively to one several times before moving on to the next one.
My first impression of the website and the disc is that high quality is the standard of Life Force Institute. The slip case is very attractive and makes you want to complete the set. The website is luxurious in its style. Fortunately, this matches the highly professional sounds on the disc.
The musical background is both pleasant and purposefully relaxing as well as obviously functional. It’s not ambient but quite different. The binaural beats use modern know-how to change your brainwave patterns, I would have thought, judging from how it felt. The balance of music volume to spoken word volume is really good. I had no difficulty at all in understanding the well enunciated instructions.
If you have done any kind of Pathworkings before on the Tree of Life, you will be familiar with the idea of entering a visualized Temple and contacting friendly entities, different ones for each sephirah. They appear to give guidance and interact with you. It is cleverly done. Whether you think they are only imagination, or they are more than that, or that imagination is really useful, is up to you. I would keep an open mind and just do the Work, which is the point of it.
The Work here is to engage you in a review of yourself and a dialogue with the deeper aspects of your core. This inner aspect will differ, depending on which CD you are using. They will build and increasingly harmonise your inner being. The aspects covered by each sephirah are summarised usefully on the website, if this kind of spiritual anatomy is new to you.
If you know a spiritually “switched on” friend who worries far too much, this should be very helpful on two fronts! It is relaxing and entirely pleasant.
The full set is priced at $299 but there is an attractive discount available and alternative options. Contact: www.pathworkings.com for further details.
If you want to know more about how this general type of guided visualization work developed, I suggest that you could usefully study The Inner Guide Meditation, by Edwin C. Steinbrecher, The Mystical Qabalah, by Dion Fortune, Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline Myss Ph.D. , and the teachings of Psychosynthesis developed by Roberto Assagioli.
*Binaural beats happen when two tones of slightly different frequency are presented separately, one to each ear, over stereo headphones. It must be a very small difference and the frequency needs to be under about 1,500 hertz. They generate the entrainment of brainwaves and have applications in relaxation and pain relief. You may be surprised to hear that they were observed as long ago as 1839 by one Heinrich Dove. They were not widely known until a 1973 article appeared in Scientific American. They can be used in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Robert Monroe has done further work in the Monroe Institute. Some researchers are testing their application in Psi development.