Chanting for Healing, a Spiritual Voyage

Written by Paula Gilbert

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The spiritual adventure of creating this CD continued with several other recording sessions adding more cultures and more voices. Local artist Lisamarie Kirkess added a beautiful, healing Quan Yin chant. Carol Levy offered her beautiful vocal with two Jewish chants. Jamie Lampert, Chelsea Thompson and Quincy Wise, all students of Paula’s, added their vocals torepparttar children’s chant, Funga Alafia.

Then in March of 2002 Paula happened to meet Hans Jurgen Kary (Hansadutta dasa) through her good friend and local teacher Jim Seymour andrepparttar 122218 adventure continued. Hansadutta, a local Swami fromrepparttar 122219 Hare Krishna faith offered a complete Kirtan (chanting and eating tradition). The Hare Krishna chant was recorded in April of 2002 with 6 Krishna devotees, Nakula dasa, Vishwambhara dasa, Lokanatha dasa, Gadadhara dasa, Jim Seymour and Radha Towle. They were joined by Pat Gear, Paula Gilbert, Rick Gilbert, Tory Rotlisberger, Crystal Sanchez, and Mal & Elise Tornay. Hansadutta spent time with The Beatles inrepparttar 122220 60’s when they were in India learning about Krishna. After each chanting session (even atrepparttar 122221 recording studio) we all ate a wonderful vegetarian dinner prepared by Hansadutta andrepparttar 122222 devotees.

After some more time passed andrepparttar 122223 graphics were created forrepparttar 122224 CD, Paula addedrepparttar 122225 "I Love You Chant" by Chanara, her teacher and friend now living in Santa Fe, NM, andrepparttar 122226 final recording session was done by Paula Gilbert with her beautiful rendition ofrepparttar 122227 Shiva mantra in Sanskrit which translated means "I honorrepparttar 122228 divine within".

The album was recorded, edited and mixed by Joe Hoffmann Studios, Occidental, CA. The photographs were done by Joe Hoffmann, andrepparttar 122229 CD graphics manufacturing were done by Paul Bacon of KABA Audio Productions — The website was created by David Rose of d2m interactive web design in San Jose.

The album has been selling well in local stores and on-line at This year they have raised enough money to do a good donation to each charity beginning in January. Next year they hope to give even more.

Chanting is a wonderful way to relax; chanting calms and clearsrepparttar 122230 mind of random thought. It is also very interesting to note that every culture chants, every culture is interested in communing with their divine self and every culture strives for inner peace and has a name for God. Paula believes, as we create this peace inside each one of us, so shallrepparttar 122231 world be peaceful.

We all came together in hope of creating a statement that says — We all want to get along — We all wantrepparttar 122232 world to get along and we know this is possible.

Paula Gilbert is a performance artist, songwriter and teacher who founded the Cloverdale School of Music in 1994.

Chanukah and the Downloading of Primordial Light

Written by Rabbi Michael Ozair

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Rachel and Leah

The total amount of years it took Jacob to transform on his life journey was 36 (from when he left home, and then returned with his new family). (Rashi, Bereishit 28:9)

Jacob then meets his soul mate Rachel (archetype of free-will), but gets tricked into marrying Rachelís sister, Leah (archetype of destiny).

The gematria ofrepparttar Hebrew name Leah (lamed-aleph-heh) is also 36.

The letters are also a rearrangement ofrepparttar 122217 holy Name of God as mentioned above (Alef, Lamed, Heh).

According to Kabbalah, Leah isrepparttar 122218 Biblical archetype of unanticipated destiny. She may not be what we choose to have happen to us in life, nor is she even desirable, but when she is accepted and embraced (Jacob accepted her as part ofrepparttar 122219 family) it is through her that transformation happens. It is throughrepparttar 122220 influence of Leah thatrepparttar 122221 tribes of Israel are born and Destiny is fulfilled. It is through Leah thatrepparttar 122222 seed ofrepparttar 122223 Messiah is produced (through Judah, House of David, etc..) who will eventually come to initiate humanity into an Age whererepparttar 122224 Ohr HaGanuz,repparttar 122225 Hidden Light, will be revealed.

Now we look at Rachel who gives birth to only two sons. Her first son is Joseph, andrepparttar 122226 younger one, Benjamin. However, Rachel dies in Bethlehem while giving birth to Benjamin, at age 36. It was at this age, that Heaven felt she had fulfilled her life journey. Like Isaac, her grandfather, legend tells of her absolute willingness to offer her life (one incarnation) for a higher cause (in this case, Benjamin).

In history, Benjamin comes to represent Jerusalem andrepparttar 122227 Holy Temple since they were both built onrepparttar 122228 tribal land of Benjamin. It also happens to berepparttar 122229 same exact site (Temple Mount - Mt. Moriah) where years earlier Isaac was willing to sacrifice his own life.

Temple Mount in Jerusalem is one ofrepparttar 122230 most powerful energy vortexes inrepparttar 122231 world.

It isrepparttar 122232 same site whererepparttar 122233 Chanukah miracle would take place later in history.

Interestingly enough, Chanukah isrepparttar 122234 ONLY Jewish holiday that takes place in ISRAEL, and specifically in on Temple Mount in Jerusalem !!!

The story of Chanukah is hardly given a mention inrepparttar 122235 entire Talmud. Less than one page is devoted to it, while other holidays receive entire Tractates reviewingrepparttar 122236 holiday in depth and detail. The rabbis ofrepparttar 122237 earlier generations tried to play downrepparttar 122238 story of Chanukah for political reasons, but it would not go away. Today, it is one ofrepparttar 122239 most beloved Jewish holidays by both children and mystics Ė guardians ofrepparttar 122240 Hidden Light. -----

When doesrepparttar 122241 Chanukah Story take place in history? Inrepparttar 122242 36th Century ofrepparttar 122243 Hebrew Calendar.

The 36 Hidden Saints (Lamed Vav Tzaddikim)

According to tradition, there are 36 lofty souls present in every generation who sustain, nurture and guard this Hidden Light. Yet they that guard it, remain hidden and unassuming as well. These 36 righteous people are sparks of that Hidden Light. Through their refined consciousness, this light, warmth and wisdom flows into and permeatesrepparttar 122244 world.

Master Kabbalist - The Holy Ari (1534-1572)

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi - The ARI - reverently known as Ari HaKadosh,repparttar 122245 holy Ari (lion) wasrepparttar 122246 lion of his and all generations when it came to revealingrepparttar 122247 depth of Kabbalah andrepparttar 122248 Universe as a whole. Until this very day, nobody comes close to his greatness and light in terms of revealingrepparttar 122249 Metaphysics of Existence, andrepparttar 122250 secrets of Torah. For our own interest here,repparttar 122251 ARI remained hidden for most of his life, until his maggid, non-physical guide, announced it was time for him to reveal himself and what he knew. He was 36 when this occurred, and died some 2 Ĺ years later.


Our world is filled with mysteries, and it is inrepparttar 122252 darkest months ofrepparttar 122253 year, thatrepparttar 122254 most luminous energy becomes available. The hidden is revealed and its radiance is accessible to all those who wish to partake and be nourished by it.

The Chanukah lights, unlikerepparttar 122255 Shabbat candles, may not be used for personal pleasure. "These lights are holy. We must not use them for pleasure, we may only gaze upon them" (Chanukah liturgy). For these Chanukah lights celebrate a primordial light, untouched, reminding us that there are higher forces at work. It is our connection with these higher forces that replacesrepparttar 122256 false perception of separation and fear onrepparttar 122257 life journey with experiences of oneness, Divine assistance and trust.

In Earth school, we are inrepparttar 122258 process of learning and training ourselves to reach higher levels of consciousness. Indeed,repparttar 122259 Chanukah lights serve as an antennae for holiness, drawing downrepparttar 122260 energy ofrepparttar 122261 36. We place our lit candles inrepparttar 122262 window as a beacon to all passersby to remindrepparttar 122263 world that darkness can indeed be dispelled, obscurity can be illuminated, and that it is Godís Light which will prevail inrepparttar 122264 end.

Mayrepparttar 122265 up and coming year be a new journey of discovery for us all and may we jump with all our heart intorepparttar 122266 evolutionary unknown holding our candles of faith.

On a Side Note

This following article focusing onrepparttar 122267 Ohr HaGanuz,repparttar 122268 Hidden Light,repparttar 122269 energy of 36, etc.. just came up this year as an interesting approach to appreciating Chanukah. Only afterwards was I reminded that my own birthday comes immediately after Chanukah (Capricorn) and this year I will be turning 36. Not planned intentionally. Again, another confirmation that higher forces are at work.

Chanukah Sameach!!

In Spiritual Fellowship,

Rabbi Michael Ozair

Rabbi Michael Ozair is a spiritual life coach, counselor and is available for consultantion. He can be reached at or by visiting his site at

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