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Understanding our personality
The Sefirot as a subject is massive, after all they are the 10 building blocks of reality. The scope of this series is limited to providing a framework of understanding human personality traits and helps the viewer begin to identify strengths and weaknesses in their own personality and emotions.
Over the 7 weeks between the festivals of Pesach and Shavuot, followers of mystical tradition use these teachings to analyze their own emotions and build an awareness on what areas need to be worked on.
Understanding Our Personality
The Sefirot are the energies and building blocks of reality(in every from), including our soul and body. In this introduction video Rabbi Menachem Wolf provides a quick overview of what the 10 sefirot are and how they are being taught and utilized in this particular series to better understand our personality strength, weaknesses and self.
Chessed is the first of the seven emotional energies, it is translated as kindness but it is so much more than kindness. In this sessions Rabbi Menachem Wolf explores attachment, love and the positive and negative manifestations of Chessed in our personality and what an absence of Chessed means for a persons expression.
Gevurah is the second of the seven emotional energies, it is translated as strength but it is so much more it is severity, judgement, strength etc. In this sessions Rabbi Menachem Wolf explores detachment, creating space and the positive and negative manifestations of Gevurah in our personality and what an absence of Gevurah means for a persons expression.
Tifferet is an objective emotional reaction called empathy. Tifferet harmonises Chessed (kindness) and Gevurah) Judgement/Strength. Tifferet is taking in the situation from the vantage point of the other and then balancing the ratios of kindness and judgement to produce an empathetic emotional response that will be support others outside of self (including empathy to self in moments of self detachment)
Netzach is the first of our impulsive reactions and the 4th of our expressions. impulsive reactions are different to emotional responses, it is the feeling to do something. Netzach is the feeling to overcome, to push through, to be victorious. In this sessions Rabbi Menachem Wolf explores the inner sensation to fight and tackle things.
Hod is the second of our impulsive reactions and the 5th of our expressions.Hod is humility, it is not so much an action driven response, it s a subtle way of being. Rabbi Menachem Wolf explores the inner sensation of humbling self or practicing humility but not always is the impulsive behaviour of Hod a positive.
Yesod literally means foundation. as the 6th midah, it sits below Tifferet (Harmony and Empathy) which means that like Tifferet it is very other centric. Rabbi Menachem Wolf shares how Yesod is what defines communication and behavioural embodiment of our feelings. Interestingly, Yesod is an area that most athletes spend a lot of time refining as it is critical to self expression.
Malchut is actualisation. In this session Rabbi Menachem Wolf explores the nature of actualisation, the expression of a feeling. It is not enough to have a thought and emotion process, one needs to actualise it in reality to have any impact, whether it is a passive behaviour or an active one. Malchut literally means Kingship, in this short class we discover what it means to be master of our own domain.
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