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David Chaim Smith

The Thirty-Two Keys

A Working System Of Contemplative Mysticism

 

by David Chaim Smith

The 32 Keys have two main objectives. First, the non-emanationist interpretation of the kabbalah and its unique view of reality can be studied. Secondly, that view can be directly cultivated in practice, which introduces the profound path of mystical contemplation.


The practice cycle employs three separate exercises for each of the 32 Keys, and it constitutes a 288-day practice cycle. Each of the three exercises takes ten to twenty minutes. Therefore, the daily practice adds to one half an hour to one full hour a day.


The system derives from three separate Kabbalistic sources. The first source is very familiar to secular occultists: The Post-Renaissance version of Hermetic Qabbalah, which is a syncretic system that has been configured to support ideas and symbols from the alchemical tradition, among other things. The second is the mystical Chassidut of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and his unique adaptation of Lurianic Kabbalah, in particular, his 1808 magnum opus Likutey Moharan. The third is the 13th-century literature of the Iyyun Circle, particularly the texts Sefer HaIyyun and M’ayin Ha’Chochmah (Fountain of Wisdom). The Iyyun material is the most important of all because it provides the structure through which the other sources coalesce into a single system.

THE THIRTY-TWO KEYS

-- Publication: June 2020 --

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