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on 30 August 1999
This book was my first introduction to Qabalah - and what an introduction! When I picked the book up in the shop and flicked through it, it looked fascinating so I bought it, thinking it would be one of those "coffee table" books that I could dip into from time to time.
At the time, I hadn't intended studying the Qabalah - I'd merely heard of it, and thought it would be interesting to have a book about it. The book is designed as a practical workbook, and so has a number of exercises in it.
I decided to try the first exercise - it opened up so much within me, that I spent the next few months working through the book, reading it carefully and doing all the exercises.
The book is based around the "Tree of Life" - a roadmap of our consciousness, consisting of ten "sephirot" or spheres, and the book takes the reader on a journey through these ten sephirot. Just reading the book will give you an overview of these sephirot - but doing the exercises gives you the opportunity to actually EXPERIENCE them.
The Qabalah has its roots in Jewish mysticism and is a fundamental aspect of Judaism - however, it has many different faces and this book approaches Qabalah very much from a therapeutic point of view and not a rigid religious one.
The branches of Qabalah spread far and wide - this book sparked my interest not just in Qabalah, but in tarot, astrology, Hebrew and numerous other areas too.