Power of Story Send a Tweet        
OpEdNews Op Eds

Listen To Light- Meditation on Chanukkah

By Melinda Ribner  Posted by Rob Kall (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

 Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

- Advertisement -
The experience of lighting candles is a joyous and wonderful time to be with the family, or to be with friends, eating latkes, exchanging presents. I will always remember Chanukkah as a child huddled in the kitchen with my family, anxiously awaiting my present after candle lighting, along with the hug and kiss from my father and mother. It was such a loving sweet time. Whether we are adults or children, Chanukkah is always a delight and its memories last for a lifetime.

Chanukkah has greater mass appeal than many of the other Jewish holidays probably because it does not have the restrictions associated with it as biblical holidays. The holidays prescribed in the Torah have certain restrictions, things we must do and not do, which act like a container for the light of divine revelation. On Chanukkah, there are no restrictions for as my teacher of blessed memory Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach would say, on Chanukkah we get the vessels and the light together. It is a complete gift. One simply lights the Chanukkah menorah, and one is plugged into divine light.

Chanukkah occurs at a time in the year when the days are the shortest and the nights are the longest to teach us a most important teaching that at the darkest time, there is light and there will be light. As we mature and grow through the challenges that life presents to us, we learn that the light in the darkness shines even more brightly because of the darkness that surrounds it.

As we say the blessings we are reminded of the miracle of the oil burning for eight days and of military victory of the Maccabean over the Greeks. The Maccabeans, few in number, defeated the large Greek armies, and then rededicated the Holy Temple on the 25th of Kislev. Any oil could have been used for the rekindling of the menorah, but they wanted a vial that had not been defiled and surprisingly they found one, hidden away. Looking for a vial that had not been contaminated was an expression of the desire to return to the original purity of their connection to God. The miracle of the oil was that although there was just enough oil to last for one day, it lasted for eight days. It was not logical but God is beyond logic. And that is what Chanukkah wants to reminds us. God is beyond this world, God is infinite and life is miraculous.

- Advertisement -
The deepest teachings of Chanukkah are most powerfully revealed directly through gazing and meditating upon the Chanukkah lights. After doing some breathing and meditation to prepare for lighting the menorah, imagine that when you stand before your little menorah, you are standing in front of the Menorah in the Holy Temple where the Shechinah, the divine presence was revealed. This is a place of vision and dreams that are beyond the rational mind. You know this place, it is in your soul memory and you can access it now through your imagination. As you light candles, you ignite your access to the place deep within yourself of the most powerful holy and intimate connection with your own soul .This is your Holy Temple. If you can, place the menorah by the window to indicate your desire to share this light of miracles with others.

After you light candles, do not abandon these lights, do not make small talk, but gaze at them. God is pouring holy light into you at this time. Open to receive this gift. This light will feed your soul through the dark times in life. Although this may be a little uncomfortable, keep your eyes open as much as possible and let the light fill your screen. The holy light of Chanukkah has the power to purify and transform us. Imagine that you can cast into the light anything you want to get rid of. The more you are able to let go, the brighter the light will be.

If you need to you can close your eyes, but continue to meditate, allowing the light to be experienced within you. When your eyes are closed, imagine that you are a Chanukkah candle and the light of Chanukkah burns within you. When you can, open your eyes and gaze at the light directly.

- Advertisement -
As you gaze at the light, imagine that you can listen to the light. The candlelight each night has a message to you. As you listen for your message, know that not only does the light of Chanukah radiate hope, it transmits faith. It reminds us to dream again, and that our dreams are beautiful. It reminds us that we can return to who we really are, no matter how far away we may feel from God. We can be free, we can be holy, we need not be limited by the past. If you want, you can even ask a question, and as you gaze at the light, listen deep inside to your own soul.

Gazing at the lights of Chanukkah is ultimately so awesome because it provides a glimpse into the eternal light of God, the hidden light, the holy light, the light before creation. This light of God has burned forever and will burn eternally. When we get a glimpse of this holy light, we know that the Jewish people are eternal and that God is God. This is so awesome. The light of Chanukkah reminds us that good will always triumph over evil. And now more than ever, this is a great comfort.

Melinda ( Mindy) Ribner L.C.S.W. a teacher of Jewish meditation for over 20 years, a spiritual psychotherapist in private practice, Author of Kabbalah Month by Month, New Age Judaism and Everyday Kabbalah., Founder and Director of Beit Miriam. To be on the Email list for weekly teachings , contact Ribner@msn.com

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

(more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Conspiracy Conspiracy Theory

Debunking Hillary's Specious Winning the Popular Vote Claim

Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"

Hillary's Disingenuous Claim That She's Won 2.5 Million More Votes is Bogus. Here's why

Ray McGovern Discusses Brutal Arrest at Secretary Clinton's Internet Freedom Speech

Cindy Sheehan Bugged in Denver