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Yesod: The Center of the Separate Self

05/15/2012 10:55 am ET | Updated Jul 15, 2012
  • Rabbi Ted Falcon Spiritual guide, author, teacher and therapist; one of the Interfaith Amigos

Yesod means foundation, and is placed on the central pillar of the Tree of Life, where we learn about the levels of identity. It is the self-awareness we call ego. It is the place of our nefesh, the level of the soul associated with the body, our separate vehicle for maneuvering in the world.

Yesod is the foundation of our earthly journey, so we focus this week on the nature of this separate self with which we interact with our world. This self is constructed and supported by the flow of thoughts, feeling and sensations we experience from outer as well as inner worlds.

Our separate self is the necessary intermediary between our Greater Self at Tiferet and the physical world at Malkhut, which will be our focus during the seventh and final week of the Omer. As we move down the Tree, and the energies become more dense, there is greater need for fuller awareness. Yesod is the center of conscious choice.

In our meditations this week, we focus on Yesod as the place of our personal identity. We take time to explore the nature of this body-centered identity.

A Focus Phrase for the Week: I choose to celebrate who I am.

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