Kabbalah has a long and varied history that has been passed down through the generations. Kabbalah started as three separate aspects:
Medatative- training ones’ self to reach a higher meditative state, and obtaining a high enough level of meditation to be a prophet by talking with Divine beings through calling on them. Meditative Kabbalah was ultimately abandoned as a form of practice when two different groups had different ideas on how to use the Kabbalah Meditative practice.
Theoretical- practice based in dealing with the spirit realm, souls, and angels in this reality. This form of Kabbalah deals with the person becoming more centered and less selfish, creating a spirit that is open to a higher purpose. This form of Kabbalah is the only aspect still studied today and has three different periods of development from a mystical application to a realistic form of Kabbalah developed by R. Yisrael Ben Eliezer.
Magical- Perhaps the least understood branch of Kabbalah, magical Kabbalah deals with changing or trying to inflict change on nature. This aspect also used devine incantation along with magic, symbols, and amulets. Magical Kabbalah was the most unpredictable aspect studied and was mastered by R. Joseph Della Reina (1418 – 1472) who attempted to use this complex form of Kabbalah to bring about redemption. Mr. Reina injured his mind and soul attempting magic and by different accounts either disappeared or committed suicide. This aspect of Kabbalah was abandoned after this incident and little is known today about its history.
The Kabbalah Centre is a non profit organization that offers potential Kabbalah students a place to learn the history of Kabbalah, practice the teachings of the religion, and incorporate them in everyday life. Founded in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, the Kabbalah Centre has expanded to over 40 locations internationally.
The Kabbalah Centre also offers extensive training and the history of their religion through online teachings. Anyone can study Kabbalah regardless of religious belief, race, or gender. The main goal of the Centre is to help students find a higher self, thereby creating a better world for everyone. The Kabbalah Centre is a place of peace for any person wishing to study Kabbalah.
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