Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Who said this?
Madonna, during her English accent phase?
Ross Perot, explaining why people didn't vote for him for president?
John Keats in "Ode to a Grecian Urn?"
Ding! Ding! Ding! Yes, Keats fans, you are correct.
Two of my favorite words in the English language:
Beauty launched a thousand ships to start the Trojan War.
Truth, as we all know, is the first casualty of war.
What is beauty and what is truth?
Throughout history the answer to both is subjective.
And yet somehow Keats finds them interchangeable.
At first I thought this was quite a stretch, until I looked at it
from a metaphysical point of view. Years ago, I was incredibly
fortunate to study under the Breslover Hasidic Rabbi,
Reb Dovid Din. It was during the mid-70's and Reb Dovid had
decided it was time to teach Kabbalah to men and women,
Jews and non-Jews, anyone who was truly interested and
open-minded. This was not your celebrity-dabbling cult-like stuff
that has become "in vogue" today. To quote Larry David, "Not
that there's anything wrong with that."
Reb Dovid would give a teaching that would start off with an
everyday point of view, then he would spin off on an intellectual
thread, then a spiritual thread, then a biblical thread, then a
psychological thread, then an emotional thread, and then somehow
he would weave these diverse threads together into a brilliant
conceptual tapestry of beauty and truth.
I learned from Reb Dovid, that we have energy centers in different
parts of the body that have different colors, vibrations and attributes.
In a later post I will go into more detail about the 10 Spheres of the
Tree of Life, but for our purposes, we will focus on the energy
center in the center of the chest that some of you may already know
as the "heart chakra."
In Kabbalah, this center is called by the Hebrew word, "Tiferet," which
means "Beauty." It's attributes are Love, Balance, Harmony,
Connection. This is where your essence of self resides, your
authenticity of self. Your own personal truth. Think for a minute about
what you physically do when someone asks you how you TRULY feel.
We all instinctively pat our chest area, our heart center, our Tiferet, our
This energy portal where Beauty and Truth flow in and flow out is the
connecting point between Spirit and Matter, Heaven and Earth, The
Highest Form of Consciousness and the Most Common Everyday Reality.
It is also the midpoint between the spheres of Compassion and
Judgement. When you have an equal amount of compassion and
judgement you will find Beauty and Truth. Loving Compassion for
others and yourself. Fair Judgement concerning others and yourself.
In balance. Shining your beauty. Your truth.
This is a physical, spiritual and intellectual reality. We don't need
liposuction. We don't need drastic diets. We don't need to look or
feel like some plasticized cynical ideal cobbled together by a twisted
corporatocracy dedicated to the proposition of convincing you that
you aren't good enough unless you purchase things that you
instinctively know are not good for you. We don't need to search
for greatness or that "Higher Power" out there!
It's inside you. In your heart center. In your Tiferet.
Your Beauty. Your Truth.