IKH Collage

This is a collage I created for my graduation from the Integrated Kabbalistic Healing (IKH) training.  It expresses The Tree of Life as I learned it during my IKH training.  Each image represents one of the Sefirot as follows:

Malchut  The turquoise background paper is Malchut.  This is the Kingdom of God that is everywhere and holds all things.  Malchut is the Earth plane, the place where anything can happen - be it for good or ill.

Netzach  Me in my success and mastery.  Netzach is one's victory in life and the world.  Each Sefirah evolves in us as we grow into wholeness, and I included photos of my younger self here to express the growth of my accomplishment in my life.

Hod  My place in life: my home and Nature.  Hod is one's personal place in life, in the lineage of Binah which is the womb of the world.

Tiferet  is beauty, compassion, harmony.  It is the center of the Tree and the name of God associated is the holy, unpronounceable name YHVH.  The cross representing Jesus Christ, and the relationship between God and humanity, is a powerful expression of this Sefirah for me.

Gevurah  The red sun.  Fire is one of the attributes of Gevurah, also known as strength, law and judgment.

Chochmah and Binah  My husband and I, as Abba and Ima face to face.  Abba and Ima (Hebrew for Father and Mother) -  the Kabbalistic concept for partnership and mutuality: two beings in eternal union.  Abba and Ima are the very  first expression of duality emanating from the endless Oneness of Keter.  They represent the divine masculine and feminine principles, the perfection of partnership, and the sublime parents who give birth to and nurture everything.

Yesod  My three teachers (Gary DePice, Jason Shulman, and Talia Malka) together with the school logo (another Tree of Life) represent Yesod.  Yesod channels the divine light from the upper Sefirot into the world, which is what they did for me.  In addition, the teachings represent my deepest longing and desire, which is another aspect of Yesod.

Chesed  Water is one of the attributes of Chesed, indicating the ever-flowing nature of loving-kindness.

Keter:  God's Will represented by words from the Torah that frame and hold our existence:  "The voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride". . . and "The winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing bird has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines in blossom give forth their scent."  (From Jeremiah 7:34 and Song of Songs: 2:11-13). Source: The border design by Mickie Caspi is from one of her calendars (http://www.caspicards.com/).