General: In Hebrew qabbalah means, "reception." It is an ancient tradition that was passed down to only a select few. There has always been controversy surrounding the teaching of this wisdom, especially when Kabbalists first tried to make it accessible to the public. Over the past few thousand years, many Kabbalists who taught the tradition to the masses were persecuted by other Kabbalists, who believed that women or Christians should not be taught this tradition.
However, today, all individuals, regardless of their age, gender, or religion, may access the teachings of Kabbalah. Individuals may study Kabbalah on their own, with a teacher, or at a Kabbalah center or school. In general, Kabbalist teachers require a strong commitment from their students. Educational resources on Kabbalah are also available online, at the library, and in bookstores.
Requirements: There are no formal requirements in order for an individual to teach Kabbalah. This may make it difficult for a student to find a suitable educator outside a Kabbalah center. Many Kabbalists recommend that individuals who are interested in learning the tradition meet with several potential teachers and ask questions to understand the priorities of the teachers before choosing one.
Practice: Kabbalah is practiced in solitude. However, individuals may receive expert instruction and network with like-minded individuals at local Kabbalah centers. Kabbalists who are Jewish generally aim to maintain a family and social life within the framework of traditional Judaism.
Integrated Kabbalistic healing: Integrated Kabbalistic healing (IKH) has been used for centuries. During IKH sessions, patients talk to a healer about the problems or dilemmas they are facing in their lives. The healer then uses wisdom and understanding from Kabbalah to transform each patient's consciousness in order to heal the body, mind, and spirit. IKH may also be conducted in a long-distance session over the phone.
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