Sephirot HaOmer day 18, Chai
PSALMS OF MY SOUL and photos © Joy Krauthammer
Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer ספירת העומר
Sephirot journey set # 2 towards Rosh HaShanah from Shavuot
(day 32 if regular Omer counting toward Shavuot from Pesach)
- Joy Krauthammer
Dance of Netzach sh b'Hod
Dancing forward in the mode
Glory/Hod of Gratitude;
Dance of Life, Chai, Day 18.
Behold, Splendor of soul
will be seen, revealed
as Elul enters. A month
to shine soul,
remove the schmutz.
Dance month of searching --
backwards, forwards -- cleansing, fixing
not only victory
in physical form --
Dance of warrior in battle,
to win in life, survive a fight.
Instead, a concept:
with all your might
for Dance of Joy.
for what you want
in your soul.
Dance of forgiveness, of compassion,
Dance of understanding, of wisdom
Dance of integrity.
Dance of desire.
Stay on the path,
out of the mire.
Dance of Joy. Splendor of joy.
Dance toward what may not be seen.
Vision of Truth, deep
Dance of justice, wide.
Dance of faith, high.
Dance of trust, surrender
toward the Holy One. Blessed Be.
Dance of creativity, dance of passion,
dance of planting, dance of growth,
dance of hope, and dance of connecting love.
Not only war to win!
on horses, hooves flying fast from within;
sometimes lightly, gently,
on iridescent hummingbird wings,
all along the Tree of Life, dance!
...and sing out
your abunDance of blesSings, and drum, even hum,
and dance again.
I have included my fruit carving here, "This is not a cantaloupe", because the "Charcoal Dance" painting above reminded a friend of my cantaloupe carving AKA "Not Milk".
Sometimes we carve away (in Netzach) to reveal another level of G*d's concealed splendor (HOD) in our universe, including ourself. Thank you for the glory, G*d.
Joy's 'carving' story is available upon request. (Cantaloupe's concept title is based on artist Rene' Magritte's "...ceci n'est pas une pipe.") The word, the image, is not the same as it is described, nor named.
How can one say what can't be said, to describe one's love of and for the Holy One? Ahavat Hashem.
- Joy Krauthammer