The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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Cosmic Walk

The Cosmic Walk ritual tells the story of the universe from both a scientific and spiritual perspective, turning the story of our universe into a sacred story. The version offered here on uniquely incorporates Kabbalah, specificall dividing up the history of the universe into seven stages corresponding to the seven lower Sefirot. It also includes dates related to Judaism and to other religions. (Most other versions of the Cosmic Walk only reference Christianity in the human history section.) Lastly, it includes paleogeography and is also the most scientifically accurate and complete version that I am aware of. This ritual is awesome and awe-inspiring, and detailed instructions for how to set up the Cosmic Walk are included with the script you can download here. (See this page for other versions of the Cosmic Walk.

Here are the links to neohasid's Kabbalistic version of the Cosmic Walk:



Here's the introduction:

The Cosmic Walk is a telling of the story of the Universe according to current science, as a sacred story that fits into our spiritual and religious traditions. It was created by Sister Miriam MacGillis (from Genesis Farm, and further developed by the eco-spirituality movement). This version is written by Rabbi David Seidenberg from It includes many new details about religion and science, including paleogeography and continental drift. As a Jewish telling, this version also includes references to the evolution of Judaism, and it structures the telling according to the "seven days of creation" which, according to Kabbalah, are actually the seven lower Sefirot, the qualities through which God created the world. The spiral rope you see represents 13.7 billion years of this unfolding story. One eighth of an inch equals about one and a half million years; ten feet equals about one and a half billion years.

The symbol of the spiral is fundamental to the experience of the Cosmic Walk. When the story of the Universe is told in science museums and textbooks, time is often represented by a straight, very long line, with the whole of human history being only the tiniest sliver at the very end, visually (and spiritually) separated from the rest of history by whatever happened just before us. The implied message is that we are an insignificant coda to a vast but unconscious story. In contrast, as we walk the spiral, the beginning is visible from every point; we stand in relation to the whole story at all times. Similarly, we are taught that our solar system is one of billions and trillions of specks in comparison with the whole of the Universe. But if there is only a one in one billion trillion chance of life beginning on a planet like ours, then a billion trillion such planets might be created in order for life to evolve! The vast magnitude of the Universe may be the precondition for life to exist. All of these miracles, exactly as they happened, were needed in order for us to be here. You are invited to be a witness to this story, and to experience gratitude, awe, or any other emotions that arise. At the end of the telling, you can sit silently, or walk the spiral. After a few minutes of meditation following the story, chanting, dancing, drumming and all kinds of celebration are welcome!

In the beginning... We begin with what we call 'The Big Bang'. In Kabbalah, we begin with tzimtzum, contraction, followed by Love.

Chesed--Love: expansion through love, free energy created out of nothing, the revelation of light...



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