Ancient Jewish sages developed the tradition of the kabbalah. Rabbi David A. Cooper is among the first to bring the mystery and mysticism of kabbalah to us in a way that is easy to understand. Kabbalah is about bringing human consciousness to its full potential, recognizing that we are partners with God in the continuous process of creation. This means, as Cooper says, that “There is no move we can make physically, there’s nothing we can say, there’s no emotion that can arise in us, there is nothing that can happen in our mind, that doesn’t ripple into the universe and affect everything in that particular moment as it unfolds.” Cooper discusses the kabbalistic notions of soul, soul-mates, reincarnation, enlightenment, free will and God.
Cooper is the founder of the Heart of Stillness Hermitage in Boulder, Colorado and the author of The Heart of Stillness (Bell Tower 1992), Entering the Sacred Mountain (Bell Tower 1994) and God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Riverhead Books 1997).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How a one-week retreat can change your life
- How to understand kabbalah and soul connection
- The similarities among mystics of differing traditions
- The profundity of every single moment
- Why Cooper left a lucrative career as a political consultant to become a rabbi
- The continuous unfolding process of enlightenment
- The four levels of Kabbalah
- The role of free will between creator and creation
Program Number: 2689 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 12/10/1997