from Eye to the Infinite – A Torah Guide to Jewish Meditations to Increase Divine Awareness.
Sleep is a mysterious state that continues to confound scientists. Beyond its physical and psychological benefits, sleep also provides a way for the Inner Mind to reveal itself. It is a time when, depending on the person’s soul-root and spiritual level, higher levels of consciousness from higher worlds can filter through.
When we dream, we have little control over what mind-scripts are played out. We generally dream about whatever is on our mind or niggling the subconscious but dreams may also be a rich source of spiritual experience.
While body and mind relax, the Inner Mind or higher intelligence, can “speak” to the person in symbols and allegories, using imagery from the subconscious, to give over its message. A fascinating Midrash describes the metaphysical process.
“When a person sleeps, his body speaks to the Neshomoh, the Neshomoh [speaks] to the Nefesh, the Nefesh to the Mal’ach (Angel), the Mal’ach to the K’ruv, the K’ruv to the Master of the Wings, and the Master of the Wings tells before He Who said and the world came into being.”
The Midrash tells us that during sleep, consciousness (Da’ath) merges with the Neshomoh (Binoh). It ‘converses’ with the Neshomoh, relaying every action, thought and feeling of every minute during the day that has been recorded by the body cells and inscribed on the bones; all this is now relayed to the Neshomoh.
The Neshomoh then relays this to a Higher Consciousness referred to as Nefesh. This Nefesh (the collective Unconscious of which the individual Unconscious (Chochmoh) is part) links to higher states and entities – the “Mal’ach” [Angel] and “K’ruv” [Cerub], which connect to still higher levels, until the soul’s source in G-d. With a righteous individual, this can result in regular spiritual revelations and messages during sleep.
But perhaps the Midrash is telling us something even more amazing. By relaxing and quieting the activity of the subconscious mind, we can imitate sleep. Brainwaves during meditation are known to be similar to those during deep sleep. Might imitating sleep be a means of accessing the inner mind and higher states of consciousness?
Find out in the next installment...
 See Zohar II, 52a, 195b.
 Levit. Rabboh, 32: בשעה שהאדם הזה ישן הגוף אומר לנשמה והנשמה לנפש והנפש למלאך והמלאך לכרוב והכרוב לבעל כנפים ובעל כנפים יגיד דבר לפני מי שאמר והיה העולם
 There are two types of Da’ath: Da’ath of the mind (see next chapter) and Da’ath-knowledge the body receives at a cellular level.
 See Brochoth 6b.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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