Chaye Ha-Olam Ha-Ba - Life in the World to Come

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The system in Chaye revolves specifically around the 72 Names of God, which are the Expanded Name YHVH. It requires much concentration, because it is not easy, but it is one of the most astonishing techniques. Abulafia describes it as “scientific”, because touching certain “divine frequencies” something is going to surely happen. Maybe it will not happen at once, but nevertheless the holy mechanism will begin its motion, and sooner or later this has to lead somewhere.


Front flap: And when you prepare yourself to speak with your Creator, and ask to be informed of His Decrees, be mindful to clear your thought of all the clutter of the world. And wrap yourself with a prayer shawl, and wear a Tefilin on your head and your hand if you can, so that you will be in awe and fear of the Shekina, which is there with you at that time. And clean yourself and your clothes; and if you can, be sure that your clothes are all white, for all this is very conducive to the intention of love and awe. And if it takes place at night, light many candles until you can see well. Then, take ink, a quill, and a board in your hands. And let them stand as witnesses before you that you are coming to make worship to YHV”H your God with joy and a good heart. And begin with a Permutation of a few letters with the many; and invert them and revolve them quickly, until your heart warms up with their revolutions. And pay attention to their motions and what you produce with their revolutions. And when you feel within you that your heart has heated up with the Permutations, and that with them you came to understand new things that you had not received by Kabbalah from another person and had not come to know through your intellectual contemplation, then now you are ready to receive the Influx.

Back flap: Abulafia warns of the dangers in “touching the holy Name”, but also gives clear instructions to avoid potential troubles.
The holy names become the wheels of the sacred Merkava, the divine Chariot that God rides when He will come to manifest Himself. Moving the letters back and forth, as moving the wheels of the Chariot, calls God toward us.
As letters change, new sentences are formed, which are interconnected by their Gematria (numerical value), or are Tzerufim (combinations, permutations) of the former sentences. New sentences, and new revelations come to the apprentice, who becomes a vehicle for the Ruach Ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit) and receives the prophetic enlightenment.