Guest Voice: Asher Responds to Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith
Question for Guest Voices Series 1, from Ketzirah: RamBam, Rabbi Moses ben Maimomedes created his 13 Principles of Judaism in the late 12th or early 13th Century CE. For the Orthodox, these are the defining principles of Jewish faith. For those of us not Orthodox it opens a question. What do you believe and how does it relate to traditional Judaism? Write your Principles of Faith, no more than 13 concepts, that define Judaism as you understand it. You can respond directly to RamBam’s 13 Principles point-for-point, or use this as a jumping off point like I did.
When Ketzirah posed to me the question “what do you believe in” I felt the task would be quite daunting and my answers very ambiguous. However, using this as an exercise to explore my higher self was quite beneficial because I’ve never taken inventory of my beliefs nor have I dived into the precipice of apologetics as a Jew. This experience has been enlightening and I plan on trying this exercise with several of my clients.
Ketzirah guided me to structure my beliefs around Rambam’s Thirteen Principles. I went to several websites that offered their interpretation of the Rambam’s Thirteen Principles to gain a better understanding of them. At first glance I felt like I wanted to scrap them all-together. Then I realized that instead of commenting on his principles from my point of view I would try re-interpreting each principle and re-writing it has how I understood them. What’s more is that instead of relying on someone else’s interpretation to guide me I decided to follow my heart and see where it would lead me. I’ve combined several of the principles into a single thought but I’ve included the number of which principle my thoughts were referencing.
Principles 1-4 & 10: Everything is Energy. I believe in the existence of a Source of all that has been manifested. I believe that everything we call reality including ourselves is all a thought or will in the mind of this Source. Without the Source continually willing us into being we would not exist. I believe that this Source is infinite, directly unknowable, and undefinable.
I believe that there is a correlation between the Source and manifestation. To understand this correlation can turn to the old axiom, “As above, so below, as below, so above.” Therefore, instead of directing our energies to some far off heavenly realm we need to be engaged in the one we are currently imbued in. We need to experience the ruchot of all things. Human beings are the ultimate culmination of creation and we are all made of the same Source as the stones, grass, trees and animals. The only thing that differentiates us from one another is our vibration or frequency and our individual reception to that frequency.
Principle 5: How we individually understand this correlation is through the infinite frequencies that we are able to utilize in our lives. We’ve been guided not to venerate any individual energetic frequency. This frequency is of the Source, however, is not the Source. It having Divine guidance will continue to do the will of Source regardless of our intention.
Principle 6: I believe that the Source actively communicates to all manifestation, not just Prophets. We need to engage and listen to that “still small voice.” I believe that every individual has the right to assert what they believe in their heart to be truth as there is no absolute truth.
Principle 7, 12, &13: I believe that Moshe Rabbeinu was a man of great political power, a visionary, a philosopher, a leader, and a man who like Martin Luther King can change a country by speaking his truth. However, I believe that every individual has the capability of attuning to their higher-selves and finding the Moshiach within. Through this attunement we are able to transcend death and return to Source. Until such time when the will of Source is transformed into another we to may return to this world as new and transformed vibrations that continually experience the substantial reality that Source is willing.
Principles 8 & 9: I believe that the Torah is a written anthology of our communal consciousness and though it is not the only voice among our people, it is the most influential work from which we have attuned to a higher understanding within ourselves. However, the most important Torah of all is the Torah of our hearts which cannot be written on lambskin or in stone, rather in love which is the highest frequency. Though we have been given The Torah we are capable of learning its principles by turning within and without.
Principle 11: I believe that there is a higher reason for everything we experience and this reason provides us with a greater understanding of our connection to Source. I believe that Source wills events into our perception to affect our experience. Good and Evil are man-made polar opposites of the same energy and are based upon our perception of this experience. I believe that no manifestation will be judged by Source based upon their deeds, rather, I believe that we judge ourselves. I believe that love and forgiveness is in the heart of all manifestation and should be exercised without condition.
These are my truths but they are not absolute. The only absolute is Source and we are guided to love Source with all of our heart, spirit, and strength. We are also guided to love each other as we love ourselves. Upon these two principles our entire reality is erected and all of the experiences in between them are nothing more than how Source and manifestation keep these principles in balance.
“Asher the Landsman”
“Asher the Landsman” is a Holistic Health Practitioner who is studying to achieve a Board Certified Diploma as a Master Holistic Health Practitioner. Asher is active in his practice and uses various spiritual and Kabbalistic healing techniques to a help others maintain holistic balance. Asher considers himself to be a spiritual Jew who honors Ima Adamah through his practice. His favorite spiritual practice is ecstatic chant.