Kabbalah Park: A Spiritual Gardening OdysseyEditor’s note: the following article is a specially edited excerpt from Marc Daniels new book: Weed Out Hate; Sow the Seeds of Peace!
Introduction by Marc Daniels:
"Legend has it that 2,000 years before the Creator created man He created the great spiritual universe and mapped it out into 22 geo-spiritual quadrants. Each quadrant was root-fed with a unique combination of heavenly wisdom and heavenly heart. In my book I discuss how these depictions were sensed by the biblical patriarchs and later chronicled as the 22 Hebrew letters which were later combined into words, verses and books within the Bible. The horizontal aspects of the letters relate to the degree of heavenly godliness one feels in the heart and the vertical components signify the heavenly wisdom to attain a specific level towards attainment. Biblical words like grasses, rose, flower bud, water, land, roots tree, etc. contain embedded spiritual instructions to cleanse the heart and garden the spirit. This helps explain why people can feel spirituality while gardening. They are harmonizing with the original root feeding of the spiritual letters.
When I was a child, my father taught me how to root feed the deepest roots. I always felt a warm sensation while deep root feeding trees and shrubs with plant food. Now I understand why".
Kabbalah Park: A Spiritual Gardening Odysseyby Marc Daniels
From afar, the entrance to the park is not visible. You step closer, stumble across the high and insurmountable wall which blocks what lies beyond. Only one clue, which arouses your curiosity; such a bulwark is certainly protecting something very valuable from harm. As you continue to approach the park you catch sight of botanical vines covering an opening and realize that your physical senses had tricked you all that time. What appeared to be a stone obstacle is in reality a vegetative membrane through which you can enter. You are now strolling in the park, listening to the sounds of nightingales that echo within your soul. After a few steps you realize that you are moving through a maze; all around you are fruit trees and shrubs from exotic locations, exuding a wonderful fragrance with the remembrance of the taste of their fruits. With each rhythmic beat you internalize a sense of rise and fall. This spiritual music was composed by the Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag, who had explored and analyzed the inner spiritual music of such biblical figures as Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, and Moses; they were then derived from hidden instructions for spiritual development and are played as a luminary song. The founding fathers had to have felt this as they captured the spiritual reality and chronicling.
Intuitively, you begin to understand that this is not just a maze but a reflection of your inner life. Now the birds no longer sound like nightingales, they now sound like mockingbirds and their sing song conjures up horrible thoughts and instincts in your mind. You are ashamed and gradually realize what kind of selfishness has been brought about. The insight drives you forward. Unlike the mockingbird’s song, the melodies of the upper worlds bring you the supreme bliss that you have never experienced. This is the call of nature which leads you to the center of the maze. The melodies swell up and become beguiling.
Finally you reach the magical center. Now your thoughts are totally occupied with the force of music. You see a huge, shiny silver obelisk on volcanic rock. This is a sign of recognition that you have cleaned your inner being; you have also overcome your ego and have made the breakthrough into the spiritual reality. The obelisk has the property to attract the loving and equalizing force of nature that comes from the supernatural and connects to the earth. No previous experience could have prepared you for what is about to occur. In the sky, dark clouds pile up and within seconds a bolt of lightning strikes the top of the obelisk. You have walked through nature just to reach this point and now it is willing to reward you with rain. The energy that you now feel has an effect that sets you free. Far above, a rainbow is stretched, another one begins to appear in your heart: from red to yellow, yellow to green, blue and violet and white. In every drop you suspect a deep wisdom, grounded in the plan of nature. You then realize that the stroll through the maze was actually a spiritual rain dance, initiated by a strike of lightning.
In unison with the Melodies, fresh breath streams in your soul. You breathe bad air out and breathe deeply in. The pace of your breathing continues until it fully corresponds with the respiration of the birds and the small animals in the garden. Your heart, that had been cold and insensitive, begins to change; it is now pumping not only life in your body, it begins to radiate spiritual energy to the surroundings. The plants understand and respond to this pulsing yearning the only way they are capable of: as if enchanted by a magic wand, they begin to grow and flourish in hyperbolic speed. The flowers bloom in marvelous colors that you have never seen before. The trees around you come together and unite as an inner tree that connects you once again with your spiritual roots, the source for all lives.
The nightingales have hatched their chicks and they will disperse throughout the land. Outside millions of gardens and gardeners are awaiting to experience a spiritual awakening.
The energy released from the lightning bolt also begins to affect your fellow park visitors and create new spiritual connections among them. They define themselves no longer by competitive self-interests, but rather through a common intention – caring for each other the same way they now care for nature. This only happens when a spiritual connection exists among likeminded souls. The individuals now know, as a group, what they need to do, what contribution nature is asking from each of them in order to continue to reveal their richness and their wealth.
With this promise of the world to come you exit the Kabbalah Park in the certainty that the salvation is primarily dependent from three factors: fine-tuned perception, inner change and spiritual uplifting.
Before you started this spiritual quest you probably didn’t recognize the evil nature within your egoism; you sensed it only as a healthy drive for success. You probably did not realize how many people you had trampled on your way up the corporate ladder. Being confronted with this kind of impenetrable barrier, unenlightened souls feel their only options are to settle for what you they have, to live with the pain and frustration, or attempt to climb over it or even bulldoze their way through it and at anyone’s expense.
This is why the entrance to the Kabbalah Park can never be open for all. If the masses were to get through the entrance they would run up against their own inner labyrinth wall and it would not allow them to climb over or tear it down. Countless numbers are totally incapable of hearing the call of the nightingales; they are only trying to escape life. In order to perceive, recognize or to create, one needs to feel it in the heart. The wall is a symbol of petrified egoism that can transform into an elastic membrane that grants entrance to the spiritual dimension.
Inspired from such wisdom, you now comprehend that the force behind the mockingbirds is the same force behind the Melodies. It just took on different forms in order to prod you to correction. With every step and every correction nature rewarded you with ever increasing degrees of delight.
From now on tending to the garden will fill a much higher purpose. Nature’s creations are ready to communicate with you. You respond by giving fresh water to a flower, caring for a rose, root feeding the deepest roots of a tree and weeding out the garden. With your green thumb, everything is now thriving more splendid than ever with the most exquisite fruits. The seed of caring and dedication has now come up in your heart.
The new garden is extremely charged with spiritual force. Whereas in the past you only regarded it as a place for temporary relaxation, now your motivations for gardening are much more deeply rooted with a higher calling; full of amazement you see how natural and supernatural forces harmonize in nature.
All around you there exists an aura that others can feel and this aura influences them the same way it inspires the plants in the garden. Your example inspires others who never felt any desire to take a shovel in their hands and till the soil. They will now become spiritual gardeners just like you.
The spiritual grass roots movement continually spreads. Numerous nightingales have now hatched and they carry the freshly inspired message throughout the planet for inspiring those who are responsible for setting environmental policy: politicians, scientists and landscape architects. They are called upon to build additional Kabbalah-Parks and tear down all of those remaining divisive walls that have befallen humankind with misfortune and have prevented them from attaining their own self-determination.
Welcome back to the Garden of Eden!
"Weed Out Hate; Sow Seeds of Peace”: A Judaic Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marc Daniels is the eldest grandson of the inventor of the Ross Root Feeder. Marc spent the first half of his career focused on commercial goals but after visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany he was inspired to take his grandfather's vision of bringing millions of gardeners to the next level: to “root feed” the cultural, educational and spiritual roots of society itself.
Marc conceived the “Weed Out Hate Initiative”, a grass roots campaign, inspiring the world's children to relate weeding the garden to rooting out their inner weeds, this tied in with the positivity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Dream".