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"GOD IS A VERB!"
you relay this message to Rabbi Cooper.
I noticed your page and location but failed
to detect a web page for Cooper, perhaps
for sacred reason.
God is a Verb! Thank you for affording
me the opportunity to read Cooper’s
book. A few questions have been flagged
and am working on them, to focus for our
The awareness, as Cooper points out on
pg. 34 “can fluctuate on a fairly
wide spectrum”. This statement I
think mirrors the work of Prigogine and
Georgescue-Roegen. They were articulating
the verb of the structure, “Essential
paradox of creation” as to “…how
unity becomes multiplicity”. Cooper
states on pg 38 that “…we
are still left with an incongruity of
the coexistence of the unity and multiplicity”.
Not to be simple, for this is a very complex
subject, Bohr was alluding to this through
his drawing though he may approached the
challenge of having to leave harmony for
unity. This is when he drew the diagonal,
he struggled with the concept of unity
and illustrated the concept with one dot
on the upper half. The spiral nature of
life’s expression affords one to
“connect the dots” while comprehending
the deeper harmonics of life.
Perhaps, in the story about the King and
his contaminated wheat, the idea is of
the fluctuation, the illusion that is
naturally occurring within everything.
This is the verb, the way of how and why
life is what it is….and so one cannot
be more than what and where one is. Just
to ask the questions apparently is an
active act, worthy in and of itself.
But most of all, the story of the Dirty
Penny opened my consciousness into the
light. Ironically, and even to the point
of the comical, an art piece and possible
project was created from the penny, painted
to be dirty, to reflect the tension between
the black and white, which only through
movement, could we ever be hopeful that
a better future would emerge.
for your letter. I wouldn't know where
to begin. So I wrote to Rabbi David Cooper
who is on sabbatical right now and asked
if he would reply. He did. Here it is!
From Rabbi David Cooper:
seems to be a lovely combination of intellectual
and mystic. It appears to me that his
intellectual side embraces his mystical
side, while my own inclination is reversed:
my mystical side embraces my intellectual.
For me the Ground of Being holds the universe
and all of the ideas generated in it,
thus, my practice is to rest in the Ground,
and enjoy its display in the transient
figures that keep appearing and disappearing.
Bill describes pictures and dots ala Bohr.
This is a nice medium to move aside from
the intellect and yet express a profound
wisdom without words. I often draw a circle
on a blank page of a chart and ask someone
in the audience to come up and complete
the circle by drawing in it the symbol
for a yang...with one rule, the drawing
will not be acceptable if he/she draws
a yin when drawing a yang.
How does one draw a yang without simultaneously
drawing a yin? A nice little paradox that
exemplifies the simultaneous existence
of unity and multiplicity. Yin and yang
are enfolded into one another, an apparent
dualism that is actually a Oneness.
This is the metaphor we engage in the
language of Figure and Ground. Indeed,
one cannot exist without the other. Even
the idea of Ground of Being is actually
defined by the figures (Creation) that
rest in it. This is one aspect of what
"verb-ing" is about, the dynamic
interrelationship of everything to each
other (multiplicity), in which everything
is defined by each other (unity).
The other aspect of verb-ing has to do
with literal motion. Nothing "exists"
without motion. Intrinsic in motion is
change, and thus impermanence. We cannot
grab hold of the "Ground" because
it does not exist as an entity...it is
always flowing. We cannot grab hold of
a figure, for it too is always in motion.
So, what do we have? Absolutely nothing
Yet, there is a kind of fluid continuity.
And here is where the dirty penny comes
in. It is actually a nice Chassidic tale
that in our day of Chaos Theory we call
the butterfly effect. The slightest introduction
of some new movement into the flow can
affect and redirect the entire flowing
process.This is the beauty of Free Will,
which itself is not a thing, but a complex,
indeterminate result of a matrix of conditions
all coming to a nexus which I describe
as "the Smile of the Divine."
Nobody knows what is going to happen next;
not even the Ground of Being!
So, this is a shorthand response to you.
Please note that I am on sabbatical and
I am not intending to open a conversation
or debate and probably would not respond
further along these lines. Rather, I am
simply offering a little drawing for the
chart. In fact, I am far more interested
in what lies beyond the circle, beyond
the chart, beyond all limits, beyond yin
and beyond yang....... Resting in this
Beyond is what I call Peace of Mind, one
foot in the multiplicity, the other standing
back so that it can recognize its essence
as the continuous unfolding as it is,
never separate...love, lover and beloved
are all one......
the comfort of
a lucrative career
as a political
pursue the path
of the spirit.
He spent years
moved to Jerusalem
to explore his
A leading expert
in the field of
he has led workshops
all over the U.S.A.
is a Verb: Kabbalah
and the Practice
of Mystical Judaism"
is the subject
of our two shows
He has also authored
such books as:
the Sacred Mountain:
the Mystical Practices
of Judaism, Buddhism,
Solitude: A Guide
Your Soul: A
for the Sabbath
and Other Days
Heart of Stillness:
Elements of Spiritual
as a best selling
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After his studies
in Israel, Rabbi
to the United
States to found
the Heart of Stillness
Hermitage in Boulder,
his lovely wife,
travel the world
and chanting retreats
and are leaders
in a growing movement
of people interested
in a contemplative
approach to Judaism.
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