:Empowerment through Trance

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226282077
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226282060 | DOI:
:Empowerment through Trance

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This chapter, which includes many texts describing transformation, highlighting empowerment through trance, considers the various modes of interaction of body and consciousness. The work Sha'arei Qedusha (Gates of Holiness) by R. Hayyim Vital is explicitly presented as a manual for attaining ruah ha-qodesh and even prophecy. The texts cited from the works of Vital reveal a link between ascent and trance. A full consideration of the thought and practice of Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto requires an analysis of the place of trance and shamanism in the works of the members of his circle, especially Moshe David Valle, who was described by some as his closest associate. It seems that Valle holds that Luzzatto represents the lower messianic level, to which he assigns his essentially angelic and auditory revelations, while he himself represents the higher messianic level, characterized by near-prophetic vision.

Keywords: trance; empowerment; body; consciousness; Sha'arei Qedusha; R. Hayyim Vital; Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto; Moshe David Valle; Gates of Holiness

Chapter.  12544 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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