Liberating the Spirit of the Hebrew teachings on Creation, Creativity and the Sacred Feminine. Stephen Pope comes from the tradition of Kabbalah which is non- religious. He brings out the essence of these ancient teachings simply and directly, and presents fresh translations of biblical texts that liberate them from the distortions caused by centuries of patriarchal mistranslation, misogyny and hierarchical thinking.
“I present the essence of the teachings as simply and directly as possible. They are so needed now, at this point of acute crisis in human evolution, because they contain the truth of who we really are, as human beings, and they illuminate our relationship with our follow creatures and the planet, the solar system and the entire cosmos.”
“The teachings of Kabbalah tell us that the whole of existence is conscious and responsive. All is a manifestation of the One Consciousness, which is expressing itself through the unfolding of the Great Beauty of diverse life, in multiple dimensions.
The Creation is not a past event: it is ever-present within us, here and now. As we free our minds from the grip of compulsive thinking and become still and present, we consciously receive that outpouring of creative Life from the formless Source. This is the essence of Kabbalah, which comes from the Hebrew root meaning “to receive.”
When we are open and receptive, Life teaches us directly. The beings of the natural world can also become our teachers and help us to awaken more fully. We begin to participate consciously in the unfolding beauty of Creation, in communion with the natural world and all the creatures of the Creation.
I have degrees in biblical studies and I studied Hebrew at university level for five years, which was a very valuable experience. However my main source of inspiration comes through meditating on the Hebrew letters, which is how they were originally intended to be taught and received. This is how I teach the sacred dimension of the Hebrew letters now: through meditation and the conscious breath, allowing them to come alive within.
I also work with the hidden Feminine Wisdom within Kabbalah, in particular the Song of Songs and the Mary Magdalene Mysteries. The Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs is among the most profound and beautiful expressions of spiritual awakening – in Love for all Life, in Spirit and in Flesh.
The teachings of the Mary Magdalene Mysteries originate from the Song of Songs, and were given new form in the Gospels, especially the Gospel of John. The Mary Magdalene teachings give us the direct, practical guidance for embodying creativity as our natural state: awakening the spirit of the breath, awakening the spine, harmonising our sexual and creative fires, and connecting fully to the glory of nature and the cosmos. This inner connection to the natural world is an essential part of all true spiritual awakening. As we open more fully, we can receive profound spiritual guidance through our fellow animal, plant and insect beings. The gray whales and the African elephants in particular are among my most important spiritual teachers.
Meeting them, and other great beings in immediate presence has transformed my understanding of spiritual awakening and inspired me to teach The Spirit of Nature Connection, with my companion, Eleanor O’Hanlon, author and conservationist.
Patterns of Creation illuminates the ideas contained in the Greek – Aramaic text of Gospel of John, so that the untranslatable geometric figures of Logos and the Universal Tree of Life, may become for you, the reader, the living reality they point to, beyond their use as symbols.
On this website you will find extracts from my book Patterns of Creation, along with extracts from teachings on the Feminine Wisdom Tradition of the Song of Songs and The Mary Magdalen Mysteries, The Hebrew Letters and Sacred Geometry.
You can listen to online guided meditations, and short extracts from my online courses.
And you can explore ways in which we could work together – in person and online – with these events, courses and workshops.
BD. MA. Dip.Humanistic Psychology.