A couple days ago, I took it upon myself to investigate the Kabbalah Centre in Houston by attending their free Introduction to Kabbalah class. I even snuck a picture with my camera phone. (I don’t know if that is against the rules – but if felt forbidden.)
Okay, here’s the scoop! The meeting was really a whole lot of nothing. It touched on things in only the broadest sense. The instructor talked of the “ten” dimensions – explained that we live in the three dimensional world and are affected by the fourth dimension (time) so why wouldn’t the other six dimensions affect us as well? The theory is that the study of Kabbalah opens up our ability to affect things in our lives through access to these other dimensions – even if that access is simply an understanding that they exist.
I was a little put off by her defensiveness when it came to Q&A. She opened the session by saying that she will handle questions at the end and that we could then ask things like, “Why a $26 piece of string?” When the Q&A got off to a slow start, I chimed in, “Okay, so WHY the $26 piece of string?” She reacted like I was attacking her – it was her damn question! She responded with, “Well, why do people pay $50 for a cross to hang around their neck?” I got the feeling she planted that question just so she could pounce out with her response.
After some evasiveness over whether the string was a reminder to follow Kabbalah, a symbol of a person’s devotion to the belief, or a weapon to ward off the “evil eye” as is purported by many of the red string vendors in Ebay, I was told in much nicer language that I am too dumb to understand. In fact, that seemed to be the response to most questions… sure, it wasn’t put so rudely, but the fact that we needed to “continue our study of Kabbalah” seemed to be the main theme of the meeting. It was never mentioned in the meeting, but the continued study of Kabbalah is pretty damn expensive.
They hold meetings on every subject under the sun from Face Reading ($150) and Parenthood ($150) to the Power of Kabbalah ($270.) I don’t know – but one of the few bible verses I have memorized is:
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the
oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for
filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”
1 Peter 5:2, KJV
To me, it has always meant that you should spread the word because it is the right thing to do – not for the bucks. I’ve never heard any reference to Jesus charging for the Sermon on the Mount?
Do I think Kabbalah is a bunch of bull? Nope. Do I think that this organization has some good? Yep. It just reinforces my belief that the more organized any religous organization becomes, the more likely that greed will slip into the equation until ultimately it overshadows all. Do I think the Kabbalah warrants more study? Of course. Do I plan on using the Kabbalah Centre as my conduit for enlightment? Not a chance. I will do my own research and keep my money for something other than a piece of red string.