Mysticism/Psych Course 13: Third Wave of Kabbalah: Psychology

The third video of the second week the class* is about the relation of psychology and the “Third Wave of Kabbalah” including the idea that Hasidic leaders were shamans The Hasidic movement is still with us. Hasidic leaders were shamans, see Professor Garb’s book Shamanism is the oldest form of mysticism. Two roles of shamans: Mystic, of going into other worlds, having all kinds of experiences of the depth of reality. Magician. Power and…

Mysticism/Psych Course 12: Third Wave of Kabbalah: History

The third video of the second week the class* is about the history of the “Third Wave of Kabbalah” including the Sabbatai Zevi, Luzzatto and the Hasidic movement. 3nd wave: 18th century. Modernity starts: American revolution, the French revolution, the industrial revolution, feminist revolution, newspapers, coffee houses… Luria, a central figure of modern Kabbalah Five Kabbalistic movements in the 18th century 1. The radical, heretical Sabbatean movement in the 17th century he was a mystical…

Mysticism/Psych Course 11: Second Wave of Kabbalah: History and Psychology

The second video of the second week the class* is about the “Second Wave of Kabbalah” including the social revolution of the circle, key figures, Safed, reincarnation… 1st wave: pre-modern period. (not medieval, because people didn’t think of it as medieval times 2nd wave: 16th century Several centers: North Africa, Italy, Turkey/Greece (Ottoman empire), Germany, Palestine. Jerusalem first and then Galilee. Safed high in the mountains Safed: emergence of Kabbalah as a…

Mysticism/Psych Course 10: Kabbalah and Kabbalah Research

The second week the class* is about “Kabbalah and Psychology”. Its first video is on ” Kabbalah and Psychology”, including Kabbalah is the oldest European Mysticisms, no matter when it really started. Two forms: Jewish Kabbalah with all the sources; we will not talk about the pre-modern period much; began as a written literature in 12-13th century Christian Kabbalah: established literature is from 16th century Literature of Kabbalah is vast.…

Mysticism/Psych Course 9: Summary of first week

Now that the first week of professor Jonathan Garb’s Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought course is over here are some personal reflections. (Actually by now we are in the third week, but I am slow to catch up with blogging the course.) When I signed up for the course over a year ago it sounded more of a Kabbalah course and it had a different title. So when the title and…

Mysticism/Psych Course 8: Psychology

The sixth video of the class* brought in psychology for the course and integrated topics discussed so far. Problem: psychoanalysis presents itself as the only/main form; but it is just one of many: cognitive psychology, brain sciences, hypnosis Other places to uncover psychology: Literature, Internet: blogs, outpouring on Facebook… Philosophy (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard…) Henri Bergson: psychology of energy/creativity. Mysticism is another form of psychology Multiple psychological modernity. Psychoanalysis is not the master-key.…

Mysticism/Psych Course 7: The Situation of Judaism in Modernity

The fifth video of the class* explained how Judaism’s situation and itself changed during the modern period. Book recommendation: The Jewish Century, by Yuri Slezkine: prominence of Jews in modern Europe, concentration in urban centers. Great success of Jews in the modern period, because of the idea of networks and opening communication is conducive for a scattered community. OTOH: Jews’ situation is precarious, because of the development of modern nation state…

Mysticism/Psych Course 6: Defining the European Context

The fourth video of the class* started off with the protestant revolution of the 16 century and focused on (its role in) the emergence of the individual.  Eastern and Western Christianity split in 1054 Western Christianity broke into the Catholic Church and protestants in the 16th century Book recommendation: Brad S. Gregory: The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society . Argues for Protestantism’s impact on the development of the individual. Instead of church mediation focus…

Mysticism/Psych Course 5: The Transition to Modernity

The third video of the class* outlined explained what modernity is, its conditions (technology, sociology of knowledge and individuation process) the reasons why limit this course’s focus to modernity.  Mystical modernity=psychological modernity, Then we have to focus on those processes which are relevant to mysticism and relevant to psychology which took place in the last, say, four, four, 500 years since the 16th century Technology: We know about mystical ideas, because they…

Mysticism/Psych Course 4: Magic, Mysticism, and Psychology

The second video of the class* outlined the differences between magic, mysticism, paranormal and their relation to and psychology.  The text of the summary below is taken verbatim from the transcript or from the slide behind Professor Garb on the video. Magic: changes the actual world Mysticism: changes onlyone’s perception of the world, but empowers one’s mind Psychology: changes only one’s perception of the world. Paranormal: maybe the ordinary mind has…