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Pathworking, Etc.

By Modred

Pathworking, guided meditation, active imagination, creative visualization — these are just a few of the popular terms that are used more or less interchangeably to refer to techniques involving exploration of the spiritual landscape using the powers of imagination. Note that while there are similarities and commonalities between some of the various methods, entirely separate methods do exist. Those methods vary greatly in terms of approach, complexity, flexibility, and purpose.

Pathworking is, technically speaking, a Kabbalistic enterprise. The Kabbalist explores one of the 22 paths of the Tree of Life which correspond to the 22 cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, of which which the most popular list of attributions is that of the Golden Dawn. There is disagreement even among Kabbalists on how pathworking should be done. But, in general terms, the pathworker envisions a temple that approximates the Sephirot from the which the journey is to begin. Visualizing the the appropriate symbolism, and paying homage to the spirit or god-form ruling the sphere, the pathworker goes on to explore the pathway to the next Sephirot.

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