Kabbalah: A Jewish method of study based upon the ”Tree of Life,”(Etz Chaim) described as
a ‘map of human consciousness.’ ”The literal Kabbalah, is that section
concerned with the information contained in Kabbahlistic teachings, particularly
those found in the Bible. It includes Gematria- the science and art of number
and letter manipulation, and all forms of evocative reading of ”holy” books
using appropriate Kabbalistic codes and interpretations.” (”The Complete Guide
to The Kabbalah
, ” Parfait, Rider, 2001. pg. 7.) “When a student delves into
the study of the Kabbalah, he begins with the sefirot. From Malkhut to Ayin,
they constitute a ladder of ascent “back to the One.” Each seeker gains insights
on the sefirot, one by one, and as they go up the divine body, they get closer
and closer to knowing God.”
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http://www.allsands.com/religious/jewish/kabbalahjewish_rau_gn.htm)http://en.wi\
kipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalah

The word itself means “received wisdom” or “to receive.” To receive the divine. We find this in the kabbalistic

allusion of light and vessel. Give and receive.

Kalyptos: A state of being from the Aeon of the Barbelo, which has the ability
of physical form in Sethian lore. May be written as an entity, but is more
likely a description of a state of being in becoming mortal. ”He can [see] with
his perfect soul those who belong to Autogenes; with his mind , those who belong
to the Triple Male, and with his holy spirit, those who belong to Protophanes.
He can learn of Kalyptos through the powers of the spirit from whom they have
come forth in a far better revelation of the Invisible Spirit.” (See Sethian,
and Barbelo, See also the text, ”Zostrianos.”)

Kenoma: The earthly or hylic state of the being. In the Gnostic schema(s) the kenoma is the imperfect and the antithesis of pleroma (plhrwma), where all are in a state of privation and unreality. The term is not used directly in Sethian texts. (See Iren. Haer. I.4.I (M.7.480A); ib 1.4.2 (484A); Clem.exc.Thdot.31
(p117.11; M.9.676A); Thdt.haer.I.7 (4.298).

Kerygma: Refers to preaching or declaring proclamations. May also be a reference to ‘charismata’ a term used for socio-types with the personal quality of charisma.

Kenosis: A Greek term meaning emptiness, or to make empty. As in Philippians 2:7, “Jesus made himself nothing…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis In Christian theology, Kenosis is the concept of the ‘self-emptying’ of one’s own will and becoming entirely receptive to God and his perfect will. It is used both as an explanation of the incarnation, and an indication of the nature of God’s activity and condescension.

He who is not satisfied with himself

will grow.
–Hebrew Proverb

Kenosis: The Sword of Truth

“My judgment is true because I do the will of Him who sent me.”

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The Thymos is the strength of the will to act decisively on what the Nous has seen. The Thymos is described by the Desert Fathers as “vehe­ment for truth and against falsity, and shows this discrimination in all its action. Thus its action has an incisive, as well as decisive, quality, like the Zen swordsmans cut, or the Zen calligraphers stroke. There is no room for brutality or blind force here, but equally neither for sentimen­tality or cowardly hesitancy. Thus the Thymos is the arousing power of the will, the root power of personhood. It is a power inspired by fidelity to truth, and therefore one ready to declare itself and suffer for truth. This has a very specific meaning. In a world that fears love, and indeed wants to kill it, acting in and for its truth may have a very high cost. Christ acted from Thymos when he flogged the money-changers and threw them out of the temple; when he denounced the Pharisees; and when he accepted Crucifixion.

Though loving is an action of the will, this action must be made first to God before it can be made with any discrimination and strength to human beings. Without giving the will to God first we become victims or victimizers in our action toward others. Our action is paralyzed at the core or becomes merely an attack of one kind or another: a manipulation, a display of power.

Kenosis-self-emptying-is not a moral, but an existential, act of will. By becoming empty of its own self-aggrandizement, the will becomes like that silence out of which true sound comes. Humility and poverty signify a state of emptiness in which God’s will can act in man’s will. Zen Buddhism calls this the Great Death,” and Chassidic Judaism the Reduction to Nothing.” In such self-emptying, one not only surrenders his misery and schemes and self-pity, but even the very best in himself, so that God can transform it from temporal riches into eternal gifts. This action of God is not like a spirit taking possession of a medium, for when the individual becomes self-emptied and filled with God, he becomes truly himself and in full possession of his true will. We come into the freedom of our royal personhood.

All of life can become an-expression of Kenosis: it is political as well as mystical. The church has provided the sacrament of confes­sion so that there is a means to be truthful with God, and ourselves, on the level where we really are. Both the spiritual zeal whereby we become egoistic bullies in the name of attacking evil in ourselves or others, and the spiritual despair-called accidie whereby we give up on ourselves or others due to that evil, are manifestations of pride, and betoken a failure of Kenosis. The Beatitudes describe a growth in Kenosis through successive steps; St. John of the Ladder has written of these steps in detail.

–James and Myfanwy Moran


Kyclos: “Circles”. Something like the circulation of energy of the Chakras of Kundalini, or the Ouroboros, the serpent like creature biting its own tail. A system of circulating or cycles of worlds, like the sun and moon, that effectboth heaven and earth. See also the diagrams of the Ophites, circles which
represent Father and Son.

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