"He told me, to my great amazement, leaning across the dining room table, how God's sweet letters were also the powerful tools whereby He created light and everything in the universe: establishing the earth, suspending the sun and moon in the firmament for signs and for seasons, for days and for years. I would imagine these primordial letters, the symbols that brought forth not only the universe but, to my even greater astonishment, my very own existence, announced in the heavens - Aryeh Alexander ben Shelomo! - phosphorescent figures forming in the deep dark closet of space".
This exquisite passage in one of the best books I've read in a long while jumped instantly to mind when I saw Rachel Brown's eyecatching custom-jewelry based on the ancient spiritual teachings of Kabbalah. "Kabbalah reveals the spiritual teachings of the universe and hidden secrets of the Torah," explains the Kabbalah Center student (fellow Kabbalah fans Madonna & Demi Moore own some of her pieces).
"My jewelry is based on Kabbalistic meditations composed of the 22 letters of the hebrew alphabet which Kabbalah recognizes as the DNA of the universe; thus, my pieces are engraved with hebrew letters expressing variations of these meditations. The spiritual power behind these meditations connect one to 'mind over matter,' total control of one's life, and to a realm of bliss where no chaos exists. Simply scan the engraved letters on my jewelry with your eyes and the energy emanates to your soul and throughout your existence. Kabbalah states that the "eyes are the windows of the soul", so that when you scan the hebrew letter combinations a spiritual technology takes place as the soul connects to and downloads these energies."
Rachel Brown's lovely work is available at Donna Karan and her Urban Zen store, PURE Yoga West, Adam Marc Jewels, Anik, Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza hotel & RachelBrownJewelry.com.
- Lesley Scott