Hi, I’m Helen Rosenau. I’m a writer, fused glass artist,and insight coach based in Eugene. Oregon. You can see what I do at the blog, dvar, and gallery pages. I’m not a rabbi, but I’ve always been a mystic and seeker. I care about how I live and how we treat one another. I have a strong set of spiritual beliefs and practices. If these kinds of thoughts speak to you, keep reading.
I care about what makes people tick, what helps us get to greater sense of understanding and acceptance – for self and others, and what motivates us to live with greater awareness and intention. That’s the focus of the KabbalahGlass blog. To help me and you and anyone it speaks to become the who and how they want to be, and to live that way.
I’m a writer who’s always loved visual art. I found lineages in various form of meditation and practice and Jewish mysticism. Kabbalah Glass evolved out of that. Simple stuff, like meditating in nature and having my eye or ear caught by something. Then listening. That’s what the art is a bridge to help you do.
I do mostly commission work. It evolved from the idea of making Trees of Life for outdoor installtions. You can see examples in the Gallery. I create other things too, but it’s all meant to be sacred and useful, as well as pretty.
Below is an intro to the Tree of Life, basic Kabbalah 101 through the filter of me. You can google and lose centuries trying to make sense out of the arcane wisdom. That’s in part why Da’at (Knowledge) is the unacknowledged and sometimes invisible bridge in the Tree of Life, the gate out of Eden, out of Pardes (Paradise).
Knowledge is the veil that separates Echad (living in wholeness and oneness) from the way we live our daily lives, except in those special moments when we feel like we’re in an active conversation with the divine, when we’re in the world of Keter (the Crown of the Tree of Life). It’s all about consciousness.
In Kabbalah, dualities have a creative connection. Each pair of opposites, right and left, resolve into a next, a center. Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) create Knowledge (Da’at). Unconditional Love (Chesed) and Discernment (Gevurah) marry and blend to form Compassion, Harmony, Beauty (Tipheret). Victory/Energy (Netzach) and Splendor/Focus (Hod) form Possibility (Yesod). Then there’s only one place to go, here (Malkuth). Malkuth is whichever here one is ready to be in: whatever art I’m guided to make; whatever it stirs in you.
Kabbalah Glass is a journey that I invite you to join. From wherever you are and for wherever you want to go.