Monday, June 25, 2012

Do you SEE what I see?

The Power of Using our G-d Given Talents (and Helping Our Children Recognize Theirs.)

There are twelve months in the Jewish calendar.  The talent of SIGHT is the fourth, the month of Tamuz, (June- July.)

Individuals who have this unique talent are visually sensitive.  They pay close attention to detail.   They are masters of seeing the good. They look at the world with an empathetic eye, having a positive outlook and seeing the best in others. Their keen sight and insight allow them to see the depth hidden beneath the surface.  Visual clarity is their gift.

We can be role models to our children by pointing out their good and the good in others.  When  they look at the world with empathic eyes, they deepen their ability to understand what they are seeing.  We need to encourage them to be confident.  We must pay attention to what they are interested in showing us.

Tools for Developing Your Sense of Sight:
1.  Look for the good in people, in situations and in nature.
2.  Don’t focus on the negative.  If you see something as problematic, trust yourself.  Don’t go in that direction.
3.  Let your insights show you a deeper perspective.

The Kabalah of Sight:

The sense of sight of Tamuz is the ability to “see through” physical reality and to recognize its Divine source. This is developed by guarding and focusing our eyesight correctly.

How we view the world affects our choices. The Jews made a serious error based on a negative way of looking at their situation when they were in the desert, after having been taken out of Egypt. This caused the sin of the “golden calf,” (see to learn more),  which had  serious consequences (ie “the breaking of the Tablets”).  As a result, the 17th day of Tamuz became the beginning of “the three weeks,” a period ending on the 9th of Av. We fast and introspect on the first and last days of this period.

These days will become transformed to days of joy and celebration in the near future.

The tribe which corresponds to the month of Tamuz is the tribe of Reuven.  He was the first born of the sons of our forefather, Jacob and his wife, Leah.

Chana Rachel Schusterman is a Jewish spiritual counselor and coach. If you would like to contact her, please email me at

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