Matisyahu Goren of “The Long Short Way” Interviews Shimona
There is a saying: success breeds more ambition and it couldn’t be any truer. But, the problem with this thought is that it requires attachment in your life. The more you grow, the more attached you become. The more attached you become, the more you want, the more you invest in what you have, and the more likely you will become stuck because you’re heavily invested in your current path.
Change can be radical and the less you have to lose, the more radical your voice tends to be, says Shimona. But, keeping that radical aspect of you alive is vital. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t aim for a newer version of yourself. Just be you. According to Shimona, sometimes it becomes necessary to let everything crumble in order for you to become free enough to create something else that is radically different. This is part of what Shimona teaches her Kabbalah tree of life students in her program called The Method. So, what is The Method and how did she develop it?
How was The Method born?
Shimona began her career as a teacher in adult education. She used her fine arts degree to do seminars and workshops. Education is unique because when you teach, you also learn more. Teaching requires that learning to be user-friendly and applicable. Over time, Shimona gained more students and through her teaching experiences, she developed a method.
When she had reached a point when she couldn’t see everyone, she began to charge for her services and from here, she started giving people notes. Shimona realized that other people’s stories differed, but their feelings, situations, and solutions remained the same. It wasn’t until one program graduate asked Shimona to train her that The Method was born and made available to all.
During a trial run of The Method, Shimona was contacted by a persistent man who wanted to interview her for his Ph.D. dissertation paper. It turned out that this man was one of the founders of the first online bank. He helped Shimona grow The Method.
Is surrender a common theme with the Tree of Life? Where does it come from?
You can only surrender once you have trust. Receiving something is difficult for people because it means opening yourself up to your vulnerabilities. Surrender is about receiving and being vulnerable.
We are all multi-dimensional beings, says Shimona. Internally, we are made up of many parts. You might say that we have a dual identity. We are driven by our egos and self-preservation and our egos are intent on not being vulnerable to anything. Shimona’s goal with Kabbalah tree of life is to help others embrace their imperfections. It’s not enough just to believe in God, says Shimona. “You have to believe that there is something else flowing down. Those two things together help a person to transform their lives.” One of Shimona’s essential tools requires the use of the soul bath.
Soul Bath: What is it rooted in and what do you teach about it?
Think of God’s divine wisdom as a blueprint for all of creation. A map, while similar to a blueprint is different. A map is a blueprint of all the space you need to navigate, says Shimona. “I see all of God’s divine wisdom as a map of that blueprint.”
So, what is a soul bath? A soul bath is a tree of life. In Judaism, we often think the Torah speaks about the physical universe and alludes to the spiritual, but in truth, it is just the opposite. When we look at the word kabbalah, many people associate it with the phrase ‘to receive’, but it’s also connected with ‘to align.’ Kabbalah gives us a map that aligns the different levels of reality. That map, in Kabbalah, is what we consider to be the mystical tree of life. Everything you do comes back to the ‘tree’. The map, then, correlates with the soul and the body.
Your right brain and left brain are connected. Spiritually, you have different mental capacities and they are the connecting points between those capacities and all are connected with sounds we hear throughout the alphabet. Through this tree, you can progress your life.
How can you progress your life using the Kabbalah tree of life methods?
We often ask ourselves what we want from life, but in the Kabbalah tree of life, we must change our focus to what does life want from us. There are internal and external obstacles and steps along the way. We must become cognizant of these obstacles to prevent ourselves from sabotaging our own healing, says Shimona. Shimona recommends finding a mentor that you can trust and who can guide you on your path.
Mentor: An important part of the process?
Mentorship is vital to your success. In The Program, you spend a year just getting to know yourself. After that, there is a training program that allows you to become a certified coach. The Program was developed based on things Shimona studied within Torah law and mystical teachings about mentorship.
You are blinded by self-love, says Shimona. If you really want to grow, find someone you know who cares about you and open up to them. You must become big enough to fail and trust that person. If you trust them, you’ll be able to surrender to their advice.
In Kabbalah, a lot of time is spent looking at your existence: where I am, what I am, and how I am. But the bookends of this existence are your identity, who you are, and your purpose, why you are. If you don’t take care of those two things, nothing you do in your existence is going to help you. That’s the power of mentorship, says Shimona. Mentorship takes you out of your existence and connects you with identity and purpose.
Remember, God owes us nothing, but we owe him everything. In the Kabbalah tree of life, you must be firmly attached to your purpose and your identity, but be unattached to your existence. Your body must eventually die for your true self to emerge and live. Don’t confuse the suffering of your body for the joy of your soul. We are individuals, says Shimona, what is possible for each of us is infinite.
Feel free to listen to the audio below of my interview with Matisyahu Goren.