The Yemima Method with Racheli
Yemima Avital gave us a great gift, the teachings of Hashiva Hakaratit (Awareness Thinking or as many call it "The Yemima Method”). Hashiva Hakaratit is a spiritual method that gives us tools to connect to our true self- our inner goodness.
Come learn this method with me.
Who was Yemima Avital?
A descendent of a Kabbalist family, Yemima Avital (1929-1999), was born in Casablanca Morocco. When she was 20, she made Aliyah to Israel. Yemima developed a unique method that integrated psychology, in which she was trained, and Jewish spirituality and thought, including Kabbalah. In 1987 she opened the Ma’ayan Institute, where she taught her students this method.
What is the Yemima Method?
You are good, you always were good, and you always will be good.
Of course, we all want to learn, expand, and grow. But the truth of the goodness within us is not debatable, and you do not need to prove it or to justify it.
If I am so good, why don’t I feel good, and why does it feel that my behaviors do not reflect this?
Throughout our lives, this good is hidden from us and not easily accessible. What is usually more accessible to us is our defense mechanisms, blockages, negative emotions, and misunderstandings about our true nature. We acquire those in childhood. In Yemima terminology, what covers our goodness is called Omess. The translation for Omess is burden. These mechanisms, emotions, misunderstandings do not help us to grow and develop but rather are outdated survival mechanisms that burden our wonderful system.
Hashiva Hakaratit is about building understandings and tools that enable us:
to see our goodness
to separate our true good nature from the Omess,
to accept our omess with great warmth and love
to be close to ourselves.
What? Just separation, warmth, and acceptance? Don’t I need to try harder to get rid of my bad habits, to try to think positive thoughts, and to improve myself?
We do not change ourselves; we give our system the right conditions so it can grow. The wrong conditions for growth are self-criticism, self-conflict, and self-rejection. The right conditions for growth and development are love, acceptance, and patience. We give these to ourselves, and the Omess gets cleared from our system.
Hashiva Hakartit- Awareness Thinking- is being aware of the good that is within us and around us, to connect to that good, to build from that good, and to remember that good even when our omess is clouding our vision.
I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and currently, I live in Berkeley, California. I have a Masters in Economic History from Hebrew University and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School in Organizational Behavior.
I have been studying the Yemima method for about five years. Since the first time I heard a class, I felt that this method was speaking the language of my heart, and it has become one of the foundations of my everyday life. It has brought me more peace, acceptance, and happiness. Mostly, closeness with myself.
A couple of years ago, when I spoke about what I was learning in Hashiva Hakaratit, my friends were interested in studying this as well. However, although there are many classes both online and in-person for Hashiva Hakaratit, they are all in Hebrew. This means that many people cannot access this spiritual knowledge. I started to translate some of the texts for my friends and to teach them what I knew in English.
To let more people have the opportunity to study this beautiful method, I am starting to offer online classes in English. The classes are formed around texts, which are called in Hebrew “halakim” (the portions/parts). These texts were dictated by Yemima during her classes and were given to us by her direct students. In our class, we begin with the dictation of the text itself, continuing the tradition of the original Yemima classes. We discuss its meaning and clarify ideas, and students contribute their unique understanding of the teachings and how they experience them in their everyday life. The class is in English, and the text we study is translated into English as well.
We meet once a week for an hour and a half. For more detail, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each class costs $20.
For more information about Yemima and classes in Hebrew see the official website http://toratyemima.co.il/