SEVEN STORIES FORTHE SOUL
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In different places, eras and cultures, words have always played a vital and at times curative role. In Hindu medicine, meditation on a story or phrase is used to overcome certain disturbances and the ritual repetition of words and syllables is highly valued. In the tribal life of American Indians, stories are told to “broaden the mind”, whilst in Western cultures, word is a gift to man from God.
The strength of the word cannot be explained by reason. It is a sort of lucid magic which propagates in the reader.
Seven Stories for the Soul is a sort of book of remedies, a collection of stories divided according to the days of the week.
From the Symbol to the Cure
The voyage which the reader undertakes as he becomes immersed in this book is characterised by elements which guide him in an attempt to instil some sort of logic into a type of reasoning which is inevitably metaphysical, and whose end can be perceived through instinct only. Starting with the interpretation of the symbolism of the front cover which leads us to understand the thaumaturgical role of words and the pleasure to be drawn from the “remedy”.
The Tree of Life - Etz ha Halla’yim in Hebrew - in the Kabbalah represents the laws of the universe. Once humanity has lost the Garden of Eden, it can no longer obtain direct access to the 10 spiritual principles of the Tree of Life, the only response to the need for infinity, joy and eternity which each of us carries inside. So the path which leads to the Tree of Life is watched over by a couple of Cherubims, angels armed with flaming swords, one with a male’s face, the other a female’s, representing God’s will on earth through procreation. Thus birth means climbing the 10 Sephirot of the Tree of Life, Sources of Energy, and facing the three levels of this world’s existence: the physical, psychological and spiritual. That is why, as Seneca writes, perhaps “The unwilling, Destiny drags them”
Gianfranco Di Nino