The Sound of the Shofar

To cleanse and renew yourself

 This imagery exercise, by Colette, is traditionally done at Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)

  • Sit up straight in your chair. Close your eyes and breathe out three times slowly.
  • Imagine you are swimming up a fast river, under the current, sensing that you are cleansed inside-out.
  • Breathe out one time.
  • Imagine that after emptying out your pockets and your bag, you lay quietly in the water drinking at the source at the place where the water emerges out of the rock. Sense that all the impulses that prevent you from ascending are being removed.
  • Breathe out one time.
  • Find underneath some stones nearby, the Shofar, hidden there since the destruction of the second Temple. Take the Shofar and blow it. Blow it three more times, louder each time.
  • Breathe out one time.
  • The vibration of the sound moves the air and the water of the river, awakened by the sound of the Shofar. When the sound reaches the horizon feel the vibrations of the sound and air swirl inside of you like a whirlpool cleansing out the toxins from your boy.
  • Do it again. The second time finishes the cleansing.
  • Do it again. The third time puts everything back into place in harmony and peace.
  • Breathe out one time.
  • Feel that you are now free of limitations. Sense that whatever the ailment or the physical, emotional or mental difficulty you have had will be healed when you ask your neighbor for forgiveness.