Many have come across Kabbalah, but what is it all about? Is it a religion? A Philosphy? An exclusive club . . . a cult? Or is it just a theoretical concept?
Admittedly, I struggled in questioning about it’s concept during the launch of the first Kabbalah Center in the Philippines last March 21, 2017 at Baranggay Poblacion, Makati. I didn’t know where to start so I asked questions off the top of my head, groping for a definite direction. A panel composed of selected members were presented to respond to questions from the guests, they were: Reema Chanco, Nicky, Plinky Recto, and Pinky Amador. Perhaps due to curiosity and a certain amount of interest, I ended up asking the most questions. Even Sarah Weston, Head of Kabbalah Center-Far East, assisted the panel in addressing perhaps a question that may have been tricky to answer.

17458140_10154576378402956_5279113399829732641_nEvery member, including the panel group, were gracious and generous in their responses. After the Q &A session was over, other members went out of their way to approach me and share their experieinces and understanding of the Kabbalah practice. Among them were former newscaster, Coco Quisumbing, Kabbalah Manager, Victor Yu, members Cathy Tuviera, Mara Juliano, Lucas, Rhis, and many more.

Host of the event was Rhia Tanjuatco-Trillo. Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony were personalities, Iza Calzado, Tony Tuviera, Gabby Lopez, and TJ Manotoc.
17388811_10154574354847956_7831814890265611843_oFrom what I gathered, I can generally say that Kabbalah is a personal experience and its practice is an individual commitment though there are regular meetings and gatherings to enrich their knowledge and strengthen their belief and practice. Time and effort is dependent on each person’s need, availability and willingness. “No judgements” is the underlying agreement by all. The concept of sharing, volunteering, support for others, as well as personal development is the general idea of the Kabbalah way of life.
17362733_10154576378622956_2559697094342691755_nWhat struck me most was how the members interacted with each other in a pleasant, polite, and supportive way during the event. And even the openness in sharing and approaching strangers, going beyond their comfort zone, to be of help to others was something admirable in my observation. If this was a transformation brought about by the Kabbalah practice, then I was encouraged and impressed. That outward manifestation of reaching out, being polite, patient and considerate, and making friends easily, among others presents implications in the bigger scheme of things. World peace, perhaps, if everyone in this world will be transformed by the Kabbalah way of thinking. I can dream, can’t I?
In the course of questioning, I got personal answers that varied for each one on why they opted to join Kabbalah over other options? Was there a negative experience beforehand that made Kabbalah a solution in their lives? How did they practice Kabbalah in their daily routine? How do they get back on track when they suddenly find themselves returning to their “old self”?
Because the Kabbalah experience is personal in nature, it would be difficult to get an accurate definition or specific response to the above questions. So instead, I will share with you their mission, goal, teachings, and activities to give you a better idea of where they are coming from.
“Ultimately, everything that we do at the Kabbalah Center has one purpose: to reveal a critical mass of Light in the World.” – Michael Berg, Co-Director, Kabbalah Center International.

Kabbalah is he world’s oldest body of spiritual wisdom, sharing the hidden keys to the secrets of the universe as well as the mysteries of the human heart and soul. Kabbalistic teachngs explain the complexities of the material and non-material universe along with the physical and spiritual nature of all humanity. Kabbalah shows in detail how to navigate that vast terrain to remove every form of chaos, pain, and suffering.
For thousands of years, the great kabbalistic sages have taught that every human being is born with the potential for greatness. Kabbalah is the means for activating that potential.

Kabbalah Centre International extends the invitation for learning to everyone, no matter what their situation, offering scholarships to those with a strong desire to learn and share kabbalah but may not have the means to study it.
The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life. The Kabbalah Centre teachers provide students with spiritual tools based on kabbalistic principles that students can then apply as they see fit to improve their own lives and by doing so, make the world better. The Centre was founded by Rave Yehuda Ashlag in 1922 and now spans the globe with brick-and-mortar locations in more than 40 cities as well as an extensive online presence.

The Kabbalah Centre Philippines Study Group got its start 10 years ago when Sarah Weston felt the need to bring this powerful wisdom to the country of her birth. Seeing how the Phiippines, already a spiritual country, could benefit from the profound yet practical applications of Kabbalah, she began organizing lectures and classes in Manila.
Soon a small but dedicated band of students was formed. As with many Centres across the globe, the students in the Philipppines come from all walks of life. Today, Kabbalah Centre Philippines sees a footfall of over 100 people a week.
The Five Core Principles of Kabbalah teachings:
1. Sharing
2. Awareness and Balance of the Ego
3. Existence of Spiritual Laws
4. We are All One
5. Leaving our Comfort Zone can create Miracles
The Kabbalah Centre teaches Kabbalah, not as a scholarly study but as a way of creating a better life and a better world. Volunteers invest their time to transform lives of Filipinos in various communities through the following initiatives:
Spirituality for Kids International
Lifeready Program
Zohar Project
Habitat for Humanity
The Kabbalah Centre Philippines is located at the 2nd floor, 5921 Algier St. Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. For inquiries, you may call at (02) 8094217 or 0917-8694957.