The Divine Soul Polyptych - Chayah
Chayah - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper, 21" x 21"

For more information about this painting, email the artist at adam@hebrewart.com

Chayha – or living essence – is the level of conscious awareness that all vitality in every living thing draws its aliveness from the Creator alone. At this upper level of the “soul chain” the holy light of the Infinite One is more direct, less filtered. It is only with advanced spiritual development and purification that an individual might gain access to this gateway of consciousness.

Here, the soul merges into a state of nullification of the ego and acquires knowledge of the absolute truth of things. This highest soul-knowing, or intuitive understanding, is not defined by the limited, finite universe, for there is no individual identity outside God. There is nothing other than God, the Essence of all Reality. Chayah is called loving God with all one’s being.” (Deut. 6:5).

The highest levels of our soul can illuminate our truest essence when we gain consciousness of the divine life force that runs like an electrical current through all that exists.


Text by Louise Temple from the calendar "Hebrew Illuminations"