“Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” Psalms 9:11
Hei Lamed Lamed (Hebrew is read backwards) is a meditation for dreaming or entering the dream state. Dreams are a gateway to the subconsciousness. The Lord spoke to many prophets; Joseph of Egypt, Lehi, Omer, Daniel, and Joseph the husband of Mary are but a few (Genesis 37:5; 1 Nephi 1:41 RAV, 8:2 OPV; Either 4:3 RAV, 9:3a OPV; Daniel 7:1; Matthew 1:20). How do we know when what we’ve seen is a dream, just our imaginations, or a vision from the Lord? How can we prepare ourselves to receive a vision in the form of a dream? Hei Lamed Lamed can help.
Lamed (or Lammed or Lamedh) is the twelfth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. It signifies the number 30. Lamed is translated literally to “learning,” and so that is what it represents. It’s shape is that of a a shepherd’s stick, representing a pastoral staff. It is tied to Tzadikim NistarimIt, the 36 righteous people that keep the world from ending.
Located at the center of the aleph-bet, Lamed represents the heart (Lev לב). In Mormon Kabbalah, this means the burning bosom, where the Holy Spirit speaks to us. We learn not merely with the mind, but by revelation from God to our hearts, minds, and souls. Spiritual learning is the heart of human existence. The purpose of Mormon Kabbalah, and in fact, our mortal lives, is to learn and express spiritual teachings and practices.
Like a lighthouse high above a cliff, Lamed helps us see past the storms. Lamed represents constant change, as we learn we grow. Thus it teaches us to learn from everything in life, by blocking Ego and gaining spiritual perfection through Jesus Christ. We learn the Law, the will, and ways of God, aligning ourselves with and becoming one with God.
Hei (or He) is the fifth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet. It signifies the number 5, or 5,000 when referring to years. Representing divine revelation, it is said the world was created with the utterance of Hei. It represents the gift of life, both created and spiritual life. In Kabbalah, it is the symbol of divinity, gentility, and specificity.
In Judaism, many Jews use Hei as a way of saying “God” without actually saying the name of God. It is an abbreviation of the term “Hashem,” which means “The Name.”
Through Hei we gain the freedom of choice. We have walked through the doorway and climbed the stairway of Delet. We now gain an audience with God. No longer trapped by sin, we have regained our free agency.
Mantras, Mandalas, & Mudras
The mantra here is “Hei Lamed Lamed.” This should be said or thought on a inhale of breath, and again on an exhale. One may also add a phrase or short passage of scripture. Example: inhale, “Hei Lamed Lamed;” exhale, “Enter my sleep, Lord” or “Lord, enter my dreams” to better let the spirit breathe.
While doing this one may wish to draw the letters in Hebrew, as seen above, or look at them. Some images to combine to create a mandala would be an image one associates with dreams or dreaming. One should use images that remind them of divine meditation.
The “leaf” mudra is an excellent token to use with this Name. The leaf mudra is similar to the Buddhists’ Bhudi mudra. The Leaf is made by extending the first three fingers together, while touching the tips of the thumb and pinkie. Placing the hand comfortably away from the body at about mid chest is ideal. Other mudras may be used as well, as the Spirit directs.
If one holds priesthood keys they may use the temple mudras with this mantra to gain greater spiritual guidance. Endowing Hei Lamed Lamed with power from the temple will unlock doors into worlds without end for the righteous. Temple tokens used in conjunction with the Shem HaMephorash mantras will unlock the power of God, and the power of His temple, in one’s life.
For those inducted in to the priesthood and given the Sign of the Law of Sacrifice, this mudra would be appropriate. This sign is made by bringing the right arm to the square, the palm of the hand to the front, the fingers close together, and the thumb extended.
For High Priests and High Priestesses, the Sign of the Law of Consecration, may also be used. This is made by raising both hands high above the head, and while lowering the hands three times repeating aloud the words: “Pe le-El,” each time, with the motion of the hands. The hands should be lowered in three movements, as each word is spoken. “Pe:” hands above head, “le:” the arms are dropped to the square, “El:” the hands lowered to the height of one’s chest. Be sure to say or think “Hei Lamed Lamed” while raising hands back into the air.
One may use the following prayer to help begin and/or end the process:
Elohim: Holy is thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I open my heart and my mind to you in search of truth, guidance, and revelation. Bless me that I may dream truth in thy name. My soul seeks thee and safety, searching for thy Word during the night. Bless me; fill my mind with the knowledge of thy Word and with wisdom and understanding. Bless me that when I awake I will remember my dreams and understand their true meanings. Bless me that I will awaken recharged, reinvigorated; renewed in mind, body, and spirit. May that which is below be as that which is above, that we that are below might be as they that are above. In Jesus name I pray, So mote it be. Amen.
“For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him, ‘Blessed art thou, Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done.’” -1 Nephi 1:24 RAV, 2:1a OPV