Rabbi Avraham Abulafia
One of the most important early figures in Kabbalah meditation is Rabbi Avraham Abulafia. Not only was he party to many important traditions, but he also wrote voluminously regarding them. Indeed, very little would be known today about many of these traditions if not for his writings.
"Creation took place by means of sayings. At each stage in the creation of the universe, the Bible introduces the account by stating, ‘and God said’. Creation therefore took place through words. These words, however, consisted of letters. Therefore, the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the most basic building blocks of creation. Subsequently, if an individual knows how to
correctly manipulate the letters of the alphabet, he is able to make use of the same spiritual forces that originally brought the universe into being." (Rabbi Abraham Abulafia 1240-1295)
This modality was rediscovered by Eli Machani who resides in Queens, NY.