Kabbalah Concept-Part 1 Physical Manifestation
By Deborah Sexton
Most people have heard something or other about Kabbalah. But it is highly unlikely that what is going around in the general marketplace posing as the Kabbalah is anywhere close to the real thing. What most people have been exposed to is a smorgasbord of pop psychology and self-help that pretends to have some connection to Jewish mysticism, but it rarely, if ever, does.
Judaism is based on the public Revelation at Sinai, when the Torah was given to Israel. The historical event of Sinai attests to the divine source and nature of the Torah, and the Torah in turn serves as the exclusive criterion for any subsequent claims and teachings.
Authentic Jewish mysticism is an integral part of Torah, and Torah determines what is authentic Jewish mysticism.
The Kabbalist sees God as the macrocosm and man as the microcosm.
The physical manifestation of God is the entire universe composed of planets, solar systems, galaxies and outer space. This is the macrocosm. Man, created in God’s image, is a smaller universe, composed of cells, molecules, atoms subatomic particles and the space between them. This is the microcosm.
“As above, so below” says the Hermetic message of the Emerald Tablet. The Kabbalistic doctrine, some of whose roots are subtly Egyptian, elaborates further by saying that the body of man is the same on the material plane as the body of God on the spiritual plane.
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Psalms 33:6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
Adam Kadmon, the body of God, is a concept that attempts to define the spiritual characteristics of the deity and to identify them with the material characteristics of man.
Etz Hayim, the Tree of Life is a composite glyph or symbol. that represents both Adam Kadmon–the heavenly man, macrocosm, and material man, the microcosm. Thus the Tree of Life can be seen as a magico-religious system of correspondence that identifies the human with the divine.
The Tree of Life is composed of ten spheres, the Sephiroth. The spheres are inner-connected by twenty-two lines called paths, which represent the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The ten spheres and the twenty-two letters are known as the thirty-two paths of wisdom. Although the Sephiroth represent different manifestations of the cosmic force and thus of evolution, the paths are phases of subjective consciousness by means of which the soul becomes aware of cosmic manifestation. The Sephiroth known as numerical emanations represent the abstract forms of the numbers one through ten. Each Sephiroth symbolizes a quality, a characteristic of God, as well as of man.
Each of the paths symbolize the particular state of consciousness that must be reached in order to acquire a divine characteristic. These states of consciousness are represented by the twenty-two Hebrew letters.
The ten Sephiroth are divided into three columns or pillars, known as the Right-hand Pillar, Middle Pillar and Left-hand Pillar. The Right-hand Pillar represents the male-active-positive principle and has positive-male-characteristics. The Left-hand Pillar represents the female-passive-negative principle and has negative-female characteristics. The Middle-Pillar represents harmony, mildness, equilibrium, and is the balancing factor between the other two. It has both male and female qualities, as it is a depository and transmitter of the other two pillars.
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Kabbalah Concept Part III Divinity
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