What is kabbala? part 4

In the world of the kabbala, everything has a soul. (The word soul here is not just used in its traditional understanding. Picture it also as meaning that everything has to have a root into the divine power to sustain it. God is the Force within all things. ) Even inanimate objects require a soul to exist, to connect to the energy of the infinite energy source, God.

The human being has the most complex, multi-leveled soul and existence on many levels, rooted all the way to the higher power. To utilize all available soul levels takes a lifetime of work and self-refinement. Some of us continue to exist on the lowest level. And there are some who are able to rise to higher levels of consciousness, utilize its energies, and perform acts what we call miracles. All the human soul levels exist on parallel levels to certain sefiras.

The make up of the human soul:

Nefesh, the soul of physicality, the animal soul, “essence of life”, soul level responsible on our level of actions, physicality. Our animalistic soul make sure we survive in the physical world. Corresponding to a sefira of Malchkut, and the universe level of Asyia. Nefesh is the life force for many people, who’s life revolve around one’s physical needs, like food, possessions,etc

Ruach (divine wind, spirit): the soul level of emotions, art, and beauty. It gives us the ability to rise above our immediate physical needs and stop to appreciate beautiful things.

Corresponds to the emotional sefirot and to the universe level of Yetzirah (formation), level of speech.

Neshama (divine breath): the intellectual level of the soul. Corresponds to the intellectual, higher sefirot. Originates from the level of universe called Beriya (creation), the world of thought.

These three levels of souls are involved in our daily existence.

The two more elevated levels of the soul are chaya (life”) and yechida (beyond self-consciousness, the level of oneness with God) most people never utilize in their life. Yechida sometimes manifest in sudden spiritual awakening, but we are not dealing with those here.

Later we are going to use this multi-dimensional kabalistic view of a human being to examine our levels of existence. Questions and meditations will help us analyze and understand where we may have voids that need to be filled. These are simple, time-tested, practical measures that have been designed for easy implementation into our lives to create more balanced, fulfilling and conscious existences. Once we have started working on our souls, we can craft an approach to take control of our bodies, sculpting a physical body with which we are happy.


What is Kabbala? part 3

To explain how it is possible to exist as an individual next to an infinite power (because if there is something else than the infinite superpower, than it is not so infinite, is that clear?),the kabbalah introduces the concept of the “sefirot”.

The sefirot works as a tool, channeling, taming the infinite divine energy into our finite physical world. We need to explore this concept so that we can get to the levels of the human soul. (Sefira singular, sefirot plural, it comes from the Hebrew language)

Imagine a super powerful laser beam, so powerful it would destroy and burn everything in its way and nothing else could exist next to it. When you want to give other things the chance to exist, you might need a filter to tame the laser down and distribute its powerful energy, and more filters or a system of filters to transform this energy into kind warmth. The sefirotic system is this super filter in our universe. God’s infinite energy goes into this super filter on one side and on the other side our universe comes out with its multiplicity, planets, humans, plants, and so on.

But this system has two directions to it, coming down from high and going up from low― imagine it like a cosmic breath going in, then out. We are on one side, and the infinite God is on the other.
The word sefira can be translated as counting or number (primordial numbers), it is the hidden dimensions and structural elements of both humanity, the constituents of human character and the world. Many kabbalists call the system of sefirot the “tree of life.” 

The sefirotic system is a guide to both our inner nature and the universe, which is governed by ten different sefira. None of the sefira function individually. This system can also translate into human qualities. ”A human being is a small universe, and the universe is a big human being.” Our human existence can be divided into 10 different elemental functions, each related to certain sefirot.

 Within the ten sefirot there is a higher group corresponding to our mind and a lower group corresponding to our emotions, and one on the lowest part that collects the energy of all others and nourishes our physical self.( these groups are also called words or universes) The ten sefirot functions in every level of these universes like a hologram, but they all dominated by specific sefira.

Picture this listing of sefirot as a symbolic tree standing on earth that is growing upwards to the heavenly spheres or you can use the image of “Jacob’s ladder”.

Keter is the highest sefira.( the word means crown) The expression of our higher self, the divine will, or our guardian angel/spiritual guide according some kabbalistic school, what can be perceived as something other than us. Also known as Adam Kadmon.

Hokhma (means wisdom): responsible for our unconsciousness, spirituality, intuition, imagination. Through hokhmah we connect to humanities higher consciousness, and we know our higher purpose in life. Hokhma is on the realm of Atzilut (Emanation)

The intellectual sefirot, corresponding to the realm of Beriya (Creation), the level of thought

In the western world, one’s thoughts are regarded as private business, the focus is on one’s actions and speech. Meanwhile, in the world of kabbalah, thoughts are a part of our existence/ created universe, and they do matter and have impact on our lives. More about that in the next chapter.

Binah (means understanding): Responsible for our intellectual knowledge,academics, rationality, how to turn ideas into reality, learning

The emotional sefirot, corresponding to the world of Yetzira (formation), and the level of speech

This is the realm of Yetzira, the world of speech. In the kabbalistic understanding, our words have powerful creative force and they create realities in our life, just like the famous word “abracadabra,” which means I create as I say. It’s in our best interest to control our speech. More practical tips on this in the next chapter.

Hesed ( loving-kindness): limitless love, giving, freedom, generosity, charity

Gevura ( judgement): discipline, boundaries, frugality, strictness, time management, savings

Tiferet (beauty): harmony, balance, justice, living up to our moral code

Netzah (victory): responsible for organization, work, creativity, perseverance

Hod ( glory): personal benefits, beautiful home, living/surrounding environment, domestic spirit, humility

Yesod (foundation): responsible for human relationships, sexuality, romance, and communication

The lowest sefira sustains the level of Asiya, the realm of action

Malchut (means kingship): the lowest sefira, in charge of our physicality and health. Malchut receives from all the other higher sefiras, so short comings in any other area would affect it.

In this level the human being gets his or /her life sustenance from above through Malchut and on the physical level through the four material elements: air (breathing), water (drinking), earth (food), and fire (warmth). Both directions of sustenance are equally important for our well being.

What is Kabbala? part 2

We are born equipped with everything necessary to accomplish our mission―the right genetics, looks, circumstances, parents, location, etc.On life’s path, each of us encounters people, things, and events that contain “sparks” (a kabbalistic metaphor for fragments of divine consciousness) that we are supposed to redeem just like in a video game. The only difference is that we don’t know where these “sparks are hidden. They can be anywhere, sometimes even in the lowest, darkest places, where we would never guess to look. We redeem them by striving to improve ourselves, bringing godliness, consciousness, kindness, and prayer, opening to the higher energies in this imperfect world. There is a fancy word for this concept of bettering the world: tikkun.

How did these “sparks” (fragments of divine consciousness) get lost and end up in our physical world? One of the stories about the “sparks,” according to the Ari (a big kabbalist from 16th century) tells us that the original world was full of revealed good, abundance,and unity. They say Adam was able to see from one end of the universe till other end, knowing everything. Some call that stage “paradise.” Then a cosmic mishap happened, and this perfect world was crashed by Adam’s infamous sin of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is known in kabbalistic circles as the “breaking of the vessels.” (Many kabbalists believe that it was at this point that the physical body manifested, as it’s written that God made for humans ”garments of skin.” Before this, existence was only on a higher level with bodies made of “light.” With physicality, concepts like death, painful childbirth, etc. were introduced.) Simply put, that good world transformed into a less kind one, where the good is often hidden, where more work is needed, and more trouble is present, where choosing good is not so obvious.The holy sparks were buried in the lower, physical level. Humans are unique among creatures because they have a godly spiritual soul empowered by an additional animalistic soul and a body to function in the physical world. Only humans have the ability to collect and elevate these “divine sparks,” which can be in anything, some are buried so deep its hard to believe they’re really there. We are in a partnership with God in creating our universe. Each of us has a unique mission to find the “sparks” that only we can redeem. You and only you can accomplish your mission in life. This comes with a responsibility to know that you and everything you do matters now and forever, which is one of the main ingredients in life and the foundation of kabbalah. We must find our unique mission and path. Like the hasidic master reb Zusha said “ In the end of my life, by the divine tribunal i will not be asked “Why were you not Moses?” Instead i will be asked “Why weren’t you Zusha?” We all have to fulfill our own potential.

What is Kabbala? Part 1

What is kabbala: the word itself means “to receive”, to “be open” to higher consciousness.
Briefly explained, kabbala is a science of spiritual forces, energies, structures, laws, and systems that helps us understand how the world of spirituality works. Just like mathematics is an abstract study of quantity and calculation built on a few axioms (for example, the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line), kabbala is a spiritual system built on a few central truths, including the existence of an original infinitive energy source that nourishes and sustains everything existing in our world. Many call this original power God.
According to the Lurianic kabbala (there are a few different kabbalistic schools), each human has a unique and holy divine soul, rooted in God, that is sent into the physical world to fulfill its mission to better/ repair the world.
Our soul is armored with a physical body so that we can function in the physical world, with the help of a local guide, our animalistic soul. We need our animalistic soul to make sure we maintain our body, to make sure we eat, drink, sleep, stay warm, find shelter, have children, etc. The body and soul are in a partnership of equal responsibility for our mission’s success and for all of our actions. Our animalistic soul is basically a good guy, and without its help we would not be able to exist in the physical world. But our animalistic soul is rooted in physicality, so it likes physical things and if we are not careful to balance our life, the animalistic soul can get in charge and take control, silencing the voice of our godly soul, reprogramming our “mission” to wanting more “stuff“―more food, more houses, more sex partners etc. Which of course brings only temporary satisfaction, because there is always something bigger and better out there. A person in this state of mind is focusing on things he or she doesn’t have, instead of what he or she already has, just like a glass half full, half empty parallel. Deep down the person stays unhappy, somewhere he or she knows intuitively that a deeper reality exists that can’t be measured and perceived with the five senses.. and some might keep looking for meaning in life or trying to fill this void with addictions.
We know somewhere inside that the universe cannot be deaf to our prayers and that our existence has meaning.
It works the other way around, too―the spiritual soul can hardly be happy and satisfied if the animal soul suffers from a poor diet, an uncomfortable home, health issues, or being overweight, etc. It’s supposed to be team work.
It’s our job to keep our spiritual and animalistic souls in balance. To achieve our highest potential, we need a healthy, strong body, and we must also listen to our higher soul and trust in our potential.
To be continued…

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