Kabbalah Lesson 10: Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Some say that Kabbalah explains the origins of everything. Some say it contains all of the secrets of the universe. Kabbalah is said to be the most powerful and the original spiritual knowledge ever to appear on Earth.

These are very impressive ideas.
However, don’t believe them for a second!

The first rule of Kabbalah is not to believe everything you read or hear. The whole idea of belief allows the possibility of doubt. Knowing, however, leaves no trace of skepticism.

Kabbalah Lesson 3: Tree of Life

Tree of LifeTree of life is an important notion within the Kabbalah of Judaism. Although, it was later adopted by some Christians, Hermeticists, and even some pagans. It has been called the “cosmology” of the Kabbalah by some.

The mystical “tree of life” of Kabbalah is a deeper way of understanding the nature of God. Some believe the tree of life of Kabbalah is the same as the Tree of Life in the first book of the Tanakh: the Book of Genesis. Which is an important topic in and of itself in Judaism. The “tree of life” has been elaborated on by Kabbalists and developed into a full model of reality, or perhaps more accurately, a “map” of creation.

This map is described as having ten Sephirot and twenty two “paths”. Each one of these sephirot and paths is given special attributes which reflect its particular quality. Commonly a constellation, planet, name of God and/or an element; Although other attributes such as psychological states, various verbs, and even foods are also attributed (especialy among more modern kabbalists).

These ten sephirot are described as Keter, Chockmah, Binah, Chesed, Gevurah, Tiphereth, Hod, Netzach, Yesod, Malkuth. Although, due to different romanizations and the lack of literature describing all the names of each sephiroth conclusively results in different spellings. For example, a different romanization of Chockmah is Hokhmah. An example of a change in the name of a sepiroth due to a different interpretation of text can be seen with Tiphereth which is sometimes refurred to as Rahamim.

The 22 paths equate to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Like the sephiroth, these are also given various attributes and qualities.

The earliest texts which describe the tree of life are the Bahir, Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer Raziel, and probably the most influential Zohar.

The tree of life describes in symbolic form how the creative force of God, according to the Kabbalah, emanated into the universe. Part of it are ten Sephiroth (singular: Sephirah, or “emanation”) ordered from highest to lowest. The lowermost is physical reality, and the highermost is the one closest to the original, unknowable source.

Many variants of the tree of life arrangement of the Sephirot have been described.

Kabbalah Lesson 1

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The Zohar posits that the human soul has three elements, the nefesh, ru’ach, and neshamah. The nefesh is found in all humans, and enters the physical body at birth. It is the source of one’s physical and psychological nature. The next two parts of the soul are not implanted at birth, but can be developed over time; their development depends on the actions and beliefs of the individual. They are said to only fully exist in people awakened spiritually. A common way of explaining the three parts of the soul is as follows:

* Nefesh (נפש) – the lower part, or “animal part”, of the soul. It is linked to instincts and bodily cravings.
* Ruach (רוח) – the middle soul, the “spirit”. It contains the moral virtues and the ability to distinguish between good and evil.
* Neshamah (נשמה) – the higher soul, or “super-soul”. This separates man from all other lifeforms. It is related to the intellect, and allows man to enjoy and benefit from the afterlife. This part of the soul is provided both to Jew and non-Jew alike at birth. It allows one to have some awareness of the existence and presence of God.