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August 5, 2010

I I I
A Kabbalist Metaphysics of Human Consciousness
 & the Heart

“... every created being cries out the name I AM
as it emerges from Kether,
before plunging into the Cosmic Sea below.”
- Halevi, 1977 –

"The heart must make of itself a hollow space 
wherein Godliness can be revealed in stages. 
Psalms 109:22, "My heart is hollow within me." 
Thus the heart (binah) corresponds to the hollow of Creation, 
the Vacated Space. Within the Vacated Space is placed Godliness, 
but gradually, in stages. This is the meaning of (Exodus 31:6), "In the hearts of the wise, I have placed wisdom." 
For Godly Chokhmah is concealed within Binah, 
which corresponds to the heart. 
Thus, even in the Vacated Space, Godliness exists in concealed form. Binah, then, is conceptually the Vacated Space 
wherein the formation of all the Universe takes place.”

- Anatomy of The Soul, by Chaim Kramer, 1998 -


1.  On Kabbalah and the Science 
of Human Consciousness & the Heart

     In reference to the point of creation out of nothingness at the heart of being, both scientists and Kabbalists describe the universe as originating from a singularity or zero point, rooted into the void/plenum and descending through a hierarchy of broken symmetries in higher dimensional Space.  This embodies the latencies within the One into more and more law determined planes of existence and manifestation.  Kabbalistic philosophy provides a complex metaphysics of the subtle, causative realms of being.  Instead of simply being mystical nonsense, this represents a most profound perspective, highly pertinent to the issues of modern science–dealing with creation physics, singularities and vacuums.   The application of Tree of Life diagrams provide an invaluable heuristic for considering the subtle dimensionality of higher order spaces and the patterns of creation.
     As above, so below:  Kabbalist teachings further suggest that an individual human being, as a microcosm of the macrocosm, is designed on the same principles and patterns as evident in the origin and creation of the Universe.  Thus it makes sense to consider the possible zero point origins of human consciousness, the triune and sevenfold nature of the human being, and the nature of the light within the inner world. Further, just as Binah represents the heart of the Universe, so it represents the heart within a human being.  Human beings also came out somehow of the seeming nothingness at the heart of being at the beginning of time, and will eventually return into the root principles of creation, at the end of time.  In between, there is a profound mystery play going on, of multi-dimensional existence, spirits and souls, and forces, which scientists have not even begun to imagine.  A model of the Kabbalist Universe provides a diagram of the inner cosmos of consciousness. 
     A mystical account of creation regards all cosmic manifestation as due to divine, spiritual, soul and material forces within nature.  These are the worlds of emanation, creation, formation and that made.   Subtle higher dimensional forces, intelligences and realms underlie and sustain the normal world, or what people imagine that to be.  The world is really nothing like what the materialist scientists believe, or like what most people in the normal ego states of human consciousness imagine. 
     All the outward phenomena of the world are produced in a manner unspeakable –through an inner geometry involving the circulation and reflection of light, all within the vacated spaces of zero point fields.  There is a whole inner physics and metaphysics to human consciousness and the human heart, which scientists in the mainstream have yet to conceive.  Such a mystical conception of reality as offered by Kabbalah offers us an advanced physics and metaphysics of consciousness, far beyond the normal levels of thought or scientific theories about the nature of human consciousness.  Kabbalah and Judaism offer a profound metaphysical view of the nature of the Human Heart, and a model of the higher dimensional origins of human consciousness.
     Normally, the scientists of new formation, of modern times of soul-less psychology and evolution by randomness and happenstance, deny the spiritual and metaphysical basis of life.  They regard everything as due to the unfolding of purely natural physical laws.  In the naive materialist philosophy so dominant in modern times, a scientist simply takes the last Sephira of the Ladder of Jacob, Malkuth or the Kingdom, and considers that simply to be ‘material reality.'   They then imagine that material processes are all that there is to life.  In contrast, the Kabbalist takes the 10th Sephira as the final product of all that has gone on before within the inner dimensions.  Everything has a complex metaphysical nature.  There is no matter which is simply ‘physical’ and not metaphysical.  Everything embodies the same patterns of creation and design within different realms of nature. 
     It is so simple to claim, as modern scientists do, that consciousness is manufactured out of the cerebral cortex, rather than to believe it descends through a hierarchy of cosmic dimensions, through metaphysical processes, out of the Absolute Being/Non-Being—as a star within the cosmic space of a Divine Mother, into the dimensions of our hearts and lives.   Mystical and esoteric teachings provide a profoundly alternative viewpoint on the nature of reality and Self.
   Kabbalah philosophy provides a complex metaphysics of the subtle, causative realms of being.  Instead of simply being imagination or looniness, this represents a most profound perspective, highly pertinent to the issues of modern science–dealing with creation physics, singularities and vacuums, higher dimensions, and the mysterious nature of light, and the profound enigmas of human consciousness.   The application of Tree of Life diagrams provide an invaluable heuristic for considering the subtle dimensionality of higher order spaces and the patterns of the matrix of creation.
     Kabbalah provides an especially profound teaching about the higher dimensionality of consciousness. “I” is embodied within complex dimensions of being, which interpenetrate and sustain one another, with zero point transitional centers.  Although the Tree of Life presents these teachings in a hierarchical manner, the hierarchy does not really extend from above to below, but from within/without.    Halevi explains: “... mankind is influenced from above, (yet) this effect is in fact accomplished from within.” (p.134)
    Perhaps there is some validity to the claim that the individual in knowing him/herself can come to know the universe, and the Gods.  Perhaps the mystics did arrive at their ideas and claims through the expansion of consciousness, the penetration of the veils of nature, and the realization of their deep inward cosmic connections.  Does the “I AM,” that I am, really originate from such super-sensuous cosmic dimensions?  And cry out “I AM” as it emerges from the abyss?
 

2. Da’at
The God Particle of the Kabbalist

“... every created being cries out the name I AM
as it emerges from Kether, before plunging into the Cosmic Sea below.”
- Halevi, 1977 –

Human beings have a remarkable nature according to Kabbalist teachings.  “I” originates from within the deepest realms of the Absolute, as an infinitesimal point source of Divine Will and Light Consciousness.   The three Supernal Sephira manifest as Da’at, the Son, the divine source emanation within a human being.   “I” stands out and declares, “I AM.”  This Da’at lives as a quantum God, the God Spark or Emanation, within the vacated space at the heart of being within Binah. The three supernal Sephira act as a prism to define the Divine Light of Will, and to bring it into manifestation within the seven worlds below, crossing the abyss at the invisible Sephirot of Da’at as the Son.  The line of light within the central pillar then descends into the Sephira of Tipheret. 
     Da’at is the zero point source of light consciousness within a human being, a divine source emanation, and it is associated with the Heart Space of the Divine Mother.   “I” is capable of realizing and experiencing these deep inward natures, and penetrating different veils of nature, into the realms of supernal being.  Halevi states: “the mystic knows that everything has its origin in Absolute Nothing and Absolute All ... ” 
     “I AM” is represented in Da’at as the product of Kether, Chockmah and Binah--a zero point source of illumination, divine will and emanation established within the Heart Space of Binah, and descending into seven worlds below where it is established in Tipheret—as the spiritual essence within the heart.  Self-realization involves the awakening to the spiritual Self within the spiritual heart.  (This is presented in yogic teachings as the bliss sheath-about the size of a small grape, a mass of un-emergent light within the heart, which provides the sheaths for the jivatma at Da’at.) 
Da’at is the I AM, the Son of the Supernal Triad, that cries out as it emerges through the abyss.  Da’at is on the “the Great Vertical Line of Light (or Will)”–of consciousness, and manifests the same quality as Kether, but it emerges within the seven worlds below.  Da’at is the eighth note, relative to the seven below, giving an overall octave structure. The term Da’at means “knowledge” and this Sephira is associated with the experience of divine illumination and realization.   Halevi explains the nature of Da’at: 

“To penetrate beyond this veil of the Holy of Holies is to see the Face of God before passing out of Manifest Existence.” (p. 21)
Another Kabbalist writes depicts the light of this divine nature:
     "According to a Biblical legend, the Light that was called forth on the first Day of Creation and is found in the seventh Heaven is of an order that enables a man to see from one end of the World to the other.  Such a Divine luminosity is perceived only by those pure spirits who have made contact with the highest level of Creation after death or during a profound moment of illumination during life.  This is the state and condition of the seventh Heaven that all mystics seek."   (p.50)
The seventh heaven is a world of divine luminosity–of an omnipresent unified light.  Mystics do indeed claim that consciousness can pass into such heavenly and divine realms of being.
    Da’at is a zero point, the point at which something disappears from existence on a lower plane of being but which really passes back within to the divine realm of emanation, into omniscient light, a nothingness and plenum.  As consciousness penetrates the veils of nature, it disappears through the zero point beyond the levels of the mind and the spirit, into the divine world.  Halevi explains:
Above Tepheret (Tipheret) on the axis of consciousness lies the invisible Sephira of Da’at, or Knowledge.  Placed below the Crown, it represents in man the point where he does not just know of, but is.  It is in this instant that his individuality vanishes and he may experience–or non-experience–union with the Divine Kether. ... One vanishes into ... nothing–or No-thing.  A man who attains this state might well describe a void –an abyss in which the ego dies. ... Da’at is the veil, beyond which lies knowledge and being of the Objective Universe.  (1972, p.  42) 
On the central pillar of consciousness, Da’at is the transition point between spiritual consciousness represented by Tipheret, and God Consciousness represented in Kether. 
     The central pillar of the Tree of Life is referred to as the “Great Vertical Line of Light” (or Will), in equilibrium relative to the side pillars of active and passive, masculine and feminine, material and energetic processes.  The central pillar is that of Consciousness and Light, relative to the side pillars of Force (masculine) and Form (feminine).  The vertical line of light manifests on various levels—beginning at Kether as an infinitesimal supernal point source, then at the hidden Sephira of (Da’at), also represented by the symbol of a circle with a central point, and then Tipheret, Yesod and Malkuth.  Each of these levels represents a state of human consciousness within this evolutionary model.
     L. Leat (1999), in her text The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah: Recovering the Key to Hebraic Sacred Science, provides this illustration of sacred geometry that is most relevant to our study.  In this diagram, a ‘zero point’ source of ‘creation’ is established within the center of the matrix--the Da’at Sephira in the Tree of Creation–the realm of Beriah.  The geometric matrix established around the central point represent the forces latent within the “matrix of creation.”   This diagram can be taken as Leat’s depiction of the zero point established at the center of this seven dimensional space.  The seven dimensional Space can be represented by the two highlighted triangles, with a zero point center.  As such, this diagram illustrates the dynamics governing the Kabbalist ‘god-particle’ or ‘superstring/or membrane’ element.  Leat's illustration depicts the forces and geometry by which a matrix of creation is established surrounding the zero point source, the Da’at, or divine source emanation within the heart, and also of Tipheret. 

     The “I AM” is embodied within the Tree of Life into a structure of four world-orders.  These four worlds can be represented on one Tree of Life, or as on four successive or overlapping Trees of Life.  The Malkuth of the World of Emanations becomes the Da’at in the World of Creation.  A ‘matrix of creation’ is then established surrounding this vacated space and illuminating point source of supernal light.  The seven worlds below can be symbolized by a Star of David—with two intertwined triangles and a zero point center.  The illumination of Da’at allows consciousness of the seven worlds below, as created surrounding the zero point center.  This allows for illumination and experience within the seven worlds created within the Spaces of Binah.
     The Light of Da’at descends through the Ladder of Jacob on the Central Column—through the Sephirot of Tipheret, Yesod and Malkuth.  A human being ends up clothed in a physical body in a material world, and living in forgetfulness of one’s true nature.    


     As it happens, this Kabbalist diagram, representing the first point of creation, and the geometry of its embodiment in the "matrix of creation, is astonishingly similar to the image below, provided by modern physicists Greene and Atkins.  This is a depiction of the superstring/or membrane element of a seven dimensional  "Calabi-Yau space."  In one of the most advanced model of physics, such a seven dimensional Calabi-Yau space is  said exists at every point underlying the four dimensional space-time continuum! 
     Similarly, we might conceive of an individual human being as having such a matrix of being or creation within the deepest dimensions of the heart, surrounding a divine source emanation within the vacated Space of the Heart.   The teachings of the Kabbalah bear profound and complex relationships to ideas in modern science, and can be taken as providing a ‘model’ of the metaphysical and physical processes which underlie and sustain all things, including human consciousness.

It must be understood in approaching the Kabbalah, as in approaching the wisdom teachings in general, that transcendental metaphysical philosophies lead us into realms beyond simple comprehension by finite mind and thought–especially as this is so typically limited by conditioned ego consciousness.  The comprehension of mystical concepts requires intuitive experiences of the realities of what is being pointed to by symbols, glyphs and images.  This necessitates the penetration of complex veils of illusion and ignorance and the realization of mystical states of unitive consciousness.  Kabbalah provides a method for meditation, insight and illumination, which can cultivate the inner evolution of consciousness and realizations of one's cosmic origins.  Imagine that, crying out “I AM” as we emerge from Non-Being into Being, plunging into the Cosmic Sea of multidimensional existence!  Cool. Awesome.  Blissful!  All little pixels or Stars, in a Holographic Universe filled with Light!  

3. Tipheret & the Spiritual Essence

 

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