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August 6, 2010


2. NEGATIVE EXISTENCE
Three Realms of Non-Being & the Supernal Points


Kabbalists use various terms and distinctions to depict THAT–THAT which is beyond human comprehension.  The terms are subtle attempts to point in the direction of the incomprehensible.  THAT is pre-existent to the creation of the universe.  IT is depicted as triune in nature–as Ayin, En Soph, and En Soph Aur. 

These three can be considered as one or as nothing, and are related to the numbers O, OO, and OOO.   Together they constitute Negative Existence–as considered from the viewpoint of the manifest creation which is labelled as positive existence.  The origin of creation is from within the apparent Nothingness, beyond creation–in the 0, 00, and 000. 

 AYIN, as 0, means No-Thing.  It is the ABSOLUTE NOTHING.  It is God Transcendent, beyond the realms of illusory and impermanent creation.  Ayin is inconceivable and unspeakable. 

EN SOPH, 00, means ENDLESS and BOUNDLESS, LIMITLESS.  Whereas Ayin is nothing, En Soph is everything–the plenum of all possibilities in a potential state.  It is ALL and everything in relationship to the nothing of Ayin.  The ALL appears as nothing–as everything is latent and un-manifest in the root principles of material creation, in a state of perfect symmetry.  Whereas Ayin is God Transcendent, En Soph is God Immanent, containing the Plenum of All Possibilities in unmanifest form.  This is the Fullness of  the Divine Plenum.  Ayin and En Soph are the VOID and the PLENUM. 

   Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag describes what kind of existence is within the “plenum” of the En Soph–unmanifest but latent within the fullness of emptiness:

The matter is as follows: all the worlds, and all that is in this world, all the creatures of the universe, in whatever age they were to exist, before they ever entered into this world, with all the souls now on earth, and those that are destined still to be created, together with their complete curve of development until the final goal of completion and perfection–all these were previously included in the world which is called “Endless,” “En Soph,” along with their beauty and all their fulfillments. (1984, p. 57) 
The En Soph as the plenum is the root principles for material side of nature.  The En Soph includes all varied kinds of beings and their qualities and beauties, and all the laws and forces and particles of the universe.  It contains all of these things in all their possibilities for involution and evolution, growth, change and perfection.   The whole structure of the world orders on different dimensions and on different scales of existence, over all times, are all pre-existent in non-existence, latent within the Endlessness of the En Soph. 

 EN SOPH AUR, OOO, the third aspect of the Absolute, means Limitless Light.  Before the beginning, the limitless light fills the Limitless En Soph.  This Limitless light is described as NEGATIVE LIGHT–in distinction to positive light manifest within creation. 
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Footnote: The spelling of these terms varies from one source to another.  Alternate forms include: Ayn, Ayn Soph, Ayn Soph Aur; or Ayin, En Sof, and En Sof Aur.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ayin
 

             En Soph Aur        En Soph

Three realms of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE

Ayin O, has no illustration, Nothingness, Unspeakable
En Soph OO is completely black, containing all things within the pleroma or plenum
En Soph Aur OOO is white, the limitless Light


   If these two illustrations (and one non-illustration) are then superimposed on one another,  representing the realm of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE,  they can be depicted, as in the next illustration,  by an infinite number of dots distributed throughout infinity, but latent in Non-Being.  Negative Existence exists prior to cosmic creation as the source and root principles of all possible finite and manifest things, and yet it remains within the Infinite and Unmanifest.

Next, we can take two enlargements of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE.  On the left, the dots begin to emerge as discrete elements or I’s, stepping out of the background of Negative Existence into Positive Existence. These dots represent infinitely small points beyond material measurement, zero points of no dimension.  On the right, one dot is taken as an “I” of the Creator. 

Illustration: On the left is an enlargement of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE;
On the right, a further enlargement, the dot signifies the ‘I’ of the Self or of the Creation.

   The point represents the Creator in the state called EHEIEH (ee-eye-ah) which  means “I shall  be.” Creation emerges out of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE from a zero point source of unfoldment.  The Universe emerges from a point source, out of Negative Existence into positive existence; out of the void/plenum or realms of non-being and into being.  A Macrocosm, or Universe, and a Microcosm, an individual human being, have such interior zero point origins. 

   This point can be enlarged and illustrated as a dotted Circle with an even smaller point at its center–indicating the existence of an infinitely small point.  Such dimension-less dots or points of infinite potential are latent in NEGATIVE EXISTENCE before creation. Manifestation of the “I AM” of a cosmos originates from such a zero point, and the ‘I Am’ of a human being can be conceived of as having such zero point origins.

   Kabbalists have long portrayed the creation of the universe as emerging from a supernal point of no-dimension out of a background in NEGATIVE EXISTENCE.  It is quite astonishing that this is the same creation scenario elaborated in modern scientific accounts.  In science, the universe emerged at the beginning of time as an infinitesimal singularity out of the nothingness and plenum of the quantum vacuum.  Kabbalah also suggest the ultimate dissolution of the Cosmos at the end of time into such an infinitesimal point, and back into the void/plenum.  These are ancient and esoteric teaching, part of the wisdom of Israel and the mystical studies of the Kabbalists.  Such bizare concepts are in fact confirmed and  illustrated by the most modern physical theories.

 In the act of creation, an infinitely small point of no dimension steps out of Negative Existence into Positive Existence.  The point is then finite in reference to infinite Negative Existence, but infinite when regarded from the perspective of Positive Existence.  A Supernal Zero Point is the First Manifestation–as viewed from the advantage of positive existence.

However far we push our inquiries back into origins in the world of manifestation, we find a preceding existence.  It is only when we are content to draw the Veil of Negative Existence across the path which leads back to beginnings that we get a background against which a First Cause becomes visible.  And this First cause is not a rootless origin, but a First Appearance on the Plane of Manifestation. (Fortune, p.30)
The universe first appears as a point source of unfoldment–which occurs from within-without, out of the Infinite and into the Finite.  A Point or infinitesimal Dot represents the “I,” and is rooted in the infinities of NEGATIVE EXISTENCE. 

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