Lesson 1 – The Creation of Consciousness.
The primordial act of will, the beginning of individuation.
An overall introduction into the Lurianic Kabbalah and the different schools that evolved within it. Why this system must be understood within the realm of psychology, and not in the realm of cosmology. All Lurianic terms, and concepts need to be understood within the context of the psychological. Reading from Sefer Ba'al Shem Tov (V'et'hanan 69).
Concept 1 – Tzimtzum. What exactly is a contraction of God? How must such concept be understood. How does our understanding of the primordial Tzimzum have any meaning, and value to our lives today. Reading from “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg. A deeper understanding from R. Vital's book, Mevo She'arim.
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