Lesson 4 – The Dawn of Consciousness in Adam Kadmon, the Lights of the Ear
This class introduces a profound set of symbols visualized by Hayim Vital as lights coming out from the facial orifices of Adam Kadmon. These symbols indicate the origins of consciousness itself, and how it comes to be from the state of the potential, and into the state of the actual.
The ear symbolizes the dawn of rational comprehension. Light “comes out from” the ears. The lights of the ears, right ear, and left ear, represent the two forms of dawning perception, inner perception, and out perception, here symbolized as Ohr Penimi, and Ohr Makif. This Light symbolically travels the path of the symbolic beard down to the heart. This is a beautiful metaphor to describe the process where dawning consciousness merges intellect with emotion. Mention is also made of the Kabbalistic tradition of men wearing a long, uncut beard, and why this observance is unnecessary.
Also discussed is the original form of Hebrew letters, and the Kabbalistic allegiance to the Assyrian script, as opposed to the earlier proto-Hebraic script.
The class explains, with many examples the origins of consciousness, and how we develop construct thought, from potential to actual. The Lights of the Ears are symbolically called the SAG of AK, specifically, the upper Ta'amim (cantellations). Understanding Lurianic metaphors is vital to understanding his system.