Understanding the Symbols of the Theoretical Kabbalah, Lesson 1


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Lesson 1 – Foundations of Archetypal Imagery and Numinous Visions. We begin with the principle laid down by the Ba'al Shem Tov (SBST, V'et'hanan 69, 71), that all Kabbalistic references are referring to realities within the human psyche and experience, relating to realities within our lives (our world), and that we are, in no way, talking literally about the structure of reality in other domains. We discuss the nature of revelation and how the mind of the individual Kabbalist or prophet would contemplate a matter, and receive internal insight in any number of forms that would then be committed to writing. Rabbi Hayim Vital, the redactor of the Ari'zal system was like this, and specifically used his extensive metaphorical descriptions to “enable one to understand.” What is the Ayn Sof, how does it relate to our human condition? What is the Tzimtzum, how does it relate to our human condition? What is the Kav, the “beam” of light, and how does it relate to our human condition? The beginning of existence is the beginning of consciousness. This lesson explains how.

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