Lesson 8, Asiyah, the Hekhalot Palaces & the Partzufim
Asiyah is the realm of the physical, yet this too is divided up into realms seen and unseen, these very well may be the realms of dark matter and anti-matter. As scientific understanding progresses, so too will our ability to more deeply interpret Kabbalistic metaphors.
The hekhalot palaces described in theoretical Kabbalah are not the same palaces described in earlier merkava/hekahlot literature. The earlier literature describes what today we call “astral travel” into different domains, theoretical literature is describing different experiences of sefirotic realities. While the two may very well be the same, the descriptions are markedly different.
The Partzufim are the “faces” of God through which the Divine is perceived and understood in the varying levels of creation.
A full discussion and understanding of present human limitations as interpreted from the Biblical verse that states, “no man can see my “Face” and live.