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The Tree of Life: Based on the Teachings of Rav Ashlag

How do we Define Consciousness?


Published: October 13, 2021
Originally recorded: April 28, 2021

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Lesson Highlights

  • This class is based on the writings contained within the book Tree of Life with Panim Meirot and Panim Masbirot – a book that has never been taught from before
  • What is consciousness?
  • Sefira Da’at is consciousness, our spiritual muscle
  • Da’at represents information transformed to knowledge (wisdom)
  • The teachings from this book are focused solely on Da’at (consciousness)
  • In this book, Rav Ashlag gives his commentary on the Ari, Rav Isaac Luria’s, teachings on the ten sefiro
  • The left side of the page is Rav Ashlag, and the right side of the page is the Ari
  • Panim Meirot translates as ‘shining face’
  • Panim Masbirot translates as ‘explaining face’
  • Initially, the students of Rav Ashlag found this book incredibly complicated, so Rav Ashlag simplified his teachings in a separate book we know today as Ten Luminous Emanations
  • What is unique about this book?
  • It focuses mainly on elevating the entire world, on global change
  • The Kabbalists teach that during this generation, we have yehudim (unifications), we are interconnected now more than ever, and therefore, our capacity for global impact is greater than ever
  • The lineage of Kabbalists and Rav Ashlag’s contribution to the revelation of Kabbalah

Homework: Review the lineage of Kabbalists to awaken appreciation for the teachings we have the merit to access today.


Lesson Description

In this first lesson, Yehuda introduces the book Tree of Life with Panim Meirot and Panim Masbirot by Rav Ashlag. Learn the significance of this book as it relates to the lineage of Kabbalists we study from, as well as our spiritual work today. We learn about the Tree of Life not to gain an intellectual understanding, but rather, to internalize this wisdom and expand our consciousness.


About This Course

Rav Yehuda Ashlag, renowned founder of The Kabbalah Centre, wrote several seminal kabbalistic texts that illustrate key understandings for applying the ancient wisdom into our lives. Amongst his works is a book on the Tree of Life – otherwise known as the Ten Emanations/Sefirot that make up our reality – which provides a foundation on how to connect with the consciousness behind each of the Ten Emanations, giving us the ability to awaken that particular level in our life. Join us for an in-depth study of each of the Ten Emanations as detailed in Rav Ashlag’s book, 'Tree of Life with Panim Meirot and Panim Masbirot'. As we study Rav Ashlag’s powerful insights into the Sefirot, we’ll learn how to build a unified consciousness with the intention of elevating not only ourselves, but the entire world to a level free from pain and suffering.


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