The Endless Reality Before Creation

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

The Endless Reality Before Creation

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

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Lesson Highlights

  • Teachings from the Ari
  • Before Creation and emanation, there was an endless reality
  • The upper Light was simple and filled all of reality
  • There was no empty space
  • There was no beginning and no end
  • This Light was called the Endless Light
  • A simple desire was aroused to create Universes
  • There was a desire to impart and reveal the Endless Light with all its names and essences
  • The Light created Tzimtzum (a contraction) at the middle point
  • Panim Meirot (Rav Ashlag)
  • In this book of the Ari, we are not talking about the essence of the Light; we are talking about the emanation (the shining) that comes from the essence
  • All of the upper and lower worlds are an emanation from the essence
  • There are two main paths of reality:
  • Endless Light before the Tzimtzum
  • Five worlds (each world is a reality unto itself, and fulfillment comes from each level): Adam Kadmon (Primordial Adam), Atzilut (Emanation), Briyah (Creation), Yetzirah (Formation), and Asiyah (Action)
  • All the Lights and corrections from the Endless Light emanated downward from Tzimtzum and are part of (contained within) the Five Worlds
  • The goal of these teachings is to learn how to stay in the realm (reality) before the Tzimtzum, the Endless Light reality

Homework: Reflect on the moments in your day when Light is shining to you, when you are drawn towards something right before a desire to act begins to form.

Lesson Description

There are two main paths of reality. Join Yehuda as he elaborates on the nature of these two paths and how the teachings from Tree of Life with Panim Meirot and Panim Masbirot can help us differentiate between these two realms.

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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