The Power of Naming

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

The Power of Naming


Published: October 13, 2021
Originally recorded: May 19, 2021

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Lesson Highlights

  • Panim Masbirot (Rav Ashlag)
  • How can a soul be so separated from the quantum level of the Creator and still have the essence of the Creator (the Endless Light)?
  • We can not say there was a change of form because, on the level of the Creator (Endless Light, Simple Light), change of form does not exist; all the levels, or fragmentations of Light, are included within this level
  • Remember, the Light is: Echad (one), Yachid (singular/unique), Meyuchad (unified)
  • Remember, there are two main paths of reality (and perception)
  • Before Tzimtzum; where we cannot quantify, name, or label anything
  • After Tzimtzum; where things can be quantified, named, and labeled
  • Anything we cannot comprehend or capture, we cannot name
  • Anything we cannot build a Vessel for, we cannot name
  • When we have a name for something, we have a connection and an understanding (consciousness) for it
  • Anytime we use a name of God, we are speaking about a quality of the Creator we have identified and want to connect to
  • In the Endless reality, there are no names, no attributes of the Light of the Creator
  • All the names and attributes are not in the essence of the Endless Light; they are in the emanation of the Endless Light. They are inclusive in the essence but not formed there
  • When we use a name of the Creator, we are not directly connecting to the source itself, we are connecting to an emanation from the source.

Homework: Try to pay attention to the moments when you connect to something without fully understanding it, without having a name or label to identify it yet. In these moments, you are connecting to the essence of those things before they become defined (given a Vessel).


Lesson Description

Labeling or naming is something we all do, consciously and unconsciously. Join Yehuda to better understand the significance of the names of the Creator, and generally speaking, the limitations we may create when labeling or naming.


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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