Kabbalah -The Tree of Life
The Ten Sefirot
Kabbalah means “to receive”.
Kabbalists seek to receive the knowledge of God.
Kabbalah is linked to Judaism. Some might describe Kabbalah as “Jewish mysticism”.
Kabbalists believe in reincarnation.
Kabbalists believe there are ten fundamental forces, ten sefirot.
These ten sefirot flow from God to His Creation. God continues to create by combining the ten sefirot.
Kabbalists teach that the sefirot is one way of communicating with God.
In some charts of The Tree of Life, there are eleven sefirot.
This is because the Keter (Crown) and the Da’at (Knowledge) are interchangeable.
When counting only ten are counted, either the Keter or the Da’at is left out.
The right line is masculine. The left line is feminine.
The first three sefirot deal with the mind. The next three deal with emotion.
The third group of three deals with what is acted upon.
The final sefirah is the manifestation.
The last seven sefirot correspond to the days of the week.
Yesod is associated with Friday, this may be a great time for married couples to spend some time alone!
Every sefirah has both positive and negative aspects.
Each of the ten is also divided into ten sefirot within the sefirah.
Kabbalists study The Tree of Life, sefirot, which certainly is quite more complex than meets the eye here.
Keter is the only sefirah that does not have a body part linked to it.
Keter is the divine will and holds all the other sefirot in it. Keter comes to the soul from above.
The name of God corresponding to Keter is: Ehved (“I shall be”)
Body part: lower brain
Da’at is interchangeable with Keter.
Da’at is the knowledge of God.
Body part: Brain
This is a mental activity, the intellect, the ability to grasp things intuitively.
King Solomon is connected to Chachma.
The name of God corresponding to Chochma is Yah.
Body part: heart
The ability of logical analysis. Leah is connected to Bina.
The name of God corresponding to Bina is Elohim.
Body part: right hand
The first emotional sefirah. Chesed is love and generosity. Chesed is abundance.
Abraham is connected to Chesed.
The name of God corresponding to Chesed is El.
Body part: left hand
In Din one will find fear and hate. Also to be found here is justice and control.
Isaac is connected to Din.
The name of God connected to Din is Elohim.
Body part: torso
This is harmony and truth. Tiferet is also a symbol of the Torah.
Jacob, known as Israel, is connected to Tiferet.
The most sacred name of God, YHVH, is also connected to Tiferet.
Body part: right leg
The urge to conquer, get things done. This can be in balance or get out of control.
Moses is connected to Necach.
The name of God corresponding to Necach is YHVH Tzvaot (the Lord of Hosts).
Body part: left leg
This is persistence. This is splendor. Aaron, the brother of Moses, is connected to Hod.
The name of God corresponding to Hod is Elohim Tzvaot (God of Hosts).
Body part: sex organ
The ability to establish relationships. The ability to make connections.
Josef is connected to Yesod.
The name of God corresponding to Yesod is El Shaddai (The Almighty God).
Malchut (Sovereignty, Kingdom)
Body part: speech
Malchut is a completion of all the sefirot that come above it.
It receives all the resources from the other sefirot. The day of the week connected to Malchut is the Sabbath.
King David is connected to Malchut.
The name of God corresponding to Malchut is Shechina (Devine Presence).