Daath Knowledge

Daath is called the "Invisible Sephira" in that it does not appear in any representation of the Tree of Life. And, in terms of pure Qabalistic doctrine, it is not actually a Sephira at all. As the Sepher Yetzirah states: "Ten is the number of the ineffable Sephiroth, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven.11

But an experience of what is called Daath is required to cross the Abyss, the great gulf between the Supernal Triangle and all beneath. This is the area of demarcation between Macroprosopus and Microprosopus, the potential and the actual.

The important idea associated with the Abyss is that there is a vital and distinct separation between the energies of the Supernal Triangle and the seven Sephiroth beneath it. Kether, Chokmah and Binah are totally abstract, and beyond comprehension. Through the meditation of Binah, the energy of Chokmah pours across the Abyss and becomes a realized pattern in Chesed. But again, the Abyss symbolizes the vast separation between the creators and the created. The Supernals are potential separated from their realization by a chasm bridged by Daath.

It is said that the level of Daath is as far as the Higher Self can rise, which requires a definition of terms. Students of the mystical arts often describe a simple dichotomy between the Personality in Incarnation and the Higher Self which controls and directs its personality projections through various incarnations. Strictly speaking, however, the make-up of the individual is quadripartite, and an even more pure form of energy directs and controls the Higher Self.

First there is our Material Body (Assiah), then the conscious mind, which is the Personality (Yetzirah), then the Higher Self, the unconscious (Briah) and finally there is the Essential Spirit, the Primal Life Spark (Atziluth).

On the single Tree of Life, The Essential Spirit refers to Kether. The Higher Self, one aspect of which is called the Holy Guardian Angel, underscoring its protective capacity for the Personality in incarnation, is referred to Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth.

The Personality, created anew for each specific incarnation, belongs to Netzach, Hod, and Yesod. This is the normal waking consciousness, and the aspect of the individual which must be put in perfect balance before it can directly contact the Higher Self (the ultimate intent of initiatory rituals or meditative work). The physical vehicle is in Malkuth.

When the perfect balance of the elements of the Personality has occurred, the Light of Tiphareth can descend into the lower Temple of self, and bring a new level of consciousness. This is the "Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel." The experience is known as "adepthood" or "enlighten

ment," and it is the introduction to Inner Truth which may ultimately lead to the greater initiation of the Essential Spirit above the Abyss. To pass through Daath, and the Abyss, means to wilfully relinquish the powers of Adepthood which one has earned, an experience which has been described as a more overwhelming and solitary one than human imagination can conceive.

It will be noted that the Path of the Flaming Sword, the zig-zag in which the Sephiroth were sequentially emanated, has no path directly connecting to Binah and Chesed. The Adept, aspiring to Union with the Divine, must leap across it, fearlessly and unaided, creating for himself the transition of Daath.

Continue reading here: Chesed Mercy The Four Fours

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