Path The twentyfifth path is called the consciousness of trial because it is the primary test by which the creator proves the compassionate Khasidim

This is the path of incarnation -- the "primary test" by which we are continuously perfected. The task of the path of Resh is to consciously incarnate the Individual Self within the personal self.

Resh is the first initiatory path that crosses another previously traveled path. The path it intersects is that of Mem and the Garden of Eden or lower astral veil. This is the genuine "test" for the initiate since, without the balance conferred by Tiphareth and the subsequent illumination of both Netzach and Hod, descending through the lower astral can be very unbalancing indeed.

In the Tarot image, the Individual Self is represented by the sun and the 13 descending Yods. The newly transformed Netzach and Hod are symbolized by the little girl and boy respectively. They stand, hand in hand, united in purpose and acting in unison with the sun, at the exact point where Resh intersects Mem. This specific point is one of great balance -- philosophically equidistant from Tiphareth, Yesod, Netzach and Hod, simultaneously. This is the heart of the personal astral matrix itself. The immense fertility of this point is symbolized in the Tarot image by the fact of the green grass and the blooming sunflowers (i.e., solar flowers).

Bringing the Individual Self consciously into Yesod, further transforms the personality and has the effect of formalizing the Netzach and Hod transformations. Having transformed the lower or personal self in this way, the initiate is then free to turn their attention upwards and begin the process of transforming the Individual Self.

Geburah: Sephirah #5

#5: I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating Justice in all the circumstances of my life.

Path #13 -- "The thirteenth path is named the uniting consciousness because it is the essence of glory. It represents the completion of the true essence of the unified spiritual beings."

Geburah is where the initiate learns about and begins to wield the power of the Individual Self. This is also where, for the first time, the initiate directly perceives the "legality" or rightness of all things. The "undeviating Justice" of the universal legality is absolute and manifests in ALL the circumstances of the initiate's life. The inevitability of this fact teaches the initiate to wield respect, lest they burn their fingers and singe their hair.

The initiate's experiences during the process of learning about power and its use, afford a degree of completion to the Individual Self. It's akin to adolescence when the youth first learns that they actually do have their own power. At first that power is wielded selfishly and foolishly, but with time and experience, the youth matures and learns that power with is far more productive than mere power over.

The "32 Paths" text gives a wonderful clue to the work of Geburah when it's considered in the light of Paul Case's statement for Zero: "All the power that ever was or will be, is here now." This is the "true essence of the unified spiritual beings" -- the power inherent in the unified or eternal NOW. In other words, in Geburah, the initiate synchronizes with the NOW and therein finds unlimited power. Projecting this power downward and manifesting it within the sequential realm, gives it material form and affords it a certain degree of completion.

The arena in which the initiate learns about their Individual power is the further transformation of Self at the personal and Individual levels.

Path #17 -- "The seventeenth path is called the consciousness of disposition. It provides faith to the compassionate (Khasidim) and clothes them with the Holy Spirit (Ruach Elohim). Within the supernals it is called the foundation of beauty (Tiphareth)."

With the path of Yod, the initiate projects the laser beam of their power upon the perfecting of the Tiphareth Individual Self. This phase of Self-transformation has to do with the direct, conscious integration of the higher influx descending from the Greater Self (Binah), into the Tiphareth Individual. The process is as the Tarot image depicts -- a

Geburah: Sephirah #5

their power with great care and

casting of light upon darkness. The words of the corresponding Genesis passage describe this perfectly:

Genesis 1:17-18 -- "And Elohim set them [the two lights] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness."

Here we see (for the only time) Elohim "set them". This is a very concrete act that serves as a foundation for Tiphareth (in the words of the "32 Paths"). Elohim also gives a specific set of purposes to these lights and this is reflective of the Geburian power and legality.

The influx from the Greater Self that descends into the Individual Self, is the "Holy Spirit" mentioned in the "32 Paths" text. At the level of Tiphareth, this influx or "breath of Elohim" is perceived as a "clothing" of light.

It's important to understand that in the "32 Paths", the term 'Khasidim' ("compassionate") is a code word for the initiate -- the upward traveler who seeks enlightenment. When the initiate consciously projects the aspect of the Ruach Elohim that descends from Geburah unto Tiphareth, a sense of faith in the tightness of EVERY thing, infuses the initiate's consciousness. This has to do with the perception of legality and the recognition of the fact that the undeviating justice does indeed manifest itself in ALL circumstances.

Path #21 -- "The twenty-first path is called the consciousness of the desired-which-fulfills because it receives the divine influence which flows into it as a result of the blessing it confers upon all that exists."

Peh is the path that connects Geburah -- the terminus of the mental "plan of the primordial" (Aleph) -- with Hod -- the terminus of the lower astral manifestation of this "plan" (Mem). In essence, the Geburah aspect of the Individual Self is the immediate product of the mental "plan" and when it consciously descends into Hod (the direct product of the lower astral "plan") a cathartic transformation of one's cherished belief systems takes place. This is because the perspective of the Geburah Individual includes the perception of legality and immense power, and this combination shatters any remaining illusions or delusions arising from the astral and physical experience.

In the Tarot image, the descending influx from Geburah is symbolized by the lightning flash that strikes the crown of the tower. Everything inhabiting this mental tower of cherished delusions is forced to either learn to fly or be dashed upon the rocks and destroyed. Yet in the "32 Paths" text, this seemingly destructive event is counted as "the blessing it confers upon all that exists.

The title of this path ("the desired which fulfills") is interesting. On the one hand, it's a warning similar to "be careful what you wish for". This has great relevance since at the

Geburah level of attainment, what one wishes for WILL come to pass and great care must be exercised.

On the other hand, it's also a deeply kabbalistic statement pertaining to the descent of the "substance of the unity" along the left pillar; specifically its descent from the upper-Yetziratic, mental "plan" (Aleph) to the level of the lower-Yetziratic astral "plan" (Mem). The corresponding Genesis passage (1:21) describes this blessing with the words, "and Elohim saw that it was good."

An alternate translation of the title for this path is "the desired and the required" -- two separate needs. Again this speaks of the sustenance provided by the mental level unto the astral level, but it's also a statement of what the initiate must accomplish with the path of Peh -- namely, to differentiate between that which is merely desired and that which is a requirement, between what's essential and what's superfluous within the rational intellect. This is a willful act of paring away the irrelevant and illuminating the relative darkness of the personal self.

When this Geburian transformation of the Individual Self is complete, a new relationship with the NOW and with power emerges and the initiate rises to Gedulah, the realm of "Loving Kindness" and "Mercy".

Gedulah: Sephirah #4

Gedulah: Sephirah #4

#4: From the exhaustless riches of the Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.

Path #10 -- "The tenth path is called the resplendent consciousness because it is exalted above every head and sits on the throne of Binah. It is illuminated with the splendor of all the lights and it causes an influence to flow forth from the Prince of Countenances."

Gedulah is the highest Sephirah of the Individual Self and stands at the border of the Abyss between our sequential, temporal realm and the non-sequential realm of eternity (i.e., the "Supernal realm"). In effect, it's the initiate's jumping off point in their journey across the Abyss. As such, the experience of Gedulah is all about the nature of sequence, for this knowledge is what carries the initiate through the veil of Aleph and across the Abyss to the veil of Shin.

Gedulah and Geburah represent the two poles of sequence -- similarity and difference, respectively. As the Unity descends into Yetzirah, causing the realm of sequence, the first degree of sequence to emerge is similarity or alikeness, where sequence is a matter of attraction. This is Gedulah, "loving kindness", the force that draws all things together. Here, sequence is expressed as degrees of similarity.

Born from similarity, the second and opposite pole of sequence to emerge is that of difference, where sequence becomes a matter of attraction AND repulsion. This is Gebu-rah, "might" or "power" (also known as Pachad or "fear"). This is the force that pushes all things that are not similar, apart.

This sets the stage for a more complex sort of sequence -- time-space.

In Geburah, the initiate encountered the vast power inherent to the temporal NOW, but in Gedulah, the initiate experiences the temporal NOW directly and to its fullest. Thus the "power" found in Gedulah (i.e., loving kindness) is infinitely greater than what the initiate experienced in Geburah. However, the experience of this greater power is limited only to those who have thoroughly learned the Geburah lesson about the superiority of power with versus the inferiority of power over.

In Gedulah, the temporal NOW is defined as the infinitely finite point that divides past from future. It is toward the realization and experience of this NOW point that the initiate strives in Gedulah. Once attained, this experience reveals an entirely new, completely objective perspective on the universe. It's also a perspective that is naturally and unavoidably imbued with a loving kindness for EVERY thing.

The temporal NOW point is the sequential reflection of what Paul Case said about the Zero: "All the power that ever was or will be is here NOW". It's the point at which the "splendor of the Unity" enters into the sequential realm and provides "ALL things needful, both spiritual and material." This "splendor" gives birth to the path of Aleph and the "plan of the primordial". This "plan", emanated by Gedulah, is what the "32 Paths" text refers to with the words, "and it causes an influence to flow forth from the Prince of Countenances."

Because of Gedulah's position at the crux of time (the NOW point) it is the seat of "prophesies that seers behold in visions" (see Gimel, Path #12). In other words, from the Gedulah perspective, time is an open book. Among the implications of this for the initiate is included the attainment of a specific sort of inclusive temporal perspective upon the sequential universe. This deepens still further the perception and understanding of the universal legality and transforms it into a true faculty that the initiate must then employ in their transformation of the Individual Self.

Path #8 -- "The eighth path is called the perfect consciousness because it is the plan of the primo rdial. It has no root where it can abide except in the hidden chambers of majesty (Gedulah) from which its own secret essence emanates."

In the Genesis sequence of creation, Aleph marks the first time that Elohim "makes", indicating the World of Yetzirah for which Aleph provides the "plan".

Genesis 1:7 -- "AndElohim made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so."

Aleph, the "plan of the primordial", is this "firmament". The Hebrew word translated (most often) as "firmament" comes from the root verb 'resh-qooph-ayin' which means alternately, "to stamp, tread down, beat into thin plates" or "to stretch out, expand and spread". The second definition, indicating an expanse, defines the Abyss (i.e., the "hidden chambers of Gedulah") which, in the symbolism of the Hebrew Tree, lies directly above the path of Aleph. The first definition however, defines the true nature of Aleph itself -- the Abyssal expanse, "beaten into a thin plate". This "thin plate" is the veil which seems to separate the upward gazing initiate from the Supernal realm. This veil and the Abyss it shrouds are what separate Yetzirah from Briah, 'the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament".

The Tarot image depicts this "plan" as the descent of an innocent spirit of loving kindness, into the realm of differentiating experience. This is the highest aspect of the Individual Self who, willingly and with full awareness of the consequences, enters into the process that brings involvement in the wheel of incarnation. This is not a blind foolishness; rather, it's a willingness based in full awareness and focused completely upon manifesting the spirit of loving kindness, come what may.

The task of the initiate is to infuse their Geburah awareness with their Gedulah awareness. This integrates the spirit of loving kindness and its unlimited storehouse of NOW power into the Geburah manifestation of power, exponentially increasing and purifying it.

Path #11 -- "The eleventh path is called the scintillating consciousness because it is the essence of the veil which is placed before the ordered arrangement of the powers. Who walks this way acquires a special dignity - he can stand face to face before the cause of causes."

This path completes the triangle of the integrated Individual Self. All of the Individual's powers come together to act in unison and perfect equilibrium with this descent into Tiphareth. In the words of the "32 Paths", this completion confers the ability to "stand face to face before the cause of causes". In other words, the integrated Individual Self looks directly up to Kether, yet there is still a space between -- the Abyss which keeps us face-to-face instead at-one-with. This face-to-face experience gives the integrated Individual a glimpse of the Kethric influx. The sense of self-assurance this produces within the Individual and personal levels of Self is aptly depicted by the Tarot image. Here we see the integrated Individual in perfect sync with the objective reality and functioning in complete power with it. Such an Individual works with the universal legality, giving to the effort the fullness of their conjoined Gedulah-Geburah power.

The Hebrew letter Teth is said to depict a coiled serpent. This, along with the association of Teth with the sign of Leo (the lion), indicate the immense reserve of unleashed potential available to the integrated Individual. This "scintillating consciousness" is the essence of Aleph (the "veil which is placed before the ordered arrangement of the powers").

The task of Teth is for the initiate to consciously cast their "scintillating consciousness", along with all its reserve of power, into the work of perfecting the Individual Self. The aim is to transform the Individuality into a clear expression of the integrated Individual's perception of the Kethric influx. This completes the transformation of the Individual Self, below the Abyss.

Path #18 -- "The eighteenth path is called the consciousness of the house of influence. From its inmost center flow the Arcanum and veiled ideas, which "abide in its shadow"; thus is there union with the inmost substance of the cause of causes."

With the path of Kaph, the initiate now turns the same Gedulah force upon their personal self and, by extension, upon their mundane life circumstance. This integrates the integrated Individuality still further, into the denser levels of personal self.

The "32 Paths" text describes this as a descent of 'the Arcanum and veiled ideas" from Gedulah, into Netzach which "abides in the shadow" (i.e., exists below solar Tiphareth). At the level of Netzach, the universal legality as it's perceived in Gedulah, takes on the astral form of "Arcanum and veiled ideas". In other words, the Netzach perception of legality is normally veiled with astral symbol, represented in the Tarot image as the common conception of fortune or luck-of-the-draw.

The initiate however, brings a different, more inclusive perspective to Netzach and the realm of instinctual emotions as they perform the task of Kaph. Mind you, the initiate's Netzach has already been transformed by prior work, so it's not like the average person's Netzach. When the integrated Individual descends by the path of Kaph into Netzach, they infuse their instinctual emotions with the Gedulah perspective and power. This transforms the entire emotional composition of the initiate into a perfect reflection of the Individual influx of light. This transformation immediately passes from Netzach to Hod and on to Yesod and Malkuth, bringing the whole structure of the Individual and personal Self into a state of integrated equilibrium. This so deepens the "union with the inmost substance of the cause of causes", that the initiate can then begin their penetration of the veil and crossing of the Abyss.

Binah: Sephirah #3

Binah: Sephirah #3

#3: Filled with Understanding of its perfect law, I am guided, moment by moment, along the path of liberation.

Continue reading here: Path The seventh path is the hidden consciousness because it is the radiance that illuminates all the powers of the mind which are seen with the eye of the intellect and through the contemplation of truth

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