This is the first in a series of free online courses designed to give a complete introduction to Kabbalah, the structure of laws that organize all of creation. In the Western traditions, this structure has been symbolized by the Tree of Life. These courses begin with the shadow of the tree, the lowest levels of the dimensions of nature, because this is the level of existence we know and experience on a daily basis. By understanding the world around and within us, we can better understand how to reach the worlds (heavens) above us.
In all religions, the lowest levels of matter are called hell, averno, inferno, avitchi, qliphoth, or other names. In Hebrew, they are called קליפות, which in English can be spelled Qliphoth, kliffoth, klippot, kellipot, Kelipot, Q'lippoth, Qlippoth, etc. This means "the world of the shells." By understanding these levels we can understand the state of our world and our mind today, and thereby the need and method to free ourselves from suffering.
"In these studies of Kabbalah, we need to be practical; there are authors who write marvels, but when one looks at them, one realizes that they have not lived what they have written; they did not experience it in themselves, and that is why they are mistaken. I understand that one must write what one has directly experienced by oneself. I have proceeded in this way for my part."