glossary

A Kabbalistic view of creation and existence based upon a division into four levels, illustrated in this verse from the Bible:

"Everyone that is [1] called by My name, and [2] whom I created for My glory, [3] I formed him, yea [4] I made him." - Isaiah-Yeshayahu 43:7

These four levels are called the Four Worlds:

  1. Atziluth, the world of Archetypes or Emanations. (Example: the level of potentialities or "blueprints." In the sperm and ovum are the possibilities for a child.)

  2. Briah, the world of Creation. (Example: the father and mother unite sexually and the embryo of a human being is created.)

  3. Yetzirah, the world of Formation. (Example: the child is formed in the womb for nine months.)

  4. Assiah, the world of Action. (Example: the child is born into the physical world.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What truly counts in these studies is the manner in which human beings behave internally and invisibly with one another."