Kabbalah Basics – The three columns of the Kabbalah Tree of Life

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Kabbalah column Tree of Life

The three pillars of Kabbalah divide the Kabbalah Tree of Life into three areas. Jachin, the white column on the right, is labeled with the Hebrew letter Yod, which stands for the constructive self-power of Elohim, from which our own self has also been derived. It also stands for the male principle. Boas, the black column on the left, is labeled with Beth. It is the form-giving creative power. She stands for the female principle. The middle, mediating column is the column of mildness and harmonizes the right and left columns.

The masculine right column symbolizes the principle of giving and self-consciousness, which has a completely different expressiveness than the feminine left column. This stands for the principle of receiving and the subconscious. The middle column represents the reconciling principle and the superconscious. From this results the conclusion of the son, Adam Kadmon, the union of polarity.

The art of practical application of the Kabbalah is to find the balance between grace (right column) and severity (left column). But before we find harmony or the balance, we have to familiarize ourselves with the opposing poles in order to become all-embracing. We need to know what it is to suffer; we need to know what it is to be sick; we need to know what it is to be evil. We must see the result of our actions and suffer in order to learn from them and not give up.

As soon as we encounter painful life experiences and challenges, we have reached the stage to change and grow. We learn to become free of attachments. We can then go through the world with chains and perceive that we can break away from these chains at any time. This means that we no longer identify with our lower aspects such as our feelings, emotions, thoughts, bodies and behavioral patterns, but consciously use our vehicle as a tool. A first step in realizing this is to go to the level of the observer and become aware of subconscious processes. Then we can consciously decide what we want to think, whether we want to think at all, how long we want to think, what we want to feel, and so on.

This frees us from bondage. It is also very important to integrate new behavioral patterns into language and action so that they can manifest themselves. Changes are also brought about through meditation. However, the most effective and simplest way is the ritualistic way.

However, the impulse that makes us receptive and ready for change and wholeness comes from the one primordial will and leads us to conscious handling, recognition and understanding of the life force behind all creation. Kabbalah offers us a path of freedom from bondage. The Kabbalah is a universal tool of freedom and enlightenment.

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