Kabbalah TREE OF LIFE as
The 3 Veils
In this issue, we
will talk about how we move from pure Spirit into our
physical body via the 3 Veils.
circle, or branch in the Tree of Life diagram to the left, is called a
Sephira. Each has a name and specific qualities. We will discuss
those in the next issue coming in the Winter 2014. But first let's talk
in depth about the 3 VEILS:
AIN SOPH AUR
They are usually illustrated as three
arcs above the sephirah Kether, as shown in the diagram to the left.
They are often referred to as the steps up and down through which
living energy moves from or to the realms of Spirit or Source.
When we stepdown from Spirit, we move first through these 3 veils, first
into AIN, then AIN SOPH and finally AIN SOPH AUR.
Then from Ain Soph Aur we move into the first sephira on the tree, Kether.
Then we follow a specific path from Kether into Chokmah, then Binah, Chesed, Geburah,
Tiphareth, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and finally Malkut, where we come into
physical form. We enter Kether on the Tree of Life at CONCEPTION, when the egg is fertilized
and the physical body begins to form.
This path is called the Lightening Flash. See the diagram to the
right showing this path as a golden flash of light.
AIN is Nothingness.
AIN, which is Nothingness, moves into Ain Soph, which is
Ain Soph, which is Everything
moves into Ain Soph Aur, which is Radiant Darkness and
AIN - Veil of
NOTHINGNESS. This is the Veil of literally "no-thing", the
Nothingness of Infinity. It is the Emptiness of life, the potential
source of energy from which Divine Consciousness is constructed. Some
refer to it as the Great Unmanifested Universe.
AIN SOPH - Veil of
EVERYTHING. The opposite of AIN, this is the Veil of literally
"every-thing", where the Limitless seeds of life exist forming a sort of
cosmic soup of dust and particles. It is Infinite Light Without End. And
from the Darkness, God created Light. Also spelled En-Sof meaning
AIN SOPH AUR - Veil of
RADIANT DARKNESS & LIMITLESS LIGHT. This is where the seeds of life
form the seemingly opposing forces of Radiant Darkness and Limitless
Light. At this point, both exist together. Here is where duality is
born, which then threads its way through the Tree of Life creating the
Polarity of all Divine Life.
Here is a quote by Ann
Williams-Heller from her book Kabbalah: Your Path to Inner Freedom:
"Above the Tree of Life, three
veils in the Great Beyond act as filters to safeguard the absolute
purity of the three Tree roots. Named No-Thing (Ain, in Hebrew), the
first veil signifies absolute nothingness. The second veil, called
Every-Thing (Ain Soph, in Hebrew), indicates the opposite: limitless,
undifferentiated expansion of all things with description, in
neverending abundance. The third veil, (named Ain Soph Aur, in Hebrew),
points to ambivalent, if not altogether opposing, forces that exist side
by side... with darkness as the absence of all colors and light as their
Thus we find that polarity
exists in the unmanifest veils. There everything evolves out of
nothing and in its turn gives birth to some other, and again and again
to some other thing that stands in opposition. Duality (the
indispensable cosmic polarity) is the golden thread woven through all
the branches of the Tree of Life. As one of the distinct Laws of Life,
it emphasizes the perennial twin aspects of life which make our
terrestrial existence so complicated, so challenging, so mysterious, and
yet so rewarding."
After passing through the
unmanifest 3 Veils, our Divine Energy of Duality enters the Tree of
Life in neutral Kether, where Radiant Darkness, devoid of Color
and Limitless Light, which is ALL color, creates our template via the
Chakras. We journey down to become manifest into a physical body in
Malkuth. Vice versa the Divine Human made manifest in Malkut moves up
the tree, through the 3 VEILS back into Nothingness at the time of death.
Between conception and death, we move up and down through the Tree of
Life, learning how to be with polarity and duality on the physical
plane, while re-membering and embracing our true spiritual nature from
whence we came.
The Veils are a diagrammatic
representation of the stepdown process (involution) of cosmic particles
forming into a Divine Human, and the stepup process (evolution) of the
Divine Human returning to become cosmic dust. The journey through
the 10 sephirah of the Tree is an exquisite birth and death process
on all levels of being.
The dual energies enter the Tree
of Life at neutral Kether and then move down the
3 Pillars of Polarity: positive (+),
negative (-) and neutral (0) finally reaching manifestation in Malkut.
These dual, yet complimentary forces exist side by side in order to
contain each other's energy so that they are kept in check and do not
soar out of control. One cannot exist without the other and the
middle Pillar of Neutrality is the balance point between them.
A soul's journey through the Tree
of Life touches all 3 Pillars and all Sephirah at various times. As you
study the Sephirah and the paths between them, you will begin to see
where you are on the Tree of Life at any given moment. We will talk more
about that in our next newsletter.
There are many wonderful books
about Kabbalah and the Tree of Life. You can find our
list of recommended books here.