Kabbalah TREE OF LIFE as a MAP
The 3 Pillars
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Kabbalah Tree of Life illustrates how the
polarities of form create the potential for a centered, balanced journey
in this physical plane we call LIFE. Centered and balanced does not
mean devoid of extremes. It simply means we can move freely
through the entire spectrum of physical, emotional, mental and
spiritual experiences with love and grace, all the while learning,
growing and expanding.
Any given time we will find our
self somewhere on the Tree, and by following our journey through the
tree, we can begin to see the map of our Life.
Today, we'll talk about the direct
vertical pathways called the 3 Pillars.
When facing the Tree (diagram to the left):
The left side is the Feminine, Yin,
Negative - polarity.
The right side is the Masculine, Yang,
middle is Neutral Ø, neither Feminine or
Masculine, Yin or Yang, Negative or Positive polarity.
It is balanced with a blending of both the Feminine
(Yin, Negative) and Masculine (Yang, Positive).
Diagram to the right:
Tree also maps on the BACK SIDE of the human
body, so in actuality, the
Tree remains true to the left side of the human
body being the feminine side and the right side of the body being the
The right, left and middle sephiroth are called
the 3 Pillars
The left pillar of Severity
and Destruction, the Feminine Pillar.
The right pillar of Mercy and Creation,
the Masculine Pillar.
The middle pillar of Mildness and Harmony,
the Neutral Pillar.
The movement from one sephira to another creates a
path, which are
represented by the connecting lines between each sephira. As you can see from looking at the Tree, there are many
possible paths. Generally, we are either moving up or down the Tree.
Sometimes we move laterally back and forth in order to achieve balance
with a particular quality of our self. And sometimes we need to spend a
long time in one sephira because there are lessons to be learned. By
following our journey on the Tree, we can begin to see the map of our
path down from Keter
(the Crown) to
Malkuth (the Kingdom) can be seen as movement from the Spiritual plane down through
the Mental plane, then down through the Emotional plane and finally
coming into physical form on the Physical plane. This downward path is
taken when we decide to come into a physical body
and to place our Soul
into a particular physical body. During this journey from Spirit to the physical,
we all lose our true connection to Source, which is a natural part of the
path up from Malkuth to
Keter is often the path we are on when we are trying to make sense of
this thing we call "Life", when we are
searching for the meaning of Life
and our purpose for being here. We are longing for that which is missing
in our life. We are longing to reconnect to Source.
Once we have found a sense of our Spirituality, we
take the Keter to Malkuth path so that we can experience the
grounding of our Spiritual life into our everyday physical existence.
we journey up the Tree again and again to deepen our Spirituality,
and down the Tree again and again to solidify the Spiritual experience.
Sometimes we can be moving up or down the Tree
and have to turn around and go back to revisit one or more sephiroth or
even change the direction of our path. This is not unusual and is part
of our Earthly experience.
the Tree and where we are on the Tree, we can gain wonderful insights
about what is happening in our life and what possible choices we have
before us as we proceed. It helps us understand who we are and what are
In our next newsletter, Part 2 of the
Kabbalah Tree of Life as a Map, we will explore the qualities of
each sephira and examples of how we might journey through the Tree during our
There are many wonderful books
about Kabbalah and the Tree of Life. You can find our
list of recommended books here.