3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
“The brightness” is that which illumines the Torah . . . . The “intelligent”, who shine continually and ever contemplate the “firmament”
The Son of Man, Adam’s counterpart or footprint in the earth of humanity, is the intelligent one.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Adam is the Creation of God, and the Creation of God is a spiritual man who is formed in the World of Creation.
The Son of Man is Adam’s counterpart, or footprint, in the earth of humanity.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
The footprint of Adam, the spiritual man, provides the nature of God and the spiritual intelligence that comes from God, to the people that he dwells in.
A firmament is a substance, border or object that mediates between two parts, either joining or separating them.
The firmament of heaven, for example, either separates the earth from heaven, or joins the two. Depending on how you look at it, the sky either joins heaven and earth, or separates them.
The firmament of the physical body joins the spiritual man, Adam, who is in heaven, to the earth.
Adam, the spiritual man who is in heaven and the earth of humanity at the same time, continually contemplates the future of the human vessel that joins him to this earthen world.
Adam receives an earthen vessel and provides a spiritual mind for the vessel that he inhabits, so that it, too, can be in heaven and earth at the same time. The spiritual mind that the human receives changes him from a human to a Son of Man (Adam), from a mortal being who is one-half of Adam (man), to a whole spiritual man.
He who was once a worthless human vessel becomes an honorable man in the earth, a Son of Adam (man).
Adam is continually concerned with the well-being of the bodies that he inhabits, so he shines his spiritual intelligence upon them to illuminate (brighten) their understanding of the Torah (Word of God), the only source of true life and prosperity.
And the light which issues therefrom, to wit, the light of the Torah which radiates perpetually without cease [sic].
A Living Firmament
This brightness is the spiritual light that the Torah (Word of God) radiates perpetually, without ceasing, in the higher spiritual worlds. Adam’s concerns for the future of the bodies that he inhabits makes him a mediating channel, a firmament, if you will, between the perpetual light and the bodies of the people.
“Now the earth had been void and without form.”
The word hoithah (was), being a pluperfect, implies that the earth had been previously.
The earth spoken about here is spiritual earth, the substance out of which the earthen vessels called, humanity, are formed.
This spiritual earth is primordial. In other words, a spiritual substance exists for the specific purpose of forming vessels to cover Adam’s soul parts. After the soul separates from the body, this SPIRITUAL aspect of the body (not the physical body) is reformed into another vessel.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
There was snow in the midst of water, from the action of which was produced a slime.
Snow, Water and Slime
There was a spiritual substance which blended with the water of the abyss and thickened into a mud- like substance.
The writer of the Zohar calls it snow, but the substance that we are talking about is not the snow of this world. Neither is the water of the primordial world like the water of this world.
Since we have no innate ability or experience by which we can comprehend the spiritual worlds or their attributes, we use analogy to draw similarities between the elements of an unknown world and the familiar elements of this world.
Let us say, then, that the primordial snow was a substance that, when mixed with the water of the abyss, produced a slimy, mud-like substance.
Then a mighty fire beat upon it and produced in it a refuse.
We do not know what primordial fire is, but the attribute of fire is associated with Elohim, the Creator, and with Mother and Understanding, the third Ring of Power of the God World of Creative power.
From the context of this sentence as it is understood together with the previous sentences, it appears that the primordial fire acted like a catalyst upon the slime, a mud-like substance, to bring another substance into existence called, a refuse. In this world, refuse is a worthless substance, so we will consider the refuse of the primordial world to be a worthless substance also.
But the Zohar does not say, refuse, it says a refuse. The primordial fire brought a worthless substance into existence, and then beat it into the shape of a vessel which was to be a home, a dwelling place, for Adam, the spiritual man.
Elohim, the Creator, mixed the primordial snow with the water of the abyss to produce a mud-like substance called slime, which he burnt with fire to transform it into another substance called, refuse.
After that, Elohim beat the refuse with blows to form it into a vessel for the spiritual man, Adam, to dwell in, which vessel the Zohar calls, a refuse, i.e., a vessel made from the refuse.
But as soon as Adam, the spiritual man, entered into that worthless vessel made from the spiritual refuse, it became a firmament, a distinct border that separates Adam’s valuable spiritual substance from the corrupting spiritual atmosphere of this world.
So it was transformed and became Tohu (chaos), the abode of slime,
The spiritual snow became a mud-like substance called, slime, which was transformed into a worthless substance called, refuse, which was made into a worthless vessel called, a refuse, which became very valuable when Adam, the spiritual man, entered into it.
In addition, this worthless earthen vessel becomes doubly valuable when Adam plants his seed in its fertile parts, and Adam’s male child, Adam’s counterpart, or footprint, in the earth, is born as the spiritual mind of the vessel.
But, while the vessel is still worthless, before Adam’s male offspring is born as its spiritual mind, it is confused about why it exists, and cannot comprehend the instruction manual (the Torah (Word of God)), or recognize the teacher who can explain it.
The Zohar calls this form of confusion, tohu, which means chaos.
The nest of refuse . . . .
From Adam’s perspective, Elohim, the Creator, made a nest, a place where the spiritual baby birds, Adam’s young footprints in the earth, could be fed and instructed. That nest is humanity, which are worthless vessels until Adam plants the seed of his life within them.
1) From the perspective of humanity, they are confused until Adam gives them his spiritual mind, and
2) From the perspective of Adam, humanity are worthless until he impregnates them with his son.
The nest of refuse is the structure, or bodies of humanity, which are formed from the worthless spiritual refuse.
From this point forward, the Zohar begins to describe the formation of the Mind of God within the vessels, the vehicle by which the Mother Bird nurtures the young spiritual birds in the earth, who are mirror images of Adam, the spiritual man who exists in the heavenly World of Creation. Some Commentators on the Torah would call these baby birds the Shekinah in captivity.
The Letter Of The Word
The Letter of the Word (Torah) is the structure through which the Torah (Word of God) is fed to the baby birds gestating within the bodies of humanity, who cannot yet receive revelation knowledge from angels, or grasp it through prophecy.
And also Bohu (formlessness), the finer part which was sifted from the Tohu and rested on it
Spirit And Soul
The water became the soul of the clay vessel and the snow became the human spirit.
The vessel is sifted to separate the spirit from the soul, and to form the mind of the body.
The soul is blended throughout the body and the mind. The human spirit is the breath of the body and the core of the mind.
The human spirit is stronger than the soul, so the soul rests from its labor when the spirit prevails over it.
The mind has no form, so it is called, bohu, formless. The vessel is the garment of the mind, and gives it form.
. . . . [T]he “spirit of God” is a holy spirit that proceeded from Elohim Hayyim (living God), and this “was hovering over the face of the waters”.
The Living God
The baby birds are the personality (face) of Adam that is reflected on the waters of the soul.
The Holy Spirit that comes from the Living God hovers over the baby birds, Adam’s footprints in the earthen vessels that contain the soul, to feed and nurture them.
When this wind blew, A certain film detached itself from the refuse, like the film which remains on the top of boiling broth when the froth has been skimmed off two or three times.
The Scum Of The Refuse
The Holy Spirit is a wind, and when this wind blows upon the vessels, impurities of the spirit and the soul are forced to leave.
A film is defined as a thin layer or coating, a membrane or a thin haze or mist. The Torah (Word of God) calls what is skimmed off, scum (Ez 24:3-13). The New Testament calls them demons.
The film that remains is the spirit of Sophia that enters into us and joins with the Shekinah within us after we believe the lies of the Snake. The scum that is siphoned off are the offspring of their unholy union.
When Tohu had thus been sifted and purified, there issued from it
6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
According to the Zohar, when the spiritually confused person (Tohu) is purged of the thoughts of the Carnal Mind of the body (refuse), a warfare spirit issues forth from the confused person that overthrows the Rings (mountains) and spiritual powers (rocks) of the Dark Side (Carnal Mind) of the body.
Then, the person who has this experience acquires the spirit of revelation knowledge, the ability to understand the spiritual principles provided for them in the Torah (Word of God).
“A great and strong wind rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks”,
However, the Alternate Translation of 1 King 19:12, below, which pulls the elements of this study together, sees it a little differently.
. . . . Similarly, Bohu was sifted and purified, and there issued from it earthquake . . . .
According to our understanding of these passages, the Mind of God within the vessels, which are the baby birds, can be contaminated by the environment that are lowered into, and must be sifted and purified also.
The sifting of the Bohu, the Mind of God, separates the lies, error and unclean thoughts of the Carnal Mind of the body that are clinging to the baby birds, and they break forth from under the ground, or domination, of the Carnal Mind of the body with such great force that earthquakes occur in the World of Action as well as the spiritual Worlds of Forms.
6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
When what we call “spirit” was sifted, there was contained in it a still, small voice.
A Still Small Voice
According to the Zohar, the human spirit that is not influenced by the soul can hear the still small voice, which is the 12 letter Name of God.
The 12 letter Name of God is the simultaneous sounding of the voice of God from three unified planes of consciousness:
1) Elohim speaking from Binah (outside of the body)
2) Jehovah speaking from Tiferet (within the body)
3) Adonai speaking from Adonai (within the body)
1 Kings 19:11-12
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Informal Analysis Of
1 Kings 19:12-13
Elijah began to ascend when he entered into the middle column of the mind of God within himself, and stood upon the sixth Ring of Power (mountain) which reflects the personality (before) of Jehovah (Lord), and Elohim, Jehovah’s great and powerful Spirit, crossed over (passed by) into Elijah’s spiritual universe to rescue (rending) the Shekinah (rocks) within Elijah from Sophia, the wisdom of the Snake (mountain), the spirit that empowers Jezebel, and the unity that Sophia had formed with the Shekinah within Elijah burst apart, but it was not the Elohim (wind) which is the personality of the Jehovah, but the spirit (wind) of Jehovah which was Elijah’s unconscious mind (wind) that caused the great commotion (earthquake) that resulted in the separation of the Shekinah from Sophia. Jehovah did not cause the earthquake that came from the unconscious part of the mind of God within Elijah. Neither was it the fire of the Mother, the third degree of power of the God world of creative power. It was the gentle, but weak voice of the Shekinah within Elijah crying out for help
Elijah began to ascend when he resisted the fear that Jezebel had imposed upon him by threatening his life, and embraced the thoughts of the Shekinah, the personality (before) within himself that reflects the nature of Jehovah (Lord).
When Elijah stood upon the sixth Ring of Power (mountain) of the Sheenah (rocks) within himself, Elohim, Jehovah’s great and powerful Spirit, crossed over (passed by) into Elijah’s spiritual universe to rescue (rending) him from Sophia, the wisdom of the Snake (mountain), the spirit that empowers Jezebel, and
The unity that Sophia had formed with the Shekinah within Elijah burst apart when Elohim joined with her also, but
It was not Elohim, the Spirit (wind) of Jehovah, but the spirit (wind) of the personality of Jehovah which was engraved upon Elijah’s unconscious mind (wind) that caused the great commotion (earthquake) that separated the Shekinah from Sophia, the wisdom of the Snake.
Jehovah did not make the earthquake that separated the Shekinah within Elijah from Sophia’s depressing thoughts which were emanating from the unconscious part of the mind of Elijah’s body. Neither was it the fire of the Mother, the third degree of power of the God world of Creative Power that rescued Elijah. It was the weak, unaggressive voice of the Shekinah within Elijah crying out for help.
1 Kings 19:12-13
The unity that Sophia had formed with the Shekinah within Elijah burst apart when Elohim joined with her also.
It was not Elohim, the Spirit of Jehovah, but the spirit of the personality of Jehovah which was engraved upon Elijah’s unconscious mind that caused the great commotion that separated the Shekinah within Elijah from Sophia, the wisdom of the Snake.
Jehovah did not make the earthquake that separated the Shekinah within Elijah from Sophia’s depressing thoughts, which were emanating from the unconscious part of the mind of Elijah’s body.
Neither was it the fire of the Mother, the third degree of power of the God world of Creative Power that rescued Elijah.
It was the weak, unaggressive voice of the baby bird, the Shekinah in captivity within Elijah, crying out to Jehovah for help that rescued Elijah from Sophia, the spirit of Jezebel, which pierced him when he believed Jezebel rather than Jehovah.*
Elijah believed that Jezebel had the power to kill him, even after Jehovah demonstrated his superior power to the apostate Hebrew prophets on Mt. Carmel (1 Ki 18:20).