In Kabbalah, the Tree of Life has always been represented by the human body and its subsequent subtle layers known as the spiritual realities. Da’at is considered the ‘doorway’ which leads to Higher Knowledge as Da’at means Knowledge in Hebrew and the letter Dalet (D) represents a door. Knowledge within the scriptures is related to sex or intimacy. The S’firot of Yesod is called the Foundation Stone on the Tree of Life representing the sexual organ as Yesod means the Secret (sod) of the Yod (Sexual organ)
Alchemy (and Kabbalah) is the esoteric wisdom regarding the transformation of oneself from a common animal man of ‘Lead’ (considered dead) to a spiritually awakened sage of Gold (spiritually alive; ‘L’Chaim’ in Hebrew means ‘To Life!”)
We can see that Gold was a favorite among the ancients including the Egyptians for good reason. The Egyptians were very aware of the body and the important role that the glands, the organs, the brain, the heart, the spinal column and the energy system played in spiritual awakening. They spent their lives learning how to heighten spiritual experiences, it was a major theme in their temple hieroglyphs; they were masters of Alchemy and its inner process of illumination. In fact the origin of Alchemy (Hermetica) leads back to the famous Egyptian Thoth, later known as Hermes Trismegistus (Thrice Great Hermes) who’s legend states he was the contemporary of the great Sage Avraham, the father of the Hebrews.
Many come to this the Great Work of Alchemy (called the Art) but few chose to accept its intimidating and daunting challenge. It is only for the elect, the true heroes and heroines and champions who can overcome their own inner desires and win the battles needed to overtake the Kingdom by pulling the sword from the Foundation Stone (Yesod/Sexual Center in Kabbalah) and gain Victory and Glory to be Crowned with Truth, Loving Kindness, Strength, Wisdom, Understanding and supernal Knowledge.
In the biblical story of Jacob (Ya’akov in Hebrew) he discovers a secret mystical ‘ladder to Heaven’ with angels descending and ascending to and fro. In order to climb this ladder, Jacob must wrestle the Angel Samael. In victory, Jacob demanded that Samael ‘bless him’ and his name was changed to Israel. This place, called Penile (pineal gland/Inner Eye) was where Israel saw God face to face. In this story, the ‘ladder’ that Jacob used to climb to the land of Penile was in fact the 33 vertebrae of the spinal column which led to the Heavens above in the brain.
Fables, fairy tales and legends date back millenia dressed around the Alchemical process including the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur, the Sword and the Stone, The Holy Grail and thousands more. These stories all relating to the overcoming of the great beast or dragon within known as the Kundalini serpent in order to purify oneself – showing us the one true purpose of our lives here in this reality, correction and illumination.
The Spinal Column is considered the trunk of the Tree of Life in Kabbalah and its subsequent pathway’s or the energy nadi’s of the body are considered the branches. The lower part of the Tree, near the genital organs, leads one to the underworld of sexual lusts and depravity and this place brings about spiritual death within the lands known as Hell or the worlds of the klipot. The upper branches of the Tree of Life lead one to the Heavens above in the mind and beyond and these realms lead to spiritual life, back to the Garden of Eden.
We know that the Tree of Life is guarded by a Cherubim (known as the cerebellum near the Pineal Gland) with a ‘flaming sword’ which surrounds the Tree of Life on all sides, this is the ‘Door Way’ of Da’at which is intimate knowing of the spiritual realities. These realities have been ‘cut off’ from us and now we only experience the 5 tactile senses of this 3D reality because of this ‘inner darkness’ cutting us off from the Light. The purpose of Alchemy is to re-energize the body, the glands, the nerve centers, the brain, etc so that we can re-activate this dormant pinael gland (inner spiritual eye) and regain our ‘sight’.
In the biblical lore, serving Satan, the ‘tempter’ or ‘accuser’, means that I fulfill my lower desires without the intention to bestow ‘above’ in the Heaven’s, to the All. This lack of ‘tithing’ or ‘animal (desire) sacrifice’ simply means I keep myself in darkness by refusing to bestow the life giving seed to my mind and my body to heal and illuminate.
This Alchemical image expresses the elevation to another dimension: The lower animal body lays beaten and the ladder represents the spinal column. The enigmatic sentence “Oculatus abis”, is commonly translated by “Having received eyes, you leave”, or “clear-sighted, you leave”, however the plural is not compulsory and it could easily be translated “Having received THE eye (ie: the third eye), you leave”. The Sun and Moon (Solar and Lunar) are combined here holding hands to form the union needed to receive the spiritual ‘wings’ above, the birth of the spiritual inner child under the Crown or Keter in Kabbalah – this area below Keter is Da’at which is the Doorway to Spiritual Knowing. The Sun above radiating shows the achievement of the Solar Body or the Elixir of Immortality.
In the bible, Christ was responsible for healing the (spiritually) blind… “And he (the Christ) took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.” ~ Mark 8
The Upper Waters (in the Brain cavity) are the location where the tree trunk meets the supernal roots of divinity above, it is the connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and, if used properly, can lead to the reactivation of complete balance and total illumination of the darkened synapses in the mind, of which about 75% are dormant.
The Lower Waters represent the sexual fluid below, which when expelled from the body, creates massive degeneration of the organs and glands of the body causing great loss.
The Firmament that divides them is within the restriction of the Heart known as the Vishnu loka in yoga or the 2nd restriction (tzimtzum bet) in Kabbalah.
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” ~ Genesis (Beresheet) 1
There are 33 degrees of the spinal column, or the Tree Trunk, which must be climbed with the Sacred Seed of Alchemy and each ‘step’ or each ‘degree’ leads to higher states of illumination. The Alchemical ‘hero’ travels below into the abyss of Hell to steal fire from the devil and return it above to the Heavens; this represents our battles with sexual desire and the returning of the Sacred Seed above.
John 4 ~ “Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” (Sitting on a ‘well’ is sitting on the spine, the 6th hour represents the bottom of the body where the well begins)
“…If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (Living water is the seminal fluid within us all, the life giving Sacred Force that can be wasted and spilled out or bestowed back to the spiritual body for healing and illumination through the secrets hidden within the Alchemical steps)
“… Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (The ‘water springing up’ is the great Kundalini energy which travels up the spinal to give everlasting life!)
~ Baruch Hashem
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