This is good;
the visual image is a beautiful center of focus. What are the words
written over it, and the words written within the circles? Thanks
for posting it.
I also find this
visual image a beautiful center of focus. It is a visual
representation of the process of creation: "From EIN SOF OR, the
Endless Light that surrounds the void, there emanated a beam of
light which penetrated from the periphery towards the center. This,
the KAV or beam of Divine Will (represented by the vertical line
cutting through the top half of the mandala image), manifested in 10
distinct stages of emanation." (Halevi, p. 5)
In the top part
of the image the Hebrew words (from right to left in large print)
EIN, EIN, SOF are the label for the surrounding space which is the
dimension of Nothingness (EIN) and Endlessness (EIN SOF).
The Hebrew words
radiating inward along the rings (from top left of center) are the
labels for the outer ring of Eternal Light (EIN SOF OR) and the
emanating waves of the 10 Divine attributes (Sefiot) of KETER
(Crown), CHOKHMAH (Wisdom), BINAH (Understanding), CHESED (Mercy),
GEVURAH (Justice), TIFERET (Beauty), NEZAH (Victory), HOD (Glory),
YESOD (Foundation) and MALKHUT (Kingdom).
The Hebrew word
for SEFIROT is imprinted in the outer ring at the bottom center of
Sefirot are normally depicted as a vertical tree (The Tree of Life),
I believe this image gives a clearer representation of the emanation
process through which these attributes are continuously unfolding.
Also, if you
count the outer edge and center point of the mandala, and the two
edges of each Sefirah, you will discover 22 points which correspond
to the 22 sounds/vibrations/pathways of creation, represented by the
22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph-bet.
As one gazes at
this image the elements subliminally blend into the four worlds (or
levels) of creation, stimulating a reawakening of the consciousness
of creation: Emanation emerges out of EIN EIN SOF; Creation extends
out of EIN SOF OR; Formation unfolds through the ten SEFIROT; and
Manifestation arises out of the 22 vibrations.
In gratitude for
the gift of your response.
Thanks for this
reply. . .my sense is that one doesn't need to know consciously the
meanings of these words in order for the figure to act upon the
psyche. . .but I do have a curious streak which likes to know what
I'm looking at! R
Ruth. It is believed that this image and others like it do act upon
the psyche without us needing to know its meaning consciously. For
myself, I too have a curious streak that likes to know what I am
looking at and I find that understanding the meaning can both
heighten my experience (if I use it for contemplation) or hinder it
(if the meaning becomes a limiting construct in my mind).