here is another installment of my on-again, off-again kabbalistic primer

Greetings from nowhere much really. This one will be a different sort of challenge for me to write than the previous ones: whereas they were surprisingly personal and intimate, and in fact allowed me to drag up a memory from approx 1 yr old which I didn’t know I possessed, this one will be completely impersonal, about the structures. Undoubtedly my system is crude, but it’s adequate to my current needs and it has the advantage of being easy to understand. It allows me to narrow down the essentially mysterious aspect of the mind/body problem and to show that ‘religion’ and ‘nationalism’ are functionally identical.

There is a continuum of raw or inchoate consciousness which is omnipresent. Its contents are indiscernible units of potential awareness, as yet unconnected to anything at all which might organize them into actual awareness. The four worlds of the kabbalah may be imagined as four boxes, one atop another, each containing living things that to varying extents attract this consciousness and give it form. Let us not even bother with their names. The lowest of the four worlds is inhabited by physical animals with physical brains. The type of consciousness associated with them is immediately perishable. It dissolves straight back into the continuum upon the death of the body.

A sufficiently complex animal brain possesses an incipient self-awareness, which attracts the raw consciousness from the continuum, which commences to condense around this brain, forming a ‘soul’, a unit of a higher level of awareness. The substance of this soul is immaterial, and will not be destroyed by the death of the body, but nothing in the argument so far guarantees that it will remain coherent as a ‘personality’ after the death of the body. It may just dissolve straight back into the continuum, exactly like the raw animal energy of the animal. I personally think it can survive, given some degree of self-training during life. We have to determine what sort of ‘personality’ is possessed by this soul, as distinct from the physical brain. When the brain dies, all data stored within it will be lost, including that defining the ‘personality’. So we must examine the incipient ‘soul’, to find out what it can do and what we can expect of it.

It’s not an easy job. Since we can’t help bringing with us at least some of what we were taught as children, wrong though it indubitably is, we can extract a few useful ideas from it. We can see that the shared imaginary of religion, the shared vision of the supposed god, will provide the base point for a condensation of the higher awareness exactly like that described above, but on a collective scale rather than just an individual one. Equally, the shared imaginary produced by nationalist myth-making and ceremonial. As long as the shared imaginary lasts, the corresponding condensation of the higher consciousness will be there, call it what you will. I don’t mean to imply that it will necessarily dissolve when the human population who imagined it, ceases to do so. It is not a mere will-less mirror image of our longing, it is real. Again, as with the ‘soul’ of the human individual, its survival depends on whether it has cognized itself, organized itself and equipped itself for continued coherence as an immaterial individual being within the continuum, even after its originators have passed on in some way, and no longer sit around in the shell world, “imagining” it – RB

12 Comments

  1. tiqla
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Theodicy at its best.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    That is very kind. Looking at it again, it looks more like a theogony than a theodicy, but whatever it can do, by all means let it do so. Thank you for affirming that you are still here. Not to diminish your individuality, but at times, any voice is more than welcome. This place seems a bit echoey, if you know what I mean.

  3. George
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Theogony, Theodicy and Theology.
    Your “incipient self-awareness, which attracts the raw consciousness from the continuum, which commences to condense around this brain, forming a ‘soul’, a unit of a higher level of awareness” is of a thread running through….. this question as in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ESSAY IX “The Over-Soul” (probably an Indian influence rather than Greek).
    “The soul looketh steadily forwards, creating a world before her, leaving worlds behind her. She has no dates, nor rites, nor persons, nor specialties, nor men. The soul knows only the soul; the web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.”

  4. tiqla
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    There is an interesting difference in the term ‘individuality’ and ‘personality’. Which one would remain intact to whatever extant and which might perish.
    Guenon mentions this because the modern usage confuses them. In essence the ‘personality’ would be that of an ‘other-world’ connection and the ‘individuality’ would seem to be our mundane idiosyncrasies which would be the dissolution of who we are and how we perceive ourselves in this state of being which might be called ‘hell’ for anyone who has experience with LSD.

  5. niqnaq
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I use the word ‘individual’ to denominate the human unit, the empirical object with a name and a face. ‘Personality’ is an attribute of the individual, indeed it is the central, necessary and sufficient attribute, or very nearly so: a zombie is an individual without personality, but a vampire may have personality, and the qlipot are more like vampires than zombies.

  6. tiqla
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Is there such an entity as zombie outside of the cinema? My intention being we all know zombies from our own perspective but does it exist as a legal or psychological category?

  7. niqnaq
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Well, tiqla, my definition of the zombie would include the golem, and in modern terms all human robots, androids etc. Individuality but no personality. The human species is terrified of it. It typically crushes them, since they have nothing that interests it. But the qlipa drinks the blood of the spark entrapped, so to speak, and that is much worse. One would rather be annihilated than entombed alive in some repellent shell.

  8. tiqla
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I am of the opinion that the golem is just an urban legend and may have something to do with some kind of astral body etc. That there was a golem in Prague maybe just an allegorical narrative created by the Jewish psyche.
    I don’t think there is a source for the qelipot ‘drinking blood’ but they have nourishment and sustainment from the ‘bads’ that people do. According to Nathan of Gaza their will is to establish a ‘structure’ of their own but come short of it because their essential nature wants to go back to the source whereas the so-called ‘good guys’ want to establish a viable existence here and thus the everlasting give and take.
    Werblosky wrote an article in Hebrew called ” The Mystical Theology of Nathan of Gaza” however I do not know whether or not it has been translated into English.
    IMO it has more ‘eatable’ material than Tishby however aside from the academe the run of the mill Jew would never read it or even discuss the Sabbtean incident.

  9. niqnaq
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I think that PINDOSTAN is the golem, but in the process of being cut loose – remove the the magic serpent sign in its mouth, (the dollar), and it will fall lifeless.

    By the way, I think I told you, I have a pdf I downloaded from the HUJI site by Ronit Meroz called Redemption in Lurianic Kabbalah, which sounds from the title like a sequel or answer to Tishby. How would you like to read it, or at least look at it, and then tell me about it?

    I would speculate that redemption, as I would imagine it, consists in the conscious elements of the ruach being “taken up” into the neshamah in yetzirah, which could be called its “root soul” – if it has found it… the mothership, as the slang goes…

    “Taken up” would even better be expressed “woven into”, because I should say the individual ruchot constitute as it were strands in the weave of the surface that forms the envelope of the neshamah (like a big dirigible floating around in Yetzirah) and inside it, all is generally fun & games. “Woven” is my preferred image also because “tantra” literally means “weave”, and I think it refers to the process whereby bodies and souls are continually woven together by sexual acts, which it interprets as a sort of ritual… in accord with Frankism, I think. There you find the sexual rituals fully developed, if rumour is true.

  10. tiqla
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    BTW before Luria and the Zohar the qelipoth were called ‘the world of changing’ עולם התמורות.
    Luria changed and infiltrated almost ever nook and cranny of Judaism with almost nil opposition.

  11. Posted April 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the interesting discussion.

    This is a quote from a page called, on the nature of the qlipoth that might in some ways describe the qlipoth equivalent of the zombie types we presently perceive to be moving among us.🙂

    … Binah is traditionally translated as Understanding or Intelligence and correlates to the female aspect of Kether. Binah is also called ‘the mother’ and within her all formative forces rest which help shaping and balancing the creative potential of Chokmah. If the second Sephira is the archetype of overflowing vitality it is the influence of Binah that grants structure and form to these forces.

    If Binah’s light side represents the starting point of clothing unbound creative forces into equivalent shapes (german, Formwerdung), Satoriel represents the death of creative energy in aid of eternal, lifeless structure. The pursue of Satoriel is to becloud the nature of being behind shapes that fail to reflect the essence they represent. Thus perception and contact with these types of lifeless shapes runs dry on the surface and cannot connect with their inner creative forces. Satoriel is translated as ‘The Concealing Ones’ (german, ‘Die Verberger’). …

    And veering off into spyland for a moment,🙂 the Goddess Babalon, inhabitant of Binah, the third Sephirah of the Tree of Life is the one that keeps Crowley’s version of the qlipoth, Choronzon (which he likens to a dust devil), the shape shifter of the Abyss in check.

  12. niqnaq
    Posted April 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Marjorie Cameron never held off anything larger than a hairnet. This is about the Scientologsts’ Ron Hubbard’s failed attempt to take over the OTO, back in the 50s.

    But in general, yes, it’s simple enough, I said before, it’s the land of the dead, what can one expect, there are parasites everywhere.

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