Basics in Kabbalah and Chassidut: Adam Kadma'ah Stima'ah

The Stages of the Creative Process
from God’s Infinite Light to Our Physical World

 Or Ein Sof (“God’s Infinite Light”)
 Sod Ha’Tzimtzum (“The Secret of ‘Contraction’”)
 Adam Kadmon (“Primordial Man”)
 Akudim, Nekudim, Brudim (“Binding, Points, Connection”)
 Keter D’Atzilut (“The ‘Crown’ of Emanation”)
 Olam Ha’Atzilut (“The World of Emanation”)
 ABiYA (The Four Worlds: Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, Asiyah)

Or Ein Sof  (“God’s Infinite Light”)
Ten stages of God’s Infinite Light before the beginning of the creative process.

Atzmut Yachid Echad Sha’ashuim
Kadmon Avir
 Adam Kadma'ah

Adam Kadma'ah Stima'ah
Concealed Primordial Man

In further preparation for the world to be created, within the "sphere" (kadur, literally "ball") of the "lower brilliance" (teheru tata'ah), the creator "circled" around the "sphere" ten rings, the ten sefirot of adam kadma'ah stima'ah.

These ten rings are the Divine "thought" of the primordial man (adam kadmon) to be (after the initial tzimtzum, within the "sphere" of the "lower brilliance").

When God lifted Abraham out of the created universe, to behold his infinite progeny to be, He brought him to this level of adam kadma'ah stima'ah. Herein lies the Divine ideal of man (the Jewish being) to be. This is the origin of the power of free choice given to man. Of the man who reaches this level of Divine "thought" it is said (by theBa'al Shem Tov): "Wherever man thinks, there he truly is." This is the transcendent origin of the consciousness of the Jewish soul.

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