Through the looking glass of the Four Worlds: A Kabbalistic response to Beth’s dream

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Hello my dear….here are some thoughts your dream of falling through stained glass ceilings inspired, and it is connected to dreaming in the Four Worlds, from a Kabbalistic Perspective. You fall thorough each successive layer of glass….shattering but not breaking. There is also the Lurianic (early Kabbalist) idea of creation…which I’ll need to forward later…but it may speak to you as well. Hope you find this helpful! It is a fabulous dream! Perhaps you are flying? Love, k

Dreaming in the Four Worlds – a Wee Look Through the Kabbalistic Lens
There is a correspondence between the four-letter name of G-d, YHVH (in Hebrew, Yud, Hey, Vav, Hey) made up of only aspirant consonants, so the sacred Name can only be “pronounced” through the breath (or as Yah), AND, the four worlds, known as Assiyah, Yetzirah, Beriah, and Atzilut, which connects Body, Feeling, Thought and Soul, respectively. The Four Worlds, like the Four-Letter Name, are not separate, but rather interconnected, holographically. With the “marriage” of the upper Yud/Hey and lower Vav/Hey, Heaven and Earth are united.

World of Atzilut, or Emanation; corresponds to the upper Yud

Realm of Soul; Element is Fire.

The realm of pure infinite being-ness, unlimited possibility or potential; the pregnant void. The Soul is rooted in this world. Associations include Soul; fire, non-dual reality, silence, completion, inclusion, essence, Oneness. This is the transpersonal world, the collective unconscious, and beyond the realm of “my story.”

Questions for the dreamer may ask in this realm: What is the overall, universal teaching about how G-d or Mystery is at work in our world?

World of Beriah, or Creation; corresponds to the upper Hey

Realm of Pure Mind; Element is Air

This is the symbolic world of contemplation and emergence of pure thought and knowing, which is connected to the will to create and creative functioning. Healing in this realm involves claiming innate or native intelligence and harnessing the power of thought and intention, as well as seeing what is, rather than what we wish or think should be. From this realm, “something comes from nothing.”

Associated with mind, air, patterns of meaning, realization of continuity, reality pointed to by poetry and art, wonder, intuition, drams, visualization, prophecy, portal of numinous truth.

Questions for the dreamer may ask in this realm: What is the revelatory aspect of this dream, the AHA!, where the dream points to the “mind-melding” with the Divine, a synthesis of ordinary and divine mind that the unconscious is attempting to bring to awareness.

Yitzirah, or World of Relating/Feeling/Formation; corresponds to Vav

Realm of Affect; Element is Water

In this realm, the raw materials of creation successively manifest as the world of multiplicity unfolds, so this realm addresses unfolding embodiment. Yitzirah is connected to speech and affect, the subjective world of vital feeling. Associations include affect, water, heart, nuance and sensitivity, synchronicities, interdependence and relational issues, awareness of emotional attunement, mortality.

Question the dreamer may ask in this realm: What archetypes, symbols, rhythms, and patterns does the unconscious suggest in the dream.

Assiyah , or World of Doing and Actualization; corresponds to the lower Hey

Realm of the Body; Element is Earth

In this realm, the physical is predominant. Our Essence (Atzilut), Pure Thought and Knowing (Beriah), and Feelings and Expression (Yitzirah) find their expression in the world of embodiment and action, which means working through barriers to actualization and self-realization for the Soul to find expression in this world. Associations include body, earth, objective world, concrete reality, senses and breath; awareness of creation.

Question the dreamer may ask in this realm: What are the tangible elements in the dream that have significance/symbolic meaning.

This comes from a teaching by Rabbi Marcia Prager and was augmented by Estelle Frankel’s work from “Sacred Therapy.” If there are mistakes, they are mine and mind alone.

Blessings, Krayna

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