In order not to clutter the Spiritual Quotes thread with extended comment—
You wrote: The abstract ideas have a unique existence, and from this existence springs the power that formulates the flows of energy. The individual is aware of this fact as soon as he becomes an advanced student of the immortal game.
“Power is the only fact!”*
, the all-without-another, is yam koach
, sea of power. From which, in which and of which all emanations emanate, all currents flow, all manifestations manifest. “It is they and they are It.”
The sea moves: currents and streams and swirling forms. Of this, too, consciousness is. Outside of It, nothing is—including any kind of nothingness that could be thought of as if it were really a strange kind of something. Nothing moves that sea; it moves of itself. That is all.
[From the perspective of t’shuva
, return: “All rivers flow to the sea, but the sea is not filled.”]
Keter is the first emanation, the first urge/surge of expression. Hence it is called ehyeh asher ehyeh
: “I will be whatever I will be.” (Or: “I am that I am.” Or: “I will be as I become.” ) Keter is not static: within that first emanation is emanation, surge: ehyeh => asher => ehyeh.
“A spark of impenetrable darkness flashed within the concealed of the concealed…” (The Zohar
, Pritzker Edition, translation and commentary by Daniel Matt.) This spark is the “impulse of emanation” (Matt, commentary) “flashing through keter.” This impulse is called zohar
“Deep within the spark gushed a flow, splaying colors [which become sephirotic vibrations] below, concealed within the concealed of the mystery of Ein Sof
“It split and did not split its aura [a negation indicating incomprehensibility, only hinted at poetically] was not known at all, until under the impact of splitting, a single, concealed, supernal point shone. Beyond that point, nothing is known, so it is called Reisheet
, Beginning…” (ibid)
This is hochmah
. (It is also called YHVH.) According to the Bahir
: “The word ‘beginning’ (reisheet) is nothing other than Wisdom. It is thus written (Psalm 111:10), ‘The beginning is Wisdom,** the awe of G-d.’ (Bahir
, trans. Aryeh Kaplan; however, I have retranslated yirat
as “awe” )
And: “YHVH created me the beginning of his Way (reisheet darku
), the first of his acts long ago.” (Proverbs 8:22) In the Midrash, R. Joshua holds that “way” (derek
) refers to Torah.**
Hochmah is the beginning of Torah/logos and the wellspring of the emanation of et ha-shamayim v’et ha-aretz
. But, since hochmah is also called YHVH, the symbolic loop is contained. (It is the rivers of the sea that flow “to” the sea.)
“The enlightened will shine like the zohar
of the sky…” (Daniel 12:13)
* Henry II in The Lion in Winter
(I, however, am lifting it to something other than a socio-political statement—in response to your quote above.)
** From The Classical Midrash
, translated by Reuven Hammer, Paulist Press, 1995. For fun, see: http://www.redhotpawn.com/board/showthread.php?threadid=38147.