Today, I’m going to take a small step back and share with you a very short story I’ve written to describe the Qabalistic Tree of Life to someone brand-new to the subject.
I wrote this story as a quick “crash course on Qabala” to include in my Genderqueer Tree of Life workshop in 2018.
This story describes a journey down the “lightning flash,” through the spheres in order from 1 through 10, from Kether to Malkuth, which is the process by which things come into manifestation.
Once upon a time, before there was time, there was nothing but potential. That potential was contained into one, impossibly small, bright dot.
Then something happened, and the dot began to expand. And for awhile, that was all it did and all it could do, rush out in every direction, limitless and excited to move.
But energy without direction can’t do anything, and so that energy began to take shape. With shape, all things became possible, including beginnings and endings.
Time began, and with it, the concept of creation, and Life.
But as my mother said, you can’t have everything; where would to put it all? The universe couldn’t just create life and things endlessly. It needed the concept of breaking down, it needed a metabolism to digest itself, to remove and recycle excesses, and with that concept came the potential for balance. The universe realized that all things could not be all at once in every way. Each thing needed limits and to sacrifice potential in order to evolve into its own unique purpose.
And seeing its potential for all these unique things, the universe fell deeply, completely, wildly, passionately in love with itself, and in that love it started to truly see all the possibilities and to give them all names, so that they could live together and celebrate their differences and similarities, first in the land of imagination, and then finally to be born into existence on this plane, in all its splendor, where they could live, die, create, destroy, find balance, love, study, imagine, and be.-Major Arqueerna, 2018
How would you describe the Tree of Life to someone who is brand-new to it? Tell me in the comments.