HIGHER and LOWER SPHERES or WORLDSOF EXISTANCE
from the ZOHAR
SAID Rabbi Abbi: "The higher or celestial world with itsaccompanying spheres, though invisible to mortal sight, hasits reflection and analogue, namely, the lower world with itscircumambient spheres, according to the saying, 'As above,so below.' The works of the Holy One in the celestial worldare the type of those in the terrestrial world. The meaning of the words,45a Brashith, bara Alhim is this: brasahith, i.e., thecelestial world, gave rise or origin to
, the visibledivine name that then first became known. Thus
wasassociated with the creation of the world, as
wasconnected with the creation of the celestial or invisibleworld, that being the type, thus the antetype, or in otherwords, one was the reflection and analogue of the other, andtherefore it is written,
'Ath hashamayim, veath ha-aretzs'
(the heavens and the earth).
The heaven on highproduced and gave rise to the earth below."
It is written, "And the earth was without form and void"(Tohu va Bohu). The signification of these words has alreadybeen given.
The word aretzs here refers to the earth inits primal state when void of light
. By the word "was,"scripture teaches that it existed at its creation in a state of chaos and confusion. It is also said "and darkness," whichwas the deprivation of the light emanating from theantetypal world, owing to the matter of the earth becomingcondensed and thus less receptive of its reflection.
These words, Tohu, Bohu and darkness, together