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Understanding the one will

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What is the One Will and how does it affect our lives? This is an essential question that Kabbalah takes on because it goes to the heart of our relationship with the divine, with Qudsha Brikh Hu, with God the Eternal that is quest each of us has living a holy life.

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Our actions and our thoughts determine the kind of life we experience. Against the backdrop of the One Will all is measured. Consider the One Will to be an idealized form of experience. In Tikkunei Zohar Section 98a it says the following…

“Nevertheless, Qudsha Brikh Hu has shown him everything that happens to him;
if he inclines towards chesed, which is towards merit, or if he inclines towards guilt; and if Qudsha Brikh Hu wished his death, He would not have shown him his two paths, which are: (Proverbs 18:21) Death and life are in the hand of the tongue…”

We have a choice and ultimately we even have the choice of death. It is consciousness that encompasses all of our choices taking into account what we’ve learned and what we choose to unlearn. For example:

The knowledge of good and evil is something we learned however it says that unless we have eaten from the tree of life that this knowledge of good and evil is not complete. What this means is that eating from the tree of life we come to the understanding that all is good and there is no other. Therefore even if we are able to choose good or evil, there really is not a choice at all since we must choose good. We must choose good in order to be true to that archetype of perfection that is the first image.

Gen 1:27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

This is a mirroring of the divine. It is an extension of the divine will the one will that is being placed or rather emanated into a spiritual form. Now everything that comes after is seen through the eyes of this emanated form until we have the second iteration of this form, the formation of Adam still male female in essence.

By definition all is very good as stated here, “Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. {P}

Herein is the cycle of perfection completed. Moving along the second iteration follows:

Gen 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

We all know the story of the garden, the separation of man and woman, Adam and Ahavah, the serpent, the sin, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The interpretation is as follows:

Adam and Ahavah get skins since they figured out they were naked. Naked means that because they did not eat of the tree of life they had no protection against good and evil and as fate would dictate they choose evil from time to time a choice that man has always had. Their covering, their skin became the way they thought about good and evil. However Torah provides us with answers in terms of the way of return to Eden and these answers all have one thing in common and that is the eating of the tree of life.

The tree of life symbolizes the idealized emanation that resides within us. If we take away the skins of opinion, false teachings, cultural norms, etc. we can strive to return to that state of purity. In fact we may indeed act from that state of purity accepting it as our God given birthright.

Therefore when we become naked again but this time unafraid because we have eaten of the tree of life we will be able to live a life of holiness never choosing evil and understanding that there is and always has been only good that we must cling to forever. It is in this way that the One Will may become our template for discovery and higher awareness.

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