The Tikkun Process (3)

At this point, though, those conjoined units didn’t have influence upon lower Partzufim. That only came about once the center-spoke of the balance-scale came into play as well, aside from the left and right spokes. It enabled them to combine and to influence the lower Partzufim.

Nonetheless, everything was governed by mutual agreement and cooperation as a consequence of the Tikkun, rather than by one Partzuf or Sephira alone shining as had been the case beforehand.

Because this new order epitomized order and agreement — as well as reciprocal relationships — rather than the autonomous and sovereign stance that held sway over the various parts before, the parts were now said to be bound to one another like a, “father”, i.e. Abbah, “mother” i.e., Imma, “son”, i.e., Zeir Anpin, and “daughter”, i.e., Nukveh, thus illustrating those sorts of familial, vertical and horizontal reciprocal relationships.

As such, the great innovation of the Tikkun process was the instigation of the Partzuf system [1], thanks to which there are fuller, more mature phenomenon than isolated Sephirot interplaying in the universe. In fact, one almost has the impression of the earlier layout as an example of the interaction of kids walking down a hall single file, full of themselves, and self-important, who then mature into full-fledged family members who cooperate and interact healthily and selflessly.

Note:

[1] See Petach 70.

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2 responses to “The Tikkun Process (3)

  1. I got (more) lost getting from the last paragraph of the prior installment to the first paragraph of this one. Didn’t the prior shiur say that these “units” are of cojoined partzufim? (“Instead, they faced one another, and they, i.e., all the Partzufim, became bound to one another and assumed a horizontal relationship.) How can an entity not influence its own component?

    • Very good point! First off, as a result, I erased “all the Partzufim” (from the previous entry in the non-bold print, which was a mistaken interpolation). Secondly, it was the higher Partzufim that didn’t yet have influence over the lower ones until later.

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