THE WORLD OF BERIAH (CREATION)
(Last updated 7/27/01)
The world of Beriah (Creation) comes forth from the changeless world of Azilut. With this beginning of Creation, comes the first true separation from the purely Divine. With this separation from the perfectly Divine world of Azilut, many concepts come into existence such as; dissimilarity, day and night, past and future, male and female, and with these the concepts of time, imperfection, imbalance and change -- and thus, evil.
Beriah is considered "Heaven" proper. Thus, the Malkhut of Beriah, is "the Kingdom of Heaven." The Hebrew term for "heaven" is Shamaim, which is plural. This plurality is reflected in the idea of the "seven heavens" within Beriah. Shamaim is also a combination of the root words for fire and water. Beriah lies between the "fire" of Azilut above, and the "water" of Yezirah below.
As Azilut is a World of pure consciousness; Beriah symbolizes the Spiritual World apart from God, and includes the elements of time and space. With the emergence of this world of separation we begin to deal with material which is to be found in the Bible. Where Genesis 1:1 states, "In the beginning ...", this implies both separation and time and the world of Beriah/Creation. The Name of God used in the Hebrew text with regard to creation, is "Elohim," which is a plural form.
Beriah/Creation contains the essential nature of all those things which are to come into being. It is also the location of the Divine Throne, Archangels and various spirits involved in implementing the Will of God. (This is the "third Heaven" mentioned by Paul in his Corinthian epistle.) Beriah is also called "the World of Separate Intelligence," as it is a world of essences, principles and ideas. As it is "heaven," it is associated with the color blue.
Associated with the Sephirah of Keter within Beriah is Metatron, the head of creation, through whom all three lower worlds (Beriah, Yezirah, Asiyyah), were made. Metatron, as previously mentioned, bears such a close resemblance to the image of God, that he is called the "Lesser YHWH."
This is reflected in the book of Hebrews, which states that Yeshua made these world and is in the image of God:
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