Above and Below Perfectly Balanced
“All those firmaments, one upon the other, are like skins of an onion. Some below and some above” (Zohar 3:10a).
“As rungs diverge, you discover a pistachio cluster, until they link to their suitable sides” (Zohar 1:177b).
“There is a visionary mirror [Shekhinah] reflecting supernal colors [the upper sefirot], envisioned in that visionary mirror; there is vision within vision, and vision within vision, one above the other, all poised on specific rungs, presiding, called night vision. Through them spread all dreams of the world, these resembling those above” (Zohar 1:196a).
“Who am I? I am a mustard seed in the middle of the sphere of the moon, which itself is a mustard seed within the next sphere. So it is with that sphere and all it contains in relation to the next sphere. So it is with all the spheres – one inside the other – and all of them are a mustard seed within further expanses. And all of these are a mustard seed within further expanses. Your awe is invigorated, the love in your soul expands” (Moses Cordovero, Or Ne’erav 18b-19a, quoted in Daniel Matt, The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, p.22).
“There is nothing – not even the tiniest thing ['from the horns of buffaloes to the eggs of lice' (BT Shabbat 107b)] - that is not fastened to the links of this chain [of being]” (Moses de Leon, Sefer ha-Rimmon, quoted in Daniel Matt, The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, p.26).