In Hebrew, the letters which make up words represent base archetypes of the composite reality they create.
This is best expressed by analyzing the Hebrew words "Oil","soul" and "8".
If one doesn't yet perceive the archetypal relationship between these 3 concepts, let me explain.
נשמה , NeShaMaH means soul. This level of soul, as explained by Kabbalah, refers to the self conscious mind.
השמנ , HaSheMeN means oil.
שמנה SheMoNaH means 8
Each of these words are made up of the 4 same letters, and as will be explained, they refer to the same archetypal reality.
8, as explained in metaphysics, corresponds to the world of the mother. It is the womb in which the 7 gestate. 8 is the transcendent number. Thus, in
Judaism, a baby boy is circumcised on the 8th day to symbolize his being consecrated to God - to his spiritual purpose. 7 is this physical world,
while 8 is the transcendent.
In a similar sense, oil in water floats at the top. It transcends the world of water. Water would be an expression of the limited, physical realm, and
the number 7, while oil would be the spiritual realm. It expresses the same archetypal energy of the number 8.
Neshama, Self consciousness, corresponds to the 8th kabbalistic sphere, Binah. Self consciousness is 'outside' the world of the body - the physical.
It overlooks the body in the same way that oil rides atop water, or 8 above 7...
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