The Emanations of Light

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good. – Genesis 1:1-4

God is. Light is. God is Light. Light is God, externalized in manifestation. Light is the ultimate principle: Principle is the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established.

Law, the framework of Creation, describes the nature of the Light, and how Light differentiates into innumerable living souls. Light is the origin and culmination of all being, which holds the potential for all becoming.

Laws describe the infinite varieties of forms, all made of Light. Laws define the nature of our relationship with our Source, God as the Light, and govern our relationships, vertically with God, and horizontally with humankind.

Where life does not proceed according to the rule of law, the result is without structure or form, void, the destructive chaos of confusion. Life without law is like a body without a skeleton, unable to rise above the muck that nourishes protozoa.

Light is the Godhead, the universal absolute principle, the source of the Emanations. Light pours from the Godhead through the universe as waves or Emanations of Light, which consist of Wisdom, Love and the Logos. Every Emanation is the Three (Wisdom, Love and the Logos) as One Light, named for the aspect predominating.

As the universal framework, absolute principle, operating as Emanations of Light, contains all that is at the Source, to govern, regulate and control the universe through its being and action. Absolute principle is ultimate truth, an unalterable and permanent fact.

The Emanations are the absolute principles of being throughout the universe. Wisdom manifests as omniscient Mind, law, intelligence, knowing, thinking, and planning. Love manifests as omnipresent Substance, faith and every nourishing and sustaining expression. The Logos manifests as omnipotent Power, energy, selflessness, joy, equilibrium and every unifying expression.

"The concept of emanation is that all derived or secondary things proceed or flow from the more primary. . . . Unlike evolution, again, which includes the entire principle of the world, material and spiritual, in the process of development, emanation holds to the immutability of the first principle as to both quality and quantity, and also in the tendency of the development evolution implying one which goes from less to more perfect, while emanation involves a series of descending stages.

"In Greek philosophy emanations (aporrhoiai) occur at an early period, as in Empedocles, who accounts for sensual perceptions as emanations or effluxes proceeding from the objects perceived. Similarly Democritus spoke of effluxes of atoms from the thing perceived, by which images (eidola) are produced, which strike our senses. . . . The first real mention of the doctrine in Greek or Hellenistic philosophy is in the Wisdom of Solomon, where wisdom is described as "the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence (aporrhoia) flowing from the glory of the Almighty.

"The doctrine of emanation . . . in the Neoplatonist system, the highest principle, the One, overflows without a conscious act, merely by a law of its nature, losing nothing of its fullness and this process has no end in time. It goes from more perfect to less perfect, and the ineffable Unity is the source of all plurality. The Nous (Intellect), the first stage in the process, thinks, and thus from it emanate the soul and the Logos (Word). So the process goes on until the lowest stage is reached in essenceless matter. The notion of emanation was frequently used by the early Christian writers in the attempt to express the relation of the Son and the Holy Spirit to the Father . . . In the final establishment of the Trinitarian doctrine the idea of emanation undoubtedly played a part, as in the emphasis laid upon the Son's being "begotten, not made" (Nicene Creed), and the "procession" of the Holy Ghost; but the idea of descent to imperfection is lacking." – "Emanation," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

As it relates to Jewish mysticism, specifically to the Kabbalists, emanation is "the doctrine that all existing things have been produced not by any creative power, but as successive outflowings from the Godhead, so that all finite creatures are part and parcel of the Divine Being. This pantheistic doctrine, which was the basis of many Oriental religions and was professed by the Gnostics, attained its highest development in the Alexandrian Neoplatonic schools. By it the Neoplatonists endeavored to surmount the threefold difficulties involved in the idea of creation: (1) the act of creation involves the assumption of a change in the unchangeable being of God; (2) it is incomprehensible that the absolutely infinite and perfect could have produced imperfect and finite beings; (3) "creatio ex nihilo" is unimaginable. Avicenna introduced the doctrine of emanation into Arabic philosophy, and Jewish thinkers of the eleventh century, of whom the most authoritative representative was Ibn Gabirol, made it the basis of their speculations." – Kaufmann and Broydé, The Jewish Encyclopedia

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:1-5.

Wisdom: Wisdom is the first Emanation, the Light of illumination. Wisdom operates as omniscience, all-knowing Mind and cosmic consciousness.
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Love: Love is the second Emanation, nourishing and sustaining as the Substance of which everything is created. Love, operating as omnipresence, is the cohesive power of attraction throughout the universes.
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The Logos: The Logos is the third Emanation, the first spoken Word of "Let there be Light!" It is the omnipotent opening rate of vibration, moving forth as Power, conditioning Substance to form the universes.
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Absolute Principle: Absolute principles are ultimate truths, unalterable and permanent facts, the universal realities of the Godhead. The Emanations of Light are ultimate principles, the absolute principles of being.
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Etymology of emanation: Late Latin emanationem (nom. emanatio), from Latin emanare "flow out, arise, proceed," from ex‑ "out" + manare "to flow."


Anonymous. "Emanation," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002; April 13, 2001 [accessed February 24, 2017].

Kohler, Kaufmann and Isaac Broydé. "Emanation," The Jewish Encyclopedia, 12 volumes, 1906; [accessed January 1, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Recommended Reading

Encyclopedia Judaica, "Emanation" in Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah.

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