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The 3rd stage - Formation

The next stage is the world of Yetzirah (formation). It is in this world that finite plans are drawn up for actual creation. The predominant Sefirot in this world are the six emotional Sefirot from Chessed to Yesod. They correspond to the letter vov in the name Havaye (vov numerically equals the number 6). This world is where emotional attachment to the project forms and it takes on a momentum of its own. The entire project is no longer merely a concept and concrete steps are being taken to actualize the idea. Here exists the lower Garden of Eden, the abode for souls who merit basking in its Divine Light. This is the realm of the angels called Chayot HaKodesh (lit. “holy beings”). The angels in this world take on names corresponding to the Sefirot. For example, the angel Michael corresponds to the Sefirah of Chessed, Gabriel to Gevurah, and Raphael to Tiferet, etc. When we recite Kedushah in the repetition of the Amidah, we say “Kadosh” (holy) three times. This is a reference to the angels of Beriah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah; all of whom pay homage to G-d in their different ways.
Ezekiel’s prophecy was experienced when he entered the world of Yetzirah through meditative techniques. Since he wished to communicate this experience to his people, he had to use human language to describe metaphysical phenomena. In the world of Yetzirah, he describes the angels there in the form of creatures. Below him were the Ophanim, the angels of the world of Assiyah. The Throne of the world of Beriah was above him. Sitting on the Throne was the form of a man describing the Sefirotic array in the world of Atzilut. Isaiah’s prophecy entered an even deeper state within the world of Beriah, and subsequently, his description is much less detailed.
   
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