Souls

Tikun1Tikun1Tikun1

The soul has five levels, their names are: Nefesh, Rua’h, Neshama, ‘Haya and Ye’hida. The soul is the spiritual entity inside the body, the latter being only its outer garment. Each soul has a precise root and a possibility of acquiring the highest level of this root. All come first with a lower level, and will, if they merit, attain the next higher level.

Nefesh

The first and lower level. It is acquired at birth and before the succeeding levels. It corresponds to the level of the physical world of ‘Asiah and of the feminine configuration Nukva.

Rua’h

The second level and is acquired before the succeeding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of angels – Yetsirah and configuration Zeir Anpin.

Neshama

The third level and can be acquired only after acquiring the level of Nefesh and Rua’h. It corresponds to the level of the world of souls – Beriah and configuration Imah.

‘Haya

The fourth level and can only be acquired after the preceding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of emanation – Atsilut and configuration Abah.

Ye’hida

The fifth and highest level; it is very rarely attained and can only be acquired after the Tikun (rectification) of all the preceding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of emanation – Atsilut and configuration Arikh Anpin.

 

Correspondence between the five levels of souls, four worlds and five configurations

Soul World Configuration
Ye’hida Atsilut Arikh Anpin
Hayah Atsilut Abah
Neshama Beriah Imah
Rua’h Yetsirah Zeir Anpin
Nefesh ‘Asiah Nukva

 

There are many divisions and categories of souls. They differ according to their origin or their level in the higher realms.

Each level of the soul is subdivided in five levels. As for the level of Nefesh, there are Nefesh of Nefesh, Rua’h of Nefesh, Neshama of Nefesh, ‘Haya of Nefesh and Ye’hida of Nefesh.

 

Each level of the soul has its own five levels

Nefesh Rua’h Neshama ‘Haya Ye’hida
Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida
‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya (2)
Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama
Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h
Nefesh (1) Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh

(1) Nefesh of Nefesh is the lowest level for a soul

(2) ‘Haya of Ye’hida is almost the highest

 

Each level of Nefesh subdivides again

Level Nefesh Rua’h Neshama ‘Haya Ye’hida
Nefesh Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida
Nefesh ‘Haya ‘Haya (1) ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya
Nefesh Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama (3)
Nefesh Rua’h (2) Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h
Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh

Each level can again be subdivided, for example:

(1) ‘Haya of Rua’h of Nefesh is a higher level than

(2) Rua’h of Nefesh of Nefesh but lower than

(3) Neshama of Ye’hida of Nefesh

Each soul has its origin in the different worlds and configurations. The quality of the soul will depend on which configuration and from which world it has its root. A soul with a higher origin will be of superior quality and will have a better potential for understanding and approaching nearer to its Creator, on the condition, of course, that it acts accordingly and reaches its potential.