The Emanation of Creation (or just Emanation for short) is the Judaic term for the The Unfolding of Physical Creation from source Consciousness through to the physical world. In Judaism the emanation of physical creation runs from Kether to Malkuth.

Syncretic Terms

Unfolding of Creation > Emanation, The Upbuilding

Related Terms

Emanation > Divine Flow, Magick, Undifferentiated Consciousness


The Tree of Life

There is a visual representation of this multilevel process of emanation in the Jewish Cabbala known as the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is an ancient representation of how creation emanates from the mind of God (Sharp, BOLIFE).

In the Cabballa, creation is represented as a staged emanation process. In this staged process of creation, intent passes through four “levels” on its way to the manifestation of the life-filled universe you see around you now. In Jewish Cabbala, the stages are named Kether (pure Consciousness) Tiphareth, Yesod, and finally Malkuth (physical universe).

स्वयम्भू (svayambhU) means self-existing or self-created. A self-created emanation of

ब्रह्माण्ड:अंशुपातन स्वयम्भू अस्ति भ्रमस्य

bhramana aMzupAtana svayambhU asti

The cosmos is an emanating self-creation of Bhrama --

Compare with saMskRti (संसृति) which emphasizes the passage through several states of existence/the course of mundane existence.

"The theory of Emanation supposes the Universe to descend in successive, widening circles of being from the supreme."[1]

"Whatever has come out of the recesses of nothingness Consider the first row as the row of angels." [2]

"The theory of Emanation is compared to a pyramid which extends from a point on the top downwards to the base in expanding gradiations. The symbol of Immanence is a point in the center, which expands all round towards the sphere." [3]

Zoroaster suggested that creation occurred as a consequence of thought. "You, 0 Mazda, created for us in the beginning by your thought material objects and consciences ... " ( Y. 3I.II)."

Further Reading



  1. Ali Shah Ikbal, Islamic Sufism (Tractus Books, 2000). p. 127.
  2. Mulla Jami quote in Ali Shah Ikbal, Islamic Sufism (Tractus Books, 2000. p. 128
  3. Mulla Jami quote in Ali Shah Ikbal, Islamic Sufism (Tractus Books, 2000. p. 128