Severity to Mildness
The Principle of Polarity is clearly stated in The Kybalion:
“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like
and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree;
extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
So the Great Secret in Qabalah is the true equilibrium between Mercy and Severity. Perpetual imbalance is not possible. There must be that balance in all true creation. Therefore it follows that the Great Secret of the Tree of Life is the Middle Pillar. And again, the Great Secret of the Middle Pillar is Tiphareth, in the exact center between Kether and Malkuth. Tiphareth is the Great Reconciler; in the Universe, in Qabalah, in the Tree of Life, and in us.
So for us, traveling up into the Path of the Middle Pillar of Mildness, the purpose is the unification of the influences descending from both Pillars of Severity and Mercy, the manifestation of which is designed by the Creator Himself to be performed in a physical body in a very physical world. From the Kabbala Denudata: The Book of Concealed Mystery it is stated:
“Father and Mother are perpetually conjoined in Yesod, the Foundation,
but concealed under the mystery of Da’ath, or Knowledge.”1
This means that the powers of Chokmah and Binah are combined in Yesod. The two Pillars are also combined in Tiphareth and Malkuth. In this central Pillar of Mildness there is a balance, conjunction and equilibrium of all human consciousness traits outlined within the hidden prose of Genesis, Chapters 4 and 5. However, they are “but concealed under the mystery of Da’ath, or Knowledge.” The word, דצת, Da’ath (474), is defined in The Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature as: ‘knowledge, mind; temperament, constitution’.
The sphere Da’ath is not an actual sphere on the Tree. It is suggested on some versions of the Tree as a dashed spherical outline in the Pillar of Mildness posited between Kether and Tiphareth at the intersecting point of paths Gimel and Daleth. This position suggests that those who have gained experience, awareness and knowledge of both sides of the Tree are able to perceive, understand and apply some measure of harmony to all elements of Life. It is possible to receive a sufficient degree of perception and understanding of these combined elements at the levels of Yesod and Malkuth through efforts in the study of Qabalah, and meditation. The work with ‘correction’ will bring us eventually to Da’ath.
It is not our purpose to avoid all those inherent aspects of ourselves as described in Adam thru Cain – Genealogy I. In actuality we simply cannot. They are too deeply ingrained personally due to the saturation of these qualities in the mass consciousness. Nor can we merely pick up all those qualities described in Adam thru Seth – Genealogy II. On the whole they are beyond our present grasp. It is the purpose to blend all those qualities gradually into our self- and sub-consciousness with concerted study, meditation and silent, inner prayer (beseeching). The blending of these two modes of our personal consciousness is performed solely by the Christ Consciousness in Tiphareth being a reciprocal response to our concerted and persevering desires.
1 Kabbalah Denudata: Book of Concealed Mystery by S.L. MacGregor Mathers; London: George Redway, 1887; Chapter I, Para. 38, pg. 59. Can be found on the Internet.