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The Standard Model of Physics is just an array of all known fundamental particles and forces, with a slight hierarchical arrangement, called generations of matter, based upon energy levels, while the Sephirot, or Tree of Life, is explicitly hierarchical with energies increasing with increasing closeness to the Absolute.

The following diagrams show the Standard Model of Physics and the Standard Model of the Kabbalah side by side. The Standard Model in physics refers to the grid of quarks, leptons, and bosons.  All matter is combinations of these.  The first three columns correspond to all matter.  The first column is matter as we observe it at normal energies.  Combinations of quarks give rise to protons and neutrons, and with the addition of electrons and neutrinos, comprise all the "particles" of matter that make up our everyday world of atoms, molecules, and us.  The next two columns describe matter at progressively higher energies, often only observed with massive high-energy colliders.  The last column corresponds to light and all forces, except gravity, which enables all these particles to hold together and allow us to see and feel them.   

The Kabbalah, on the other hand, is explicitly hierarchical, and shows the emanation of reality descending in real-time from the unknowable Absolute on top, to God the Father, God the Mother (Holy Spirit) and God the Son, down to the world of appearances, namely, our observables, at the bottom.

Note that the Standard Model of Physics is radically reductionist, showing that fundamental reality is in the smallest particles, and the world is created as emergent properties from this source.  This is known to scientists as "weak emergence", and is considered a reasonable, but so far unexplainable, model, especially with respect to life itself.  The Model of the Kabbalah is the reverse, and shows the world is an emanation of God, the emergent properties from God creating the world from the Source down.  This is known to scientists as "strong emergence", and is not well respected because it is too much like "magic", and physicists do not like anything that smacks of metaphysics.  Strong emergence seems to be a better candidate for the creation of anything.  Art, music, architecture, and all works of engineering start from a strong idea, and manifest under the guidance of some plan.  Bird nests, beaver dams, spider webs, and countless other examples in the real world point to strong emergence.  The idea that properties are somehow emergent from the accumulation of smaller parts strikes me as not only magic, but creepily black magic.

           The Standard Model of PhysicsThe Sephirot of the Kabbalah


This diagram represents one of the possible results of mapping the Standard Model of Physics onto the Sephirot.  This shows that protons, neutrons & electrons, all matter, the Holy Spirit which permeates and fills all things, corresponds to God the Mother on the left pillar, the pillar of Earth, or Boaz.  Light and energy, all forces, corresponds to God the Father on the right pillar, the pillar of Heaven, or Jachin.  Mind is represented by the Middle Pillar, manifesting as God the Son, recognized by all mystery schools and religions as the sacrificial representative of God on earth, acted out in the theater of life and ritual as Hiram Abiff and each candidate, who is always placed exactly between the two pillars upon entering the lodge. It is ironic that the Standard Model of Physics, which purports to be the total understanding of Reality, ignores the entire existence of life.


God the Father, G(F), manifests as Light and Force.  The proper speed of Light is infinite.  At this speed, time slows to a stop, so God the Father's clock never moves.  This means that God the Father is everywhere at once, and everything that happens, happens now, from His viewpoint.  All the changes in the world, including our free-will choices, are obviously seen by Him, but this does not necessarily mean that He controls or even influences them.  The aspect of Force, modeled by bosons, holds all the "particles" of "matter" together.  If God the Father disappeared, the world would be instantly plunged into darkness, and the bonds that hold all fundamental particles together would break.  

God the Mother, G(M), manifests as Matter and Charge.  Matter is modeled as different arrangements of Fermions (Quarks and Leptons).  In our local universe (at our levels of energy), the first generation of Matter is manifested, and called by us protons (2 up quarks and 1 down quark), neutrons (1 up quark and 2 down quarks), neutrinos, and electrons.  At higher energies, other "particles" appear, perhaps related to higher dimensions of God as reported by gnostics and theological hierarchies, such as the Kabbalah.  But in this study, we are concerned with the local universe as experienced by us, at our energies, our matter, our time, our gravity.  If God the Mother disappeared, all matter would instantly disappear.  

Acting together, we have a description of the Standard Model meaningful to theologians as well as physicists.  God the Mother provides all matter.  God the Father provides the energy that holds matter together, and fills Her with Light.  Truly, a marriage made in heaven.  The Standard Model of physics maps so readily onto the Kabbalah because of its clean separation between the roots of matter (God the Mater, or Mother) and the source of Force and Light (God the Father).   

Because physics and theology are both attempts to explain the nature of the universe, and are therefore describing the same phenomena, it is inevitable that they are compatible views.

 
   
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