Aside from quoting from Ramak’s remarks, Ari offers a more detailed picture of the interrelationship between the *Sephirot* as a result of their “to and fro” movements in his remarks in *Eitz Chaim* 6:15. To simplify matters we’ll use numerical values for the *Sephirot* to illustrate his point, where *Keter* is represented by 1, *Chochma* by 2, etc., and *Malchut* is represented by 10.

He makes the point that in the process *Sephira* 1 first descends to 2 which then returns to 1; 1 then descends to 3 which then returns to 1; 2 then descends to 3 which then returns to 2; 2 descends to 4 which then ascends to 2, etc. And he makes the point that this process occurs “within each and every *Sephira* itself, given that each one is comprised of all ten, as is known”. This obviously presents us with an interplay between the parts that encompasses a smaller, more subtle arc.

And Ari explains the fact that while the *Sephirot* could be assumed to descend rapidly, backward-turning light *Sephirot* would naturally be assumed to move more slowly by likening “forward” (i.e., descending) light to sunlight and “backward” (i.e., ascending) light to reflected-back light which by definition is weaker than the sunlight itself.

We’ll next see what Ramchal saysabout all this.

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