We are talking here about the forms and degrees of similarity to the Creator. At any level, a Partzuf is always called “Adam.” Inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels also represent various forms of Adam. There’s nothing at all that’s not a part of the state named Adam except the authentic amorphous matter of the desire. The three prior levels (animate, vegetative and animate) serve as a way of advancement to the speaking (human) level. Ultimately, these levels are the ones that give “shape” to the human level.
The matter of the universe, the Earth’s material flora and fauna altogether constitute a pyramid; at the top of the pyramid is man. So, they all are included in Man, therefore they ascend and descend together with man.
When we perceive reality correctly, it becomes obvious that the entire material of creation is a part of man. There’s nothing outside us; even cosmic objects are only another form of our desire to receive.
From this we see that the desire to receive has no boundaries. A myriad of stars, gigantic nebulae, everything is inside us, in our perception. To the extent of our growth, we discern in the depths of our desire to receive and find a elementary particles and the whole galaxy. There is nothing new under the sun; everything has already been created, but while we are still “on earth”, meaning in the desire to receive, we keep revealing new details of this marvelous picture.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/2/12, Preface to The Book of Zohar