Question: You explained that there are five sources of influence on the Earth, in particular, on the land of Israel. The first source is the root, the thought, the beginning of everything, the quality of the Creator, the force of bestowal.
Next, four types of influence correspond to four phases of the spreading of the light, the creation of the created being. Each of them influences a certain part of the Earth.
The root, which is the beginning of everything, the thought, Keter, influences the part of the Earth that is called Mount Hermon. Hochma influences the Upper Galilee, and so on. What is this Kabbalistic geography?
Answer: Since each upper influence occurs through five phases that are determined in the upper world, our country is also divided into five parts. Then they are divided into twelve parts and so on. It all depends on what aspect of the division we are talking about.
From a geographical point of view, Mount Hermon is Keter, Galilee is Hochma, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is Bina, the Jordan river up to Jerusalem is Zeir Anpin, and below it begins the movement toward Malchut, to the Dead Sea and stretches up to Eilat, to the Red Sea.
Remark: The great Kabbalists Ari and Baal HaSulam also mention countries such as Jordan and Syria.
My Comment: This is a different kind of division, not the Land of Israel, but other lands. Yet, again in the center of the influence of the upper force is the Land of Israel and then next to it Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Babylon, also five parts.
All other countries are divided any way you like, it does not matter.
Question: It is interesting that Kabbalists clearly define these borders even hundreds and thousands of years ago. Does it mean that it is not about countries, but rather about spiritual influence?
Answer: In the spiritual worlds, there is a prototype of these influences that later are reflected in the matter of our world.
Question: Does it mean that a person who is in spirituality can somehow feel where within him Lebanon and Syria are?
Answer: Of course, he absolutely clearly feels different qualities and how to vary and manage them.
Question: Is Hermon from the word “harmony”?
Answer: This is the upper harmony because Keter is the basis of everything that descends to our world.
Question: If a person comes down from Mount Hermon to the Upper Galilee, does he feel that this is Hochma?
Answer: An ordinary person feels nothing except the difference in air pressure. A Kabbalist, however, depending on his or her interaction with our world, can turn this on and off within himself.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/28/19