"As an archetypal idea emerges from the non-dual consciousness of The ONE [Atziluth], it passes to the Spiritual plane [Beriah] where the archangels empower it with cosmic force. Then it is mirrored down into the Astral plane [Yetzirah] where the angels multiply it into many forms. And finally, these forms become physical [Assiyah] — are born, endure and finally pass back into the Astral Light in due season. Everything that exists upon the physical level was first conceived in the Divine Mind, then was given spiritual force (an energy-pattern) that becomes an astral form, and is finally embodied. Creation flows from the inner planes into the physical. Because everything originates in the mind of God, it is eternal in essence — but not in appearance.
The reason we suffer is because we confuse the results with the causes. We confuse the outer garment with That which wears it. We think that the ‘unreal’ is the Real. But those people who have extended their consciousness — through meditation, astral projection, or ceremonial exaltation — come to the first-hand knowledge that, in essence, we are immortals at play in time and space, we are manifestations of Eternity. “