It is an accepted idea within the kabbalistic literature that Divine power resides within the top or upper portion of the Tree, the Sefirot. That Ein Sof or Keter or both are the source of the Divine power. Whereas, at the bottom of the Sefirot, Malkuth, is considered merely the passive receptacle of all this power from above. That Malkuth contributes nothing to the Divine potency and power.
What utter nonsense. What a bunch of masculine ego-tripping.
Consider some simple biological facts.
The male is passive in the sexual creative system of biology. The male passes its seed onto the female. Some males just shoot that seed in a mere matter of moments, seconds even. That is considered some grand act of creation and creative activity. Ask any women and she’ll tell you what a disappointment that is, and what many men are when it comes to sexual relations.
Women, on the other hand, go through labor. The very word should have told any thinking person that this is describing the real creative and biological activity and processes. The women is the true active creative and biological being. It is within and by the nature of the female that creation and creative work is done.
The idea that Yin/feminine is passive while Yang/masculine is active is in actuality utterly wrong and backward. Yin/feminine is the active creative power while Yang/masculine is the passive receptacle of the passive seed in all that biological processes.
Males have gotten it all egotistically muddled up for centuries. In their masculine arrogance, they lay claim to power whereas they have the power by means of stealing it, controlling it in the social realm by acts of domination and coercion. In the symbolic world of the Kabballah, once you look at the actual mythic tales of creation in Zohar and in the presentation of ARI, the truth is plain to see.
According to Zohar the verse concerning the eight kings of Edom Genesis/Bereshit 36:31+
In this case, the mystics read this not as a account of an ancestral branch off from the tree of Israel, but as a cosmic revelation, a allegoric telling of what preceded creation (Zohar III: 128a; 135a-b; Sefer ha-Gilgulim 15). The hermeneutic key is the phrase, "...who reigned....before any king reigned over the Israelites." The "king" here is taken to refer to the God of Israel. Prior to this creation, then, there were forces that disrupted God's effective rule of the earlier worlds. The references to the 'death' of each king refer to God's undoing of these worlds. What was the fundamental flaw in these primordial worlds? They were dominated by edom, "red [blood]." This means these worlds were too filled with strict judgment and lacked the balancing [matkela, in the language of the Zohar] quality of mercy in sufficient proportions for the cosmos to endure” [Scholem, Kabbalah, pp. 116-117; On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism, p. p. 112. Also see Elior, "The Doctrine of Transmigration in Galya Raza," pp. 248-249.]. Some interpret this overweening judgment as the meaning of the "darkness" that existed before the light of creation (Galya Raza MS II, 102b).
To correct for past mistakes, God ensured this world would continue by introducing Abraham, who embodies loving mercy (hesed), only then followed by Isaac, who personifies justice (din), as does his first son Esau, who was born 'red' (Gen. 25:24), but finally harmonizes the two forces with Jacob, the ish tam ("perfect man" - Gen. 25: 27), which is why, the kabbalists reason, the earlier failed worlds get recounted in the midst of his saga. [source: http://ejmmm2007.blogspot.com/2008/12/first-edom-then-eden-primordial-kings.html]
The idea is that prior to this cosmos that we live in, there were other worlds/universes that were created and found wanting and thus destroyed. Until this world/universe that we inhabit came to be. However, as ARI explains this world is the universe where the spheres shattered and creation was deeply flawed. This cosmos is in need of Tikkun Olam – healing, repair, and restoration. There is a need to restore the cosmos back to harmonious balance. Now, this can only be done by human action. The flawed creation performed by the Divine meant that it was powerless and trapped. It could do nothing to fix the mess it made. Only we humans have the power of Tikkun.
This to me means that all the Divine power lies not in the upper realms of the Sefirot, including none residing any longer in Ein Sof as well, but in the last and finally sefirah - it all lies in Malkuth. It is only within the realm of Malkuth where we reside that humanity has the power if it can properly act to transform all of creation, including the Divine itself, by its acts of Tikkun.
Garshom Yaron aka Gary Jaron has been exploring the Occult Qabalah and the Rabbinic Kabbalah since he was a teen.