In the kabbalah there is an extensive writing on how a human's soul derive from different worlds, Nefesh - Assiyah, Ruach - Yetzira etc.

Then we also have the distinction between the G-dly soul and Animal soul in chassidut.

However, what about a human's individually perceived consciousness? Where does this derive from?

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    – ray
    Sep 10, 2015 at 20:18
  • Just a technical note: distinction between G-dly sould and Animal soul is definitely mentioned by R' Chaim Vital in Shaarey Kedushah, and the Alter Rebbe in the Tanya actually cites it from there. So this distinction does not come from chassidus, but rather from much earlier sources.
    – gt6989b
    Oct 28, 2018 at 13:42

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If I understand what you are calling "individual perceived consciousness" correctly, the answer to your question is found in chapter 39 of the Tanya. The link follows:


Individual perceived consciousness or intellect originates from Olam HaBriah and is a lavush or garment to the soul. The Alter Rebbe provides in that chapter the specific citations in kabbalistic literature addressing the idea.

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