My Answer: I cannot find anything on my own; I only have to try to do it. The attempts I make will attract Light upon me that will change me. But it will only happen if I try to find these qualities inside me.
I have to search for the qualities described in The Zohar, such as oil, wine, Cohen (priest), Levi, Israel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many others so that the picture will come through as if emerging from a fog. It’s enough to desire to reveal the spiritual world, similar to how a child does in this world. Even if we don’t act for the sake of bestowal yet and are not connected to others, we will still begin to feel change happening inside us.
I receive reactions like this from dozens of people all over the world. Some of them are in direct, live contact with us, some are connected through the Internet, while others have no technical connection to us at all. They include beginners as well as students who have been with us for years. Some of them attend all our Congresses, while others have never even met us. Either way, The Zohar causes changes in everyone. We only have to continue studying and keep trying to imagine ourselves, all the others, and the whole book inside of us. If we see all of our changes and all of reality inside of our inner world, then we will succeed. Our breakthrough will be called a miracle.
After that we will perceive all the other articles by Baal HaSulam in the same way, since he does not write any differently. And then we will understand that all people act no different than Kabbalists since they, too, carry out Nature’s orders. You will suddenly see the hand of the Creator in any event happening in the world, and will then understand that “there is none else besides Him” – there is not a place in all of existence that is not filled by Him. Your whole world will turn into an open Book of Zohar.
You won’t just imagine everything happening inside you during the lesson, but will also perceive your entire life and every situation in the same way at all times. And this won’t interfere with your mundane, day to day attitude to life; you will not get confused between the two approaches. In fact, other people won’t even understand that you perceive reality any differently because all of your inner perception will still remain inside of you; it won’t be revealed to the outside world.
Therefore, the only way to check your progress is by whether it is easier for you to imagine the whole world as being inside you. However, in your regular life, you will still remain a completely ordinary person.