Question: People who are new to Kabbalah are taken aback by the word “Light” and associate it with something mysterious.
Answer: The Upper Light is a vital force that animates us like the sunlight on which our lives and health depend. That’s why the Upper Force is also called the “Light.” As sunlight “animates” our material life, so the Upper Light conveys spirituality to us.
The entire system that operates in this world (the earth, the sun, and the moon) corresponds to work of the World of Atzilut where all influences originate and where the Light of Hochma (Wisdom) clothes in the Light of Bina and descends to our souls. This is the reason why spiritual objects are given these names, in accordance with the “language of branches.”
The Upper Light, like sunlight, brings us life. But in this world, we are not surrounded by the real Light. Rather, we are enveloped only by the light that animates our “protein matter,” maintains our metabolism, and thus allows us to stay alive for approximately 70 years.
We strive to receive the real Light of life that illuminates our souls and is able to grant us eternal, perfectly fulfilled life. The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method of attracting and receiving that Light by a person. When a person receives the Light, it means that he has attained the wisdom of Kabbalah which makes those who are empowered by it “alive.”
Our life stems out of the Light of Hochma. The Light of Hassadim (Mercy) represents correction, but everybody in this world is eager to be fulfilled by the Light of Hochma. That is why the science of Kabbalah bears a name of “wisdom of receiving” since it teaches us how to receive the Light of Hochma.
It is prohibited to receive the Light of Hochma directly, but only within the Light of Hassadim. That is why we study how to dress the Light of Hochma into the Light of Hassadim and eventually obtain the whole Light.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/18/20, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”