Kabbalah derives all its definitions from the original creation, the will to receive pleasure, which stands against the Light and has to become identical to it. This is why we should evaluate our desire only in relation to the Light and not to our current experiences.
Man has arranged an entire system of criteria of good and evil, good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant, which he employs. And now you are reading a Kabbalistic text which implies something totally different, but you don’t wish to penetrate its real meaning. You wish to twist it so that it serves your ego.
We are reading Kabbalists’ writings and think that we can understand them using our present perception, as it suits the current definitions of “good” and “evil,” “bestowal” and “reception”, “top” and “bottom,” “corruption” and “correction.” But in truth, we know absolutely nothing of their true meaning.
The book says “this world,” and I think that it means the world I presently live in. But wait, first you have to “clothe” into the author and read with his eyes! For instance, in the book Beit Shaar HaKavanot (The Gatehouse of Intentions), Baal HaSulam writes: “And the seven heavens that we see in this world…” Where have you seen seven heavens here?
In other words, we need to understand that it discusses spiritual meanings opposite to our current understanding. And until we enter the spiritual world, we won’t understand them; nonetheless, we must strive to become more familiar with them in some way.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/23/10, “Peace in the World”