Question: I still don’t understand how the “miraculous force” of the Kabbalistic books works. When I am treated by a physician, I can actually measure how it improved my condition: I can measure my temperature and demonstrate to everybody that the fever is gone. Why can’t we demonstrate how the surrounding Light works and dispel any doubts?
Answer: If I ran after the upper Light with my egoistic desire, in the end, I wouldn’t be able to gain more than a tiny spark, the “thin candle” (Ner Dakik) that fills us with the life force. We cannot invert our nature directly. How could it be otherwise if all I think about is how to receive and am unable to think about how to bestow, if all my life is aimed at how to consume, gain, and calculate what is best solely for me in every situation?! I can see nothing else!
Next to me, there is a spiritual world, but I don’t see it since I feel only what I am able to receive for my own pleasure. And what I cannot use to enjoy, I can’t see or notice! My sensory organs simply don’t perceive that bestowal also brings enjoyment because they see only how I may gain pleasure from receiving. That is how I am made.
I am placed in front of a filter that filters only one way: If some kind of pleasure is passing through it to me, I am willing to accept it. But if it remains on the other side and doesn’t enter me, I am not willing to step out of myself and experience it outside.
But isn’t this method of correction logical? You draw that very Light which created you so that it may also transform you. What is illogical in it? Is it that you are unable to see this Light with your own eyes? You certainly can’t use them to do so.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/23/2011, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”