The Zohar, Chapter “Yitro (Jethro),” Item 190: This is an angry man, but not quickly. He detains his state of rest, pretends to be wise when he is not, and always raises his head to look. Outside, he is quarrelsome, but in his home, he is not. He does not regard the Torah, to observe it. People’s words are a burden to him and he responds to them vigorously.
The Zohar talks about the person in us, who is constantly being revealed. There are 125 layers inside of our common desire to enjoy, and each of them contains its own inner layers or states. And each time, inside the new desire a new layer of qualities becomes revealed—a new image of a person in me, the image of my equivalence to the Creator, the image of the Creator inside of me, the image of my similarity and oppositeness to the Creator.
The entire combination of the inner and outer qualities that are present in the Rosh (head), Toch (body), Sof (the endings of the Partzuf of the soul), Kelim (desires) which can be used, and desires which cannot be used for now since there is no screen over them, as well as desires that cannot be used until the full correction, called “Lev HaEven” (the Stony Heart)—the entire aggregate of these desires is called the human in us.
Each and every time, at every moment of my path as I advance toward the state of the perfect human, I reveal the image of the human in me. How can I recognize what kind of person has become revealed in me now and who am I at this moment according to the inner the outer signs that I discover within myself?
By all the various special characteristics that I reveal in the Sefirot of Rosh, Toch, and Sof of the Partzuf of my soul, I can tell which image is now inherent in me. It’s as if I read about myself in my identity card that has a detailed description of my features.
From here I understand who I am and what I am. I get to know myself, meaning my qualities, which of them work for the sake of bestowal, which work against it, which are still egoistic, how much I have restricted them, how much are they in Klipa, and to what extent they are subject to corrections.
All of this is the image of a person and there is nothing besides him. This image incorporates everything.
Therefore, while reading this chapter in The Book of Zohar, we must constantly think about our spiritual states as if stills of a film strip are unraveling before me, continuously revealing a new image of the person in me until all of these images gather together and I attain a single state. However, all of the previous images are also saved. Then, based on all the sins and transgressions, I attain the true, perfect image—the Human who is similar to the Creator.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/16/11, The Zohar