Question: Why is the ascent to the first level and the entry into the spiritual world the most difficult thing?
Answer: Childbirth is the most difficult and dangerous act. Today we don’t feel it so acutely anymore since our world has been through many corrections, thanks to the development of medicine in the last century. Before that, however, many women and babies used to die during childbirth. It was very common.
Childbirth is the most difficult act, both in the corporeal world and in the spiritual one. This is why we shouldn’t treat it like in today’s corporeal world, where we’ve become accustomed to relying on doctors and Cesarean sections. We need to understand that it is a matter of life or death, especially when it concerns a developed creature such as a human being.
This is why our spiritual birth is not a simple process. The more refined a creature is, the more difficult it is for it to multiply. The spiritual birth symbolizes the beginning of the spiritual life. It isn’t the continuation of the same earthly life on the same corporeal level. You have to be born on a totally different level!
Now we cannot even imagine what the birth of a new mind and emotion is, of a new consciousness and perception. It is a sensation, a revelation that didn’t exist in you previously! All this is suddenly born, revealed in you; it bursts out from inside in such a way that you didn’t even expect it a moment earlier. Suddenly you discover that it exists, that it can be. Previously you couldn’t even imagine it correctly. This is a true miracle! This is why it is called the miracle of the exodus from Egypt.
Then the process of the development and growth begins. This isn’t such a revolution as birth.
Kabbalsitic sources describe the spiritual birth as a legend about a doe that roams the mountains and meets a snake that bites it where the fetus is supposed to come out. This helps the doe give birth. The story describes the cutting of the “stony heart,” the cruelest egotistic desire that cannot be corrected. Otherwise, it is impossible to be born.
At this point all the opposing external forces in creation come together in order to deliver a new creature that incorporates the two forces (bestowal and receiving). This is a true miracle of the Creator. After all, He is the one Who begets man.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/27/2011, Writings of Rabash