In The Book of Zohar, we read about the upper system in the same way that we would read about the design of some electronic or mechanical system. We just read and become connected to it, but we don’t get it going.
Putting it in motion is not the same thing as knowing how it works. It’s the same as when we run various systems and work with them without knowing anything about their design. Suppose I have a system in front of me. I have been taught which buttons to press and which way to turn the levers in order to operate it. The less I know about the inner structure of the system, the better. At least, I won’t become confused.
In a similar way, we must know how to operate the upper system. Then we act according to the principle of “by Your actions we know You”: Based on our actions, we begin to see this system, understand, feel, and establish a connection with it. We are just like a machinist who gets to know the character of his lathe as opposed to some other machine and discovers the properties of the metals which he uses for turning different shapes. He knows, hears, feels, and even smells odors coming from the machine. He can lick a workpiece and tell you what metal it is made out of just by the taste.
Thus, from actions, we begin to learn about the system. First, we are taught which “buttons” to press, just like we teach a child: “Look, if you press this button, the light lights up. If you turn this lever, the car starts moving.” This is the way we begin learning about the world.
The same thing happens in the spiritual world. We learn about a system that is extremely diverse, multifaceted, and complex. It has an infinite number of elements and connections, connecting all the souls together in all the situations, not only in this world, but in all the upper worlds as well.
This is something we are not capable of imagining. The entire system cannot be correlated by our minds because the connections, dimensions, and everything that exists there are beyond time, motion, and space, and faster than the speed of light.
Regardless of all of that, we still can set this system in motion so that it influences us. We don’t know how it works, but we can operate it. This is how we often use nature. For example, there are many “grandma’s” cures that are passed from generation to generation. Do we know how they work? No, we only know that they help. In the same way, animals find a needed herb that can cure them. They don’t get confused, unlike us with our pharmacies and drugs.
Thus, we must know what will help. We need to “press the button” and get an answer. It is not easy. I don’t know what is explained in The Zohar, but by reading it together with everyone else, I have an opportunity to arouse the system so that it works on me. On the other hand, if I don’t “press the button,” it won’t work on me, but it will influence all of reality in general, the whole of humankind. I must awaken it for it to work on me personally.
Thus, by reading The Book of Zohar, we “press the button” for the system to act upon us personally: both on our group in general because we read this book together, as well as on every one of us individually. Let’s try to set this system in motion.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/2011, The Zohar