Everything depends only on the intention. Anyone can open a book and study—from a philosopher to a person who sees this book for the first time and doesn’t understand anything in it. But each one will interpret it in his own way, the way he wants to.
The difference between us and all the others: the clever and the stupid, the scientists, historians, philosophers, or kitchen maids, is that, when opening the book, we want to tune ourselves in such a way that will allow us to penetrate through it. I want this book to tell me about myself, I want to reveal my world inside it.
And external readers don’t do this; they cannot see behind printed letters, they seek human wisdom in this. And that’s why they perform all kinds of studies on these texts: what they talk about in terms of notions of our world, which historic events, which style they are written in—as far as the usual material mind can apprehend.
The difference between internal and external reading is your willingness to enter the text and reveal yourself, your inner life in it. But you can’t blame people for approaching these books externally (The Book of Zohar, the works of Ari and so on). Because an inner need to reveal the internal world hasn’t developed in them yet.
The point in the heart is not present yet, the starting point of the line of connection and the beginning of spiritual revelation. If you don’t have this desire, you can’t reveal it.
When you do have the first point, the surrounding Light can already stick to it. It still cannot enter it, it only surrounds it from all the sides, but because of this we already can’t be in a state of rest. We feel that we exist in a field of forces of the Light, which shakes and swings us.
If I don’t have this point, I don’t feel any field, Light or fluctuations and I feel like everything is fine. But as soon as the Light starts irritating this point, a problem appears and we proceed….
So how can the Light swing something if it is in a state of absolute rest? This is correct, but the point is an informational gene made up of two parts: Reshimo de Hitlabshut (information about the future Light) and Reshimo de Aviut (information about the desire). They belong to two different degrees and that’s why a difference is felt between them; the difference is the delta that starts being revealed and swings us hither and thither. This takes away my peace of mind and calmness and demands me to realize this Reshimo.
But if a person doesn’t have this delta yet, he opens the book and reads it like a novel telling about history and geography. This is how people view Kabbalistic books, and especially the Torah.
If a person has a point in the heart that the Light is influencing, one has to direct himself from this point towards the Light, so that it influences us more strongly. This is the whole essence of the work.
The Light is always at rest, and its influence depends only on my sensitivity. That’s why I have to look for ways to increase my sensitivity to the Light, and nothing else. The Kabbalists give us a recommendation here: to increase exertion, in quantity and in quality. The whole wisdom of Kabbalah is to allow one to become an element that is increasingly sensitive to the surrounding Light.
This work continues until the very end of correction because the surrounding Light is the Light from the next, higher degree, which always draws us nearer to it.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/12, “Study of the Ten Sefirot”