There is one created being and it is the desire to receive. This desire to receive receives different impressions from the Light that created it as “something from nothing.” This means that different phenomena are imprinted in the desire, which divide it into five parts” the root, the first part, the second, the third, and the fourth. The desire feels only what happens within these parts and the relations between them, and nothing more than that.
All the changes can take place only within this desire to receive, according to the way it feels its parts: to what extent they are connected, how great or how wide they are, etc. Accordingly, the reality perceived by the desire is stabilized and is made of what goes on inside the desire.
The desire can exist but not even feel itself, as if only the subconscious is active in it. It could be that it already feels itself as feeling reality. It could be that it feels itself as feeling reality and others too.
In addition, the desire can feel itself and others and they also feel themselves and others. Thus, it attributes to them some self-feeling and perception. Small children and undeveloped people cannot speak about this.
But one way or the other, everything takes place inside the desire to receive, and this desire has several levels of feeling.
On the level of “this world,” it feels its own existence and also his closeness to others or his distance from them. The image is depicted in it by the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. If we cut off these five senses, the desire will not feel anything.
Here we should emphasize the sense of touch—it isn’t just about touching something, but about a physical feeling of the self that is made of certain parts that come in contact with the air, etc. So if we cut off these five senses, the created being disappears. From the side, it seems that the desire exists, but it doesn’t feel anything, which means it has no feeling, no attainment, and actually no existence.
So all our work is actually within the desire. We cannot attain anything more than its five parts, but we can improve them. The main thing is to understand—what we feel is our feeling ourselves and the phenomena that go through us.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/15/12, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”