Everything Kabbalists describe is inside us, in our roots. My desire to receive begins to discover new horizons, showing me the present, the future, and the past according to its level of development. The time axis doesn’t exist by itself, it is a component of our perception, part of the picture that is depicted within the desire. Therefore the chronological process that we study is actually a chain of states. Since we have no choice, we speak in terms of time, since it is an algorithm of the feeling of our world.
The past, the present, and the future are states in which I can move back and forth if necessary, if I manage the desire and the Masach (screen). Thus, there is no time and no distance. It is merely feelings within my desire: One type of attributes stands for the concept of time and the other for the concept of distance.
The way we feel time now is an illusion. I am actually in a certain desire on the level of “the inanimate of the inanimate,” and this desire depicts pictures of my existence in this world, pictures of life and death. Although the “pictures” change before my eyes, the desire itself doesn’t change. It is a replica of higher desires, and so it depicts phases within my feeling that are similar to the spiritual levels. I feel that I am alive, but in fact it is only a reflection of spiritual levels and the changes in the “matter” of the egoistic desire that is considered “dead.”
Of course, there is no intermediate state regarding the Creator. The upper Light is in a state of absolute rest, and it created only one state to begin with, which we have to perceive. I cannot perceive it today, because I am not prepared for it. Therefore it was restricted by 125 degrees and each time I discover the next higher level. This allows me to advance along the ascent to perfection.
But one way or the other, everything is inside me, in my desire to receive. Now I see time as an external factor: The earth turns around the sun, the minutes and the seconds go by…but in spirituality there is nothing external; there we approach the desire to receive and perform all the actions in it.
This chain of actions is what determines time. Even if it takes ten years to reach the next step, in the spiritual dimension only a second goes by. There the feeling of time is not external, but only depends on my actions. What is more, there are no gaps between the actions since each one summons the next. So when I rise to the spiritual dimension, my actions are performed sequentially and time disappears.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/28/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”