Question: It is known that while a man does not become a father himself, he cannot understand what it means. Even the numerous examples in front of him will not help, until he assumes father’s duties and feels responsibility, caring, and loving. We also study the future states theoretically, not understanding what it is in reality to be responsible for the lower degree…
Answer: Absolutely. However, we were given the possibility to realize it. First of all, a person annuls himself before the teacher, group, studies, the world, and the Creator. Being in your environment, check how far you are able to advance in this direction. By this, you will prepare yourself for more qualitative self-annulment.
Question: But this is still not real—theoretical self-annulment. Just as one listens to advice on healthy living until the disease forces him to follow doctors’ suggestions.
Answer: That is why our method contains several parts. The world has an influence on you; you join the group that studies with the teacher by special books written by sages. Here you are affected by a range of factors and, in addition, you have to feel that the upper force is behind this, and there is nothing except it. And then, according to these manifestations, you see how to annul yourself before them.
Besides, they explain to you that in reality the “external” picture is woven of your internal parts of perception: You have to join one of them and reject the other one.
In a word, you are given a field of work and everything depends on whether you accept this or not. You cannot isolate yourself from everyone, “What is a teacher for me? Everything is clear without him. Why do I need friends? I have my own head. I can understand the books myself better than others. I don’t owe anything to the world, it can burn…”
On the other hand, if you feel that you need all this, that this is the projection of your soul, you have to get closer to these parts, include them in yourself according to the principle, “I dwell among my own people,” then the picture appears in a different light. Thus, you increase your sensitivity, go towards change, and save a lot of time. Moreover, your attitude towards change is transformed; now you desire it.
This is preparation, a mandatory stage before the transition from theory to practice.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/11/13, ”Introduction to The Book of Zohar”