The Shell of Noga is half good and half bad. It belongs to me and doesn’t belong to me; it’s something that stands in the middle, connecting me with all of reality. On one hand, it is an impure force (shell), but on the other, it’s a shell that I can use in the transition from one reality to the other.
There is always a bridge that connects between the good and the evil. There is no evil that is totally disconnected from the good, except for the stony heart (Lev HaEven). The stony heart has no contact with the good. The Creator is the attribute of “existence from existence” (Yesh mi Yesh), and He created the attribute of the creature “from absence” (Yesh Mi Ein) that did not exist before, and so there is no connection between them.
There is no Shell of Noga between the attributes of “existence from existence” (the Creator) and “existence from absence” (the desire of the creature). There is no connection between the stony heart and the Creator, and so it’s impossible to correct it directly. But among all the other properties there is such a transition, and we should always try to look for it. Therefore it is said: “A person should always turn the good inclination against the evil inclination,” which means that we should create a conflict between them.
But I should know from the start that at the end of this conflict, of this strong friction, of the real explosion, something new will be revealed, something in the middle, that connects the two hostile sides, just like the monkey is the link between the animate level and man, the transition between the levels, between the states.
This transition is the most important thing. It’s because the two opposite sides, the good and the bad, remain on the current level, while the transition suddenly becomes the place of a new birth that raises me upwards. Therefore, the middle third of Tifferet in which Bina and Malchut, GE and AHP, connect is the most central point of creation, where the Creator and the created being begin to build their “family nest,” their common home.
From the 1st part to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/19/13, Shamati #68