Question: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, does each person perceive reality in his own way?
Answer: All of us were created with five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. With their help we absorb some information and within us it is shaped into the form of some kind of reality. If we had other characteristics, then we would perceive reality differently. When the wisdom of Kabbalah develops us, it begins to show us that reality is relative.
And here we are really approaching Einstein’s theory that speaks about reality being relative, that time, motion, and space are relative terms. Then we begin to understand what was happening at the creation of the universe: in the beginning there was no space, then it was formed; it began to be filled, movement appeared in it, and thus time was created.
We evolved as a result of these conditions: time, motion, and space.
In contrast to physicists who study these concepts from their observations and research of the surrounding reality, in Kabbalah we attain them through internal research.
We begin to feel how the perceptions of time, motion, and space are changed in us and how much they can be changed. It turns out that our reality is relative and depends on the person perceiving it. He perceives reality according to his characteristics.
That is, we aren’t watching the same film. Each is impressed in his own way; and each one sees a different film. This is where the domain begins in which only those who enter into the spiritual world understand what this is talking about.
Question: When you enter into the spiritual world, do you see the same film that someone else also sees?
Answer: No. Each one has another world; each one has another higher power that we call the Creator, and likewise, each one differs in his perception of the world and the Creator, the forces that move this entire picture.
Question: What is the difference between an ordinary person and those who study the science of Kabbalah in terms of the perception of reality?
Answer: The average person perceives reality with only his five corporeal senses. Therefore, it is very dependent upon the body and he understands that if the body dies, everything disappears.
But this is not so for Kabbalists. They perceive reality within an additional parallel system, which is what they develop within themselves. This system is called the “soul,” which also has five senses: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut.
With this system we perceive the reality that we can change, unlike the inanimate reality of our world, which eludes changes as both a little child and an adult see the same thing. While the reality that is perceived with the five additional senses, moves, and is changeable, like a wind in relation to inanimate objects, and therefore it is called the spiritual reality (“spiritual” – Ruchnit, from the word, “wind” – Ruach).
Question: Do those who are found within this spiritual system see the same thing?
Answer: No. Each one sees according to his state, according to his level. But for everyone it is understood that one reality is revealed, only each one perceives, sees, and feels it in his own way. But when he develops within this reality according to 125 levels, every person on every level discovers the same reality that those who also go through this level discover.
From KabTV’s “Encounters with Kabbalah” 7/7/15