Fantasies And Reality, Part 1

laitman_752_1Question: Sometimes a person thinks that real things happen with him, but then he wakes up and understands that it was just a dream. What is reality and what is illusion?

Answer: There is only one reality—the upper force. To the extent that we reveal that force, we exist in reality. If we do not reveal the upper force, it means that we remain in illusion.

It follows that our current state, in which the upper force is hidden from us, is an illusion. It is written in “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” that the entire world that we see in front of ourselves is only our fantasy, but a highly complicated one, you can even say, a tricky one.

Actually, as the wisdom of Kabbalah explains, we do not see the reality in front of us, but rather imagine it within ourselves. And it seems to us that this internal fantasy actually exists, and it is outside of us.

Imagine that everything we see around us, everything we feel, hear, and breathe, all the impressions in our five senses essentially exist within us. And not inside the body, because it is an illusion too, but in the organ of perception called the will to receive pleasure. This desire includes sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

In essence, we detect not what occurs outside but what happens inside these senses. Sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch are five levels of internal impressions within in us, meaning in the will to receive pleasure. By reacting to waves and fluids that enters it, the will to receive imagines the reality it supposedly exists in.

It is almost like putting on the 3D glasses and seeing yourself in the forest or outer space. Only these glasses are permanent, implanted within us. Through them, we discover our imaginary reality. But it is indeed “ours,” as we have become so accustomed to and united with it that we can not separate ourselves from it.

Kabbalists reveal the true reality existing not inside of us, like the imaginary one, but outside of us. This upper reality, the upper force, is called the “Creator” (Boreh) because it means two actions: “come” (Bo) and “see” (Reh) Him. And then we see that as the upper force governs all reality, which is in fact the will to receive pleasure.

The upper force is the desire to delight, to bestow. By revealing it, we discover how this force fills the entire universe, the entire creation, meaning the will to receive, to be fulfilled.

Question: Do we feel the upper reality with the same senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch?

Answer: We feel the upper reality in the five senses called Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. It is the higher form of perception than the ordinary sight, hearing, smell, and touch.

Question: Does it feel as a true reality?

Answer: It feels much stronger than our current one.
From a TV Program “A New Life,” No. 787, 11/01/2016

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