Answer: To be a Kabbalist means to live a double life: on the one hand to be found in particular relationships with the people around you, including family, students, if you are a teacher, and so on, and on the other hand, one is in internal contact with the higher force.
As a general rule, this contact shatters everything that a person feels in our world, yet in spite of it all, he is forced to live in two worlds. It is up to him to clarify his inner states with the Creator constantly, and he must simultaneously be in contact with those around him. This is the double life of a Kabbalist.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17