Answer: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, there is no conscience. Everything is built only on shame. When we say: “Where is your conscience?”, in fact, we want to say: “Aren’t you ashamed?”
Question: How should I respond to the fact that in most cases it is specifically people who are close to us that hurt and cause us pain? How does one overcome strong emotions? Should I be offended as a response?
Answer: We should focus on the Creator. Nobody is causing us pain except the Creator, and He acts through those who are close to us.
Question: What is the most important property for spiritual advancement?
Answer: The most important property for spiritual advancement is perseverance and patience.
Question: How do you deal with changes in mood?
Answer: I hold onto the only goal in life: not losing connection with the Creator. Therefore, I appreciate all my states and moods as a greater development around this connection.
Question: Do emotions depend on spiritual descents and ascents?
Answer: Spiritual descents and ascents help shape our emotions correctly. After all, if I feel bitterness and weakness during a descent, I simultaneously feel happiness because from the descent I already feel a taste of the ascent that I will have. Therefore, the spiritual state influences the emotion but doesn’t form it.
Question: I am involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah and my wife is waiting for external changes to happen: for me to be more compliant, kinder, calmer. Will this happen or is my development unconnected to my external emotional state?
Answer: You can tell your wife that this will happen soon.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17