What Is The Difference Between Trepidation And Fear?
Question: What is the difference between fear and trepidation?
Answer: Fear is an animalistic (egoistic) feeling. The term “fear” is very rarely used in Kabbalah. It uses the word “trepidation,” a feeling that I possibly do not do enough of what I should do.
Question: Do Kabbalists have no animalistic fear?
Answer: A Kabbalist is a human being like everyone else. Therefore, everything depends on his state. If he falls, he can fall below any person. If he rises, he rises to the level of the Creator.
Question: But does something make a Kabbalist different from an ordinary person?
Answer: It is only the connection with the Creator, which he has almost all of the time: “There is none else besides Him.”
Connection with the Creator neutralizes any kind of fear, and only trepeditation remains because a Kabbalist understands that the Creator is the source of everything that happens.
Question: Can a Kabbalist artificially awaken fear in himself in order to come to trepidation?
Answer: There is no need to awaken any fears or any negative emotions in yourself, only connection and love. There is no self-flagellation; that is anti-spiritual.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17
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