Everything we feel in our five sensory organs exists only inside our cumulative organ of perception called the desire to enjoy, and within it, it seems to us that we exist in this illusory reality. The wisdom of Kabbalah calls this reality, which we imagine, imaginary.
Baal HaSulam writes in the “Preface to The Book of Zohar,” item 34 “Take our sense of sight, for example: we see a wide world before us, wondrously filled. But in fact, we see all that only in our own interior. In other words, there is a sort of a photographic machine in our hindbrain, which portrays everything that appears to us and nothing outside of us.
“For that, He has made for us there, in our brain, a kind of polished mirror that inverts everything seen there, so we will see it outside our brain, in front of our face.”
All kinds of phenomena occur in my brain and in my heart. All of them fall on the lens and this lens projects what is inside of me outwardly. Then I see people and all of nature (the inanimate, vegetative, and animate) in front of me—the whole world. But what am I seeing? I see what is happening in me.
Each of us does this. If I address someone, I am turning to some-one who is within me who now ostensibly appears before me.
This means that I must correct myself and my attitude to the Creator. But I cannot do this directly to the Creator; I can only do so through the picture that appears before me. This is how we act.
But a person is integral—everything is within him.
In the article “Concealment and Disclosure of the Face of the Creator,” Baal HaSulam explains how the world that appears before a person changes depending on the person’s qualities. A person changes his inner qualities and then their projection outside changes. According to this picture that his qualities project through the lens outwardly, he can understand how much he is correcting them.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/31/17, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Concealment and Revelation – 1”