Question: Why does an insurmountable fear arise when one wants to practice Kabbalah?
Answer: Fear arises because of a lack of knowledge of what Kabbalah is.
There is nothing kinder, more practical, and more necessary than the correction of one’s soul. It is your eternal part that existed before your physical birth in our world, and will remain with you after the body’s death.
It is necessary to develop it so that even in this world you will feel the upper world through your soul and begin to associate yourself with it and not with the body. One must reach this. There is nothing intimidating about it.
Question: Can one escape fear and get a “safety cushion” through entering into a special inner connection with others who study Kabbalah?
Answer: Perhaps now you are being led forward exactly through what you describe. In principle, however, people study Kabbalah in order to understand their purpose. Studying Kabbalah as a means to escape fears and anxieties is also positive, though. There are people who come to Kabbalah because of fears and anxieties in order to somehow strengthen themselves in this world, in this life.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/18/18