Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What does it feel like to sell your soul?“
Human nature is a desire to enjoy and it divides into a few levels: individual desires for food, sex and family; social desires for money, honor, control and knowledge; and a tiny desire for spirituality.
Our soul is where we feel fulfillment.
If we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling corporeal desires for food, sex, family, money, honor, control and knowledge, we experience transient fulfillment in such desires, and by doing so, we attain no eternal soul. This is considered selling our soul to Satan, as the Hebrew root for the word for “Satan” is “Hasata” (“diversion”), i.e., that such desires divert us from attaining our eternal soul.
If, however, we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our spiritual desire, then we can attain and discover our eternal soul while living in our world.
Our spiritual desire emerges initially as a tiny desire among our corporeal desires, which in Kabbalah is called a “point in the heart.” This desire is felt as a certain kind of emptiness and uneasiness, a feeling that our other desires cannot entirely fulfill us, and it leads us to question the meaning and purpose of our lives. The stronger we feel this desire, the more we traverse teachings and environments until we eventually find a method for attaining the soul while we are alive in this world. The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method for the soul’s attainment. It is open to anyone, but those who have a sincere desire to discover the meaning of life will be those who reap the maximal benefit from the method.
Based on a Virtual Lesson on April 3, 2016. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.