What does it mean in Kabbalah that to cross the ocean, you have to completely lose the sight of the shore?
Answer: That you simply need to close your eyes to everything corporeal and go only by the guidelines that the Kabbalists have given us until the promised land appears. Literally.
Man must be sure that it will still show up.
Question: And if it is not showing up, not showing up, not showing up…?
Answer: Keep going. This is the ultimate romance!
Comment: Yes, there is a delight in this.
My Response: But you must prepare this delight for yourself by yourself. And drink it yourself! According to Baal HaSulam, the science of Kabbalah is prepared for those who are ready to make efforts for 20 and 30 years. And 40, and 50!
Question: To lose sight of the shore absolutely?
Answer: Yes. And one does not feel like he is moving forward! Columbus still had his guidance by the stars and so on. And for the Kabbalist, his orientation is only internal.
Comment: That is, you do not feel you are moving forward.
My Response: What can you focus on? There are no stars! There is nothing! That is the fact!
Comment: That is, you cannot put any check marks: “I have crossed 5, 10, 20 kilometers, etc.”
Answer: You can make checkmarks every day. But these checkmarks are marked only by your aspirations toward the group.
Inside it, you walk. It can be physical, it can be spiritual, it can be the connection with your teacher and your friends. And when you work on it day after day, it takes 10 years, 20 years, and maybe 30, but in the end, you reach it. “The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step.”
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/8/21