Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, creation is the desire to receive. Desire has no place. Therefore, in the Torah, we are talking about the development of the same desire, which is constantly undergoing some kind of transformation.
It is written, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void.” What is this initial state that a person discovers in himself, the earth, the desire that was unformed and void?
Answer: A person does not know how to work with his desires. He has only an initial yearning to attain his spiritual root, but what to do and how to work with it, he does not know. Therefore, for him, everything is foggy: unformed and void.
Question: What does the “flood” that happened later mean?
Answer: These are all stages of awakening of a person to a conscious, clearly directed spiritual work.
The “flood,” “Babylon,” “Canaan,” “Egypt,” “land of Israel”—these are the stages of a gradual change of desire in a person at all degrees inanimate, vegetative, and animate until he comes to the full equivalence of form with the Creator.
Question: Is the land of Israel the final stage?
Answer: Yes, but in fact we cannot reach it yet. We come to this Earth, and it, what is called, spews us out.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/21/21