But in fact, everything that happens from the vast universe with all the stars and up to what happens on the surface of the Earth in inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, and with people, all this is depicted in my desire to enjoy. If I could disconnect my egoistic desire, I would not feel myself or the outside world.
This entire picture revealed inside my desire to receive in its original form, created by the Creator without my work and corrections but only due to the influence from above, is called “this world.” Of course, we feel changes all the time, but they are changes within our desire. This is why it seems to us that the world is moving. In fact, nothing is moving but our impression that changes inside the desire to receive because the desire changes.
This is not the case with the spiritual world. In the spiritual world, I am not only impressed by the upper influence, but I myself act at the same time. If this entire world is the result of the action of the upper force, then the spiritual world is the result of the interaction, the connection between my action and the action of the Creator. The more similar I am to the Creator, the more I reveal the spiritual world as the measure of my equivalence with the upper force.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/16/21, Baal HaSulam, Shamati 59, “Concerning the Staff and the Serpent”