Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the spiritual world and material world actually?“
The material world, which is simply called “this world” in the wisdom of Kabbalah, is our inner sensation of reality. It seems as if there is a world outside of our inner sensation, but it is all within.
Whether we see an immense universe full of galaxies and stars, or even the vastness of our very planet, with its still, vegetative, animate and human levels, we perceive it all in our desire to enjoy. Our egoistic desire is our nature, and if we detached it, then we would not feel ourselves or the world.
“This world” is the picture we perceive in our inborn desire to enjoy. It is an outcome of a higher force in reality acting on the desire. The myriad changes and movements we see take place solely in our desire. Nothing moves outside of us, but rather motions take place in our desires, which makes us perceive change and movement on the outside.
On the contrary, the spiritual world includes our innate impression of reality, but we also act together with that impression. If this world is the outcome of a higher force acting on the desire, then the spiritual world is the outcome of the interaction, the connection between the person’s action and the action of the upper force.
The more we resemble the upper force, the more we discover the spiritual world as the extent of our equivalence with that upper force.
Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on November 16, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.