Question: The Torah describes three signs that gave Moses the opportunity to manifest the power of the Creator. The first sign is the transformation of the staff into a serpent. The second sign is the covering of Moses’ hand with leprosy as proof of the Creator’s power. And the third sign is the transformation of the waters of the Nile into blood. What is this within a person?
Answer: Within a person, the realization begins that everything harmful can be turned into useful, and all evil, distance, and rejection can be turned into its opposite: rapprochement, a corrected state.
All this is in the power of man, and there is nothing bad that cannot be turned into good. Everything depends only on one’s view of the world, on himself.
There are no opposing forces in nature at all. A person who looks at nature, with his attitude, with his qualities, sees either positive or negative in it.
The first sign is a staff that turns into a serpent, and vice versa, a serpent into a staff. The “staff” in Hebrew is “mate,” that is, “below reason.” If the quality of bestowal, the quality of attaining the Creator, is not important for a person, he is at the bottom. And when he raises the staff, he seems to raise the importance of the quality of bestowal above all. And this is the most important thing.
If he throws the staff on the ground, it turns into a serpent, into our egoistic intention. But by raising it correctly, he turns it into an altruistic intention, and thus corrects the whole nature.
And if he would not raise it, he remains with the serpent, which is within us and eats us from inside.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/19/22