The first Kabbalists expressed themselves in narrative language and described all kinds of spiritual processes through something close to legends and fairy tales, and by referring to inanimate, vegetative, animal and human nature they did not mean materiality at all, but spiritual, higher forces of nature. But at the same time they understood each other because they felt this upper sphere, an upper field, and their feelings were similar.
And then, as our egoism developed more and more from generation to generation, they began to feel how much further they were moving away from ordinary people and they could not tell them anything, they could not explain, show, or reveal anything. And here the problem arises, how can you communicate with people who do not feel the field of internal connection between themselves, called the upper world, the spiritual world, but feel this connection only to a limited extent in their five sense organs, including sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.
Kabbalists of the past did not particularly transmit this knowledge. They communicated with their own kind, with those who feel the upper nature besides our nature.
Moreover, they discovered that there are five spiritual sense organs in a person, and they began to compare them with material ones. They took words from our world and began to describe spiritual actions, qualities, and interactions through them. Thus they developed a language for themselves called “sfat haanafim” – “the language of branches,” parallel to our sense organs.
It turns out that one takes the concepts of our world and describes some actions, interactions, and connections with them. At the same time, you have a good picture, supposedly about people who communicate with each other, get married, give birth, and develop, and so on.
But, in principle, we are not talking about that, but about internal qualities, and how Kabbalists attain upper matter in these internal qualities.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 8/2/22