A question I received: From studying Kabbalah, I have come to understand that the external problems are there to pressure me and compel me to shift from analyzing things externally to internally, because all the original causes, roots and “orders” come from there. I have to find out what happens inside me in order to know why I am suffering. But is it the question: “What is the meaning of my life?” that compels me to look inside myself and find out what is hidden there?
My Answer: Yes, and this is exactly what is happening today to people all over the world. Gradually, the focus, concentration, attention, and views of the whole world are starting to shift in this direction. Meanwhile, people are not even aware of this. Over the recent decades, we have gradually turned away from this world and begun looking inside ourselves instead. This is the trend in our generation. It is also the reason why more and more people are becoming interested in Kabbalah, because only it enables one to reveal the inner roots and causes of everything in a scientific and methodical way.
To do this, we must make a realistic analysis of the situation and attain new qualities, inside of which we will be able to reveal a new reality. We have to change our view from external to internal, and then we will see and understand that a person contains all the roots and original causes of everything within. Only by having this scientific and practical approach will we gain the ability to control everything that happens to us.
We will then be able to change our situation and even the entire world, because by changing our qualities, we acquires a new perception and a new reality. It’s as if we transfer ourselves from one world to another.
If, however, we study the external world that surrounds us, we will only be able to make minor changes on the still, vegetative and animate levels of nature. But we will always find that these changes end up harming us. And this, too, happens with the purpose of directing us inward. When we will begin to change ourselves internally, we will cause real, qualitative changes in our life.