According to the teachings of the kabbalistic sages, there are a number of “awakenings” that occur along the spiritual path. With each awakening, a spark of divine light is imparted to the adherent. Some of these awakenings occur through one’s own efforts and for one’s own sake — such as, academic study of the Bible, Torah or occult literature. Some awakenings occur when we draw inwardly — such as, reflection, meditation and prayer. Other awakenings are gained by performing altruistic acts and deeds for the sake of others.
Yet, there exists an even higher awakening still, that cannot be achieved through one’s own means. It is an awakening that is bestowed to the adherent from upon High. It is bestowed only by merit and by petition.
By merit, in the sense that one must demonstrate that they have sought to cleave unto the divine being, in thought, word, act and deed. By petition, in the sense that one must approach the sanctum sanctorum with clean hands and pure heart, by the correct footsteps and in the proscribed manner. These protocols are the secret knowledge that was bestowed upon the great sages of lore and passed down through the ages, and codified in the manuscripts, grimoires and teachings of the secret orders.
These protocols are varied and many, though each one unlocks but one key: the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Angel, sometimes referred to as the “Elder Master” or “Perfect Self”; a class of supra-celestial spirit, that will guide the adherent along the correct path of purity and right action and whisper the secret words, grips or tokens that will enable them to pass through that terrible door, to the Holiest of Holies, whereby one may make petition upon High for a bestowal of that light that will set their soul afire!
While it is true that to accomplish this great work, we must conquer the so-called “evil inclination”, align our purpose to G-d and tread always upon the path of righteousness; according to the religious law of “lo lishma” or “not for the glory of the Creator”, all things are eventually drawn toward “lishma” by means of rectification. In this sense, all paths, whether that of mercy, or severity, eventually lead back to the Creator.