Consciousness needs a context to operate within. Generally we are assailed by experiences in the outward world. We learn to react in various ways. What Torah teaches us is the way to navigate internally guiding then all of our external actions.
Why is this important? Because without a context or central core chaos ensues. How is this accomplished? The following passage from Beshalach will explain…
Shemot 14:16. And you raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it, and the children of Israel shall come in the midst of the sea on dry land.
The staff represents our intention to be mindful in the present moment aware of the possibilities yes but also of the malleable substance of Consciousness. The sea represents that malleable substance.
By splitting the sea we make a pathway for our thoughts to engage in and upon the world at large. Our walking through that sea spiritually is the acceptance of the will of Hashem in all things.
The dry land is the result of our intention representing the chosen thoughts all bonded together within a central core of meaning. That central core is Hashem and the meaning then is our relationship to Hashem in all levels of experience.
What happens next
Shemot 14:17. And I, behold! I shall harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will come after you, and I will be glorified through Pharaoh, and through all his force, through his chariots, and through his horsemen.
Think of Pharaoh and the Egyptians as those thoughts you are leaving behind; thoughts of materiality, fear, doubt, etc. They are being hardened meaning they are being stripped of their power to influence you anymore. No matter what their previous power to influence your behavior was that power is being systematically being turned into stone.
Shemot 14:18. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I will be glorified through Pharaoh, through his chariots, and through his horsemen
Hashem is supreme. That is the message that is being placed within Consciousness. The Egyptians are compared to the klipot that only receive their sustenance from our attention and once that attention is withdrawn they must fall by the wayside by the weight of their own burdens.
This is a spiritual operation that is ongoing taking place forever in this story to remind us of what takes place within our Consciousness. Hashem takes the lead no matter what and those heavier thoughts must stiffen and no become attached to you. This occurs not much as a running away a from these thoughts but more in the nature of simply leaving them behind without your attention. More to come… B”H
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