The Cabbalah tells us that the face of the first man was that of the Creator himself. Later on, when the intellect awakened in man (a process symbolized by the serpent coiled around the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil), he left paradise.
He descended into the denser regions of matter where he experienced cold, darkness, sickness and death, and his face changed.
So, now that he is no longer the faithful image of God, he has lost his power; the spirits of nature no longer obey him and instead take pleasure in tormenting him.
If man, one day, manages to recapture the face that was his at the beginning, all the spirits of the universe would submit to him once more.
Until then, he will continue to resemble the prodigal son in the parable who, having left his father’s house to travel the world, ends wretchedly as a swineherd. But at least the prodigal son finally understood that he should return to his father’s house.
What about you? Will you ever understand that you must return to the source in order to recapture the light, love and life of your heavenly Father?
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