There once was an ancient King who had sworn to have a giant boulder thrown at anyone who had committed a serious wrongdoing in his kingdom. One day, his only son had got into an accident and he had destroyed a valued landmark in the kingdom. The King obviously realized that if he meted out the punishment of having that massive boulder thrown at his son, he would kill him. And yet, the King knew he had to fulfill this decree because his word was an oath and his bond and the decree was now the law of the land.
The King consulted with a great Kabbalist about this dilemma before meting out the judgment. After speaking with the eminent sage, the King had a solution. He instructed his soldiers to break up the boulder and crush into pebbles. And then, one at a time, he had them thrown the entire boulder at the young man.
This action fulfilled the decree yet it also spared his son’s life
This is the power of Zohar.
All of us have decrees of karmic judgement decreed against us from previous negative actions. If these judgments strike full force, in equal measure to our negative deeds, we experience tragic pain.
However, through our connection to the Zohar, the “boulders” destined to strike us in life are broken up into smaller pieces, and over time, these “pebbles” hurled at us. It’s painful, but not deadly. This is why we endure obstacles, challenges and pain on the path of Kabbalah. If a particular problem is persisting over a long length of time, it means that the boulder destined to strike was was pretty darn large and that’s why there are a lot individual pebbles that have to be “thrown.”
So if you are on this path, if are embracing the Zohar, and a problem persists, this may be the reason why.
And if we appreciate that these are just pebbles, compared to the boulders that the rest of the world faces, our appreciation even crushes the pebbles into powder so that it’s merely soft grains of sand being tossed at us.
Yes it’s messy. Yes, it’s a freaking nuisance sometimes.
But it’s also a lot less painful.