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Zohar Pinchas, Vol. 20 (English)/Vol 15 (Hebrew)
Moses, the ‘Faithful Shephard’, teaches us that when the night comes, the gates to ‘Gehinam’, which is the domain of negativity, are open. When we sleep we experience a death aspect that allows negative forces to spread in all body parts.
The eyes are the gates to ‘Gan Eden’, Garden of Eden. It is where the pure soul rest at night. The eyes are closed to disconnect from the negative side that could go through them and control the heart that is linked to the light of the eyes.
The Zohar explains this situation as in the time of the flood when Noah closed the Ark to disconnect from the negativity that was spreading outside.
When we go to sleep, the bile in the body releases energy of judgments. Like a smoke, it spreads into the whole body and goes up to the brain.
The lights of the heart are the secret of the name אלהים, ELHYM. In the time of the Flood is said (Genesis 7:20) “Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered”
The Zohar teaches that the 15 is related to the numerical value of YH יה, that represents the upper three Sefirot. When the negativity rises it disconnects us from the YH, and at night the lights of the heart, that have the name אלהים, disconnect from the name and we are left with אלם that means ‘mute’.
When a person experiences inability to speak, then it means that negativity controls his body and his soul is farther from the Light.
Some people, before going to sleep, experience a state of vision with closed eyes. The positive visions are of beautiful and pleasant scenes. The soul is in good state and it could get ‘stuck’ for a while traveling inside the vision.
Negative aspect is when negativity manages to control the person’s eyes and stays there. The visions could be very disturbing and one should get out of bed, wash his hands and face several times, then recite the Ana B’Koach in bed repeatedly until he gets rid of it.
It is always better to train the body to relax before going to sleep. Deep and long breathing (deep meditation breathing), Ana B’Koach and Shema prayer.