Daily Zohar # 2018 – Vaera – What you get is what you see
“וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב–בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה, לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם”
“I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name YHVH I did not make myself known to them.”
This verse focuses on the different level of revelations between Moses and the Patriarchs. The secret is in the hidden and visible Lights. The visible Lights relate to the seven lower sefirot and the hidden are the upper three.
The world of tikkun is about the process of the lower seven sefirot. Even though the Patriarchs were channels for the Tree of Life, it wasn’t complete until Joseph, Moses and Aaron did their work. When the lower levels were in place, meaning Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod and Yessod a connection to the upper three sefirot became possible. But the key to the upper levels is through Da’at, which means ‘knowledge’. Protecting the eyes from connecting to negativity and desires for the self of the material world is a key to higher spiritual elevation, understanding and seeing beyond the illusions of this world. That was Moses’s level. He saw the pure energy that activates everything below while the Patriarchs saw the truth as is or will be manifested in this world.