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Tikkun 61 – 3
“וַיִּתְחַבֵּא הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ, מִפְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, בְּתוֹךְ, עֵץ הַגָּן”
“and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of YHVH God in the tree of the garden.”
The Zohar asks “Can anybody hide from God?” and answers by quoting Jeremiah 23:24
“אִם-יִסָּתֵר אִישׁ בַּמִּסְתָּרִים וַאֲנִי לֹא-אֶרְאֶנּוּ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה: הֲלוֹא אֶת-הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲנִי מָלֵא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה”
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said YHVH. Do not I fill heaven and earth? said YHVH”
The action of hiding is in a literal sense that we know, but here it refers to a shift in state of existence. Adam and Eve were in the presence of YHVH, which is the Tree of Life system. The sin distanced them from the Light and they were left in the dark where they couldn’t see YHVH directly. The verse says that they hid IN the tree of the Garden. This tree was the Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad and because they connected to the Bad side of it, they couldn’t see God that is YHVH and the Tree of Life system.
It is our own choice to make positive actions that take us away from the Bad side of the Tree and into the Good side. This is how we can connect to the ‘light’, otherwise we stay in our ‘hiding place’, which is darkness and chaos.