“God is present and He dwells within one, just as He dwells in the world as a whole.
Except that I do not know of this Divine inner presence.
As soon as I become conscious of it, however, I realize the purpose of Creation—’to be a dwelling place for Him in the world.’
God creates the world in such a manner that God, being invisible, cannot be taken for granted.
He has to be sought out.
There are aspects of Creation, like light, that are self-evident.
Other things, including the Divine Himself, must be looked for consciously.
Like those inside/outside drawings, one can choose to see either the black picture against a white background or the white picture against a black background.
The play of perception depends on one’s own place, one’s angle or point of view.
Revelation is the sudden recognition of a reality that was overlooked, because it was considered background.
It is the emergence of the essential image.
It can occur in a moment, by a slight alteration of one’s perspective or will, for example, by consenting to be a dwelling place for the Divine.”
From Pebbles of Wisdom from Rabbi Adin Steinslatz (forthcoming)