A Regular Miracle
A question I received: Why is the speed of the reading so important during Zohar study and how does it differ from other Kabbalistic texts?
My Answer: While reading The Zohar we are trying to choose the right speed because we want to receive an impression from the general reading of the text. It's similar to how we speak to a baby who doesn't really understand what you are talking about. In contrast, suppose I were listening to a story in a language I don't understand; then I could still try to guess what every word means. However, a baby does not only lack knowledge of the words, but also lacks all knowledge of the actions that are being described.
In that case, what's the point of talking to him about this at all? The fact is that if we don't do this, he won't grow up. When we talk to him in a language he doesn't understand, about things he doesn't understand, and tell him about a world that is completely concealed from him right now, but we explain it to him as if he understands, then it begins working inside the child, awakening the understanding and reactions.
It turns out that our actions with children during the earthly upbringing are completely equivalent to the influence of the Light upon us in the spiritual upbringing. In other words, upbringing by the Upper Light is completely natural.
When a baby begins to repeat the things we say and do, he says and does it all incorrectly. Yet, we understand that this is how it should be, and in this manner he grows. This is exactly how we develop in spirituality as well. Therefore, we have to let The Book of Zohar and the Light contained in it influence us and "mold" us, making us similar to the Creator.
This is the natural path of entering a new world. We aren't aware of the process that took place when we were children because we were taught by adults through feelings and the mind in a language we understood, while assimilating and accumulating knowledge.
This is why we read The Zohar. Regardless of how much we understand or feel it, it works within us as miraculous force (Segula). This is the same miraculous force that operates in our material lives when we raise our children. It seems like a miracle to us, but it is completely natural and regular.