A question I received: It says in The Book of Zohar (in Item 370 of Chapter “VaYetze”) that "No man should ever slight another person in the world." What does it mean to slight someone, or to take someone for granted, in my spiritual work?
My Answer: Taking someone for granted is lacking the sensitivity for a possible connection. It means that right now I am able to find the right connection between the right and left lines, the will to enjoy and the intention for the sake of bestowal, but I don’t make the efforts to do this. This is slighting.
You don’t pay attention to the opportunities that you are given at every moment. You take them for granted. You don’t feel or understand them, and instead you think that everything depends on you. This is called taking something for granted.
We exist in the World of Infinity. All the levels, all the worlds, all of the highest, perfect states are inside us; Reshimot awaken inside us at every moment. Every second the Creator gives us the opportunity to advance, to ascend to a new level. This is called that He revives us.
Unfortunately, we only notice 1/1000th part of all these opportunities, at best. This is called taking things for granted: It is when we take His attitude toward us for granted.
His attitude is unchanging. He is always teaching us and causing us to advance, but we don’t desire it. Meanwhile, time goes by.… It is written that the Creator replaces one angel with another if a person is unable to establish the right connection with what he is given from Above.
This is a problem, indeed. We are unable to properly interpret the regular states that we constantly go through. This depends on one’s sensitivity. I might be feeling my current state as a huge tragedy, as it is written, "The righteous see man’s evil inclination as great and powerful, as a great mountain, while the wicked see it as a thin thread." Everything depends on your sensitivity, on how much you pay attention and don’t take the details for granted.
This is our work: to be more attentive, to awaken ourselves with the help of the group, which helps each of us understand that at every moment in time we have the opportunity to advance.
This does not mean that they are lecturing me on morals. Rather, if they are all in the state of constant pressure overall, then I also receive these vibrations from them and I am overcome by fear: How can I make sure I don’t miss the opportunities to advance that I am given at every moment?
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/8/10, The Zohar