Question: Are the Kabbalah Conventions necessary in order to accumulate forces so we can rise from the descents that follow? After all, those are the times when we have the chance to exercise our freedom of will, to make a choice between two forces – “to receive or to bestow,” and thanks to the Conventions we are then given the strength to rise?
Answer: Before each Convention we undergo a preparation, and then at the Convention we acquire the force of unity. It is a spiritual force because it arises among us. Later on, once the Convention is over, we feel egoistic emptiness, heaviness, and apathy.
This does not happen by accident; nothing is accidental. We experience a spiritual descent on purpose because a new, uncorrected desire is revealed in us. At that point we should use the force that we obtained during the Convention to rise to the same level of inspiration that we experienced at the time of our gathering. Ideally we should feel the descent for just a fraction of a moment and then immediately rise to the altitude of the Convention. However, this takes a lot of training.
Actually we don’t attain this state all at once, but climb the steps toward it by repeatedly rising and falling a little more each time. That is how we gradually advance towards the state that we sensed at the Convention.
This is real, practical work – practical Kabbalah! Since our success depends on the effort that we apply after the Convention, we have to prepare for this state ahead of time in the same way that an old man double-checks to see whether or not he has lost something. In other words, we have to prepare for a Convention, as well as what will happen after it is over, before it begins. If we are able to do this, then we’ll soon find ourselves ascending 125 steps on the path of the Upper Worlds.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/19/2010, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”