A New Year: A New Step On The Spiritual Ladder
Spiritual ascent occurs when we transition from receiving for one’s self to bestowing to others. It is regarded as acting by “faith above reason,” meaning “preferring bestowal to reception” and receiving pleasure from bestowal. I have to feel inspiration and joy from rising above my egoism, when I don’t look at what I can gain in it. But I need the force of the Light in order to make such a change within!
This is called “I am for the Beloved, and my Beloved is for me,” when we begin a conversation with the Creator and understand each other. I comprehend why the Creator made my life empty and gave me an opportunity to drift into a group so I may discern what bestowal is. He illuminates me a bit, as if telling me: “Choose this!” in order to help me take the first step. But its realization of it is up to me.
Malchut of the Upper One (the property of bestowal) is presented to my egoism as Keter (Rosh, the head), dark and hollow. But if I decide that my Keter (aspiration) is to adhere to it with my will to bestow, then Malchut of the Upper One doesn’t look as hollow to me, and I cling to it as to the Upper spiritual degree.
This is the beginning of a new path. The beginning is regarded as a New Year (Rosh Hashanah, the head of the beginning) that arrives after the month of Elul (acronym for “I am for the Beloved, and my Beloved is for me”).
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/6/10, Shamati #42
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