In reality, there is no difference between the Creator and the group; it exists solely in our ego. Only one element is concealed from me: the source of pleasure. That is why I see the group instead of seeing the Creator.
It is, however, done for my own salvation, so that I may develop a selfless relationship with them and not be corrupted by the pleasure they may provide! Hence, pleasure and fulfillment that exist in the group are hidden from me, and I am able to build relationships with them through my free and independent action.
If the Creator revealed Himself and His love to me at once, it would oblige me in everything and annihilate a possibility of my using free will. But in the Creator’s concealment, I remain totally independent: If I feel like being close to the group, I move closer; if I don’t, I move away; I can think whatever I want about them as well. Concealment is a great favor on the Creator’s part; He is doing this for our own good, in order to allow us to construct ourselves.
Concealment lets me remain neutral and assemble my individual character and values. It only seems that I am surrounded by a group of strangers. In fact, it is my own soul, my spiritual Kli!
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/1/10, “What is Day and Night in Work?”