During a descent, no calculations are being performed with us. We are given a burdening of the heart and mind through health issues, family problems, and so forth. We are not expected to react correctly.
It is necessary to draw conclusions after a fall and prepare ourselves during the next ascent, strengthening our mutual responsibility and connections with others so that it helps all of us when a descent comes. I look at my friend who lacks strength and realize that I am responsible for him. In fact, I signed an agreement to help him rise physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
When one is in a descent and feeling helpless, he must realize that had he invested energy into the group, had he prepared for himself a reserve, a fund, an accumulation of forces, he could have used them now not only to minimize the fall, but to continue to rise! One would have sensed the fall, but only in order to use it correctly and rise again.
That’s why it is written that all sins are not committed during a descent, but rather in a state of ascent, depending on how a person uses it. We must do everything possible to accumulate these forces and invest them into the group rather than into ourselves.
Try to prepare yourself as much as you can while in an ascent, and then you will experience a descent with joy!
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/6/10, "And Jacob Went Out"
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