The greater an obstacle on my path, the greater “help from the opposite” I see in it, meaning that I become similar to the Light according to the character and properties of my egoism. If I rise above my egoism, in all of its properties, I can become similar to the Light. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know how to equalize myself to it.
I have to feel all these obstacles to the smallest detail. I become included in them and I rise above them through the force of the Light. However, they are precisely what shape me in the form of the Light since neither the Light nor the desire to enjoy has their own form. How else can we achieve this similarity? How can we connect two absolute opposites: the desire and the Light?
For this reason they are divided by partitions, rungs of the ladder, or degrees as a way of connection between them. The desire to enjoy, by absorbing all these obstacles, eventually becomes similar to the Light. Inside it remains the same desire to receive pleasure. However, these filters help it become similar to the Light. It only needs to rise above these filters! It should not take them as obstacles which weaken the Light, but rather include them into itself in the opposite form. This is called to advance by “faith above reason.”
We need to rise from the state where Bina is included into Malchut and Malchut rules over Bina to the opposite state: where Bina rules over Malchut and the properties of Bina become the defining ones. All these forms between Infinity (Keter) and the final, fourth stage (Malchut) are called the names (properties) of the Creator. They serve as examples for the Light to create Malchut and influence her.
At the same time, Malchut can use the opposite HaVaYaH (from herself toward Keter) and be clothed in the Light (to converse with the Light) in order to become similar to it. These eight Sefirot between Keter and Malchut are like a common language possible between the Light and the desire, between the Creator and the creature.
For this reason they are called the holy names since a name is a revelation, meaning the attainment of the Creator’s specific property in relation to us, Malchut. However, whatever I do not attain I cannot define by a name.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/7/10, Talmud Eser Sefirot