A person’s advancement depends on his ability to ascend above the sensation and his previous mind by separating from them and always holding on to the Light, the Creator. However, this is impossible during a descent since the Creator disappears from one’s sensation and awareness. Then only the group can help a person by holding him on the level where he keeps the right attitude or the right perspective on what is happening to him.
That is why it is so important to be connected with the group, with its mindset and approach. The group never loses understanding, willingness, and a connection with the Upper One. It always knows that there is no one besides Him, who is Good and Does Good.
If a person absorbs the spirit of the group, then he quickly goes through all the states and always benefits from them. As he checks his sensations in his egoistic desire, he adds to them what he feels and thinks higher, above the desire. And that is something that comes from the group.
As a person advances along the path, he starts to understand that there are two fundamental elements inherent in his perception:
- Inside the egoistic desire his thoughts correspond to the sensations; his mind and heart are unanimous.
- When he shifts to the desires and thoughts of his friends in the group, he analyzes himself and builds faith above reason.
Everything depends on what a person identifies himself with and where his point in the heart is: below or above. That is one’s free choice.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/25/10, “Show Me Your Honor”