The world of restriction is Malchut which restricts herself and claims: “I don’t wish to receive any more; I wish only to bestow. I will still receive, but on condition that I am able to do so in order to bestow and become similar to the Creator, the Light.” This is Malchut’s ultimatum, and we can’t but agree with it if we wish to be together with the Creator, with the Upper Light.
I am currently in the state where I am willing to receive whatever the Creator is offering: Give it to me, and the more, the better! So dictates my egoism, the desire to receive pleasure. But I don’t see the Creator since Malchut of the World of Infinity, the entire enormous restricted will to receive, stands between us. This is why I receive nothing, although I greatly desire everything.
Only if I agree to restrict myself and put a wall before me so that I don’t bother to know how much Light is coming to me from the Creator and receive nothing for my own sake, to this measure, will I start feeling that someone is standing before me.
If I reach the state where besides the First Restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph, TA), I possess an anti-egoistic screen as well, 10 ounces worth, then the Creator will reveal 10 ounces of Himself and illuminate me with “10 ounces” of the Light called Nefesh. If my screen (desire to bestow) increases to 1 pound, then the Creator will become revealed with “1 pound” of the Light called Ruach.
This is how the spiritual degrees are measured. I must always remain under restriction and the screen since it makes me similar to the Host.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/19/10, “Explanation of the Article, ‘Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah’”
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