Rabash, Article 298: “Inclusion of the Attributes of Mercy and Judgment”: During a descent, while being overtaken by the desire for pleasure, a person does not have a choice. When, however, the desire to bestow governs him, he does not need to choose. Thus, his only freedom is in deciding what will rule over him: the property of judgment or the property of mercy.
A soul is comprised of ten Sefirot. From Keter to the upper third of Tifferet, it is ruled by Bina, the desire to bestow, and from the lower third of Tifferet by Malchut, the desire to receive. Only in the middle, in the middle third of Tifferet, there rules “lawlessness”: This place is subject neither to bestowal nor reception.
Indeed, sometimes a person cannot decide which direction to take: His thoughts and desires are not inclined toward either side. This is the place of choice. Meanwhile, we are usually distracted and do not think about something specific. But time and life continue to pass by.
How then do I use my being free from the two forces that manage me from Above? To do so, I need to pick an environment, in which case it is up to me who will rule me when I am in the neutral state.
I am awakened by the calling of the point in the heart and led to the group. Now, I have to establish a correct connection between them so that the group would affect me and I the group. As a result, I will fill my free states with the power of the group that I have chosen.
Completing, filling myself with the power of the group, I acquire a Kli (vessel) into which I later receive the Light. I lower my head before the group and in return receive two things from it: 1. Huge desire of all the friends’ points in the heart, 2. A screen (Masach) or awareness of the importance to work for the sake of bestowal. Then, through the group, I draw the Light that Reforms, the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif), that does indeed correct me.
The potential to choose is always ours. The more systematically we will use the available means such as the teacher, texts, group, studies, and dissemination of Kabbalah, the more opportunities to choose will emerge.
As a result, we will be unifying the properties of judgment and mercy by ourselves, in accord with our own free will, combining the forces of Bina and Malchut, the right and the left lines. We will start governing ourselves, and the place of the choice will become the middle line for us.
By drawing as much as possible from Bina and Malchut so we may link them into one whole, we will attain spiritual life and begin to climb the spiritual ladder.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/19/10, “Inclusion of the Attributes of Mercy and Judgment”
I Choose But I Do Not Rule