Question: It is said in The Study of the Ten Sefirot (Part 8, Item 4, “Inner Reflection”) that the lower one raises MAN, a plea for correction, only to its upper one (Elyon), and from there, to the degree higher than the upper one (Ali Elyon). So it follows that there is a leap of two degrees?
Answer: No, you can never rise to the degree higher than the upper one. The text discusses three degrees to prevent you from thinking that the action is completed in your upper one. The upper one raises your MAN to the degree higher than the upper one.
And although the action does not end even at the degree higher than the upper one, we only consider three degrees in the World of Atzilut. However, it does not mean that everything ends at them.
Not a single degree can correct anything for the lower degree without taking part of the Light of Infinity. It must raise the desire, the need of the lower one into the World of Infinity since such a desire is completely new: It is a desire to unite Malchut with Bina that has never existed, does not exist, and it’s not to be found even in Infinity.
This desire has to ascend to the World of Infinity where Malchut of the World of Infinity enters a union (Zivug De Hakaa) with the Light of Infinity and passes the special Light intended specifically to that MAN of the lower one.
However, in order to discuss this entire chain we consider only three degrees: the lower one, the upper one, and higher than the upper one.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/5/10, Talmud Eser Sefirot