If we looked at ourselves from the outside, from beyond our world, we would see that the “life” in it isn’t really life. We are completely detached from the true understanding of life. Spiritually, we are dead, and our reality is an illusion in an unconscious condition, a short lived spark that sustains this entire world.
A person truly lives when he receives the Light and holds it above himself, not allowing this enjoyment to expire and, at the same time, not letting it enter his will to receive directly. The Light and desire don’t cancel each other out; moreover, they don’t lose the connection either. They are like a candle, oil, and flame, bonded by the wick.
The oil is our matter, the will to receive; the wick is the screen (Masach); and the candle’s flame is the Light. I hold the flame above me and draw a line between the flame and the desire so that I don’t push the Light away completely, but rather keep it in order to bestow.
I constantly calculate how much oil and desire to add in order to make the flame burn in the optimal manner. Then, my candle doesn’t die out.
If we succeed in this, we experience life, eternal and complete. An opportunity to do so is laid before us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/24/10, “Perfection in Life”