Question: Does the root of the soul depend upon what kind of connection exists between the souls?
Answer: There are many conditions applying to the connection between the souls, just like in an integral system where every element is connected with all the others. We are unable to even imagine this.
Suppose that one person has to be corrected, and because of him thousands upon thousands more elements of the common system become involved in the process of correction, meaning souls and creatures on various levels. This is somewhat similar to an embryo’s development. It grows in a very strange way: Suddenly a tail-like extension is formed, then it disappears, and certain forms get replaced by others.
Why do we have to go through all of these states until we take on the form of man? And that happens even in an embryo! Why do we have to receive nourishment through the belly button? Isn’t that strange? In essence the intake of food through the mouth also looks strange, but at least that comes from equivalence to the spiritual Partzuf that receives Lights (tastes, Taamim) through the mouth, Peh which is in the head, Rosh of the Partzuf.
It’s senseless to ask about this because the ways of development, the conditions and interconnections all come from the connection between the souls. Why do the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature have to develop precisely the way they do, producing such great varieties of fish, birds, animals, thousands of species of plants, and billions of different creatures?
All of this comes from the development of desires and combinations between them. It is written, “The end of the action lies in the initial plan.” If we did not have to attain total inter-inclusion in one another at the end of the action, in the final correction, then we would not need such a variety of species on every level of development on the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature.
All of these levels appear and disappear to the degree correction takes place according to the given period of development. That is why certain species of animals and plants have already vanished from the face of the earth, while others are only now being revealed.
Every day scientists discover new species of animals that were unknown before. Did they exist or not? They did not. They are only now being revealed. Suddenly this form begins to be revealed and to exist because our desires, which manifest in various combinations, present a new vision to us in the form of these creatures.
Previously these connections between the desires did not exist and it was as if these creatures did not exist. After all, they are only an external appearance of specific combinations of our desires.
Many more things will become revealed. But in the end all of this comes from the same principle.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/1/11, The Zohar