Answer: You need to be aware of and gratefully accept what is taking place with you. And it all depends on the thoughts and desires of the environment. If you are talking about my personal participation in hastening the work, it lies in my engagement in the environment that constantly supplies the “fuel” to me so I may advance.
It allows me to keep a constant connection with the upper force and to realize that it doesn’t really matter how I feel in my egoistic desire about everything I receive from it: good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. Clearly, the most unpleasant things are the most authentic since I reside in my egoism and use it to verify and evaluate how pleased or displeased I am. I must be willing to accept everything that is occurring with me, as it is said: “Even when a sharp sword is raised over you, don’t despair in His kindness.”
In other words, it doesn’t matter what I feel; what matters is that I don’t lose the desire for the Creator. After all, “there is none else besides Him, the good that does good,” while separating from Him is the most terrible misfortune that can ever happen in my life. I don’t care about anything else; I only want to make sure I haven’t withdrawn from Him, and this is what I use to verify everything all the time.
And even after I have managed to grasp the connection with Him, despite the difficulties and problems, I keep trying to see all the obstacles and hardships as grounds for our connection. After all, this is the point from which I can come to it.
This means that I am already in the right state and only have an incorrect view of it due to my being flawed. Thus I work until I fully justify this entire state and experience great joy. But what matters the most is that regardless of what great fear, worry, problems, and troubles I am experiencing, I still don’t abandon the thought of the Creator. In this point of my connection with Him, which I am holding on to, I start building my state correctly.
This proves that the Creator is waking a person up with every opportunity the latter presents to Him. These fortunate chances are deliberately unpleasant for a person so that a person may reverse and seek only them.
This will demonstrate that I am rising above my ego, over my feeling bad, toward adhesion. And then I won’t view this situation as unpleasant, but rather as a condition that led to our oneness. I will feel that it includes in itself all the preparation and prerequisites, which woke me up and gave me determination, all the components of this exalted state.
Besides, is there any other way to reach the first point of contact with the Creator while rising from one’s egoism?
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/1/2011, Baal HaSulam’s Letter 19