Question: How can we please the Creator? How do we find out what pleases Him?
Answer: The Creator receives pleasure when we enjoy ourselves. This is why we need to attend to the development of our desires. It is not enough to remain on the degree of “bestowal for the sake of bestowal” (Bina), and especially not on the miserable degree of this world, the still level of spirituality (Domem de Kedusha). One cannot be satisfied with this.
To be on the still degree of spirituality means failing to take one’s own initiative, failing to develop. But the purpose of creation is to receive everything that the Creator wants to give. It is written: “The cow wants to feed the calf more than the calf wants to suckle,” so if He is good and wants to give me goodness, I must develop my desires infinitely.
However, I can attain an unrestricted spiritual vessel only under the condition that I receive for the sake of bestowal. Then I completely open myself to the Light. But when I receive pleasure egoistically, I am unable to receive more than a spark of Light called a “thin candle” (Ner Dakik), which is our life in this world. This is the reality that becomes revealed in my egoistic desire.
Yet a higher, spiritual, reality can exist on the zero, “still,” level, when a person restrains himself, stops receiving, and is content with little things. This is called the “still level of sanctity,” the very beginning of development.
But the attainment of the vegetative, animate, and human levels of spirituality depend on the development of the degree of “fear,” the development of the desire to bestow. And this development is gradual: We develop fear within us, meaning the degree of bestowal, and receive for the sake of bestowal. Then, our desire to receive pleasure starts growing. We see that we lack trepidation and once again begin to cultivate it. Such is the process of development.
The very first “commandment” that pertains to our correction is described in The Zohar: the commandment of “trepidation, fear.”
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/6/2011, Shamati #38