Question: How can the reading of text that I do not understand help me connect with the group or to desire this?
Answer: By itself, the reading of text is not effective. The thought of what it is exactly that I desire does help. It is like a source of strength.
Suppose you are given a medication, and you cure what you intended to cure with it. The medication affects the entire body, and you have to decide exactly what you want to treat, be it the leg, arm, head, a wound, or whatever you wish. The medication itself is universal.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/31/2011, The Zohar