Question: How is it possible to envy the Creator?
Answer: I envy the Creator for being the one who bestows. After all, I learn these qualities from Him, and how else can I learn?
The problem is that for us envy is directly connected to egoism. And if I envy someone, it is like I don’t want him to have something good. This is bad envy.
Good envy is when I wish to become like the one I envy. The problem with our perception is that we don’t see the difference between the qualities themselves, which are not good or bad on their own, and their implementation, which determines everything. We assign our egoistic desire to these qualities from the start because we have gotten used to working in such a way that all qualities, all “9 first Sefirot” clothe onto the egoistic desire, the corrupted Malchut.
However, if we imagine these qualities as clothed onto the corrected Malchut, then envy, lust, and honor will seem beneficial qualities that help us come out of this world and rise higher. Everything depends on whether we use them to reach bestowal.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/21/2011, Shamati #9