Question: How can I check if I exert myself enough?
Answer: Examine whether you feel energetic and enthusiastic, whether you have a strong desire called yearning for spirituality, in addition to the usual desire. Do you feel that this desire stimulates in you the need to connect to the environment and to advance in it?
Advancement is a result of a stronger connection, bonding with all others. Check whether you see that it is namely the place where you can attain spirituality.
We have to unite to such an extent that from the pressure between us this power of unity will begin to shine. This pressure is created as we work together against our egoism, above which we want to unite. The pressure between these two opposite forces creates a spark that turns on the Light, lights the fire.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/21/2011, Shamati #232