“Commandment” in the language of Kabbalah means correction of the desire created by the Creator. Desire develops with the help of the Light that influences it during the four phases of the expansion of the Light. At the end, the desire “inflates” into an enormous size and obtains everything that the Light is willing to give to it: love, fulfillment, and abundance.
In the beginning, the desire was as tiny as a drop of semen. Then, with the help of love it is “blown up” into a huge ball. So, at some point, when the desire senses love, it suddenly starts to realize that its own nature is opposite to it. It then immediately gets “deflated” and returns back to its starting point.
What happens to the love felt by the desire? It turns into trepidation and fear, that is, into its own limited world. The desire cannot cope with what it received from the root through the four phases of the expansion of the Light and thus restricts itself.
It makes an effort to handle the situation, obtain similarity, and merge with the previous sensation. After all, this sensation is in fact the attainment and revelation of the Creator and His Essence. So, the desire tries to “inflate” again and become similar to Him, more and more. At first, it performs correction in the five Partzufim of the world of Adam Kadmon (AK); later, it proceeds with NHY de AK in order to obtain the Light of Hassadim (Mercy) in the world of Nekudim, the place of the world of Atzilut.
It then becomes unable to continue this process, and the shattering occurs: The desire begins to realize that its properties won’t allow it to attain perfect love. However, on the other hand, the desire acquires a certain sensation and understanding, and it builds the worlds of Atzilut (A) and BYA.
Thereby we attain the relationship we used to have in the world of Infinity, in other words, we attain love. This is what we strive for, constantly checking and measuring the level of love we have managed to attain.
This is why the Creator made the group: I have friends; I have somebody to love. “Practice with your friends and check the results you received,” He says. “When you achieve correct interconnection between you, I will reveal Myself within you.”
The Creator broke the collective vessel, and today we are a broken group. By doing so, He gave us a chance to sense and to reveal Him through correction we perform between us. On our side, our readiness to love is called the “vessel,” and on His side, His readiness to love is called “the Light.” At the end, they meet: Our corrected vessel is the “divine Shechina,” the “assembly of Israel,” and the Creator settles in it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/9/2012, “Introduction to TES”