Question: Why are we engaged in dissemination as if we want to correct the world if we need to correct only ourselves?
Answer: You see other people around you who seemingly have their own power and are strangers to you. But this is the way your split perception is revealed to you, the difference between you and the corrected soul.
The corrected soul feels that there is no external world and it’s all in your heart. And as long as you can’t feel this way, it’s the sign of a fault within you. So, you need to take care of others and convince them. You need to approach them to the extent that they seem external to you.
You treat them like strangers whom you should attract to correction. And if you do it properly, then you train yourself internally. Supposedly by reaching out to people and correcting them, you really correct yourself inside, and due to that they are changing!
Do you think that you go out into the world and give lectures to others? In fact, you give the lecture to yourself. You think you are trying to change them? It’s you who persuades yourself to change!
You can’t approach yourself directly and make a correction in yourself. You have no power. By seeing flaws in others, the force of egoism helps you correct them. You have to correct yourself in such a deceptive form.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/2/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam