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All our work is to discover the real, fixed, existing, eternal, whole, state that we are in. We have to evoke our feelings and thoughts so that we will feel it instead of the world we are feeling now. We have to open our hearts and minds without making a move but only awakening more each time until we reach adhesion with the Creator.
If this is how we imagine this state, then we clearly understand that everything that happens to us signals the places we have to pay special attention to. It is in those places that we have to clarify our feelings, thoughts, intentions, and attitude towards our attributes in order to develop them more in a sequence and to be worthy of the revelation of the state in which we are in constant adhesion with the Creator.
So there is nowhere to run. We must return to the same internal point that starts from the point in the heart each time and make sure that it develops constantly. There is nothing else we can discover in all of reality except for the one force that is in us that supports us and takes care of us all the time.
If a person stops himself this way, by seeing only one right direction for his development that leads to the revelation of the upper force that is in the point in the heart, and does not leave this direction, and intentionally stops and restricts all the other ways that seemingly allow him to develop, see, check and feel, by strongly closing them, it means that he is aiming his powers on attaining the goal.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/19/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Baal HaSulam, Shamati, article 70: “With a Mighty Hand and with Fury Poured Out”: We should know that of those who want to enter God’s work in order to truly cleave unto Him and enter the King’s Palace, not everyone is admitted. Rather, one is tested—if he has no other desires but only a desire for Dvekut (adhesion), he is admitted.
And how is one tested if he has only one desire? One is given obstructions. This means that he is sent alien thoughts and alien messengers to obstruct him so he would leave this path and follow the path of the populace.
And if one overcomes all the difficulties and breaks all the bars that block him, and little things cannot turn him off, then the Creator sends him great Klipot and chariots, to deflect one from admittance into adhesion with Him alone, and with nothing else. This is considered that the Creator is rejecting him with a mighty hand.
It takes a long time to finally realize that everything a person feels comes from the Creator and it is only meant to direct him to the goal. There isn’t an action, or an occurrence that does not direct a person towards the goal, which means to adhesion with the Creator. A person cannot change this in any way, since everything happens according to the Reshimot (spiritual genes). Only the intensity, the way the Reshimot are revealed is determined by how we fulfilled the previous Reshimot.
But everything is according to the plan in which a person has to discover a strong desire for adhesion, according to the spiritual desire, which means the fixed, intensive desire that is aimed at only one goal. “There is no slightly in spirituality,” but only the maximum, and a person should have such a strong desire.
So the Creator reveals His mighty hand by making a person face hardships and problems, by confusing a person in every possible way so that he will grow stronger by overcoming these obstacles. He has to examine his options and leave only one direction and intensify it so that it would be impossible to divert him from the right path. In order to do that the Creator sends increasingly tougher problems, like in the fable of the person who as he climbs the mountain to the King’s palace he encounters guards that are increasingly crueler along his way. All this is so that only one strong desire will be left in a person, a desire that is actually burning, yearning to burst out into the spiritual world, which means to attain the attribute of bestowal, self annulment, to break out.
It is like the birth process in which there are two active forces: the pushing force from inside and the force that blocks the exit. The tension between these two forces grows until it is strong enough for the doors to open and for the breakthrough to occur. Then the fetus can come out.
These two opposite forces, the force of the Creator and the force of the created being eventually reach sufficient tension for the breakthrough. As it says, “in the same place, at the same time, in the same woman” such concentration of tension is created that it leads to the application.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/19/13
The moment a person comes complaining to the Creator, there is an immediate concealment and he is no longer aiming at the Creator but rather at another goal. It’s because the Creator is the only force, there is none else beside Him and He is good and benevolent. If you aim straight at Him, then you can’t have any complaints. The moment you divert a little from the right direction, you immediately feel dissatisfied and full of complaints.
Turn to the right direction and do your best until you divert again and start complaining. Thus, by your dissatisfaction and overcoming it each time you advance towards the Creator, like a boat that advances by tacking. It’s because you can’t advance directly to the Creator; you don’t have the attribute of bestowal, the attributes of the good and the benevolent. You have to build this image above your attribute of receiving, from your oppositeness. You build a replica of these attributes and not the actual attributes.
It’s common knowledge that the only way to create a sculpture is by removing the excess and or a surplus. You can take a big rock and take off all the unnecessary parts to get the desired form. You can take plaster and make a statue out of it, but in any case, the main thing is the border, the external form we create on top of the desire to receive by clarifying each time where to draw the line between the desire to receive and the desire to bestow.
So our work is always made of the inclination to resemble and for that reason a person is called “Adam – man” which means “Domeh” (similar to in Hebrew) to the Creator. Our work is to justify the Creator. I can’t focus myself on that, to become good and benevolent and there is none else beside Him, by myself. But by justifying Him I become equal to Him and attribute myself to His form.
From the 1st Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/17/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Answer: We establish concessions on the basis of our understanding that we cannot change our character and that I don’t intend to correct or to break my partner. I don’t ask her to change in any way. We only base our relationship on mutual agreement and on mutual concessions.
I check to what extent I can concede and accept my partner’s opinion, although basically, according to my ego, I would not agree to that. But I understand that without concessions I will never be able to make any connections in the family or anywhere else. So I concede to some extent in order to create the “shared space” between us.
But I don’t annul myself or my partner, I concede but it doesn’t mean that I surrender. I have ascended above myself, but I did not erase myself. I understand that I don’t agree with my partner and at the same time I know that I have to accept her wishes, habits, and opinions above my desires, habits, and opinions.
It turns out that I keep my opinion and she keeps hers. But I consciously allow her to control me. On her part she does the same. It isn’t easy, but at the same time each of us doubles himself and we connect into one whole. I include everything that is in my wife, both the positive and the negative sides, and she also includes everything there is in me, both the positive and the negative sides.
Each one is ready to give up his own claims in order to accept his partner as superior, as the dearest friend. Thus each of us includes the other and this leads to a connection between us and even adhesion, which means a total incorporation of desires.
It is about gradual learning when a couple understands that they have reached a new era in their family relations, a new dimension of the perception of a relationship, of the other, of society, and of the world. A person begins to look at the world differently. He sees life and the secret of their existence.
Without this mutual incorporation, not a single living cell, a plant, an animal, or man will be able to evolve; life can go on only if each one allows the other to enter his space.
Here a person discovers the secret of life! He begins to feel how everything loves and breathes, how everything develops. He begins to develop only thanks to his concessions to others.
By himself he was a dead cell, but now he begins to absorb the whole world and becomes everything, at the same time everyone keeps his own boundaries without breaking or annulling them. It is a very important moment since people often regard concessions in the opposite sense, as giving up their desire and taking the risk of being immediately swallowed by someone else like a snake that swallows its prey.
From a Talk About a New Life 7/25/13