Rabash, “Steps of the Ladder,” Article 19 “What the Torah Being Called The Middle Line Means in the Work”: A person has to believe that “there is none else besides Him” and that everything that happens to us is done by the Creator. Before doing anything at all, we should keep in mind that all we have is the choice that it is given to us since “if I’m not for myself then who?” In other words, everything depends on what we choose. However, after our actions are over, we have to come to the conclusion that everything is subject to the upper governance and that there is nothing we do ourselves.
We have to believe that it is the Creator who gives us desires and aspirations to make good deeds. However, for the time being, while we still remain unworthy, we are prohibited to sense that it is the Creator who compels us to make good deeds. That’s why the Creator conceals Himself in the clothes of intention “Lo Lishma” (not for His sake).
In other words, the Creator hides Himself in the “clothing” of our friends.
If we don’t want to get up and go to classes, then the Creator hides Himself in the “garb” of our friends and forces us to get up regardless of our fatigue since we suddenly realize that everybody around will see our weakness. The Creator’s command doesn’t energize us enough to wake us up. The Creator doesn’t obligate us and we would most likely stay in bed, but our friends make us get up and go to the lesson.
The same applies to everything: We are not able to stay strong and commit good deeds if the only one who compels us to act so is the Creator, although if we are forced to act by other people, we feel enough power to act with the intention of Lo Lishma.
One has to believe that “there is none else besides Him,” meaning that it is the Creator who coerces him to commit good deeds. However, one is not yet worthy to recognize that it is the Creator who obligates him and that he is still misled by the fact that the Creator “dresses” in his surroundings and governs him through the backside.
That’s why after each action we do, because our surroundings compel us to act, we must conclude that it was the Creator who arranged this situation for us and that He dresses into the garments that are essential to us. So now we should thank the Creator for being a source of our desire to commit good deeds by means of dressing in the circumstances of our lives.