Answer: During the process of spiritual work, our desire to understand and to feel everything within us does not contract; on the contrary, it goes and grows more and more. And it must expand because it is becoming more and more integral. I already begin to understand how my image of reality changes and that my body, by occupying a particular volume in physical space, gives me a feeling of distance, isolation from others, even opposition and difference from others.
I need to bring myself to a state where I feel myself freed from the body. The body doesn’t exist. Above my body, which is to say beyond the ego, there exists connection between me and others. And the body doesn’t exist, it is some kind of egoistic image in my imagination, in our consciousness. This is how I need to learn to describe my future state to myself. What interests me is only the spiritual unity between us. There is no significance to bodies. Later we will see how they disappear.
In the wisdom of Kabbalah we learn about the birth of the spiritual Kli, about its growth and about changes of state. The same thing takes place with us in our world, the birth and growth of our beastly body, which in principle is that ego. Our body is what exists in our imagination, in fact, it is formed within our ego. After that it melts, disappears, dies, and in its place another body appears, and another, and so forth until we go out to the level of the completed correction. We return into the bodies all the time because they are imperative for us for our independent attainment of every spiritual level.
Between every spiritual level there is a disconnect, a split. In order to attain a particular level you need to fall from it to the level of this world. At least for a moment you must feel that you exist only in this beastly state, and after this you will begin to attain the next higher spiritual level. You fall to this level all the time, and then again you carry out an energetic leap to the next higher level.
And only with the completion of all the corrections when you carry out an action called (Shmuel II 23:20) “…a valiant man from Kabtziel who had done many acts” (which is to say, “I will gather together”), when you gather all of these levels and connect them integrally then the last state of the full completion of the correction appears. And until then, we correct every value in a discrete (isolated) form, just as an electron leaps within the atom to the next levels. But in general when it leaps it emits photons, whereas, we do the opposite because we are ascending spiritually; therefore, we apparently absorb energy from the surrounding energetic field called “Creator” or “Light,” and this obligates our ascent to a higher and higher orbit.
From the 2nd Preparation for the Convention in Krasnoyarsk 6/13/13