Baal HaSulam, Shamati #8: “What Is the Difference between a Shade of Kedusha and a Shade of Sitra Achra“: It is written “Under its shadow I delighted to sit, and its fruit was sweet to my palate.” In other words, one says that all the concealments and the afflictions one feels are because the Creator has sent him these situations so that one would have a place to work above reason.
When one has the strength to say that, that is, that the Creator causes him all that, it is to one’s benefit. This means that through that one can come to work in order to bestow and not for oneself. At that time one comes to realize, meaning believes that the Creator enjoys specifically this work, which is built entirely on above reason.
It follows that one does not pray to the Creator that the shadows will flee from the world. Rather, one says, “I see that the Creator wants me to serve Him in this manner, entirely above reason.” Thus, in everything that one does, one says, “Of course the Creator enjoys this work, so why should I care if I work in a state of concealment of the face?”
Because one wants to work in order to bestow, meaning that the Creator will enjoy, he has no abasement from this work, meaning a sensation that he is in a state of concealment of the Face, that the Creator does not enjoy this work. Instead, one agrees to the leadership of the Creator, meaning however the Creator wants one to feel the existence of the Creator during the work, one agrees wholeheartedly. This is so because one does not consider what can please him, but considers what can please the Creator. Thus, this shade brings him life.
Faith above reason means to perceive everything that happens to you as sent by the Creator, the one unified force, besides which there is nothing else, good that does good, in spite of the fact that you feel differently. All our work is to realize that we do not do anything ourselves, nor do we want to do anything, not externally or internally, not with our hands, legs, or the tools of this world, not with our inner desires or thoughts, but instead we agree with everything that we have at this moment. And then this moment will be called the end of the correction.
And until we have reached this sensations that we are in the best state, under the control of the good force that brings good both to the sinners and righteous ones, until then shadows will remain in the world. The Creator will bring us to such states that we will want to change them. First, we’ll want to change the world, then we’ll want to change ourselves. But in the end, we understand that our work is quite the opposite—to change our attitude towards the perception of the upper management, the Lord of the world, so that we long for his shadow.
Everything that we receive becomes desirable although it comes in an unpleasant form because this is a shadow, concealment. But we work on ourselves in faith above reason so that these fruits become sweet to us. This is our entire correction.
It all starts from perceiving everything that happens as coming from the Creator, and not just in words, but to feel like this inside. We need to ask the Creator not to be revealed, but just for the ability to realize that everything comes from Him. Then a person will be pleased to work in faith above reason and will accept all the bad states as the best ones, the unpleasant as pleasant, until the moment when they all become sweet to him.
This would mean that he has reached faith. And nothing changes in the world, only the perfect management of the Creator is revealed to a person. That alone makes this world a higher, perfect world.
It turns out that no external changes are necessary, no external work is required, not with hands and feet, not the way we imagine spiritual work. Everything eventually boils down to the same state—a person’s contact with the hidden management. He wants to keep this contact all the time and requires no changes in anything; he wants to remain in concealment.
First, he asked for revelation, but now he wants to remain in concealment. All his desire, all the energy with which we was seeking revelation, he turns to the contrary, to prevent this from happening. After all, revelation can erase all his selfless aspiration, his entire relationship with the Creator, and can deprive him from working above reason. That is why he wants to preserve this distance in which he felt sorrow, so that he’ll constantly be connected with the Creator above it.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/29/13