Question: What can we do to avoid the ten plagues of Egypt that are expected?
Answer: The ten blows come down on “Egypt,” which means on our desire to receive. If we transcend this ego, we don’t feel them as blows but as forces that help us detach ourselves from the ego and be free of it.
There is a physical, emotional, or ideological connection that depends on the five levels of our existence. The more I detach myself from the desire to receive and rise above it and don’t identify with it, the more the blows change with regard to me. First I begin to feel that it isn’t I who feels these blows and later they become more and more external.
On the third and fourth levels of Aviut (thickness), I feel these blows on me, on the second level of Aviut, I feel that they are external, and on the first level of Aviut when I already exit my desire, I discover that these blows actually help me. On the root level, I bless these blows and the fact that they helped me detach myself from “Pharaoh” and escape from him. Thus I experience the blows from one level to the next.
These levels can be felt in every state in our life. The more connected I am to my Pharaoh and the more I depend on him, I first feel that he treats me well like during the seven years of satiety, and then I feel bad like during the seven years of hunger, and then come the blows and the exodus.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/02/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam