In order to reach the next degree, which is called the “New Year,” we need to be ready for the new property of bestowal. And it comes when a person equalizes black and white, being above the screen, above the egoistic desires.
Nothing prevents him from giving to the other, nothing matters—he does not set any conditions, just to be able to give, and this is always possible.
Therefore, once a person reaches the state when he only wants to bestow and is able to bestow, then he has corrected and prepared himself for the next degree, for the New Year.
All the preparations for the New Year mean the willingness to work in the dark and the Light completely equally in all the desires and thoughts that are revealed today in our mind and heart. And when we finish this degree and can bestow above all the darkness, since this bestowal does not apply to us, to our feelings, we come to the perfect prayer.
My only desire is to bring pleasure to the Creator, that is the most important thing to me. This means that I establish the Creator to reign over all the earth (Eretz), over my entire desire (Ratzon). Above all my desires for my own benefit, whatever they may be, there is the Creator Who is most important to me.
This means that I make Him reign over all my desires, and no matter what happens inside them, I do not care. The main thing for me is to increase and raise the Creator. This symbolizes the holiday of the beginning of the New Year and its prayers: the King to whom we address our prayers.
Before the holiday, throughout the previous month Elul, we need to prepare ourselves so that we come to the beginning of the year. Otherwise, there is no beginning of the year; there is no time in the spiritual world. Today, we celebrate the beginning of the new year. This holiday came down to us as a branch of the spiritual root. But if we rise by this branch back to the root, we can celebrate the new year any time: any moment, any day that will become the beginning of a new degree for us.
In total, there are 70 degrees (HGT NHYM of Zeir Anpin), and we have to ascend them all. Malchut must adhere to this ladder. A new year begins at every step, so a person’s life is estimated at 70 years.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/4/13, Shamati #122