Answer: It is very simple, he has to feel great spiritual sorrow that he is in exile in Egypt. It isn’t by chance that Abraham asked the Creator: “How will I know that I will inherit it?” In other words, how will we receive a spiritual desire? After all, “land” stands for a desire and the “Land of Israel” that Abraham asks about is a spiritual desire that is totally in the intention of in order to bestow.
So how can we advance towards it? I have no desire for it, no inner means or external ones.
The Creator’s answer to this is: Go in search for people like you. Start connecting, make the effort, teach them how to live together in one tent. And when you are truly connected, then you will feel that the connection between you is the reason for all your troubles.
But don’t abandon it, continue to connect more strongly. You will feel that it is awful, that it is Egypt where the ego, Pharaoh, dominates your connection. You will go through seven years of satiation and seven years of deficiency. First everything will be fine but then your self -love will grab you by the neck and strangle you; you will not be able to go on, not internally or externally. You will feel that you are parched and will grab your throat: “Four hundred years! How will we hold on in this state? ”
So I am preparing the ego for you in such a way that it will force you to come out of Egypt. If you do your best to be more strongly connected, I will certainly help you.
It is by trying to be connected that you will discover the inner depth of your ego to such an extent that “the children of Israel cried out from the work,” because of the fact that you cannot connect. The more you exert yourself, the greater inner and external troubles you will have. You will not be able to bear it until you cry out only for one thing: just to come out, to leave your own nature. “Better death than such a life.”
Then, when you want a new life that is totally opposite from your nature, you will discover it and not before that. It is because your vessel, your desire, has to be whole. The indication for that is your readiness to jump into the sea.
In addition, you will be ready for the mutual guarantee, which is even worse for the ego. The mutual guarantee means giving your soul to others. Death is closing the account, while mutual guarantee means that I sell myself to everyone in my feelings and my mind, to all those who I cannot stand.
Thus we escape from Egypt since we discover how much we hate one another. This maximum discovery of evil leaves us no other choice.
Abraham understood all this from his great experience. He understood the Creator’s answer, “Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs,” which means that we have to feel the exile. Don’t think that the transition to spirituality is immediate. No, you have to be equipped with a very strong desire so that this desire will open up the gate of redemption for you.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/02/13, “Inheritance of the Land”