Rabash, “And Hezekiah Turned His Face to the Wall”: The main part of the prayer should be regarding the fact that Divinity is in the dust. This means that working in order to bestow upon the Creator is lowly and disgraceful work and we ask that the Creator will enlighten our eyes and remove the darkness that is before our eyes. This is what we ask for (Psalms 113) “Who raiseth up the poor from the dust; and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill,” Divinity is called “poor and needy” and it is in the dust, “and lifteth the need out of the dunghill” refers to those who want to adhere to it and feel that they are in a state of lowliness and that they don’t see anything in reality that can help them come out of this mud. So they ask the Creator to lift them, where the body agrees, which is based on the desire to receive, since they know nothing about bestowal and so their work is in the sense of pride.
It turns out that in every state we are in we have no choice and there is nothing we can do but pray and be thankful for the state we are in. It doesn’t matter whether we feel this state as good or bad, as an ascent or a descent, as long as we are aware of the fact that we are in a certain state and that it is the Creator who has arranged it for us. This means that we are conscious, that we exist.
So no matter what happens—if we are aware of the fact that this is what the Creator has arranged for us and are thankful for that—everything that we receive we already receive from Him. We have to be thankful for the point of recognition of the good or the evil, for the moment of realization! It is like a sick person who regains consciousness and that already means that he is alive.
The question is where do we go from this point of consciousness? There is no state for which we cannot be thankful for what we have received, and it makes no difference what state we are in. It is because the Creator has chosen this state as the best state from which I can advance towards the goal of creation. He creates the optimal conditions at any point along my path.
Besides the feeling of gratitude, I also have to ask! “There is none else besides Him” who created me in the previous state and brought me to the current state and has given me the chance to ask Him to bring me to the next state.
I don’t know what the next state I should be in is. But I ask that my prayer, my request, will be identical to the Creator’s desire, to His plan. My correction is in the fact that I see that every state is arranged by the Creator and that I should be able to be thankful for it according to the rule “make your desire His desire.”
Then there is nothing else for us to think or worry about and there is nothing else we should do but constantly, at any point along our way, adhere and hold on strongly to the upper Providence, try to adhere to it so that we will feel thankful.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/13