Everything depends only on our desire and the Reshimot (spiritual genes) that are imprinted in it. So there is no point waiting for mercy from Above. We must simply work on our desires.
We will be able to feel the upper reality that is revealed in this desire and the Light that fills it according to the way we turn it, increase or decrease it, and connect its parts in a certain order.
We work with the desire only and so we mustn’t believe in anything or wait for something to be done for us from Above; we must only perform the right and accurate actions that will change the desire.
We know that we have to pray so that the Light will influence us and reform us. This is true, of course, only if our desire is sensitive enough, close to the Light and needs it. Then the constant Light will have a stronger effect on the desire. All our work is to bring the desire closer and to turn it in such a way that the Light will influence it as much as possible.
It is as if I wish to sunbathe and choose a certain place on the roof where nothing blocks the sun. I lie under the sun at a certain angle and turn to it to catch the rays. But if the sun is constant, it doesn’t change as a result of my changes. I have to move to get closer to its rays as much as I can.
The desire can change only under the influence of the group. There is no other means that can affect me. The Light is constant just like the sunlight. I have to turn my desire towards the Upper Light and get closer to it. How can I do that?
I cannot change my Reshimot; this whole chain has to open up according to its programmed pace. I cannot influence the constant Light, of course. The changes are possible only by the environment from which I acquire additional desires.
The Reshimot are in the desire, but the group gives me an additional desire, and thanks to its great power, I can hasten the revelation and the fulfillment of the Reshimot. If I advance that way by my efforts, I will feel that this development is positive and that I am following a pleasant, easy, and fast road instead of the natural long and difficult path of sufferings.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/20/13