The development in the group is surprising and beautiful because during a very short time I pass such states and details of perception that without friends would have required a few reincarnations in the physical life—long transformations of Reshimot. Among the wonderful friends we accelerate development.
Nothing on this path can be “passed,” “walked over,” “removed from the list.” The process of realizating Reshimot is set initially and I must go through this entire spiral. But the pace of progress depends on me and is determined by how much I integrate into the group.
Even if I sit in class emotionless “like a log,” devoid of understanding, it does not matter. Everyone goes through this.
The group is a wonderful system in which we complement, add, to each other. Some reveal new “thicknesses” of desire, others are imbued with spiritual impulse, and we interact as a whole.
The main thing is to live in the group as deeply as possible, and bow down before it with all, to bow down in any state: both when I am full of life, unity, and when I am “dead.”
Talents and abilities will not help here; it’s not the one who is wise that learns spirituality. First and foremost, I am required to surrender.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/16/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam