From Shamati #4, “The Reason For The Difficulty Of Annulling Oneself For The Creator”: If one can magnify one’s vessels, to that extent he magnifies the luminescence. Yet the question is, with what can one magnify one’s vessels? The answer is, in the extent to which he praises and gives thanks to the Creator for having brought one closer to Him, so one would feel Him a little and think of the importance of the thing, meaning that he was awarded some connection with the Creator.
As is the measure of the importance that one pictures for oneself, so the measure of the luminescence grows in him.
At first, it seems to us that our task is to feel the Creator. It is like an egoistic desire: to see Him, to attain, to reveal. It is not understood how one can aspire to this reward because one has to work selflessly: without feeling and attainment, like slaves who are dedicated to their master no matter what they get. If it is bestowal, it should be pure.
Feeling the Creator already seems like a reward. But this is not so because in order to feel the Creator, one must become like Him, achieve the same properties, desires, and thoughts. Thus we are allowed to strive to reveal Him.
Kabbalah is the method of revelation of the Creator by created beings in this world,
meaning, correcting them to a state of equality, to similarity to the Creator. According to this similarity, the created being reveals the Creator and adheres to Him, feels that “the whole earth is full of His glory.” Every desire of a person is filled with the property of bestowal and love, which is called the “Creator.” A person takes this structure, the form of complete bestowal and love and this means that the Creator is clothed into him.
There is no Creator without the created being that would come from somewhere and become clothed into us. “This will be one’s entire work, meaning all the vigor that he puts into the work will be only to achieve that, and not for any other things”—in this correction that allows a person to achieve adhesion with the Creator and be grateful for that. That is, he puts efforts into work in order to adhere to the Creator, to reveal Him, changing and becoming like Him. He should not think of anything, meaning that the only reward that he wants for his work should be to be rewarded with faith in the Creator.
Faith is bestowal; that is, a person looks for an opportunity to bestow.
We must know that there is no difference between a small illumination and a great one, which a person attains. There is complete unlimited abundance in the world. Take whatever you want from creation—only use it correctly in order to build yourself in the corrected form. This is because there are no changes in the Light. Rather, all the changes are in the vessels that receive the abundance, as it is written, “I the Lord change not.”
Hence, if one can magnify one’s vessels, to that extent he magnifies the luminescence. Yet, the question is, with what can one magnify one’s vessels? The answer is, in the extent to which he praises and gives thanks to the Creator—that is, he values the property of bestowal and love that becomes high and desired for him; he feels grateful for having brought one closer to Him.
A person is grateful for the entire path: for all the bad and good. He understands that his life has not had a single state not aimed at the goal. It does not matter whether a person realized that or not, but the Creator steadily advanced him to the goal. Any event in human history was intended to strengthen our unity with the Creator.
The Creator all the time attracted a person, “so one would feel Him a little and think of the importance of the thing, meaning that he was awarded some connection with the Creator. As is the measure of the importance that one pictures for oneself, so the measure of the luminescence grows in him.” If a person is constantly thinking only about this, then he feels the greatness of the property of bestowal and love; the state that he has to achieve, being detached from his “I.” To that extent, he attracts the Light that Reforms, which advances him in the desired direction.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/28/14