“I will rise now, and go about the city, in the streets and in the broad ways, I will seek him whom my soul loveth.” I sought him, but I found him not.
The watchmen that go about the city found me: “Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?” Scarce had I passed from them, when I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
We search in the darkness and encounter the watchmen and thanks to him, the darkness, and our exertion, we can find!
We have repeatedly been in the state where we cannot do anything by ourselves. We reach a descent, a fall, despair and neglect, a feeling of helplessness and weakness bursts from inside, which we can do nothing about.
It is actually in these states that a person is examined as to what extent he has prepared himself with guards and policemen, if he has a mutual guarantee with others, and whether he has managed to prepare support and safeguarding. Safeguarding is necessary so that he will not escape, and the support helps him gather more internally towards the center of the group.
We need external forces for that, since a person himself is empty. He needs to have both guards and policemen, which are two opposite forces. A person must have both.
If a person learns something from this state, the next time he will worry about the mutual support of the friends, the building of a “safety belt.” Thus he prepares himself to attain the next level, turns the darkness into Light, and advances.
In our world, we say that someone who doesn’t learn from his mistakes is a fool. It is the same when it comes to spiritual advancement. At first a person is allowed to learn and it doesn’t matter if he makes mistakes.
But if he sees that he is thrown down a second time and cannot rise by external support, because he certainly has no powers of his own, then it is considered a transgression and disrespectful of the means given to him.
From the preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/23/14