Question: What is the work in concealment?
Answer: A black spot, a dark place, is revealed in Malchut of Infinity, which I have to fill with the greatness of the Light, the greatness of the Creator. Everything around it is Light, but I was given this picture of darkness so that I will add bestowal on my part there.
It is like a small part of person’s heart that doesn’t function because the blood flow is blocked. The medical term for this is “myocardial infarction,” and I am required to fix the blood flow by adding the Light of bestowal there. Thus the parts are gradually shown to me one by one so that I will add the Light there.
I cannot do it by myself, of course, since I am not the source of the Light, but I can ask that the Light of bestowal will appear there instead of the Light of receiving. The concealment gives me such an opportunity.
So we shouldn’t see the states of concealment as darkness, unpleasantness, or punishment. Punishment is actually the opposite—if I am not given such states of unpleasant concealments and am dulled by good feelings that turn me into a well-fed animal that needs nothing and doesn’t want to hear about anything.
There is nothing worse than that. In this state I am doomed to remain on the animal level because I receive all the fillings while lacking the ability to reveal any deficiencies and to get closer to their correction by myself: to do something independently, to respond and to participate by myself.
It is like being invited to some important conference in which great experts take part and where I am greatly respected but am not allowed to speak. How would I feel? In the state of concealment, however, I am allowed to respond.
We mustn’t forget that all the manners, limits, and forms of concealment must be clarified only with regard to the group. Everything else belongs to the animal level: all the issues that belong to food, sex, family, money, respect and knowledge. All this has nothing to do with spiritual darkness. Spiritual darkness applies only to the mutual guarantee in the group.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/18/14