Question: How can we connect the two discernments of “If I am not for me, who is for me” and “There is none else besides Him“?
Answer: Our mission is to reach a state in which there is no time, place, or motion. This means that there is no difference between the ascents and the descents. Even if one discovers the greatest evil and a sharp sword is placed on his neck, he shouldn’t despair of mercy. All these states don’t disappear, but we simply rise above them.
The desire to receive has to die totally, and so it is cut off, piece by piece, but we receive it as the greatest pleasure since it becomes not a simple necessity that we can avoid but the preparation of the vessel that turns into a real Light and the fulfillment of the act of bestowal.
It is actually in the worst states that we can see the height of faith and bestowal, and thus love them. Everything depends on how important we regard the Creator and our bestowal unto Him. Thus, we increase our vessel to the extent that we manage to turn ourselves into a means to delight Him.
The Creator opens up all the discernments in our hearts and minds that are not corrected and by which we are not adhered to Him in every state, from the easiest to the most difficult.
Thus, we connect these discernments: “If I am not for me, who is for me” and “There is none else besides Him.” The adhesion annuls the gap between these two discernments.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/3/14