The Zohar, “The Night of the Bride,” Item 126: Then those who feared the Creator spoke with each other, and the Creator hearkened and heard, and a Book of Remembrance was recorded before Him for those who fear the Creator and honor His name. “They shall become chosen for Me on the day that I shall determine…” (Malachi, 3:16 – 3:17).
…The thing is that at the end of correction, when the great general Zivug of Atik manifests, great Light will be revealed in all the worlds, and in this Light everyone will return to the Creator in absolute love.
After all of the corrections, the great operation must occur that completes all the particular actions, both in quantity and in time, that connect everything into the general adhesion with the Creator.
Question: Who are those who “fear the Creator?”
Answer: Those who fear the Creator are the parts of the desire that pass through corrections. Every layer within the desire to receive, including the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, works according to its laws and is found within a system of particular forces.
The level of the speaking must be aware of the higher power that manages and animates everything. A person’s work is to acquire a desire for whomever leads him, to become aware of the Master, meaning to ascertain whoever it is that is doing all of this and how he is doing it. As it is written, “…for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them…” (Jeremiah 31:33).
It turns out that it is up to us to acquire such a great need for the Creator, His might, the desire to attain Him, to understand His actions in all of their depth and essence, and understand why and why He is doing this. To understand the Creator is possible only from the opposite state, “…as far as light excelleth darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13). Otherwise, we will have no feeling. The feeling is built from the resistance between two opposites.
So, the greater the darkness and the Light, the good and the evil, are in contrast to each other, our feeling is more intense. Besides the intense feeling, the intelligence develops that helps one to feel, understand, digest, and move closer to the good, or conversely, to move away from evil.
It is up to us to prepare an empty desire that corresponds in every way to the Light but in the opposite form, in other words, Malchut of Infinity is completely darkened in all of its intensity and all of its parts precisely match Malchut of Infinity that is filled with Light. However, it is clear that we are not ready to tolerate darkness like this, for we flee from even the smallest problems, as it is written, “…a thousand enter a room, and one comes out to teach” (VaYikra Rabba 2). After all, we don’t even tolerate the smallest darkness in our lives, and spiritual darkness is much more terrible than physical darkness; it is a terrible feeling.
So, we must receive support from the group and the importance of the goal that we receive by means of the Light, and then with their help, it could be that we are able to leap above the suffering, above the feeling of emptiness within our desire to receive, above the lack of expected fulfillment.
I must feel the empty Malchut of Infinity. This is called the “illumination of Malchut,” an especially difficult feeling that is worse than death. It is as if you find yourself on the threshold of a black, infinite, endless abyss, facing a thundering silence. This is a terrible feeling.
The creature is not prepared to tolerate even a drop of this feeling so that afterward, in contrast, he will discover the Light as good. This is not possible; so the great desire is divided into a multitude of desires for many generations in time and people in a plurality of states in each of them.
All of the particular corrections are gathered, and in the end they bring us to the completion of correction (Gmar Tikkun), to the day of the marriage, and in that marriage, all of us are “friends of the bride,” in other words, the desires of creation.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/23/14, The Zohar