Answer: The Creator created one big desire and then broke it into pieces.
In other words, the only desire that was created was shattered into billions of fragments under the influence of what is called the sin of Adam, because Adam introduced egoism into this desire. As a result, the connection between the parts of the general desire stopped, and each individual desire stopped feeling all the rest. To be more precise, it felt them, but wanted to use them for itself only.
The general desire to receive is called, “Adam” or “Adam HaRishon” (the First Man), or the “soul.” After the Shevira (breaking), the collective soul was divided into a multitude of individual souls.
Then, the individual souls fell even lower. In each one of them remained a small point called “Keter,” which is the beginning of a future soul. These points or sparks that remained unbroken, draw us toward reconnection in order to discover the Creator.
When they are ignited within us, we long to discover the entire system of the Creator. This is revealed in us as a longing to attain the meaning of life, and we find ourselves in some group.
A group is a certain part of all the individual souls that must now reach correction. People gather together into one group, without knowing why themselves, and begin to work on themselves in groups of ten, to transform the group of ten into one unit, one common whole. The moment that they attain this, they immediately begin to feel the Creator.
This is what we must do. So in every place, wherever it may be, you must find friends with whom you will learn to create among you a single whole according to the method of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Then you will feel the upper world, meaning you will restore the connection between you called 10 Sefirot, a Partzuf, or a soul.
Through this structure, you will be able to feel the upper world clearly. “Soul,” “Upper World,” and “Creator” are the same thing; it depends on how we scrutinize this discovery.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/8/16