It is impossible to judge a state until you have been in it. In the evening, it is difficult to believe that in the morning you will not have power to get up and that sleep will be so sweet because in the evening we are attracted by completely different pleasures.
Therefore, it is written: “Do not judge your friend until you are in his shoes.” The other is you, so do not judge yourself in vain. To judge the place, you need to be in it with all your desires, thoughts, and feelings. This means that “the judge has only what his eyes see.”
The spiritual path presumes that a person judges himself, looking at himself from aside, in every state, until he reaches the middle line, and then he can become a real judge.1
What’s most important for advancement on the spiritual path is prayer, a request. It does not matter what happened, what state we are in—all this is given and arranged by the Creator. And we can only appeal to the Creator, all together, with one request, from one heart. This is what’s most important.
If a person treats the request to the Creator correctly, he immediately receives an answer and by this he can sharpen his request and again receive an answer, again sharpen the request, and again receive an answer, etc. So, it goes in circles all the time: “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me” until we adhere to such an extent that we work together. It is not that I ask and the Creator answers or that I react to the Creator’s response, but the request and the answer occur simultaneously.
Later on, we will see that the answer lies in the request itself. This is determined by the measure of adhesion between us. One does not need to wait for an answer because the request itself already contains the answer.2
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/20/18, Lesson preparation
1 Minute 6:11
2 Minute 8:00