Answer: In a Kabbalistic group a person’s mood is under the influence of the surrounding environment and only that. This is because one who advances, correcting himself, is practically never in control of himself.
He exists either in an uplifted state, when the Light pulls him upward, or in a descent into the worst possible dark state, when the upper Light releases him. That is why he is constantly in states that he cannot regulate nor create something above himself.
We are not talking about an ordinary person in our world who exists under the influence of two opposing forces that constantly, like on a swing, toss him up or throw him down.
That is why he needs to be connected to a society that buffers his states, transferring them to itself and passing them back to him. In other words, while in an ascent, the individual passes to the group his confidence, knowledge, understanding, and desire to progress; and when he is in a descent, the group returns this all back to him. Then again, in a positive state, he passes all of that to the group, and in a negative state, the group elevates him.
It turns out that if he passes these states through the group, then there is always a closed ever-changing contour, and he is constantly moving forward. But without a correct society that helps him advance with the help of a certain agreement called “mutual guarantee” (Arvut), he cannot progress. The upper force will constantly be throwing him into an opposite state.
Question: What is meant by positive mood—to be happy, joyous?
Answer: For a Kabbalist, it is the confidence that in each moment he is in a correct relationship with the Creator. The descents and ascents bring him out of this relationship. Moreover, while in ascents he feels that he is the master of himself and the entire world.
Question: What kind of actions can an individual make in order to raise the mood of those around him?
Answer: He must do the same for them as he expects from them.
Question: How do we correctly elevate the mood of an individual who is engaged in inner work and not interfere with his focus?
Answer: Only through example. Demonstrate to him, without words, that you are in the correct, positive, creative ascent. Help him only through your inner intention and desire, and externally, by an unobtrusive example.
Question: How can I see that my friend is in a state of descent? Does he need to tell me about it?
Answer: If he really cannot do anything, then he must speak about it to his friends and ask for them to take him into their hands. Moreover, the individual understands that by this, he helps others and the group. He can not only ask for help for himself, but also give the ability to the group to unite around him. In this case the group, undoubtedly, rises.
The individual must understand that the friends work together as one soul. There is nothing shameful in this. But on the contrary, if he really has no strength, then it is a sign that he must turn to them because they are all placed into this state by the upper force.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 2/8/18