Every day we have an opportunity to become increasingly closer to each other, that is, to the inner, emotional, and spiritual center of our unity, despite the difference in opinions and habits that might seem strange to others. However, we know that we are looking through the eyes of our egoism and therefore, we see nothing right. The only thing left for us is to have faith in the sages, Kabbalists, and be grateful for the chance to overcome.
By this sign it is possible to check how far you have moved or that you have already left the path leading to the goal of creation, to faith above reason, whether you rely on a spiritual basis or you fall into your egoism every time. The Creator gives us opportunities for advancement at every second; we just need to correctly accept them and correct our properties in order to see from them the true world instead of the world of egoistic deception.1
Give yourself as a gift to your friends
The creation of a spiritual Kli is carried out by getting closer to the friends. Such rapprochement is possible only through self-annulment, by adopting what I disagree with from them. This work involves including myself into the group, bowing down to it instead of dragging it into one’s own viewpoint.
If I really want to get closer to the center of the group, where the Creator is hiding from me, I have to look for difficulties and problems that I can overcome in order to connect with my friends. My gift to the group is my heartfelt and sincere participation by faith above reason.
Despite my disagreement, I join my friends. I then see that everything is already prepared in advance and there is no one to correct except for me. Everybody is already including themselves in the common soul, and only I, Malchut, should correct myself in relation to them. I will then reveal the structure of the common soul with its filling—the Creator residing within it.
All this is due to the fact that I correct myself against my will, making gifts to a friend or the group by annulling myself and joining them. I do not want this, and this unwillingness remains in me as the depth of my egoism (Aviut), but I do it above my unwillingness, against my egoism, and so I make a restriction, a screen, and include my Malchut in the first nine Sefirot.
The nine first Sefirot are the properties of my friends given to me for work and self-annulment so that I can restrict my egoism and be ready to give, to help, to support them in everything. As a result, I find out that everything has already been corrected. It is is the clothing of the Creator who arranged it all to help me develop love in myself and reveal Him.2
Only by the power of the greatness of the goal received from the environment is our willingness to transfer ourselves to the group measured. It is as if I came to a store to buy a gift for a friend and choose it according to the price indicating how much I appreciate him, how much am I willing to pay for his love: one hundred dollars, one thousand, or one hundred thousand?
In the same way, I assess my state in relation to the group: What I am ready to give up for the sake of connecting with my friends? After I have chosen the group, I have to go with it by giving up my egoism for the sake of connecting with it all the time. Gradually, I transfer my desire to enjoy from “within reason” to “above reason,” lifting it above the screen until I accumulate so much desire there that I can feel the presence of the Creator in it.
This is my gift to the group because this is the most precious thing that I have and that they need, that very desire that can be attributed to the Creator. The group is waiting for such a gift from everyone.3
The gift is always internal because you need to deny yourself something for him, to pay. The gift itself is just an external symbol, but it includes an inner action regarding our egoism, our desire to enjoy.
If I do not feel that I am going against my egoism. This is not considered as a gift because I do not refuse anything. A gift is when I, an absolute egoist, can cut off, suppose, ten percent from myself and pass it on to a friend. Only if my ego resists such a gift is it considered a gift. If I bring gifts to the one I love, then I make gifts to myself, like a mother giving to a child and enjoying it even more than the child does.
The giver of a gift to a friend refuses his egoism and passes it to the service of the group. It is necessary to make a gift of what causes the greatest resistance inside of us.4
A gift means that I take some filling from my egoism and pass it on to the benefit of others. Even buying a gift for a friend in a store, I refuse a hundred dollars, passing to a friend my desire to enjoy, which he can now use.
This is how we use the whole world, as it is written: “Go and earn from each other.” Let us begin to connect in such a way that each one will yield to the other, and in this way we will again unite in one Kli. Mutual earnings are an exchange, a connection of our desires into one desire. All of reality is a desire, there is nothing else. The whole world does the work of the Creator, consciously or unconsciously.5
Money is a cover, a screen. To the extent that I have such coverage, I can “pay,” that is, raise my desire to enjoy and transfer it to bestowal.6
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/18, Lesson Preparation for the Virtual Convention 2018