Creation is a desire, a simple desire to live, to exist, a constant force. However, there is another desire that has to do with striving to achieve something, pulling me off my seat and not giving me rest. We are always lacking this kind of drive. We would like it to be as big as possible, but the question is how to awaken such a targeted drive that pushes and entices us toward a goal?
Within such a desire, there is a power that let us sacrifice a lot in order to achieve a goal, overcome all the obstacles on the way, scrutinize them, sort them out, and transform them from disturbances into help. This desire is what builds a person. Without this, a person is dead.
Naturally, the desire is in the hands of the Creator because He is the one who created it—both good and evil. But in every state: in ups and downs, in disappointment, in aspiration, we must look for how to awaken the Creator so that He would awaken us. The whole study of the science of Kabbalah is about how to awaken this mechanism of the upper system, called the Creator, so that He starts working with us, selectively and purposefully.
As a result, the Creator changes our desire. There are two desires: the desire to enjoy and the desire to give, the left and the right line, one against the other, and both of them are in the hands of the Creator. And both of them are handed over to a person if he has reached the degree about which it is said: “My sons have defeated me.” The main thing is to know how to awaken the higher force, the Creator, so that He will take care of our awakening.
The Creator puts us through different states so that we can clarify our desires, deal with them, He gives us reason and feelings, gives us the environment and all the necessary means. In the end, everything comes from Him. And as far as we get involved in this work in His spiritual kitchen where He prepares the right tool for us to attain the purpose of creation, that is how far we will advance and achieve success.1
Desire is a magical word that opens all the locks on our path. It is the only key that can open them.2
No matter how hard we try to imagine that we think about the Creator without any connection to ourselves, we will not be able to completely break away from our self-interest and expect nothing from Him. Perhaps we are willing to do everything, but only so to get at least something from Him in return. Otherwise, it is impossible without this thin pipeline stretched from Him to us. We are ready to give everything, our whole lives, just to get something from Him through this thin capillary.3
The only question is, what exactly do I receive from the Creator through this pipeline: the forces of bestowal or the forces of reception?4
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/19, “Revealing The Deficiency For The Greatness Of The Creator Between Us“
1 Minute 0:20
3 Minute 19:05
4 Minute 42:40