In the state of ascent, we should study the previous descent, and in the state of descent, we should imagine ascent. The whole world is a concealment and that is why it is called so: “Olam” – world, from the word “Alama” – concealment. Therefore, we need to try to imagine ourselves in the upper, exalted state. After all, no changes occurred in all of reality beside the concealment through which the Creator plays with us. He intentionally created the concealment so that we would appreciate the revelation, the state of adhesion with the Creator and existence in the world of absolute good.
We must make efforts to return to this picture by removing the veil from our eyes and from our senses. This concealment is called the evil inclination, our egoism. If a person tries to feel like he or she is in a perfect state, as if in the end of correction, yearning for the revelation of this state with one’s entire being, then one advances to it.
Then we would have more strength, energy, and uplifted spirit to reach the state of truth, that is, the revelation of the fact that there is none else besides the Creator, good that does good, who fills the entire universe. We are in adhesion and connection with Him, and only some cloud obscures our senses and does not let us feel it.
We should not give in to this concealment, the egoistic fog, deliberately created by the Creator, but rather we should try to dispel it. We seek to lift the veil from our eyes and senses in order to feel corrected, connected with each other by love within which the Creator and our connection with Him are revealed to the same extent to which we are connected with each other. We should live so that through the concealment we would reveal the good by dispelling the fog and removing the veil of concealment.1
If concealment disappeared and the Creator were revealed, we would become angels, animals, instinctively fulfilling the laws of nature, the orders of the Creator. Concealment helps us become human beings, rise to the degree above animals, because it does not let us keep the laws of the Creator unconsciously, but makes us live according to our own laws of concealment. That is why in revelation, we ourselves should bring back the concealment in order to remain separated from the Creator and keep His laws not instinctively but above the concealment for the sake of the greatness of the Creator.
Concealment turns into our screen above which we yearn to resemble (Edomeh) the Creator and then become human, Adam. The Creator does not force us to do this—we ourselves want to become like the Creator. Concealment turns into both the concealing screen and the revealing screen for us.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/25/19, To Learn From the Descent in the State of Ascent
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 9:52