The center of the ten is the point of connection with the Creator, the place of the construction of the Temple, the central point of creation, the point of the beginning of the correction and its completion. With respect to the created beings, everything happens in this point—in the center of our connection. The Creator, on His part, also influences this point, uniting us around it. This is indeed the most central point regarding the actions of the Creator and the actions and intentions of the created beings. The entire system of the universe is arranged so that it pushes the created beings to this central point either according to their will or against it, depending on fate.
This point contains everything. This is why we must direct ourselves to this center as the goal of all our actions, intentions, and prayers. After all, it is against our desire. The Creator created the whole creation outside of His level, except for this point. Therefore, all desires, thoughts, actions, all our egoistic qualities are aimed at the opposite direction from this central point and do not want to be included in it, rejecting the connection.
Scrutinizing the center of the ten, we reveal everything: the central point of the entire universe and the common soul of Adam HaRishon, the purpose of correction—everything is included in this point, in Malchut of the world of infinity. When we begin to focus on this single point, we discover that our actions, intentions, and thoughts do not belong to us, and we can only identify ourselves with those actions that the Creator performs, assembling us in this center.
This point is called “the Temple,” and in order to establish our correct attitude toward the Creator in it, we have to undergo the whole history of development. We will only then reach adhesion with Him—when our yearnings and intentions are only for Him. We have to go through many obstacles to find out that we do nothing by ourselves, but the Creator does everything, both bad and good.
We only need to acknowledge that everything comes from the Creator. And since everything is aimed at this point of connection, the point of adhesion, there is no evil, there is only good because everything is included in the adhesion. The entire inner work of a person is concentrated in this central point. The entire universe and the entire flow of our world are directed so that it would carry a person to the center of this structure called “the soul,” to the point of connection with the Creator.1
The external egoistic shell (Klipa), which is called “the serpent’s skin” (Mishcha de Chivia), is the coarsest of all. It makes me believe that I am the master of my actions and that my entire life is a consequence of my decisions. Obviously, this is a misconception. A person repeats this mistake over and over again and it leads him away from the path. Instead of rising above the disturbances and adhering to the Creator as the master of all actions, I start beating myself up and regretting my bad actions as if something depended on me.
The Klipa is required for our correction. During his advancement, a person clings to the inner, holy desire, transferring more and more properties under its power. Thus, the inner desire grows and gains strength. But at the same time, the Klipa always rises again, becoming stronger and stronger. Each time we must decide that all this was arranged by the Creator, and therefore, we need to subdue ourselves and accept what is happening.
It is impossible to run away from life! After all, everything comes from the single upper force. Even though I suffer and I am unhappy, it is the Creator who takes me through all the states. I just need to annul myself and accept everything as good. I need to correct only the intention.
To be above everything that happens means to adhere to the inner desire. Sometimes a person is ashamed of his past, regrets it, but this is a Klipa, a serpent. This serpent assures me that this is my fault as if I have some independence, freedom of action, as if I myself create my destiny and not the Creator.
The center of the ten that we want to reach really is a central point. It is not just a simple point of connection but the point of unity. This goal is not one color; it includes the whole kaleidoscope: all the Klipot and all the holiness. If I do not scrutinize the Klipot and do not attach them to the opposite side of this point, it cannot exist. This is the central point of all qualities, pros and cons, only arranged in the correct way. After all, I attribute everything to “There is none else besides the Creator, the good who does good.”2
In the effort to penetrate to the central point of our whole life, of all our efforts, we meet the Creator. This is the place where the Shechina begins. We reveal in it the “field blessed by the Creator,” the area in which we are able to connect because there is the Creator in it who helps us. This is the entrance for those who are knocking on His door, the door to unity.
There, in the center of the ten, we will discover the inner work of each one and the external work between us, about which it is written: “They helped every one his friend.” These two types of work are opposite to each other: either I concentrate inside myself and scrutinize my states or I am with my friends. I find it difficult to connect one with the other. Yet, it is necessary to combine these two opposites together because there is no difference between them in spirituality—it is the same point.
If this is not spirituality, however, they do not meet in one point and there is personal work in and of itself, and the external connection.3
Usually, a person begins to regret his past actions. However, we need to understand that everything happens according to upper governance: “there is none else besides Him.” Therefore, nothing of what had happened depended on me up to this moment. However, from this moment onward, everything depends on me. After all, I already have a group, a ten, a teacher, a method, and I must rise to the state where everything happening is organized by the Creator. I already become initially included in this principle, annulling my “I” and wishing to go by faith above reason.4
Everything that happens comes from above and the only way to change something is to integrate into the group and with its help agree with what the Creator sends me. If I kick myself for what happened in my life, it is a lack of faith, a lack of even minimal contact with the Creator.
I feel very bad right now, but I have to be included in this concept of “There is none else besides Him” and let go of the reins, let my horse take me where I need to go. It does not matter to me where it takes me; I give it freedom. After all, it is an angel. Let life lead me where it leads me. After all my attempts to do the right thing, I look back and see what I have done. Why did I live like that? This is the most horrible egoism because I try to put myself in the center of the universe as if I myself control my life.5
We have to feel pain, there is no other way. If I put my hand in the fire and feel no pain, the hand will burn. However, it hurts, and I pull my hand out of the fire. It turns out that suffering guides me through life. Therefore, the shame we feel in our egoism is of great help. First of all, it is necessary to rise above it. I am not ashamed of what happened to me because my whole life is one hundred percent controlled from above. However, I do not just withdraw myself, I try to cling to “There is none else besides Him.”6
Each of the ten friends works to see that there is none else besides the Creator. This is the place where we meet in the ten, this point where we try to annul ourselves in order to connect with each other and in this connection achieve such unity, called the Creator.7
The first moment something happens, we always perceive it as an external disturbance that came from nowhere and, of course, do not associate it with the Creator. Every situation that arises is the revelation of a new broken Reshimo, and therefore, there is no Creator, no upper force. A person never starts from adhesion with the upper force; on the contrary, one concentrates on the case, on the Reshimo itself, which came from the shattering. It then already depends on the environment and one’s preparation in terms of how quickly one can reach correct perception.
A person loses connection with the Creator as if one loses consciousness. This is the revelation of a new informational record (Reshimo), and since they all come from the shattering, obviously there will be no Creator. Therefore, it all depends on how quickly I can dismiss the thoughts of the serpent—that everything depends only on me and on other people of this world.
In our world, we get health insurance in case of sudden illness or accident. In the same way, I must insure myself against spiritual descent so that I will return to spiritual life. Here, only the group can help, there are no other means. The Creator will not insure me, but I can make arrangements with my friends. While we are in this world, we must make preparations and insure the soul the way we insure the body so that when I am knocked down by disturbances, I will receive help to quickly return back to the goal, to the work.
I must get such insurance of the soul in the group because all my work is to reach the center of the ten. Therefore, I prepare connections with all nine friends so that I will be able to reach the center of the ten by falling on their hands. And so, each one falls on the hands of the others.
I will then see that there is no other way to approach the center of the ten but only with the help of the friends. For this, I do not need to have accidents, I know in advance that I am in a shattered state all the time because of the Reshimot coming from the accident, from the shattering of Adam HaRishon. Therefore, it is clear to me that we can only rely on the hands of the friends and we need to strengthen the connection with them. I will help them and they will help me, and we will very quickly approach the central point between us.
The integral point connecting us all is called the center of the ten. If we are all directed in such a way so as to bring contentment to the Creator, then even egoism supports this because the Creator is our common goal.8
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/19, The Center of the Ten
1 Minute 0:40
2 Minute 17:20
3 Minute 28:15
4 Minute 30:45
5 Minute 32:20
6 Minute 36:50
7 Minute 40:55
8 Minute 47:10