If we yearn for the Creator, then we need to convince ourselves that He can only be reached through the ten. This requires proof and cannot be taken for granted because the path through the ten goes against our egoism. How can you want this? It is easy to unite only in a football team where it is clear that you can win the cup only as a close-knit team. But in a Kabbalistic group, egoism blocks the path and disallows us to see that only through unification can we achieve the goal. It will take a long time until we begin to agree with this, become assured, and realize that this is so.1
What is love of friends? What should I give them? I must give them everything and dissolve in them without a trace, like sugar in water, in order to feel them instead.2
The thread connecting me to the Creator is the power of my aspiration toward Him, which comes out of my heart and stretches in His direction. I do not know who the Creator is, but I somehow imagine Him, attach myself to this concept. But if the Creator is the power of good, then how can I achieve contact with Him if there is nothing in common between us? This thread is infinite because our connection exists only on the side of the Creator, the way He created it. And from my side, I cannot contact Him.
If I want to feel the connection with the Creator, I have to find at least the smallest property of bestowal similar to Him. But how can I do it? I need to focus all my efforts on connecting in the ten and use it to squeeze myself as much as possible, like in a diaphragm in a camera.
If you project a ray of light onto a screen through a small hole, you can get a sharp and inverted image. The pinhole camera, camera obscura, which served as a prototype for the first cameras, worked according to this principle. The smaller the diameter of the hole, the sharper the image. This hole is the ten. Squeezing myself through the ten, instead of this world, I begin to see the outlines of the future world. We must build the same lens that focuses together all the rays of light in the ten.
I need a lens that will focus my vision because I am internally fragmented and composed of ten properties: HaVaYaH. If I streamline my properties, then I become part of the system and begin to feel what is outside of me.
With a material camera, we see the real picture and its photograph. But in spirituality, we do not see the object itself until we build a lens, that is, a group. If I have a spiritual lens, the ten into which I join as Malchut of the first nine Sefirot, then I gain knowledge and a sense of the Creator through my friends and begin to see the spiritual world.
What do I see: friends or the Creator? I see the Creator in the friends. Friends are the lens through which I will see the Creator. The Creator has no image, name, or expression except what can be felt through the ten. The ten are ten Sefirot, my native home, my life, and my soul. Canceling myself in relation to my friends, I can be sure that I have canceled myself in relation to the Creator.
The Creator has no image, no color, no smell, and no forms perceived by our senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. This force is revealed only in accordance to our ability to connect with each other. We perceive the Creator like a photograph. Therefore, we need to build a foundation on which to reveal it.
A magnetic field can be detected only in the presence of a magnetized arrow that begins to rotate, indicating the presence of a certain force. The arrow indicates in which direction the force field acts.
Since we do not know the Creator, we need a device, a compass, to reveal Him, and the compass is the ten. All detectors for detecting certain phenomena must be somewhat similar to those phenomena. To discover a magnetic field, we need a magnet, and to discover spirituality, we need a ten. If I cancel myself before the ten and serve it, I turn it like a compass arrow and reveal the connection with the Creator.
The more united the group is in the direction of the goal of creation and the Creator, the more it focuses on the Creator and lets us see and reveal Him. In fact, it does not reveal the Creator but His properties above egoism and knowledge and thus manifests the image of the Creator and becomes an instrument for His revelation.
I have to rally all of us together in the tightest circle, in a tiny hole through which I will see the Creator as through a focusing lens. I bring together all nine properties of my friends relative to myself into one, compress all nine phenomena into one concept, canceling with my desire the egoism that separates them, and in this form, I see the result: I begin to see the Creator. It turns out that I create Him.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/18/19, Hardening Of The Heart—An Invitation To Build A Yearning For The Creator
1 Minute 20:20
2 Minute 26:52
3 Minute 30:50