According to the correct process of advancement, the further we advance, the more we feel helplessness, misunderstanding, insensibility, and disappointment in ourselves. We already have some kind of clue about the spiritual force that is in front of us, but we are not yet able to work with it. So, we find ourselves in a completely desperate state about which it is written: “And the children of Israel sighed from the work, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God from the work.” And this is exactly the sign that we are approaching the entrance to the spiritual world.
Here, the whole question is who will pass this test and who will not. He who holds on to his friends makes it through. And the wise and the proud who keep their distance from the environment and the group fall out. Nature’s forces allow entry to spirituality only to those who are ready to unite. Those who are not yet in such unity are those who let the forces of nature operate them. Uniting means wanting these forces, both negative and positive, to act on us and arrange everything so that we can fill our empty cells in the common Kli (vessel), in the soul of Adam HaRishon.
One who agrees to this enters the upper world. Lowering one’s pride is of utmost importance here. The main obstacle is when a person imagines oneself as an independent individual who understands and makes decisions instead of being a small cell of Adam HaRishon. Such an approach greatly weakens a person.
Everything is achieved only by the power of prayer, that is, by agreeing that all corrections are made on you and you give yourself to the group and to the Creator. Baal HaSulam, Letter No. 57: “It follows from the above that everything, small or great, is obtained only by the power of prayer. All the labor and work to which we are obliged are only to discover our lack of strength and our lowliness—that we are unfit for anything by our own strength—for then we can pour out a wholehearted prayer before Him.”
I might be unable to yet perceive spirituality with either my heart or my mind, but I know one thing: I have a shield—my ten. I cling onto this ten as a baby clings to its mother, hanging onto her like a monkey. If it were not for the group, I would fall into this corporeal life and, having fallen out of the spiritual path, turn into an ordinary person.
This shield will expand and turn into my connection with the entire soul of Adam HaRishon, where I must fulfill my role regarding all souls: to receive from them and bestow to them. This is the law for the existence of a healthy cell in a healthy body in the material world. One must also behave similarly in spirituality.
Whether you want it or not, you will come to it anyway. But if we are on the spiritual path, then we use the Kabbalists’ advice to precede the blow with medicine, to advance with acceleration by the path of light even before embarking on the path of suffering. And the Kabbalists advise us to strengthen our connection with the group, otherwise we will have to advance by blows, which will take hundreds of years and many lives. If we apply our own effort, we will achieve the goal in a few years.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/3/20, Common Outcry to the Creator (Preparation for the Convention in Desert)
1 Minute 19:00