The Creator can be revealed only by dissolving in the friends and rising to the level of the Bina. It is similar to a device that is needed to detect an invisible magnetic field. This device will show that there is a certain force acting on it and deflecting its dial. That is, it shows us not the force itself, but its reaction to this force.
We make ourselves a device for revealing the Creator, which works on the same principle as all measuring instruments of our world. We only have to organize everything correctly within us, and we will be able to discover the Creator.
The device must perceive the phenomenon and react to it, and then its reaction can be measured and the device can be used to estimate the force that caused it. We do not know what electromagnetic forces are, but we know how they act; they cause current to flow in a wire or the movement of a compass needle. We always see the reaction of the device, not the force itself, and we draw conclusions, naming it by the phenomenon itself.
In order to reveal the Creator, we need to build such a compass from ourselves, an induction circuit, a device that will reveal the upper force. The Creator is twirling everything inside us now as well, but we are not paying attention to Him. What change must one make inside oneself in order to discern Him?
All our work consists in this calibration, in tuning to the Creator. The problem is that I feel my own reaction to the influence of the upper force, and I need to decrypt it in such a way as to find the Creator in it. I respond to His influence within my desire, my body. Therefore, I need to calibrate myself so that my desire allows me to correctly understand the actions of the Creator.
And for this I need to annul myself to zero, so as not to demand anything for my egoism. Every device is first calibrated in such a way, set to zero, and then it can be used for measuring.
Our initial calibration is to want nothing for ourselves, so as not to be bribed and not to judge with bias. We carry out such calibration in the ten. If I try to join the center of the ten and want to connect with all my friends, I reset my device. Now, from this zero, I can begin to respond correctly to the Creator, to His impact on me.
Zeroing is already a starting point allowing one to get nothing for oneself, but only for the ten. I have no indicator other than my ten to verify that I receive nothing for my egoism. If there are friends in front of me who I think of, then I annul myself in front of them. It turns out that I personally become neutral, that is, zero.
In this way we build the correct device for the perception of the Creator. Under the influence of the upper force we begin to awaken to mutual bestowal in the ten. The Creator gives us the power of bestowal by which we reveal that He is between us. After all, we began to relate to each other in this way in the ten and we received the property of Bina, bestowal, the strength of faith above our resistance, our knowledge.
Resistance also begins to be felt more because a force comes to us that flows inside the ties connecting us, as if in an electronic device, and we feel resistance within ourselves. In this way we measure the difference of potentials: between bestowal—above, and reception—below, which are called “faith” and “knowledge.”
And these steps of faith and knowledge begin to rise: The strength of our egoism grows, and the strength of bestowal grows, and in this way we rise. The difference of potentials between Malchut and Bina, as it were, remains the same—the seven Sefirot of Zeir Anpin.
At first it was just zero. But then it gradually grew to seven Sefirot. Zeir Anpin is the Partzuf of my soul that has just been born. The soul grows in Bina’s abdomen due to its connection with Malchut, which annuls itself in relation to Bina.
Seven Sefirot of ZA—this is the place where I reveal all of reality. In this gap between knowledge and above knowledge are all the worlds, the whole universe. There is nothing else. Above Bina are already the properties of the Creator: Keter, Hochma, Bina. Below Bina are the properties of ZA, which has just been born. And Malchut is the desire to enjoy created by the Creator. Therefore, besides these properties that I develop between Malchut and Bina, there is nothing else—this is all my reality.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/25/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 15