Baal HaSulam, Shamati #70, “With a Mighty Hand and with Fury Poured Out”:
He said that we should know that of those who want to come into the work of the Creator in order to truly adhere to Him and enter the King’s palace, not everyone is admitted. Rather, he is tested: If he has no other desires but only a desire for Dvekut [adhesion], he is admitted.
And how is one tested if he has only one desire? He is given disturbances. This means that he is sent foreign thoughts and foreign messengers to obstruct him so he would leave this path and follow the path of all the people.
In movement toward the Creator, I must acquire the right direction toward Him. But I don’t see it. The Creator is only discovered at the end of my effort. I am walking in darkness every step of the way and I gradually discover Him as a result of my correct orientation. But how do we go about this in the right way? To do this, I must look through two points to strike a third point, as I would through the sight of a rifle.
If I am looking by way of a single intention, that is not enough, I must combine a second intention with it and then I will be able to strike the target.
So, I need some guiding points on the spiritual path. If I have three components: myself, a group (the “Ten”), and a teacher (the “Rav”), then I can be sure that I will “encounter” the Creator.
I must integrate fully in a group in order to do this, so that my ten will become a single unit. In this way I am guided by the same method that the entire group is getting from the teacher, and even though we don’t know anything about the Creator, we can be sure that we are aiming toward Him.
Question: How can my physical eye (the ego) feel and see the spiritual direction through characteristics that are the opposite of mine?
Answer: This is not a physical eye, but a heart and mind, my attraction to the goal.
Just as we look intentionally when we want to encounter a physical goal, so we want to encounter a spiritual goal through ourselves. It is specifically through the contrast of these characteristics that I direct myself toward the Creator and gradually change myself in such a way that according to the equivalence of the characteristics I begin to discover Him. This is working for my benefit and is changing my characteristics.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/9/18