Every feeling we have emanates from Above. If we experience a striving, a love, and a pull towards the Creator, it is a sure indication that the Creator is experiencing the same feelings towards us (in accordance with the rule that “Man is a shadow of the Creator”). Thus, whatever a person feels toward the Creator is the same as what the Creator feels toward that person, and vice versa.
Progressing towards Becoming One Soul
After Adam’s spiritual fall as a result of his sin (which symbolizes the spiritual descent of the primordial soul from the world of Atzilut to the level known as “this world” or “our world”), his soul divided into 600,000 distinct parts. These parts clothed themselves into the human bodies that are born into this world. Each part garbs itself in a human body as many times as it is necessary for it to correct itself completely.
When all the distinct individual parts complete their independent process of correction, they will once again merge into one collective soul, known as “Adam.”
In the alternating of the generations there is the cause, known as “the fathers,” and the effect, known as “the sons.” The reason for the appearance of sons is to continue the correction of that which has not been corrected by the fathers, meaning the souls of the previous incarnation.
The Opportunity to Act “Not for Pleasure”
The Creator brings us close to Him not because of our good qualities, but because of our feelings of lowliness and our desire to cleanse ourselves of our “filth.” If we were to experience pleasure from the state of spiritual exhilaration, we might reason that it is worthwhile to serve the Creator to gain such sensations.
Therefore, the Creator usually removes pleasure from one’s spiritual state in order to reveal why one is seeking spiritual elevation: either from the wish to serve, to receive the pleasures that would come while doing so, or because of one’s faith in the Creator. In this manner, a person is given a chance to act for other than the sake of pleasure.
The removal of pleasure from any spiritual state immediately plunges one into a state of depression and despair, in which there is no desire for spiritual work. However, it is in this state that one gets a real chance to move closer to the Creator by virtue of faith above reason.
Spiritual Ascension Requires Faith above Reason
Feeling despair helps one realize that the present lack of attraction towards the spiritual is merely one’s subjective perceptions. In reality, there is nothing greater than the Creator.
From the above, we can conclude that the Creator deliberately prepares a spiritual fall to elevate us quickly to an even higher level.
This is also an opportunity to increase our faith. Thus, it is said: “The Creator prepares the cure before the illness” and also, “With the same thing that the Creator strikes, He also cures.”
Although every endeavor to remove our life force and our life interest shakes our entire being, if we truly desire to ascend spiritually, we will welcome the chance to uphold faith above reason. By so doing, we will affirm our wish to liberate ourselves from personal pleasures.
Magnifying the Creator’s Importance in Our Lives
A human being is usually self-absorbed, focusing on personal feelings and thoughts of suffering and pleasure. But when striving to attain spiritual perception, we must refocus our interests on selfless matters, into the space filled by the Creator, so that the existence and desires of the Creator are one’s total life focus.
We must correlate all that happens with His design; we must transfer ourselves into Him, so that only our bodily shells remain within the physical bounds.
However, our inner feelings, the essence of the person and of the self, all that is designated as the soul, must be transferred “outside” the body. Only then will we constantly feel the force of goodness that permeates all of creation. This feeling is akin to faith above reason, because we attempt to transfer all our feelings outside, beyond the boundaries of our bodies.
Once we attain faith in the Creator, we must remain in this state regardless of the obstacles that the Creator may send, to increase our faith and gradually begin to receive the Light of the Creator into the vessel created through faith.