Man equalizes with the Creator to the extent that he can receive, in order to please the Creator. If, for example, I can receive twenty percent of the food from you, then it would be correct to say that in that twenty percent I have equalized with you.
In the spiritual world, equalizing with something means sensing it to the fullest — its spiritual state, its thoughts, and its sensitivities. In other words, man receives the delicacies at the king’s table as much as he is equal to the King, the Creator.
The ladder of the spiritual world is built according to that very principle: man receives more and more for the pleasure of the Creator, thus rising on the ladder until he can receive the entire one hundred percent. At that point, he can give to the Creator one hundred percent, just as the Creator gives him one hundred percent. Both are interdependent, taking and giving one another pleasure.
When we change our aim from for me to for the Creator, we begin to feel within (or around) us that which was previously hidden from us due to our nature of reception for ourselves alone. That new sensation is called the Upper World, or the Creator.
One feels the Creator according to how much of that aim is at one’s disposal. That amount is ones first spiritual degree. In fact, anything lower than that degree does not exist. One can only rise from that basic step.
When you begin to delve deep inside and feel your own nature in all its lowness, you’ll understand why it is natural to be fooled by it. Our nature always puts on forms that are real, genuine, useful, and desirable. It is impossible to grasp that all our actions are performed only to please ourselves.
Therefore, we must cut off any contact with the desire and the pleasure. That is our restriction — the decision to not follow our own corporeal nature. Later on, we will reach such a level of correction that we become completely indifferent to the outcome.
Only after that phase, and according to the measure of correction, can we begin to contemplate how to act, not for ourselves, but for the Creator. Now we can see that correction is made of several consecutive steps, which necessarily begin with the restriction.
|- Rav Michael Laitman (2005) – “The Kabbalah Experience“