Daily Kabbalah Reality Check
A Steam Engine
A steam engine is a very vivid image, though unfortunately, they aren't around anymore. It makes a lot of noise, its valves are knocking and letting out steam, its pistons are moving, and this entire noisy machine is built in order to spin a wheel. That is the great invention that served as a basis for all of mankind's achievements: an engine that spins a wheel to which you can connect other things. You can use the motion to create an automobile, a ship, a plane, a windmill, or anything else you like.
All human production is built on this kind of motion. It's only in recent times that people have shifted to electronic devices, which are based on the motion of electrons instead of mechanical parts. But at the beginning of the industrial era, everything relied on steam engines.
If you are attached to the spinning wheel and are connected to it by a power operated belt, you are able to move. Similarly, our entire task is to attach to this wheel and cling to the belt! Our soul receives everything from the Creator, including nourishment, development and change of states. But our ability to attach to Him determines how quickly all of this will happen to us.
It's like driving a car with a hand operated stick shift which you constantly have to shift in order to change the level of your connection with the engine: You can choose a small rate, a faster one, or faster yet. That is how we connect to the Creator along 125 levels of spiritual ascent, determining the speed with which we are able to stay connected with Him, in unity and ever increasing equivalence of form. We move the stick shift higher and higher, until reaching the 125th level. That is how we change and come closer and closer to the Source.