The Goal Is Not Half Of The Way
Question: What is it that really unites us? Is it faith in the "One Who is Good and Does Good," this ideal by itself?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: We are united by the Light. None of our ideals and nothing we created will work. Only if we ask the Light to unite us, will It do it. It's one simple action-yes or no. Only the Light does it!
We are only able to reach the right request, and even that is difficult. This is our only opportunity: to discern our state, to understand what is good and what is bad, to correctly prepare for the next level (a state of greater bestowal where we are more connected together), and to ask the Light to bring us the force of bestowal.
However, when we aspire to unite with one another, we mustn't see our unity as the goal, but as a means in order to bestow to the Creator. Don't forget about the Host! At the end of the day, if you always think about your correction and your uncorrected qualities, if you are immersed in this all day long, thinking: "I have to unite with my friends! Why aren't we united?! Am I uncorrected or are they?", then what are you doing this for? You forget about the goal and think only about half of the work! You scream and fuss about, but you are worrying only about the means. But what is it that you want?
We forget that through our unity we must attain bestowal to the Host. There is the Creator and we have to reach the state of bestowal to Him by performing actions so He will enjoy us. This is why we unite.
The end of the action lies in the initial thought. You must always open your path from its final point. That is how everything is planned. Figure out exactly what you want to receive at the end. Then start writing down what phases have to precede it and what you need, such as forces, money, knowledge, and equipment. However, we are screaming at the middle of the path as if it were everything.
This is very important because otherwise we won't attain even half of the path. Why? It's because we receive the Light from the final point, from the Creator. That is why I cannot put half of the path as a goal right now. I can only take a small measure of the work as the goal: I want to attain 10 grams of unity among us in order to give the Creator 10 grams of pleasure. Great! Then you have a full action: Rosh (the beginning), Toch (the middle), and Sof (the end). This works.
But if you say: "I want to put forth all my energy in order to unite with the group!", then you won't receive anything because this is just one half. That is why Baal HaSulam explains in his article that Israel (those who aspire to the Creator), the Torah (Light), and the Creator have to be present in every state. Otherwise, you veer off the path and don't move towards the goal. Therefore, the end of the action has to be present in the initial thought.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/21/10, The Zohar