I received an email yesterday from a student named Mike who asked, “Why should we desire more if the goal is to realize we don’t need anything more than we already have?”
I understand his confusion. Like many kabbalistic concepts, it is a paradox. We have exactly what we need to do the spiritual work we are here to do. This truth, however, does not negate the importance of desiring more. In fact, increasing our desire can push us to do the spiritual work necessary to receive the abundance that is meant for us.
Just because we have everything we need, doesn’t mean we have to settle for it. Be happy with what you have, but desire more. Desire is our vessel. The bigger the vessel, the more Light we can hold. The Creator wants to give us infinitely but our capacity, which I call the “pot,” is often too small. In my book Living Kabbalah, I tell a funny story about the importance of getting a bigger pot, explaining why desire is such an essential part of the spiritual work we do on the path of Kabbalah.
Desiring more doesn’t necessarily have to refer to quantity, either. Sometimes quality is more important. For example, you could be happy to have an amazing partner, but always desire to increase the quality of your connection.
Do you see an area in your life where you could be grateful and still desire more?
Anca Cercel N.D.