AyinBase with R' Paltiel Thursday 23 Shvat 5772
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The souls of Israel, put themselves aside to do His will. This ability is unique to them. What type of faculty is necessary to mevatel/nullify oneself? Usually say you need a faculty, 'to make something of oneself'! A person has to be able to identify with what he is doing. Commonly a person thinks, 'this exists and this is what I want to do'. The souls of Israel have awareness without engaging their own presence. If the soul is a non-entity, how does he do anything? This is a special ability.
The souls do not possess the element of being separate entities. They are an extension of essence. And they are not, 'a reflection of a reflection'. They were created to be the essential light – an extension, not a representation.
Essential light does not have a presence. It does not 'come into being' and does not have a definition. It is ein – nothing. This is why the souls are completely able to negate themselves and have the full effects of accepting His will. They know essence not through themselves but by being essence.
Usually we have awareness via sechel/mind. Then there is essential sechel/mind. This is what emanates directly from the soul. Then there is the soul itself. And the soul, 'knows it' because essence 'knows it', not because 'the soul knows it'.