If we want to experience contact with the Creator, we have to invest energy in refining our receivers.
To allow the Divine into our lives, we align our own ways with the Creator’s way – we straighten out what’s bent, and expand the good. It’s the work of a lifetime.
Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned
G-d (Hashem) wants you to know the truth in your mind, but the main thing He wants, is for you to internalize it in your heart! The holy Shema Prayer reads: “You should love your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might”, and later it says “And internalize these things into your heart.”
Hashem wants you to choose Him with your heart, with your innermost being, with your happiness. Hashem wants your happiness!! And how can you be happy if you are serving Hashem only intellectually? Without putting your heart into it?
Adapted from Hashem Wants Your Heart, by Rav Dror
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Everyone must know that the essence of Divine service is to serve HaShem in truth. At every moment, examine and investigate all of one’s actions, even the good things and mitzvot that one does. If one finds in them (G-d forbid) any mixture of intent, pointing in any other direction (G-d forbid), or whether it be enjoyable, to the honor of oneself; we see that (such a one’s) intent of Divine service is not for the sake of HaShem’s holy, honorable, and awesome Name. All such a one’s actions are not for the sake of HaShem alone, in truth, and with a pure heart.
Devekut-Bonding with G-d: The Ba’al Shem Tov’s Insights into Receiving the Spirit of Prophecy, by Ariel Bar Tzadok
The primary way to advance to new levels of understanding is to study Torah and pray with all of your strength. Then, you attach yourself to Hashem, may He be blessed, that dwells within the letters of Torah and prayer. This infusion of Divine light subdues any physical inclination, and you can experience the abnegation or divestiture of your physical being. Then, you will enter the Supernal worlds and constantly rise to new levels of understanding and clarity.
Toldos Aharon, Shelach
Heart of Prayer: Baal Shem Tov, by Tvi Meir Cohn
D’vekut, bonding with G-d, requires us to begin to travel into a supra-rational world. Thus, the things of the world are perceived differently here. It is these spiritual insights that are real, whereas the insights from our physical selves are not.
It is of no wonder that the Sages of the Talmud have called this physical world “Olam HaSheker,” a world of lies. By d’vekut, we are entering the realm of true reality, G-d’s reality. It is very different from what we know now, so we must proceed slow, and take it easy, progressing at that pace which is uniquely right for each of us, as we are guided from G-d within.
Adapted from Devekut-Bonding with G-d: The Ba’al Shem Tov’s Insights into Receiving the Spirit of Prophecy by Ariel Bar Tzadok