On the Desire-Sequence
There is a rule in Kabbalah: “He who is greater than his friend, his desire is greater than him.” It means that if Jack, for instance, has a greater desire than James, Jack’s desire is greater than Jack himself. In other words, in the correction process, we’re always one step behind our own desires. This is a deliberate process. It isn’t that our desires grow. They only appear one by one, from lighter to heavier. When I finish correcting one desire, the next desire in line appears.
Remember the Reshimot? They form the desire-sequence that
leads up the spiritual ladder. This is why Jack, who corrected his
previous desire, is greater than James, who hasn’t corrected this
level of desire. But Jack’s desire is greater than Jack himself because
it is leading him to the next degree. More on that in just a bit.