Despite the experience of a real body with mortality and natural consequences, it is confusion of mind to think we have autonomous independent existence. To the extent we experience a solid reality, Hashem is merely hiding so that we have free will. There are no solutions that Hashem is not a part of. When we awaken ourselves that happiness comes from clinging to Torah, fervent prayer, and emulating Hashem’s 13 attributes of mercy, we build confidence in a connection with Hashem that provides our vitality and happiness.
When we arouse love in our hearts with the utterly calm recognition of Hashem’s existence, that exertion to say Hashem Echad infuses holiness into the natural world that makes it possible for Hashem to be able to come into the world…we literally construct a divine space out of nature with that drop of light of menuchas hanefesh that we add with the words Hashem Echad with love in our heart.
May we be inspired to be mekabel malchus shemayim in this way by seeing how the plague of hail restored to the world malchus shemayim many years ago. May we see that our infusing emunah into water and fire, the components of hail, when we experience lack regarding desires or humiliation or arrogance, or anger or fear – our saying Hashem Echad knowingly means that we modify those natural elements water and fire to rectify them so that they can hold a divine light. Our submission to the utter calm recognition of Hashem’s existence IS the effort that infuses the ingredient needed into the natural elements. Saying Hashem Echad builds the divine space out of the natural resources. May Hashem be pleased with our efforts and may we seek happiness only from learning Torah, praying fervently to Hashem and emulating His 13 Attributes of Mercy, building within us a confidence that we trust to be the pathway to happiness. We can measure our progress when we begin to see the pursuit of natural pleasures as inferior to the wonders that we experience after exerting ourselves in the moment to submit to the calm recognition of Hashem’s existence and arouse love and awe to say Hashem Echad, praying fervently to Hashem that every ounce of our existence be used only to draw into this world healing and bracha, may it be a merit for klal yisrael and may we soon see His Light in the divine space He gives us free will to infuse with menuchas HaNefesh so that He can be seen in this world instead of remaining hidden.
Psalms Chapter 23 תְּהִלִּים