Question: You are saying that our time is different from others in that low souls have descended into the world and selfishness has increased. What do you mean by that?
Answer: I mean that we have come to the state when we need to break into the upper world.
With our little egoism, aimed only at earning more or succeeding in something, we cannot achieve anything. In life you have some goals, preferences, values, and spend all your life swirling among them.
Earthly goals, however, are not egoism. Real egoism manifests itself only in relation to spiritual unity between people—where there are serious obstacles.
Question: Is there egoism toward the Creator?
Answer: Of course. It is the kind where I want to be instead of Him! The Creator created egoism equal to Him, and so the ego feels such an impulse.
Question: Does this mean that Kabbalists have a connection with the Creator and they want to use Him for their own sake?
Answer: If you are already in this system and you have a connection with the Creator, then spiritual egoism is called a Klipa, and these are completely different, special obstacles that need to be corrected.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/24/18