The Alter Rebbe (the first grand rabbi of Chabad hassidus) once said [during those years that he would say short Maamarim]: "Know what is above you."
Know that everything "above" in the supernal Sefirot and Partzufim (Divine emanations and configurations), all derives "from you"; it all depends on man's service. **
- Manifestations of the Divine Emanations, whether Chessed (Kindness) or Gevura (Severity), are determined by Man. Man's actions are independent and real, and from Above, G-d reacts to Man, "reflects" Man's actions.
Man may be insignificant from one perspective, but his importance is cosmic from another. "I am dust and ashes" expresses one view; "The universe was created on my account" expresses the second.
From HaYom Yom, from Day to Day, for the 13th day of the month of Iyar, the 28th day of the Omer.