When a prayer connection is made properly with thoughts, actions, and words, a channel of light is made, and upper and lower levels benefit from the flow of light. After the silent prayer, Amida, a person should see himself as if he passed away because he just got disconnected from the Tree of Life, Zeir Anpin, which is the Amida prayer. Leaving the Tree of Life connects us back to the other Tree of death. This is the time in the prayer that we make a confession and submit the soul to God.
The confession includes Psalms 25 (#68) that is in the order of the Aleph-Bet, missing the letter Vav ו, that represents Zeir Anpin and the Tree of Life (Explained in DZ 3051). The confession is an opportunity for us to be cleansed from our sins by accepting death. The Zohar reveals that there are iniquities that can be corrected only after a person’s death. To ‘pay’ and correct them in this world, we need to accept death on ourselves.
“וְנִגְלָה בְאָזְנָי יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אִם יְכֻפַּר הֶעָוֹן הַזֶּה לָכֶם עַד תְּמֻתוּן אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה צְבָאוֹת”
“But YHVH of hosts revealed Himself to me, “Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you Until you die,” says YHVH GOD of hosts.”
The prayer of the Amida elevates us to the world of Atzilut. It is the highest level of the Tree of Life. After the Amida, we go down to Malchut and the connection to the Tree of death of this world. Since we are still at the border of the world of Atzilut, we use the opportunity to cleanse ourselves with the higher light. During this confession we recite the 13 attributes of God, revealing great light of mercy that cleanses our souls.
Accepting death is a form of emptying the vessel from selfish desires and make room for pure light to come in. As we studied previously, we do confession also before we go to sleep.