"Man does not have to elevate his soul, because it is already high without man's efforts.
His task is to elevate his body, his intellect, his desires.
The human being is to give all his essence to God, but not by elevating his mind to higher subjects and converting his desires into a desire for God.
The real way is higher: to find God in all these thoughts and desires, to be a whole man—but to a higher degree."
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From "Human Holiness" in The Strife of the Spirit, p.41, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz