Answer: If you don’t make efforts, then you are left alone for a short while and are awakened again at a later time. If you still don’t make efforts at that point, then you are left alone because you’ve proven yourself unworthy. This time, you may be left alone for years or even until the next life cycle.
The first time around, a person is given an opportunity to attain self-realization. The second time, he is sent a reminder, a new opportunity, and a punishment. In truth, it isn’t a punishment but a correction because he is “stung” with negative sensations in order to aid him even though it appears like something else. A person was wasting his time without being productive, and then suddenly something bad happens to him. It could be related to work, money, or anything else.
This serves as a reminder, as if to say: “You wanted to get more comfortable in this world instead of continuing on your spiritual journey, so see for yourself how unfriendly this world can be.”
And if that doesn’t help and you continue to seek other paths that don’t follow the spiritual direction, then you are left alone. It is written: “He who has sinned again, henceforth he is allowed”; now you can do whatever you like. Your turn for correction will come only after the other souls correct themselves, but reaching this measure of separation is extremely undesirable.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/10, “The Agenda of the Assembly”