From the Creator’s side, the world is created with the quality of mercy (Hesed), perfect bestowal. The attribute of the creature, reception, is created as an imprint of it. In order to give the creature (human being) an opportunity to be independent, he needs to be created without any predetermined attribute. How is this possible? For this purpose, the Creator prepared a special state (place or desire) for a person because a person, in fact, lives in his desire.
In the person’s perception this desire consists of reception and bestowal. As a person develops, he gradually acquires an opportunity to choose between them, and then he sees that his choice is in neither of them, but in using these two attributes received from the Creator properly, that is, for the sake of the Creator.
A person learns to use both of them equally and not to nullify the attribute of reception. After all, this is what he is, and he needs to remain an independent creature standing in front of the Creator. Otherwise, without receiving pleasure from the Creator, a person will not bring contentment to the Creator. We can bestow to the Creator only by receiving from Him.
Therefore, a person uses both forces properly and corrects his desire for reception with the intention for the sake of bestowal. Consequently, the quality of mercy, bestowal, governs over the quality of reception since to the extent that a person corrects his “material,” the desire for pleasure, he can use it for the sake of bestowal. Finally, both qualities act as one whole in a person, and he reaches perfect bestowal (faith).
Throughout the whole path, time after time, during every state and on each degree, a person correctly combines the qualities of reception and bestowal (mercy and judgment). Thus, the world is created with mercy and is finalized with it as it reaches complete correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Matter of Mercy”