The Upper Governance is extremely complex. Reshimot (spiritual records, genes) are constantly changing. However, we don’t feel that everything changes inside us, not outside us. We are not aware of that; we just feel the ever-changing world, its different attitude toward us.
Of course, it’s all been set up for us by the Creator through all the kinds of coverings of this world. However, we attribute the variable attitude to other people, or to the Creator, or sometimes to ourselves; it all depends on the level of a person. If a person links the changes only to the Creator, it’s the beginning of correction, as it is written, "There is none else besides Him,” “The Good who Does Good."
In any case, there are general Lights which work as the Surrounding Light, and there also are particular Lights which stir the Kelim (vessels or desires), encouraging them to develop. If we are not advancing on our own, then the Light comes to us in the form of ruthless, obstructive forces (Gevurot, valor or strength) that advance us harshly. However, we need to understand that we ourselves cause the Light to work in such a manner.
The Lights come in a constant form. Their permanent objective is to benefit us, to bring us to similarity of attributes with the Creator. After all, they emanate from the Source of our final, perfect state in the world of Infinity.
However, the Kli which develops in us under the influence of the Light goes through various stages of development. That’s why we feel that there is slow, sequential development, and there’s a quick, leap-like advancement in agreement with the Light or against it, seemingly good or bad.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/12/10, “A Handmaid that is Heir to Her Mistress”