Answer: The environment strengthens a person and provides him with a place to express himself, to do the necessary actions. It’s a place where he receives support and solidarity, the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif), and the impressions along the way. The environment is everything.
Nobody receives anything directly from the Creator. We are interconnected within a single system where everyone has his place, like cells in a body, and everyone receives nourishment from this common body. And the life flowing through it is the common force of bestowal, the Creator.
Take our organism for example. It contains three levels of development: the still, vegetative, and animate. And at the same time, with a proper operation which surpasses their own existence they beget a new life: desires, thoughts, passions, feelings, attainment, and understanding. The body lives, and this allows an awareness of life to manifest over it.
Technically, the organism also continues working when I lose consciousness. But I no longer continue being a person in the full sense of that word; I become disconnected from human life.
So, right now our common body operates one way or another; it is complete, but the reciprocity of its parts is only realized on the still, vegetative, and animate levels. This is our world. But the human level, the degree of similarity to the Creator is missing; it is not revealed. And we need to develop it.
We only discover it when we ourselves activate our body with the purpose of establishing a connection with bestowal, the Light, the consciousness that we refer to as the “Creator.” We need to activate all our cells as is, but we also must add the intention to them: the purpose of life.
When we add an intention over the life we now live, we enter the human degree. Then due to this preparation, the Creator becomes revealed to this desire, to this intention that has been added. He becomes revealed in the desire of the human (Adam) within us.
The human manifests in us only under the condition that we unite among us as we understand and realize that the reason we are doing it is the Creator. We want to reveal Him, and He wants to endow us with bestowal.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/24/2011, Writings of Rabash