Rabash, Shlavei HaSulam (Steps of the Ladder), Article “There Is No Blessing Upon That Which Is Counted in the Work”: For example, a person brings a jacket to the laundry to have the spots removed from it. He says to the laundry owner: “I have counted for you how many corrections you have to perform so that I know how much to pay you.”
We exist in a perfect state, and we have to reveal it. All the stages that we undergo are the stages of the revelation of the existing state, if only not for us. It is disclosed to us step by step.
It all depends on the receiver: to what extent a person prepares and rushes himself. How much the environment is willing to help and support him is also completely up to him. The Creator brings a person to the right environment and says: “This is for you, take it!” Now it is solely up to the person whether he will accept what is offered and in what way.
Hence, “counting the corrections” is also completely in our hands. Everything is determined by the attitude: We must comply with the stages that make our path, each of which is necessary.
From Above, from the world of Infinity, there comes abundance of vessels and Lights by way of the descending of the worlds, Partzufim, and Sefirot. As the means of preparation, the breakings and other various processes occur as well. And as soon as this preparation is complete, we must ascend in the same way, only now from below upward, passing through the same stages, living through the same Reshimot (informational genes), yet moving ahead of them with our desire. That is the only difference.
The Creator broke the integral picture into parts, and now, among these parts, we have to seek out desires, aspirations, and goals, to make preferences and establish values. It is as if we are assembling a construction kit, parts of which have different form, properties, are painted in different colors, and get locked in a different manner.
And all of this is preceded by our desire that we can arrange solely with the help of the group. In the meantime, we don’t really feel our dependence on it that much since, basically, we don’t feel how we advance and can’t calculate the speed, count spiritual degrees, or measure the pace of advancement. Hence, we are not really in a hurry to find the ways to expedite our development.
In each state, we are passive: “If I am already here, I will wait for it to pass.” And it does pass thanks to various actions, even if they are not exactly aimed at our development. But the process is slow and requires many supplementary moves.
When we do reach the correct analysis, however, we discover that every state is mandatory, and no state can be ignored. Everything is for the best; everything clarifies the truth, but the energy, the desire, or impulse is up to us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/2011, Writings of Rabash