Answer: The correct approach is not to focus on any of them. The key is to keep going forward. A person cannot evaluate an internal state that he or she is in. Until we arrive at the end of correction, we won’t know whether we have achieved anything whatsoever.
In fact, you are undergoing a process of correction non-stop. Moreover, the farther you advance, the more corrupted you feel. Having repaired yourself and absorbed the upper properties to a certain degree, with their help, you get to see how far you are from the other levels to which you are yet to ascend.
The final degree, Yesod, includes it all. You must absorb all there is and reach the final correction of Yesod. Only then will you receive the illumination of the Sabbath and start sensing that you are standing at the threshold of the end of correction.
Therefore, we are expected only to continue on the path without focusing on the fact that it is becoming much harder. The most difficult stages are regarded as “signs of Messiah” since that is where our Aviut (coarseness of desire) increases.
This is why compared to our forefathers, our states are heavier, but thanks to it, we are willing, able, and merit drawing greater Lights. Even though they clothe in the forefathers, it is we who evoke them nevertheless.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/6/2011, Writings of Rabash