The Book of Zohar, Chapter “Bo (Come Unto Pharaoh),” Item 169: And there is no question about how on Passover, the Mochin de Gadlut [the Light of Hochma] already shines, although Israel [those who aspire to reveal the Creator] had not done Priah [correction of the egoistic desire] yet, since this is done through an awakening from below [from man], while on Passover night was the illumination of Mochin [the Light of Hochma] only by awakening from above [from the Creator].
Until the exodus from Egypt you must exert all your efforts as much as possible. However, you have no chance of reaching and realizing the exit itself because it is a higher degree. Here, the Light of Hochma (Wisdom) has to come and execute this passing for you, realize this leap (in Hebrew, the word “Pesach” comes from the word “Pasach,” to pass over, to skip over). This is why it occurs only by virtue of the awakening from Above.
Preparation is entrusted to you, realization to the Creator. The same happens with the spiritual state called “Saturday” since it does not come by a calendar. From one side, it is evoked by the awakening from Above, but from the other, it is said: “One who did not toil on the eve of Shabbat (Saturday), what will he eat on Shabbat?” That is, if you were not performing corrections during the six week days, you cannot reach the seventh day, Shabbat (Saturday).
This happens at all times. You have to carry out everything that depends on you and is laid upon you on your degree, and then the Light comes from Above and completes your ascent do the next degree.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011, The Book of Zohar
Remember The Day We Came Out Of Egypt
Are You Awaiting Redemption?
Are You Ready To Run?