Answer: It’s because then we would correct ourselves out of hopelessness. Our efforts would be regular egoistic work. It would be like earning money for food. In spirituality, it is not considered work if I am pushed by the simple threat of hunger.
In reality, without any need, I have to want to strive for the goal for which I feel no need. My nature does not oblige me, and I develop a completely free desire, independent from anything. Bestowal is not conditional for me; I do not need it; I do not depend on anybody or anything. Like the Creator, I am above everything.
In my spiritual work, there is a point that I need to grow constantly: the point of freedom that is totally unknown to us in our world. At this point, I depend on no one and can do nothing. The whole world is at my feet with no effort on my part. This is where there is the opportunity for real work.
To bring me to this point, I am sent troubles and problems, thanks to which I learn. But then, when I actually get acquainted with the spiritual world, my work will turn into its opposite, as if switched to reverse. I will be told: “Take everything!” And I will refuse this gift.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/2011, “The Nation”