Baal HaSulam, Shamati #99, “He Did Not Say Wicked or Righteous”: Now we can understand what is written, that the Creator says, “Return unto Me and I will return unto you.” And Israel say the opposite: “bring us back, Lord, and then we shall return.
We want the Creator to first perform His action. But He tells us: “First you return to Me, and then I will return to you.” It is as if we argue about who will be the first to solve this difficult situation. In every state there are two such discernments: on the Creator’s part and on the part of the created being.
The work is done as usual: through the teacher, the books, the group, the study, and dissemination so that all of this will influence a person in every state. Otherwise he will not be able to exit his state and will remain “himself.”
Imagine that I am in a certain state now, as if I stop time with a stopwatch. It is my current state on my present degree. How can I change it and do something with myself, operating within that state? I will never be able to do anything. I need some external force to push me from behind by suffering or to pull me forward by pleasures.
These are all the tools that I have. But where can I get them in every state? I need to arrange them in advance, and so I have to make sure beforehand that in every state there will be the teacher, the books, the group, dissemination, and the friends’ meetings, which will not let me relax and forget, so that I will not fall without anyone knowing about it. Even if I live in the North Pole, isolated from everyone, I still need to “buy” friends who will care about me all the time, who will call me, and do something with me. This is the only way I can advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/12/2012, Shamati #99