Only due to the Light that Reforms can we reach the correction of “Shovavim” (the sin of youth). Indeed, in the beginning a person is like a small child who doesn’t know what’s happening to him. It’s as if a baby is given gold coins to play with, and he doesn’t understand their true value. He is running from corner to corner, not controlling his actions and not understanding their objective.
However, this is a very good period that can be used effectively for our advancement if we remember it and rely on the environment and the teacher’s advice. It’s in this manner that we’ll be able to save a lot of time because the speed of advancement in this “state of youth” is huge.
This is similar to the rapid development of a baby, in whom very significant changes occur during the very first months of his life. And the more he grows, the slower he changes, until he reaches the age of 10 when one month is not much different for him than another.
That is why the period of youth on the spiritual path of man is a very effective and intense period of development. And the key here is the environment because it has its greatest impact on a person precisely in “childhood,” when he’s ready to absorb everything from the environment, and internal changes occur in him with great speed.
The more a person demands from his environment, and the more powerful the environment influences him and is able to answer all his questions and his need for change, the faster he can advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2012, Writings of Baal HaSulam