Question: There is a certain discrepancy: on one hand, when I get a disturbance, I am not supposed to ask the Creator to remove it. However, on the other hand, on this material plane, I have to apply every possible effort to resolve it. Why is it so?
Answer: It’s not easy to understand. There is internal work that corrects a person; it refers to one’s inner sensations. At the same time, one is obligated to act externally to fix his problems should they emerge in the external world.
Because of this it does external correction. And because the world at large doesn’t exist, it is all one’s own desires. A person has to realize that if difficulties unfold in externality, one is supposed to take care of them to the best of one’s ability. At the same time, he should work internally and continue to correct his relationships with the Creator.
As to the influence of external obstacles on a person, one has to rise above them by applying “faith above reason.” Although, since it comes to one through the outer world and causes some damage, one is obligated to fix the material problems by applying earthly methods that are available to him or her.
So, one has to concurrently act in both planes, internally and externally. This is called “perfect work.”
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/23/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam