Answer: Baal HaSulam feels the absolute need for the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah, but that the people see no need for it at all. On the contrary, they reject the wisdom of Kabbalah as strongly as they can by using all sorts of excuses. The people are like a sick person who doesn’t want to recognize the only medicine that can save his life. So we have to try and give him this medicine in different ways, like to a child, in a nice wrapping with all sorts of persuasion and preliminary explanations. After all, something must be done!
An ordinary person doesn’t feel any partition between himself and the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is only later that we begin to discover this. The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method for the revelation of the Creator to man in this world. Such a revelation is contrary to our nature. If we felt that the revelation of the Creator were sweet and beneficial to our desire to receive and would bring us more food, sex, family, money, respect, and knowledge, we would gladly accept it; if the Creator satisfied our corporeal desires, everyone would yearn for Him.
But if the Creator is love of others, as it says: “From the love of the created beings to the love of the Creator,” then no one needs Him. Everyone rejects Him and at the same time the wisdom of Kabbalah as well.
Subconsciously we reject the wisdom of Kabbalah in its natural form and are 100% opposite from it as we are from the Creator. Instead of the real Kabbalah, we simply imagine some kind of mysticism, some kind of miracles and blessings, and thus, we can use some parts of it, deceiving ourselves that we are dealing with the wisdom of Kabbalah. But in fact it is something else entirely.
We can turn to the Creator this way and pray to Him in order to receive something good from Him. This is the only reason we need Him—in order to feel better, and we don’t need a Creator that will make us feel bad. Everything is fulfilled according to the customer’s order, the receiver’s order. So although the wisdom of Kabbalah has been with us for ages, we are detached from it by an iron partition.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/11/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot”