We find it strange that the Creator, who created this world and who has all the capabilities, requires our help. Yet He depends on us like a mother depends on her child. If we were on the inanimate, vegetative, or animate level, then He would really control us 100%.
However, if He wishes to raise us to the degree of a human being, to His level, He cannot give us everything in a ready form: We need to develop the mind and feelings in us through our own efforts. The entire growth occurs due to our own participation. To the extent that I feel, I grow, and if I don’t participate, I won’t grow and I am not considered a human being!
If I were a simple animal, I would just receive from Him and get fatter and fatter. However, a human being is a qualitatively new degree, which can grow only as a result of one’s own clarifications, analysis, and synthesis in an aspiration to become similar to the Creator. Only due to this do I grow.
And it turns out that the Creator waits, He depends on me in this regard! If a child does not wish to learn and receive knowledge in order to go from one grade to the next, if he doesn’t do his homework or pass his tests, the teachers are powerless to do anything. And everything here depends on the person, not the teacher.
This is the only thing that He cannot do for you; otherwise, you won’t grow. The degree of the speaking, the human being, should grow in us as a result of our own preliminary work, elucidations, understanding, and the mind. We need to set our minds and hearts to this ourselves, rather than waiting for the Creator to make a human being out of us. The human degree cannot be given from the outside, it needs to be conquered from below, from the inside.
The Light can only hasten our development until we receive the point in the heart. However, all the desires above it need to be earned by us. After all, if the Creator clothes you into a ready human image, you will be a monkey rather than a human being.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/9/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam