Question: If a person leaves the group, will his accumulated “baggage” be saved or would he have to start all over again when he returns?
Answer: He will not have to start anew. He already has a bitter experience that will help him quickly cling to his friends with new strength.
However, it is better to avoid this. There is a fundamental rule: “Whatever happens, just do not leave the group.” We always move forward together with friends because parting with them is separation, turning away from the Creator, which should be avoided. This is against the spiritual process, during which I do not set my states but only strive forward.
Even if the Creator “trips me” on every step, that is His business. I thank Him for evil as for good, and in no way am I ready to deviate from the course.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/10/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam