Answer: Sometimes ten years are required for a person to understand that there is no choice and that it is necessary to connect with others. However, these are not years that are wasted. Everything is taken into account, for we don’t know and don’t understand the level of the still.
According to our universe, we see how much time it took to stabilize it, billions of years. This means that this is a very concealed process that moves very slowly and gradually, but we must pass through these levels.
The level of Nefesh is our foundation, and it must reach completion so that after it the level of Ruach will begin. Ruach indicates that we already have independent movement, whereas Nefesh cannot move by itself. A person comes and goes to lessons and workshops, listens, but doesn’t hear, yet continues. Many years go by.
This is the level of the still. Within it, he still can’t do anything, for he is on the level of the still! So what? I wait patiently because I see that he is changing in spite of it all. This is so, even though in the meantime, he is not growing towards the Light, like a plant that begins to come out of the ground.
In the meantime, he is only soil that passes through all kinds of states of contraction and expansion, but he cannot carry out any activity on his own. Everything is done according to external conditions.
We need to organize ourselves like this and provide everyone with maximal influence. However, if a person flees from this, there is nothing to be done. It won’t take him ten years, but rather a number of incarnations.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/29/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam