What this is talking about is that not only does the ego not refuse to participate in the process of correction and restrict itself, but it also includes itself in this process and begins to work with bestowal. It means that the desire to receive now works like the desire to bestow, receiving for the purpose of bestowal.
Question: But why did Balaam say, “Now, you too, please remain here overnight, and I will know what the Lord will continue to speak with me.”
Answer: It is because this is not a direct action by the ego. Rather, the ego is beginning to act against itself. There is a state of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, which is the characteristic of Bina that is built above egoism, and there is a state of reception for the sake of bestowal, which is the next level that is built in cooperation with the ego.
Question: It follows that the first reaction of the ego is a full Tzimtzum (restriction), when it says, “I won’t have anything.”
Answer: Everything begins with the Tzimtzum, and this state is called the state of Katnut (smallness). Then Baalam said, “Now, you too, please remain here overnight, and I will know what the Lord will continue to speak with me.” This means that the work with the ego has begun.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/12/15