Question: How is it possible to speak about freedom of choice with people who are not aware that their ego is managed by the Creator? Is freedom of choice acquired the first time a person opens a book about the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Freedom of choice appears only after a number of years of study when a person gets the opportunity to perceive the upper Light, to attract it to him, to be found in the two lines—right and left—and to manage them like a rider manages a horse with two reins. A person then acquires true freedom of choice.
Freedom of choice comes to be expressed in the middle part of Tifferet, in the middle line. A person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah must work on himself for a number of years in order to attain freedom of choice.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17