Answer: There is the work of preparation and there is the spiritual work itself. The preparation work is when I still cannot perform the correct actions, that is, in conjunction with the group and with the Creator; while I am still learning, I listen to all sorts of wisdom about the science of Kabbalah.
This preparation is the same as in life: I study in school for at least 15 years until I start working and getting paid, to see the fruits of my labor. This is the difference.
In spiritual work, preparation takes at least 10 to 15 years and maybe more. We see that people have been engaged with us for at least 10 years, and I would say that this is not enough. According to my calculation, it takes about 20 years to really move from preparation to work.
The difference is that then a person feels that he must depend on the Creator; one is constantly working on “There is none else besides Him” in everything that happens internally and externally and apart from one point of unity, there is nothing that is not the Creator, and this point is given to him so that he could connect it with Him.
From a Conversation in Iceland, 5/18/18