The descent of the worlds builds the steps of the ladder that carry the light and the desires from top to bottom, corresponding to one another on each level. That is, the right conditions are given for the connection of the light and the vessel in all the states from top to bottom.
When this descent reaches the bottom of the ladder, a shattering occurs and produces the inter-inclusion of these two forces: the desire to enjoy and the desire to give. This creates the possibility of the correct inclusion into one another no longer in a negative and egoistic form in which a spark of light breaks through the desire to receive.
Today, through one’s efforts and work in a group of ten, a person can draw the reforming light that will highlight the spark placed inside the egoistic desire and begin to develop both the desire and the spark inside oneself. Thus, the development takes place even at the corporeal level because we awaken the light precisely due to the shattering and we start working on the connection.
As a result of the descent downward, the light and the desire almost reach zero. And at the very end of the ladder the shattering occurs after which creation can begin to climb back up the same steps. Only due to the shattering, the light can penetrate into the desire, and then the desire begins to understand and feel what it means to be similar to the light, and consequently, requires the intention to bestow.
Adam HaRishon is considered to be the first man because the foundation of creation appears in him first, and it was not there before. Creation has to be independent. Before the shattering, Adam HaRishon was an angel and was called “a man” only for the future. But after the shattering, he is ready for correction, receiving the desire to enjoy and the desire to bestow mutually included in each other.
Then, with the help of the light, one can begin to clarify one’s desire to enjoy and the spark within gradually takes the form of a man, Adam, that is, similar to the Creator. Desiring to become like the Creator, the desire to enjoy restricts itself and builds a screen, the reflected light. Because of the spark, the desire attracts the reforming light and clothes in the intention to bestow. But before that, it should feel hatred, rejection, and only after it will come to unity and love.
Until the human level, at which creation becomes independent, it is not separated from the light. All other levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and even a person who has not yet reached awareness, only carry out the instructions of the light without any freewill. Therefore, there is no reward or punishment in corporeal life in this world for anything.
After the descent of the worlds from top to bottom down to this world and the shattering of Adam HaRishon, matter began to develop automatically, due to the reforming light, on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels. But when creation reaches the last, fourth stage of the animate level, it is its turn to awaken the spark placed in it, and so, the “Homo loquens” (speaking man) appears in our world, that is, those in whom there is a point in the heart.
Such a person begins to feel that there is a certain force that controls him or her, and the person asks about the meaning of life. The person wants to become similar to the Creator, but finds only hatred and rejection in oneself instead of unity and love. Therefore, one realizes that one needs a ten and the reforming light and begins to act. Without the awareness of the evil, it is impossible to come to the good.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/30/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”Items 12 –17
1 Minute 28:30