Question: Is one lifetime enough to climb the degrees of the spiritual worlds?
Answer: Do not worry, this is not your task. You must rise either by a good or not-so-good path. The choice of the path depends on you.
If you exert, you will rise quickly and win every moment of your life for the sake of the ascent. And if you are lazy, of course, you will be urged forward, or even left alone, and then you will have to catch up with the others.
In general, there are different possibilities. In order not to confuse you, I will say only one thing: systematic classes, participation in a group, in our common events—this is the necessary minimum for a normal, smooth, safe ascent. If you want to move faster, there are additional classes, courses, and so on. If you want to move even faster, there are other options.
Question: What if I want to stop, and I say, “The first degree is enough for me, I feel good here. You can go forward and I will stand here.”
Answer: Each person will have to reach their spiritual root. It does not depend on him or her. No one asks you about it. You are given only a very narrow range in which you can decide how to rise: by your own efforts or by being pushed from behind.
There is a very interesting mechanism. It works on a simple principle, similar to dealing with slaves: If you work well, you do not get blows, but if you hesitate, they immediately begin to hit you.
Question: Does it mean that it is impossible to stop somewhere in the middle of the path?
Answer: You can stop, but you will receive blows. So, you cannot just wave it away. We are dealing with the law of nature. Therefore, no requests will help. If you are given certain conditions, you must meet them.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20