Question: The Book of Zohar says that there is not a single blade of grass that does not have an appointee above who strikes it and tells it to grow. What does that mean?
Answer: First, growth occurs only under pressure from above.
Question: Is it done through suffering?
Answer: It is not done necessarily through suffering. But in principle, yes, because pressure is suffering. This is suffering for growth.
Therefore, what is felt as suffering on one hand, can also be felt as joy and pleasure. On the other hand, it depends on what a person identifies with. If I only think about the calmness of the body, then I compare and measure myself only in relation to this calmness. And if I rise above the calmness of the body and believe that something needs to be achieved, then I am glad that I am moving forward, producing something.
Question: That is, nature develops us and does not allow us to be at rest?
Answer: That is the point. If I remain in my state, I do not want to understand nature and make any efforts to develop myself, then I get blows. Then for me, the force of development is felt as something negative. I do not want to develop; I only want peace.
If, on the contrary, I want to develop, then whatever happens to me under the influence of the upper force is a joy for me.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19