Everyone has their own program of development, according to which they are advancing. No person who was born can understand where he ended up, why he was born with such qualities, in such a family, at such a time, and in such conditions.
Then he grows and develops. As far as souls are concerned, this corporeal development leads to the question of the meaning of life, and then a person comes to the wisdom of Kabbalah, and receives the opportunity to develop further, beyond the boundaries of corporeality.
If a person declines the opportunity given to him to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, he continues his animalistic development. If he accepts the wisdom of Kabbalah, but uses it incorrectly, he will be moving in circles until he corrects his approach.
Nowadays, however, it is no longer possible for a person to develop in all possible directions, the way it was in the past. After all, back then, the development of humanity happened widely in all directions. Today it is narrowing more and more, focusing more and more precisely on the purpose of creation.
In our time there are not many people in the world who want to found some new religion or their own school of philosophy. Humanity has already gone through all these fantasies. The time has come for more practical exercises that allow us to discover methods of correcting a person in order to bring him in line with the correction of the world.
A person receives thoughts and desires all the time from above, from his purpose of creation, that is, from the point where he should be in the common soul. From there, he constantly receives all kinds of discernments in his mind and heart, in his feelings and in his reason, which each time guide him in life, that is, that return and push him to that very end point.
If he tries to use his chance and finds the right environment, he can develop quickly and successfully. If not, he will wander and get confused on the way for a long time, but in the end, he will still reach the goal.
Everyone will eventually reach the goal. The only question is how long will we have to wander, that is, how many cycles of life will it take and how much suffering, in order to eventually understand that there is no choice in this life, except to approach the purpose of creation.
We are inside a solid, correctly organized system, but it leaves us some degree of freedom and allow us to make mistakes in order to learn from them or to learn in order not to make mistakes.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/22, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”