Your soul, before she came here below, stepped higher and higher each day. So why did she descend below? What did she gain by coming here?

Because your soul is a divine being of unbounded potential. When you have the power of the infinite, stepping higher each day is standing still. It is a prison of “being that.”

Unchallenged, the soul knows no better. She must descend below, and here, within the ultimate confines, she will learn to leap, to break out of all boundaries, to escape the prison of being. To be “not that.”

Likutei Sichot vol. 4, pg. 1132. Ibid vol. 15, pg. 247–248. Maamar V’Shavti B’Shalom 5738.