The Arizal on parsha Tetzaveh (see Apples from the Orchard section above) explains how the sefirot were one dimensional points, derived from the tohu in the world of Atzilut.The sefirot are incomplete unless they can interrelate and interact. Doing so is the work of tikun.
We come into the world with an immature mentality, able to see only our own perspective, how things impinge on us and what we perceive to be our best interest.
The Arizal explains how the sefirot of netzach and hod have their own content and extend outward and this is why chesed must be paramount in our minds before we actually act. For example, if there could be a generic template for most causes of friction – would it be perhaps:
I am experiencing an enduring sense of lack of something I want or need and I feel angry, scared or insulted and want to say or do something to protect or defend myself
In netzach is an imbalance, a corruption, something gluing us to believing that there is an enduring lack.
In hod is an imbalance, a corruption, something gluing us to believing that we have the strength and interpretation to take what we feel is lacking back with our own hand.
These two imbalances are the taivas and the gaivas, the glue which came from the tohu when we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The good news is that there is No Other Power! And this is how we write our own story for all eternity, by realizing the opportunity we have to recognize Hashem, Who has hidden Himself in this way, so as to give mankind, the feminine, an opportunity to have free will and exist and truly partner with Him by merely recognizing, noticing and naming the emotions and physical distress while loving Him and grabbing onto the Throne of His Honor, the only Honor there is, so that we may peel back the confusion and make our will His and reveal Him.
May we come to see how to do this, how to comprehend the creation that we are and how we indeed, by regulating the forces of nature within us, make it possible for Hashem to have a home in this world where He is revealed, may it be NOW.