by Reb Nati at Mystical Paths
Know that it is impossible to come to bitul and closeness to Hashem without emunah. But know that without bitul it is impossible to come to emunah. In this lies the question where to start.
It's hard to subdue the ego and the yeitzer harah to become bitiual. So we must first have emunah. As our emunah increases then we have to become more bitul. The more bitul we become the more emunah is increased. The more emunah we have the more we have to be bitul. We repeat this pattern til we reach Ein Sof and finish our tikun. Hopefully in this life, in this goof. We just have to 'tishtof l'daat shelcha me akol demionot', you have to wash your knowledge of all it fantasies, all of its preconceived ideas.
Wake up to the fact that you are just a guest in this world, you are just passing through! A guest doesn't worry about food or for that matter anything, he just receives from his host and is thankful for what he receives. And if you a guest of HaKadosh Baruch Hu, The Holy Blessed One - Blessed be His Name for ever, what are you in need of?
One thing only...A THANKFUL HEART!!! Just be thankful and receive from His hand all that you need. Receiving is bitul, and emunah is asking and trusting that you'll receive. You can't have one without the other! You have to have emunah to receive the next level, and be bitul to the last level. It's the way (and secret) of ascending.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא