In spirituality, “reason” represents the Light of Hochma (Wisdom) clothed in a vessel. In compliance with this Light, we sense and understand the Creator. The key here is not in the actual Light of Hochma, but in the Light of Hassadim (Mercy) which receives it, meaning in the measure of bestowal of which we are capable. These two Lights conform and adjust to one another.
In our world, we receive directly into our desire a certain portion of the Light without clothing it, without being similar to the Creator. This is why we are extremely limited in our reason. Our reason doesn’t develop us because it doesn’t teach us what to do next in order to reveal the Creator.
In contrast, in the spiritual world, we receive the upper Light, the Creator’s revelation, in the vessels of bestowal. This means I reveal the Creator with complete understanding of who and what He is.
In our world, I can look at a person and see a wall. To me he’s “impenetrable”; I don’t understand his language, don’t know his qualities or his thoughts. He’s concealed from me. But in the spiritual world, our contact means unification. I generate within the quality of bestowal, which is then clothed by the Light, and thereby I understand him. That is, I understand someone other than myself. My desire assumes his form, his structure. And the same process applies to everyone.
I have this raw, formless desire to receive which pertains to Malchut of Infinity. And through love and bestowal, I build in this desire various models to assume the forms of all souls existing outside of me. I create within, a space to construct a “set” of souls, and thereby I include everyone within me.
But this is only possible on the condition that I allocate within my desire a place for every soul, picturing where each should go. How can I know such a thing? Simply, to the extent that I bestow, I allow others to enter inside.
The resulting picture is very similar to the logo of the upcoming Moscow convention. A circle is my whole desire, and within it I allocate a segment for every friend. Gradually the circle is filled with souls, and in so doing, I return my own soul to myself. Indeed, presently it exists as if outside of me, but everything that I perceive as existing outside is my soul.
It follows that the quality of bestowal that I generate is merely a means, a condition that allows my soul to be returned within me.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/2011, “The Acting Mind”