In the material world, we are used to working with our intellect. The teacher explains and I listen to what is said. Then I try to understand with my mind and agree with my heart. In Kabbalah, we study differently because we learn about something that is impossible for us to understand or perceive. Our intellect is not adapted to the level being studied.
On the higher level, there are forces that are inconsistent with my logic and principles, which are based on what I currently understand and perceive. I have to accept them as laws belonging to a higher level while I, myself, exist on a lower level. I need to try—in a group, through study, and through the reforming Light—to rid myself of my current perceptions and reason. Once I have made modifications to my inner programming in order to raise it to the next level, I receive new perceptions and new reasoning abilities.
It is impossible for me to enter the information I am currently studying into my old program. The old program cannot process this new information—I do not understand it, I do not experience it, and it does not register within me. But when I change the program, the material being studied becomes clear and understandable to me. This is called spiritual study.
We need to receive that portion of the Light from above that raises us to a higher level—to a level of faith above reason, to a new reason instead of the old. New knowledge is called “faith” because faith is bestowal. In other words, I rise to a level of greater bestowal and then begin to understand and feel the material being studied.
All we need is greater unity among us and more Light that reforms, which will bring us to knowledge on a higher level, to faith above reason.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/11/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“Introduction to The Book of Zohar”