There is wisdom that accumulates with life experience in this world. We explore this world and naturally develop the tools given to us from birth. Over years and from generation to generation, our minds and hearts expand, and this is how we advance in our understanding of the world through the five senses.
However, the spiritual world requires new and completely different perception organs. Firstly, we need to acquire them, because initially we do not have them. Also, in the spiritual state we are obliged to combine two opposites in ourselves: while remaining a created being, we should become similar to the Creator. These are, however, two polar opposite forms that cancel each other. One can be either a created being or a Creator. They are two different realities.
That we are created beings but have to accept the Creator’s form while remaining in our world and state is very complicated. It requires a major change in our structure and perception. If in our world we are guided by our mind and feelings that support each other, then in the spiritual world it is the opposite, one contradicts the other.
There might be a bad feeling in a good state because we reveal the reality above our egoism. Therefore, inside egoism, we can feel terrible, but in fact, this is the best state.
Perhaps we do not understand what is happening to us without having any spiritual insight, and this will be the highest state. This is why it is difficult to perceive and establish one’s state in the spiritual reality.
Therefore, it is said that in the spiritual world, two opposites are united in one object, and faith operates above reason. It requires great stamina, attention, and time. Gradually “habit becomes second nature” because we let the upper light work on us time after time, patiently agreeing with everything it does to us.
Even if it seems as if the light does nothing, we accept that as well. That is, one needs to absolutely annul oneself to become a complete “zero.” Therefore, we move toward the inner state in which we become ready for receiving the upper light, which means that we will stop relating to it egoistically.1
Our mind cannot combine the two lines: left and right. How can there be peace and harmony in a person who would very much like to become rich, but upon finding himself in total poverty agrees with his condition in the middle line, thereby uniting the left and the right?
How can two such opposites fit together? How can it be that the more a person learns, the more he understands and feels? Every time he reveals his ignorance, stupidity, and lack of success more and more, but at the same time rejoices and reconciles these two states in himself.
How is it possible that having invested 10, 15, or 20 years into the spiritual path, a person receives nothing and is happy about it? He reveals that it is just wonderful that, with his great desire, he did not receive any compensation for his egoism. He feels perfection in the existence of two such opposites.
Our mind cannot accept it, but in the spiritual world, a person can rise to the property of Bina, to the spiritual level, just by combining the two opposites. The spiritual state is born from the collision of two opposites: a massive, unrealized desire and readiness to annul oneself. As a result of this self-annulment, a person becomes worthy of receiving the upper light.2
From The 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/5/18, Lesson on the Topic “The Work Within Reason And The Work Above Reason”
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 9:33-12:28
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