What Is A Thought?

laitman_232.02Question: The wisdom of Kabbalah is the science of nature. In school, we studied nature in physics classes. According to the laws of physics, our thoughts are weak electric discharges. How does this go together with the fact that thought is corporeal? What does Kabbalah say about this?

Answer: In physics, we do not speak about thought itself but about material ideas. This is because thought is much more internal.

Usually, with the help of an encephalograph, we examine some kind of brain currents, i.e., something transmitting signals from the subcortex to other parts of the brain. But this is not a thought.

The thought itself is not just the transmission of an electric signal. The thought is inside the electric signal and is the meaning that is transmitted through the external cover, which is not the same thing.

You can for example study my speech but if people don’t know the language, the internal meaning of what I say, they will not understand anything. So the external form of the messages we transmit to each other is not the essence of these messages.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/26/20

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