Question: You say that there is a very interesting interaction between the mind and feeling. On one hand, our basis is feelings, and on the other hand, we are still talking about a conscious approach. Does this mean that a person that moves into the spiritual must do it consciously, the mind is involved?
Answer: Yes, it’s just that we are not aware of it.
I had a friend who was an organ tuner at the Dome Cathedral in Riga. He once told me how to tune this ancient instrument. It involves is terrible math! Such calculations, such formulas! What did its makers know, what did they seem to understand?! All this is hearing and all this is feeling.
On the one hand, mathematics, formulas, waves, columns of air pressure, and so on. On the other hand, we can say that this is not a conceptual, but a sensory apparatus: how it affects the membrane, the hearing, penetrates inside, reaches the heart. Where does this all happen? How can we divide this into sensible and intelligent systems?
Comment: Traditionally, psychology and all the sciences associated with it divide the human psyche into the sphere of the conscious and the extra-conscious. Then there are more divisions: the extra-conscious is divided into the subconscious and the supra-conscious, which is responsible for creativity. But feeling works on the subconscious level. In general, most of the personality belongs to the extra-conscious.
My Response: We just unconsciously process them with our conceptual, mathematical apparatus. Just like a person who listens to music. If we knew all his perceiving, sensory apparatus, we could describe it all. These are pure formulas.
Question: But the result of this processing is the final product, our knowledge. That is, we can already own the mind and somehow manage. Is it possible to say that the knowledge that I can impart to others belongs to the realm of consciousness? Is it right to identify consciousness and knowledge?
Answer: No, I don’t think so. Knowledge is the amount of information acquired by a person that helps one exist. This is one’s archive of actions, practices, experiences, and everything that he has.
And consciousness is the possibility of perception at a certain level. A person with a small amount of knowledge can have a consciousness that a huge elephant does not have.
That is, knowledge is accumulated material, and consciousness is the possibility of perception.
From KabTV’s “Meetings with Kabbalah” 1/3/19