21 Tevet 5767, January 11, 2007

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Temperaments 2
By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2007 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

Some people are naturally intellectuals. Others are naturally intuitive.  Both ways of looking at the world are correct.  Yet, seldom do the intellectuals understand or respect the intuitives.  Being that the intellectuals cannot understand a thing with their intellect, they dismiss the thing out of hand, and dismiss all others who are not of their unique personality design.  This is prejudice, foolishness and the arrogance of intellect.

Spirit rises above intellect as the Heavens rise above the earth.  The intuitive soul is a spiritual soul, who can explore the inner space of the mind with even greater ease than the intellectual can explore external natural science.  The intuitive can learn by an entirely different set of rules than that of the intellectual. 

The intuitive can learn about life and the universe from the ever-flowing wellsprings of wisdom that arises from within the depths of ones being.  For at the very depths of one’s being is the place where we touch Heaven.  Deep within, beyond the realm and reaching of intellect does the soul receive the wisdom of Heaven, knowledge of the universe and experience the Divine.

The intellectual can never know this.  His own personal outlook on life is what limits him.  Intellect serves a vital role; it has its essential place.  However, this place is not the place of the spirit.  For where the spirit resides the intellect can never enter. 

This is just the natural order of things as ordained by Heaven.  It explains so many things.  It shows us how those looking outside at the world have such a hard time looking within.  It explains why the intellectual shows distain for the intuitive.  For the intellectual is accustomed to go out, grab and take for himself.  He does not know how to just sit back and wait to receive from the inner wellsprings of knowledge. 

As such, the intellectual is a taker, but not a receiver.  Being that he has never received; his intellect teaches him to reject the concept of reception, because it makes no sense to him.  How unfortunate for the intellectual, he grows to such heights only to be completely limited and surrounded by that which he can never understand through intellect.  Yet, in order to become intuitive would require a change of personality that only a very few are even capable of making.

Do not concern yourself that things are this way.  They are so for a reason.  Ours is not to question why, ours is but to accept the Way of Heaven and to flow with it. Seek not to change the world, seek only to change yourselves, to be who you truly are.  If you are an intellectual, stay that way.  Take your hand away from the pursuit of inner intuitive wisdom; it is not your portion in life.

On the other hand, if you are an intuitive, stop trying to understand intuition, for intuition does not and will never fit into the mold of making perfect rational sense within the intellect.  Be who you are, and be not who you are not.

Understand now, I have revealed to you why some people excel in the study of Kabbalah and why some people never will; and why some people detest Kabbalah study and cast it off and dismiss its vital importance. 

Heed me now, if you have a Kabbalistic soul, pay no attention to those who dismiss you or your pursuits.  Respect them for who they are and recognize their limitations.  Let them serve Heaven as they are supposed to, while you pursue your goals in life to be who you must be, made in the Image of Heaven, not molded in the image of the intellectuals.
Shalom, Ariel Bar Tzadok

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