The power of thought
We all have different ‘soul levels’ to rectify. The soul level that’s called Ruach in Hebrew – ‘wind, mood’ – actually corresponds to our intellect, or our power of thought and ability to reason things through.
The essence of being able to reason properly revolves around being able to distinguish between what’s true and what’s a lie, and what’s good and what’s bad. A person can live to be 120 years old, and he could be a professor of biology, or a doctor of nuclear physics, and still not have used his true ability to reason for even a single second of his life.
The ability to think really rests on the ability to understand what is reality and what is imagination. When we’re really tapping into our power to think, we start to clarify more and more details, and to get closer and closer to the unique point of being alive.
Namely, we start to spend more and more of our time asking ourselves: “What does God really want from me?”
Rebbe Nachman told us that the Creator of the world gave us the Torah. But how are we meant to relate to this truth, on daily basis? The Tzaddik gave us the advice we need to be able to do this, and to ‘lower’ God and the Torah into the fabric of our everyday lives and experiences, and to really see the hand of God in our lives.
That is the true power of thought.
This is the real goal of thinking about things, and of meditating upon them in order to know what is right and what is wrong, and what is true and what is false. And in this way, we can increasingly be drawn after what is good and what is true in the world.
Based on the writings of Rav Ofer Erez, Ohr HaDaat #115