Let’s use logic to see why we should gain a new perspective on logical thinking to help us turn to gratitude with emunah and Ahavas Hashem.
Where does logic come from? It comes from conclusions based on taking actions in time and space and from reasoning of one thing from another. The term that Torah tells us about this is binah, understanding, where we take a fact and understand one thing from another based on the fact.
What if when we are drawing our conclusions we overlook a core truth? Would we have come up with the same conclusions if we had originally understood the missing information as the real truth?
Emunah means that we understand the real truth to be Hashem’s Oneness. Torah teaches us that it is first and foremost to know that there is Hashem. It is the first of the 10 commandments.
It is, however, not apparent in the world. Hashem designs a world where He is hidden. Thus, a baby and a toddler and a child and perhaps an adult into old age might view the world without this basic core information. And even if we learn it later in life, how can we go back and rebuild our logic based on that truth when every coping mechanism and societal picture we have developed from experiences far more compelling than the real truth?
Let’s use logic now. Is it logical to accept the false beliefs as true because the truth was not obvious when we experienced it? Surely, despite the trauma and pain we are in, our logic can see this as a light at the end of the tunnel, that there IS another explanation that can soothe and calm us.
That explanation is that we do not understand but we accept the truth of Hashem as all good, all loving, all merciful, and that it is our role to strive to reflect that truth into the world.
The efforts we make in hisbodidus, personal prayer, crying out to Hashem, beseeching Him to please help us reveal Him in the confines of our limited physical boundaries become our avodas Hashem. The beauty of this is that we have 100 percent control over turning to Hashem in this prayerful way.
Our role is to take the raw materials given to us for our physical existence and bring into them a potential for eternal benefit. Our effort toward the avodas Hashem described is pleading with Hashem to have mercy upon the broken neurology we are experiencing and to please let us experience His Mercy in those very moments when we are triggered so that our physical makeup can indeed, from our unique limited imperfections, become a vessel that reveals His Mercy.
What we must trust is that success is up to Hashem. Nothing is beyond Him. It is not for us to say we are too lowly a generation or we are not on the level of our forefathers because Hashem is not limited by that belief. He alone determines success.
When we realize that all of our logical thinking that develops without Hashem in the picture brings from within us an expression only of the natural impulses of the unconscious and subconscious, we further realize that with Hashem’s help, we can improve ourselves greatly. Logic alone helps us see that something built on an incomplete foundation of understanding one thing from another can leave out the vital information we need to really fulfill our unique mission.
It is emunah that helps us accept our limitations and Hashem’s perfection, and it is emunah that gives us the trust to submit our logic to a higher truth.
We develop emunah over time through constant efforts to build our relationship with Hashem and from learning Torah and comprehending what Hashem has already done for us, so many miracles. It is up to us to contemplate and develop appropriate images in our mind to visualize examples to help us when we are experiencing negativity and our logical mind begins to race. Really, the target for our improved images is to positively impact the impulses from the unconscious and subconscious mind, the lower waters, filled with images of loss and lack which have triggered our survival instincts. Survival depends on Hashem alone.
We can let go slowly of one false belief after another by seeing the truer belief and clinging to our relationship with Hashem. Try out the truer belief over time and see how emunah grows. The we can let go of the next logical belief that we can now identify as false. And on and on until the neurology of our triggered mind is willing to lay its logical understandings down and accept truth into those very vessels, the truth of Hashem’s lovingkindness that we can bring into our speech and deeds, purifying ourselves and enhancing the world by reflecting Him into it.