184. The Difference between Faith and Mind
The difference between faith and the mind. There is an advantage to faith because it affects the body more than the mind, as it is closer to the body. Faith is considered Malchut, and the body is related to Malchut; hence it affects it.
The mind, however, is attributed to the Upper Nine, and hence cannot effectively influence the body. Yet, there is an advantage to the mind, as it is considered spiritual compared to faith, which is attributed to the body.
There is a rule in spirituality: “there is no absence in spirituality,” and “each coin is accumulated to a great amount.” But faith is considered corporeality, which is considered separation. There is no adding in corporeality, and what is gone, is gone. What happened in the past does not join the present and the future.
Hence, although faith in something affects him during the act one hundred percent more than the effect of the mind, it only works for a time. The mind, however, although it is effective by only one percent, still, that percent remains constant and existing. Hence, after one hundred times, it is added to the amount that faith could affect in a single time. When he works with faith one hundred times, he will remain in the same state. But with the mind, it will remain perpetually existing in him.
It is as we study something with the intellect. Although we forget, the records remain in the brain. This means that the more one learns knowledge, accordingly is one’s evolution of the brain. With corporeal things, however, extended over time and place, a place in the east will never come to the west, or the past hour into the present hour. But in spirituality, everything can be at one time.