AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Shvat 5776
Page 31 of pamphlet – (2nd line of the page. Line starts: 'chochmah stimah...'). Page 23 of the book. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
There is concealed wisdom that I know not due to investigation and deduction from observation. It originated in me in a concealed manner. It was not the result of my own activity. It was imparted to me from Above.
A metaphor for this: think of breathing. It is a necessity and a real experience. Yet, we breath not because we struggle for air, but because it is pressed into me – it is given to me.
Being alive in the world is more than my own experience of 'I am alive'. The Maker wants that I should live. He keeps me alive by his effort. All I need to do is not resist. To accept.
Chochmah stimah (hidden wisdom) is of a similar nature. It is imparted from above.
This is wisdom without trigger. On a lower level of chochmah there is what triggers my knowing.
And this is why the hidden/stimah chochmah is incomparable to the higher/ilah chochmah.
The hidden level shines into the level below it.