“‘Excitement’ is only present when there is distance from the essence.”
“At A Distance” p76
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‘Excitement’ is only present when there is distance from the essence.
Essence is the ‘thing unto itself’ and the emotions relate to ‘how it feels to me’…
Mochin/mind is more interested in essence, than experience…
The mind at the level of binah also has an element of arousal and excitement, but it is different to that of the emotions/midot.
This is like the difference between the priests/kohenim and their attendants [levi’im]. The priests served in silence. The levi made music.