Thoughts expand themselves via compression. A single thought arises and then seeks its mate unceasingly connecting with other thoughts to build itself into an entire range of ideation. This is an ongoing process that takes place internally. What determines the compression of thought is the thought atmosphere. For example: When we are thinking about Torah and trying to relate the sense of one passage perhaps to another we find the connecting links that knit the two together either by concept, word or via its deeper significance in Kabbalah.
In effect we are now relating the two thoughts as one connected thought. This is significant since this one thought now occupies the same space in mind while being that much more richer or compressed in content. The result of this compression is a sharpening and a deepening in mind.
In this week portion Ki Savo this place within is referred to in a unique way…
Devarim 26:1. “And it will be, when you come into the land which the Lord, your God, gives you for an inheritance, and you possess it and settle in it.”
You cannot own your thoughts unless you recognize their ultimate destination is the unity of Consciousness itself. As thoughts come together they forge links that facilitate this unity all the way up to the holiness above.
The “land” that you are coming into is the realization of this unity above and below. This awareness then prepares you for everything else that you will discover along the way. The process of adding thoughts will continue to turn into those insights of unity that began the whole affair in the first place.
What is your inheritance? It is the promise that thought will unify above and return to the place wherein it was sent. Thought will return not only with the promise fulfilled but also with a whole range of insights that have been gathered along the way.
Just as Israel finally comes into the Promised Land so too will a thought reach its destination which is by definition the fulfillment of that thought. The culmination of the fulfillment of that thought that begins from nothing is the recognition that it still remains the same intact albeit wholly transformed into the thing itself that the thought initially may only represent ephemerally.
The promise and its fulfillment is the signature lesson that we are given to remember in terms of the unity of all that transpires between the appearance of something from nothing and its fulfillment mirrored in the image of its maker.
Devarim 26:10. “And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground which you, O Lord, have given to me.” Then, you shall lay it before the Lord, your God, and prostrate yourself before the Lord, your God.”
What is this first fruit? It is the recognition that Hashem has been with us all along and will continue to do so on and on. What we recognize is that we are the instruments of the Holy One blessed be he. Our task is to ever remain a clear channel for holiness by never forgetting how we came to go from one place to another. In this way our lives become one of a dedication to that holiness that course through us when we do the right thing, give charity, do good for others and keep the mitzvos of the Torah.
What are the two thoughts that always come together and are continuously compressed in the process? They are the initial thought and the recognition of its fulfillment via the agency of Hashem. B”H.