Emuna originates from the heavenly sphere where the upper lights and creative forces originate. Our soul stems from this lofty place and once experienced this immense G-dly light directly. The desire to connect back to this light is the soul’s only desire and mission; the purpose of her existence.
The neshama ‘remembers’ the delight she once experienced. It is deeply engraved in her. Unconsciously, we (our bodies) seek pleasure yet we do not understand that this sensation comes from the soul’s desire to bond with that place where all goodness derives from Hashem Yitborach.
Emuna is the bridge that connects the upper and lower worlds. To have emuna means to connect our worldly experiences and define their relevance according to Heavenly terms. Seeing worldly happenings through the eyes of the soul, through emuna eyes, creates an entirely new reality, a new pair of lenses.
Let’s look at the purity of a child – their simplicity and wholeheartedness. Adults feel as though they are speaking to a soul and not the body of a little person. They are real and not blocked by impurities – until they get older and the outer world has impacted their way of thinking. A child is simple and sincere. They know how to say “I don’t know” when they don’t. Children aren’t intimidated by society and the opinion of others. They are guided by their internal compass called the soul.
We should learn from the ways of children. Their sincerity and care when you talk to them, their ability to be in touch with their feelings and their innocent non-judgmental outlook can serve as emuna 101 classes for every one of us.