Kabbalah texts speak of two types of knowledge: daat elyon, the higher knowledge, and daat tachton, the lower knowledge. Daat tachton relates to intellectual ideas, facts, and figures. Daat elyon is a direct experience where we merge with the object of our investigation, and comprehend its true nature as it exists in the Mind of God. Daat Elyon lies at the heart of the inner life. It is the catalyst underlying all spiritual evolution and growth.
The path to actualizing the intuitive power of daat elyon has five key components.
The first key is the study of spiritual wisdom.
The second key is meditation and contemplative prayer.
The third key is universal vision.
The fourth key is the work of self-transformation.
The fifth key is selfless-service.
These five key components are embodied in the four letters of the Ineffable Name of God Yud Heh Vav Heh
The letter Yud is the sephirah of chochmah / wisdom: It represents the study of the science of spiritual wisdom and the knowledge of the inner reality.
The Kotz or tip of the Yud: represents the sephirah of keter/the crown – the Ein Sof (the Absolute). It represents meditation and prayer through which we strive to reach that which is Infinite and Eternal.
The first Heh is the sephirah of binah/understanding: the consciousness of Oneness. According to the Rabbis it is the heart which understands: halev mayvin. Through the heart we understand that there is one God with many Names. Through the heart, we understand that all of Creation is interlinked and interdependent. Through the heart, we understand that all of life is One.
Vav is the sephirah of tiferet/glory or beauty: It represents the work of self-transformation: working to reveal the Divine glory that is within each of us: striving to see the Divine beauty that is in other human beings.
The second Heh is the sephirah of malchut/kingship. Malchut is the world – God’s Kingdom: it represents the life of service – the work of bringing inspiration and energy from the supernal realm down into this physical reality. It represents the work of serving our community, serving Israel and the Jewish people, and serving the whole of humankind.