Sometimes it is hard to separate Belief, Faith and Knowledge, form each other as they tend to bleed together under the watery assault of emotions. So let me clarify: belief is based on "not having to think it through" and faith "is "I have no thoughtful explanation at all". When both are used as religious conviction, they are really just making the process of not thinking, and passive acceptance , a moral. A passive congregation only serves the Theologian and/or ruler.
As explained by the Qabalah, Spirit is an active Force that enlivens the passive form. Form passivity, is a balance of electric-energy held in a magnetic field and is not viewed as a moral.
Qabalah, is a Gnosis, which is a Greek word,-meaning Knowledge.; Knowledge requires work, effort and often diligence and above all, the cooperation of "Force and Form".Unlike many religions, Qabalah doesn't require moral outrage, to enforce its doctrine. Rather, the doctrine of Qabalah, is "Above all things, know thyself". This requires the banishment of delusional thought and/or definition from our personality construct, which is often constructed for us by "ruler enforcement of definition". In other words, socially we must be made to accept the Definitions of "others" (our "place in society") rather than accept the definition of the Spirit (Spiral energy) that created us "as its own image".
Spirit, is not accepted by faith or belief, rather the student of Qabalah is a metaphyscian, and must not only study ten (dimensions) Spheres of Energy Consciousness called Sephiroth, but also the paths of memory, that lead to them. These paths use the Hebrew letters,(Tarot cards all bear Hebrew letters) because they are a numerical system of "frequency"....as all things come form the Logos (Word of God), which is called the First Vibration of Energy in the Universe. Frequency is vibration, and can be shown in another numerical system, known as the Fibonacci numbers. Before Fibonacci, there was the Hebrew system.
Many people confuse the word "Hebrew" with the Jewish religion......but contrary to propaganda, Hebrew, is a race of people, and Jewish, is a religious cult like all the other organized religions. The word Jew describes a practitioner of the Jewish religion, even though some practitioners of Jewish religion study the Qabalah and Christianity. We also have Christians studying it, and they are not called Jews or Jewish, anymore than a Physicist is called "Physicist-ish". There seems to me to be a "hidden bigotry" in calling a Race of People a religion.
Qabalah, was the ancient science of the magi, often called wise men, seers or Elders. It is a "Metaphysics" because it attempts to explain the invisible majority of the Universe, such as the science and theories of Quantum physics of today tries to explain the 99.6% invisible universe.
As does a scientist, the Qabalist must experiment and prove to themselves if what they are studying is a sound principle or just so much intellectual fluff used to impress the ignorant. Granted, Aleister Crowley often filled the pages of his work with intellectual fluff, he obviously had a very large ego., but ego or no, he also did a lot of diligent research and experimentation to prove or disprove his theories. He was a Practicing Magus, not a person who just believed in Magi or the Qabalah.
The Theory of Qabalah, is somewhat like this, the Spirit (spiral energy) had to "condense" (lessen vibrational rhythm) itself to become form.(Living Flesh is a form of condensed light, and/or Spirit that has been "bent upon itself" into a circle or sphere) and since The Force of Spirit had to be "slowed down" to make form, a lot of data was left behind in the more energetic consciousness of " Higher Vibration". You see, "The Know is in the Flow", once spirit has become flesh, it is far "slower" than its original state of Energy conscious. Since it took a process of over 14.7 billion years to get Spirit to this state of energy we call "organic matter" and ten dimensions of Self-Awareness/conscious states of energy, have been produced as "Force and Forms" until we have arrived here on dear old Mother Earth.
Granted, this is a very condensed and simplistic way to describe this philosophy of Qabalah, but it does explain the fact that we have inherited the knowledge that went into building the many levels of conscious energy called the Greater Self. We are the Universe who has developed "Self-Awareness" and have "forgotten" most of it so we could condense into light. Now, we have to reverse the process, while still keeping the body, so we can "Above all things, know thyself"!
That is why I study and work so hard at the Qabalah............so far, it has worked and rewards the diligent student! I am Spirit on all planes and being "Spiritual" to me, is being more Self-Aware, and removing the insanity of denial, superiority, and man-created definitions of myself value, from my brain: Bad data equals bad computer operation! I Am Spirit who Makes its own image! Like the Ocean makes a fish, entirely of Sea Water and Sunshine, so it can "See itself",,,,such do I , Spirit , of crystallized spirit make Me. I AM Me, is God's new name!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!