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Chapter 3
Introduction: The Neshama's three levels: 1) Etzem, 2) Kochos and 3) Levushim.
Chapter 2 dealt with Etzem, Chapter 4 will deal with Levushim and our Perek will deal with Kochos.
The idea of נשתלשלו מהם, that בצלמינו כדמותינו in חקירה means intelligence, but in קבלה it means that all the aspects that exist in אלקות on the level of אדם also exist in the נפש האדם.
Three translatuins of כח:
1) a potential (nothing in this world is created complete and "full" it must be completed and made full).
2) a strength; (the possibility  of actualizing the potential is waiting for us to use it and fulfil it).
3) Tool (כחות have neither will nor conscience- people do and we must exercise control discipline and deliberation about how we use our tools, so that they are used constructively and not destructively).
Another idea associated with the Kochcos is that it inhibits, limits and gives finite expression to the infinite soul כחות הנפש מבטאים גילויי הנפש בהגבלה ובהתחלקות.
This allows the Neshama and the person to operate in a finite world and to co-exist with other Neshamos and to even make compromise. 
The ten S'firos.
The idea that the human form is a Mashal to understand the ten supernal S'firos based on the principal of מבשרי אחזה אלוק.
Chassidus explains the משל to us as well, so we can understand the ten כחות הנפש precisely.
A thought on current events. 
Mind and heart, objective vs. subjective.
Mind closer to Soul, Heart closer to actions.
Two parts:
1) acknowledging one's limit and surrendering to the unknown and transcendent.
2) This opens the person up to the enlightenment intuition or light, the flash of Chochma.
But the two are based on the quality of the person and his prior preparedness as an intellectual.
 Class Thirty Six., Perek 3, Class 6.