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A Baby Under His Mother’s Heart

laitman_232_03_0Rabash, “The Matter of Truth and Faith”: The form of Ibur (conception), which is the level of smallness, is its real form. But because it doesn’t have only smallness, it is considered a deficiency, and wherever there is a deficiency in Holiness there is a hold of the Klipot (shells). Then the Klipot can lead to a miscarriage, which means that the spiritual embryo will fall before it has completed its phase of conception. Therefore there has to be a delaying factor which is what gives it the phase of wholeness, meaning the phase of greatness, because an embryo is its mother’s thigh (part of his mother), so the conception is not called by its own name. This is the reason that the embryo eats whatever his mother eats, which means that everything that the embryo receives is in the mother’s vessels. Therefore even if the embryo doesn’t have vessels which are fit to receive greatness, it can receive in the vessels of the upper, which is its mother, because it totally annuls itself before its mother and has no entity of its own.

This is called the phase of Ibur, when it totally annuls itself before the upper and then when it receives greatness it is in a state of wholeness, and therefore there is no hold of the Klipot. This is the reason it is called the delaying force. Therefore this is safeguarding that the embryo will not fall in spirituality like a miscarriage of an embryo in corporeality, as the corporeal mother has to maintain her embryo, so that nothing will go wrong, God forbid, and it is the same in spirituality.

It is difficult to explain the spiritual state of the embryo, since in the corporeal world we only see the external form and external phenomenon and don’t know which internal forces operate both in the mother and in the embryo. The embryo has to be in a state of wholeness; otherwise, it cannot grow. The embryo cannot grow under conditions of restriction, pressures, and deficiency. It has to receive everything the mother has.

Although there is a whole system that takes care of the embryo, it is connected to the mother’s body. This means that the embryo needs to have the power to annul itself before the greatness of the upper level. Then it will feel itself in a state of wholeness and thus will be able to grow.

The upper opens itself a bit more each time for the embryo, and the embryo has to close itself more and more and to receive from the bottom up, in rejection and at the same time also in a state of wholeness. We can see that two opposites are integrated here.

Although the embryo is totally inside the mother, it doesn’t use its desires, but annuls them and is in a state of total devotion to the mother, and thanks to this it grows.

It advances gradually from one level to the next. The upper opens up a bit more Light for it, and the embryo, on the one hand, uses its desire to receive because it grows this way.  But it uses the desire to receive from the bottom up, without receiving inside it and rejecting everything in bestowal. Each time he is with a greater force, a greater desire to adhere to the upper.

We have to try to clarify all these details in the workshop. Although it is difficult, we need to make increasingly greater efforts in order to get closer to this state and enter it as much as we can. A spiritual embryo is our next level, which we must ascend to.

In fact we have already reached it. It is actually good that we find it hard to imagine it; we feel confused and unable to understand it. This resistance will help us hold on more strongly to the small details that are close to us.
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From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/14

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Let’s Hug!

laitman_596Question: On January 21st Tel Aviv celebrated National Hugging Day along with many in the world, a day of whole world hugging started in America 30 years ago.

They say that ten seconds of hugging per day lowers blood pressure and relieves stress, etc. Could this be the solution to all problems?

Answer: It could be, but only if we decide to embrace more than once a year, not without a reason, but with the intention of making the world a better place, all of together in every corner of the world.

If it were constantly advertised in all the media and huge organizations worked to encourage us to do this, because otherwise it is all just contemptible and empty, then it would be possible to feel the upper force in the yearning of the world.

There is no doubt that the upper world would be revealed to us in direct proportion to everyone’s hugs and smiles toward each other.

We would have direct access to best existence of the highest levels, and all of the evil in our world would disappear. But this is only if we constantly think about this and yearn for a connection between us internally.

Hugs are an external action that must be combined with an intention to transform the world for the better. Then everything would take care of itself and succeed.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/22/16

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The Future Of Tourism

laitman_441Comment: Only 290,000 tourists visited Israel in October, a drastic decline compared to previous years. It is also reported that the current wave of terrorism not only stops tourism but also the medical tourism that has been highly developed in Israel.

Answer:  The fact is that the so-called medical tourism in Israel came mainly from Russia and the Russian-speaking regions. Now their economic situation is much more difficult.

So I think the issue is not whether it is safe here or not. Israel, compared to other regions, is a much safer place.

Medical care in Western Europe is highly developed and so very few come to Israel for medical treatment. Interestingly, citizens of neighboring Arab countries come to receive medical treatment in Israel, particularly not advertising it, including relatives of Hamas leaders. Politics and business are always more important.

The situation in the world is simply getting worse. There are more problems, diseases, poverty, overcrowding; everything is becoming more condensed. It is felt everywhere: in culture, art, and the Internet that is becoming more and more flat. Previously the Internet was a star, and today it isn’t.

The world is gradually fading. But this is natural because we have to transcend to the next level, but haven’t yet. The current level has already become obsolete; it has been exhausted.

Therefore, if we don’t change voluntarily, the problems and afflictions will force us to begin to change our world into a more universally connected world, a world in which we resemble nature, the world where we want to enjoy more sublime values rather than shallow corporeal pleasures.

I saw tourists in Western Europe and all over the world 20, 30, and 40 years ago. Even 10 years ago these were cheerful people traveling, hiking, visiting sites.

But today it is all over. Tourism has exhausted itself and has become outdated. Young people don’t need this; they see everything on the Internet; they aren’t interested in castles and cathedrals. Tourism has grown old. If there are any tourists, they are mainly the elderly. The elderly slowly die, and young couples aren’t interested.

Question: What will tourism turn into?

Answer: It will disappear. People’s demands change, and if they change, it means that the past becomes tasteless. You can give them money, but they won’t spend it on a trip. So all these luxury hotels, tourist attractions, planes, and everything related to tourism will gradually disappear. We can shut down the Ministry of Tourism without a problem.

Question: What about trips and journeys to spiritual worlds?

Answer: There will be a demand for that! Contact our tour guides, we are organizing such journeys.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/29/15

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New Life #664 – 2015: World Review

New Life #664 – 2015: World Review
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

What are the reasons for the upsurge in acts of terrorism in the world? Where has the sense of belonging gone that kept us going so far, and how can we use the connections between us to build a safer world?

Summary

In 2015, terrorism intensified in the world. Weapons became available and easy to obtain while the tolerance level continued to diminish. Industry moved from heavier manufacturing to new, easier technologies, releasing masses of the unemployed into the labor market; idleness is pushing toward terrorism.

I predict that, in 2016, terrorism will strike international trade and tourism. People will be afraid to leave their houses. The world is run by power groups. The wave of immigrants that recently inundated Europe is only beginning; their will be more from Asia, China, Japan, and Africa. The strong decline in the value of oil is causing Russia as well as the Gulf states to lose their power. People are losing connection to their countries and nationalities and thus weaken countries.

Soon the world population will reach eight billion, with seven billion becoming superfluous. Society will need to employ them somehow, supply them with their vital needs, and educate them so that they will not become wild and destroy the planet. Although there are reports that water has been discovered on Mars, we cannot live anywhere other than planet Earth.

There is no escape for us. We will be forced to understand that all of us are connected to each other and we have to correct our nature.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #664 – 2015 – A Global Overview,” 12/22/15

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New Life #663 – 2015: Summary And Lessons Learned

New Life #663 – 2015: Summary and Lessons Learned
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and 
Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

A decline in the state of the world began in 2015: climate change, humanity not knowing what to hold on to anymore in order to prevent the outbreak of world war, borders have broken down between countries have disappeared, Europe is becoming Muslim, individuals are miserable, hurt, and fearful, and young people are ending their lives using drugs since they have nothing to enjoy. From an evolutionary perspective, the ego has grown and doesn’t let us enjoy things we enjoyed before such as studying, work, the family, etc. It doesn’t allow us to live the way we used to do. A person doesn’t want to belong to a nation or anything anymore, but wants to simply live as comfortably as he can, and that’s it.

Let’s hope that in 2016 we will manage to digest all of the changes we have undergone and learn from them that our ego has developed to a level that is endangering our very existence, and only if we learn to control it will we be able to survive.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #663 – 2015: Summary and Lessons Learned,” 12/22/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 02.02.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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The Book of Zohar – Selected Excerpts, “Who Is This,” Item 169

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Concealment and Revelation,” “Second Concealment”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Gatehouse of Intentions,” Item 85 

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