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Diagnosis: You Are In Good Health

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When I started studying Kabbalah I started seeing the egoism within myself and within other people. As a result I feel negativity towards myself and others. Is it normal?

Answer: This is absolutely normal! In the beginning of your Kabbalah studies you will feel worse and worse. This is a good sign. It means that you are advancing. I will explain why. First of all, you begin to see our world deeper: how everything is tied around egoism.

Second, you still exist at a small egoistic level: inanimate, vegetative, animal, levels of nature, and human. However, you have to be raised above this level and your egoism has to be developed to the next rung so you could start transforming it into the property of bestowal, into altruism.

Therefore, when you begin your Kabbalah studies, you feel worse about yourself and about the surrounding world. Every person goes through this period. It has to take place.

As an example, students who study medicine feel that they have all the diseases they study in school. The same happens with us.

In reality the egoism is not growing within you, but you begin to study it and you become engaged in it. As a result, you see it in brighter shades: how egoistic you are and how you don’t like and hate yourself and others. This is precisely because you study this disease called “egoism.” Therefore, everything is fine; you are in good health.
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From the International Summer Camp in Bulgaria 7/12/14, Lesson 4

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Kabbalah Is A System Of Laws of Nature

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: According to what I have understood, every person must reach the wisdom of Kabbalah. But if, for example, he falls into another stream when searching for the spiritual way, does God punish him for this? And when a person enters into the spiritual way, why do events even worse than before happen to him?

Answer: Different things happen to a person all the time in order to push him towards the right goal. If he behaves correctly, he goes forward according to the laws of nature; so things are good for him. If not, then this system of forces influences him negatively.

The wisdom of Kabbalah talks about how nature is built, not about a God who supposedly sits and thinks about how to punish someone. Only the laws of nature exist (call them God the Creator, it makes no difference)! So there is no reward and there is no punishment.

Kabbalah is not a religion; it speaks only about the force that develops us, that we should get to know and comprehend. If we attain it, then we develop quickly and easily and reach the correct goal that was determined before this force.

But this does not mean that if I open a Kabbalah book today things will immediately be better for me. What are you talking about? Do I know how to behave correctly, how to use the laws of nature correctly?

It is is like it is in physics, like in any science! If I know how to use the laws correctly, then I benefit from it. But if I opened a book but still don’t know how to use the laws that are recorded there, I cannot claim that I won’t make a mistake. There is nothing miraculous here. There is a system of laws we are learning to be able to use correctly.

So it is impossible to relate to the wisdom of Kabbalah as to some religion or magic or sorcery, where I apparently began to learn it and in spite of it all, things are bad for me. The idea is that you still don’t know how to use it. And when you learn, then to that degree, things will be good for you. This is as it is in every enterprise. This is clear materialistic knowledge.
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From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson 4

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All Of The Work Is Within

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn fact, we are found in the world of Infinity; there is no other state. However, in our minds, in our senses, as a result of our desires being egoistic and damaged, we feel a state called “our world” instead of the world of Infinity, and so, in principle, the only thing that we are doing is correcting our senses, correcting ourselves.

Question: If I want to feel the Creator, is it enough for me to sit in a circle and be integrated with the friends?

Answer: Theoretically, if you were in a circle all the time and were to work on your connection with them all the time, then you would have no more need for anything in life, nothing!

This is the ideal physical, mental, and emotional form within which it is possible to work on all of the nuances of our connections, all the way to the spiritual ones, without exception.

Question: And nothing additional is needed?

Answer: Not exactly. We must go out to the world and take all kinds of problems from them. However, again, this is to increase the connection between us even more.

Suppose that we completed some mass of work among us, some egoistic density, and we connect. However, this is not enough to reveal the Upper Light. From where can we receive an addition? We begin from within our circle to go out to disseminate, attaching an egoistic mass to ourselves, an even greater density, and this helps us to come closer between us because we are working above it.

We must go out to people in this manner. However, in principle, all of our work is within, in our circle.
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From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson 1

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Beyond The Negativity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How must one work optimally with the negativity every person and every group of people gathers?

Answer: We don’t work with the negativity in us. I don’t want to know or hear about it, I don’t want it to burrow into me.

First of all, this is very unpleasant, and second this is called eating oneself, as it is written, “The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh” (Ecclesiastes 4:5). “Look, I am like this! And why did I do this at all!? In my past there are things like these! … And in general, all my life …” So, all of this is incorrect, absolutely erroneous.

Our attitude toward our correction must be positive; I am going only toward the good, only toward the good!

This is because if I think about something bad, I am not connected to the Creator, not aimed in His direction. If there is already something wrong, this is a sign that the Creator is to blame, and, if I am bad, this is also a sign that the Creator is to blame, and if there will be something bad in the future, then it is certain that He is to blame.

This means that I don’t have to think about this at all. I only need to invest effort to connect with others. This is what I need, and it depends upon me!

All the rest doesn’t depend upon me. So, why do I need to think about this? All the rest will be absolutely ideal if only I constantly concentrate my attention on maximal, optimal connection with others in a circle, because a circle is the image of the Creator.

Question: Does negativity belong only to one person or can it belong to a group of people?

Answer: Certainly a group has its common ego, and we need to rise above it. We hold onto only positive thoughts. We don’t criticize ourselves or others in any way. We try to rise above our ego all the time and connect there.

So, in principle, a person cannot be in such a state where he is not in excitement and elation, where he feels negative emotions, and,if he has states like these, this means that he is not in contact with others and especially with God.
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From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson 1

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In Friendship With The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does one effectively use envy for the purpose of advancement? It seems to me that my ego simply tends to close so that I don’t deteriorate downward.

Answer: You don’t need to make yourself the master of your destiny. What is needed from you is only some effort. But you have to give it! All the rest is not up to you.

The important thing is to try, like a child, who doesn’t even know where and what he is supposed to do. He tries! And that is what buys him the mind and inner growth.

Thus, I must act with full consciousness that I am doing all that I can in that I am trying to understand how to impart the greatest seriousness in my actions. But at the same time, one must exactly understand what these efforts demand so that they will raise me.

If the child doesn’t invest efforts, he can’t attain the correct results. We see in the stages of inanimate, vegetable, and animate that everything is programmed. We need to invest efforts, as if our development doesn’t depend on us. Do you know your future state? Does the child know what his silly jumps and games need to bring him?

Understand, you go in friendship with the Light, it is your partner. Go to friends, make an effort, and the Light will complete everything. You will feel that it lives in you, that it is working through you. Just exactly as you synchronize your pulse and thoughts with friends, you need to synchronize with it.
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From the Sochi Convention 6/10/14, Lesson 3

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Convention In Sochi “Day Two” – 07.14.14

Convention in Sochi, Day Two, Lesson 3

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Convention in Sochi, Day Two, Lesson 4

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Convention in Sochi, Day Two, Lesson 5

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Convention In Sochi “Day One” – 07.13.14

Convention in Sochi, Day One, Lesson 1

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.13.14

Shamati #60 “A Mitzva that Comes Through Transgression”

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Writings of Rabash, “Shlavei HaSulam,” “A Prayer of Many”

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International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” – 07.12.14

Integral Summer Camp, Day Two, Workshop 2

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Integral Summer Camp, Day Two, Lesson 3

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International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” – 07.11.14

Integral Summer Camp, Day One, Lesson 1

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Integral Summer Camp, Day One, Workshop 1

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