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From Person To Person

laitman_942Question: How is it possible to convey the integral method and share it with thousands of people so that they will avoid the blows that we have received, and the mistakes that we have made?

Answer: With them the realization of the integral method will be carried out in a different manner. Today a small child who is still sitting in a stroller is already playing the same games that we were afraid to approach.

And he not only pushes on the electronic buttons of the games, but also, to our surprise, understands what he is pressing. So everything will be different, but how, I don’t know, this doesn’t interest me. I need to work now, working with the tasks of today.

Question: What number of people do we need to encompass through our method? Is there a particular number?

Answer: I think that our method will spread from person to person in the inner network between us, because all people are connected, like in a mycelium. A mycelium is a network that encompasses everything that grows in a forest: trees, mushrooms, flowers, wildflowers, and so forth. Everything is linked by fine threads. That is also how we are connected.

External dissemination influences inner dissemination. And inner dissemination is very rapid; in just about a fraction of a moment entire continents are transformed. People suddenly begin to respond to our words as if they had already heard them while sitting in front of us. We don’t need to be concerned about it. We must only do everything that we can.

It is said that the moment that we attain the first spiritual level, the Upper Light will stream through us over all the rest of the levels of the world. We are working on the external public not to correct the masses, but to raise ourselves to the first spiritual level. And then the Light that fills us will pour over the edge of our Kli and fill them.

It is for this that we are working with them. Their need, their deficiency, is imperative to us.

Question: It follows that what interests us more is how many friends we activate in this?

Answer: The number of friends who are activated doesn’t interest us; rather, it is the quality and quantity of their total value of qualitative and quantitative needed for our urgent requirement for the Light to correct us.

If you are experiencing fear before you go out to disseminate, this is very good, it means that you need the Creator. If it isn’t so strong in the meantime, wait, He is still preparing a surprise for you.

Question: Why is it that when we hold a workshop in the center we think much more about the Creator and approach unity but when we go out to an event, this thought disappears and we begin to think about technical things: how we express ourselves, what must we do and so forth? How is it possible to maintain the thought about the Creator, for after all, this is our main task?

Answer: Right, this will be your main task. And in the meantime you need to feel how much your appearance before the public brings you the thought that this is what is determining everything now, and not the Creator. As much as you come under the influence of the environment, you suddenly become businessmen, high-tech people, and the like. You are immersed in thoughts about how this will work. One way or another, you will immediately forget that the Creator is doing all of it. But it should not overtake the events. All of this will come with time.
From the Convention in Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14, Lesson 3

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The Spiritual Root Circles And Lines Are The Process Of Correction

laitman_947The most important book we have for studying creation is Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot). This book is written in a very special way. It has 16 parts, and the first part explains the world of Infinity (circle), where the circle is created by the influence of the Light.

The Light that created the desire fills it and determines everything in it. Therefore, the desire resembles the Light in its form and is under its total control. This state is called the “world of Infinity.” Part two tells us about circles and lines. A circle is created by the desire, which is converted into the line. This line, like a “pipe” that conducts Light, becomes like Him, and fills the circles. This action is performed from the lower towards the upper, which means from the created being who wants to resemble the Creator.

Generally speaking all of creation is created from above by the Creator. The egoistic created being fills the world of Infinity through pipes or through lines. This is how it is built.

Baal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot (Volume 1, Chapter 1, Part 5): The reason was that since Light of Infinity was completely even, it had to restrict itself evenly on all sides, and not restrict itself on one side more than on the others.

It is known in the wisdom of geometry that there is none so even an image as the image of the circle (200). However, this is not the case with the Meruba (300), with the bulging perpendicular angle, the Meshulash (triangle) (400), and all the other images. For that reason the Tzimtzum had to have the form of a circle.

We feel every revelation of the Light that comes from above, which means that the Creator influences us since He created everything. Every revelation of this force affects us in the form of a circle. In other words, this affect is totally equal on everyone. We have to understand that everything comes from Above in the form of one Light that affects us in a unique manner. There is no preference of certain desires over others in the influence from above.

There is a desire on the level of the still, vegetative, and animate nature. There are also many different people, groups, and different types and kinds. It makes no difference how they divide among themselves or which ones are unique, the Creator treats everyone equally. The Upper Light fills everything.

It never changes with regard to anyone in any way. Everything stems from the upper direct Light that fills everything. This is what is said in Talmud Eser Sefirot.

Everything that happens to us already depends on the response, on the development that awakens in the desire. The desires change according to their attributes, according to their intensity and their make-up. The desires are different and they integrate with each other. There are many desires, attributes, qualities, etc. in each of us, and although the Direct Light affects them all equally, each of us responds differently.

Interestingly, to the extent that a person can receive the Light, he can also respond to it. For example, if someone is smarter than others, his work is also greater since he is cleverer and he understands better and therefore also has to invest his efforts relatively. If someone is stronger than others, he should also do more than someone else who is weaker, since the power was given to him on purpose. But there is no difference in the way the Light regards each of us in its specific, private, and subjective manner.

Everything is calculated in a very simple manner; each of us has spiritual genes, Reshimot (reminiscences), which determine the effect the Light has on us and reveal to us the existence of the still, the vegetative, and the animate nature and human beings. The Creator affects each of us equally, and if a person feels unhappy or overwhelmed, or if he is under a positive or negative influence of fate of the Creator, of life, or of something else, he simply needs to search within himself a little. Then he will realize that he isn’t any different from anyone else in the attributes that he has. The Creator treats everyone equally and there is no injustice in His attitude. Besides, His attitude is absolute goodness, as it is said, He is “the good and that does good.” But where do we see that? It depends on how we fulfill our attribute under the influence of the “good and that does good.”

The problem is that we don’t want to learn, to make an effort, and to grow according to His influence. Increasingly greater negative attributes are accumulated in us from one generation to the next. Eventually we witness very unfortunate outcomes. Although the infinite Upper Light illuminates unto everyone equally, filling everything, we drown in it, and feel so uncomfortable and unpleasant because we find ourselves in attributes that are totally different from the attributes of the Light. The more positively it influences us, the more and more negative are the feelings that awaken in us because we feel increasingly more opposite to it.

There is the system of correction that is meant to correct this state and to teach the created beings to resemble the Creator, to raise them to the level on which they will know and attain Him, connect and reach adhesion with Him. It was given to us as the method of correction, in the form of the wisdom of Kabbalah, as exercises, workshops, and other models called integral education or the wisdom of connection.

What does this method lead to?

We perceive the world through our senses and if we begin to perform certain exercises together similarly to the actions of the Light, the circle, then even on our lowest level, if we simply and mechanically want to resemble the Light, it is enough in order to get close to it, without understanding and without wanting anything. It is because now we are not just opposite from its attributes, but we also try to resemble it somehow. If we attain equivalence of form with the Light, it affects us internally. This equivalence of form is called line (Kav).

Talmud Eser Sefirot, Chapter 1, Item 1: These lines are like a thin “pipe” through which pass water and applies Light to the higher worlds.

Every connection we reach with the Creator goes through this so-called pipe (tsinor), through the line. We try to resemble the Light, although we are totally opposite from it. If we try to turn ourselves into a circle that is similar to the perfect circle of the Light of Infinity, it is as if we connect our two circles in the pipe. In reality there are no pipes and circles in this world and it is all about the level of connection between us, about the compatibility between us, and the Upper Light. Thus, it should be clear to a person that if he tries to do it by himself, he will simply not succeed in anything. It is because he doesn’t form a circle with anyone and it is therefore impossible. There has to be at least two people.

In addition, we know that the Upper Light builds itself in relation to the desire that it has created through the ten worlds, which means through gradual changes. It builds the desire under the influence of ten levels, and so if we want to resemble the Upper Light, it should be among at least ten people. This is because in our world a man symbolizes the attribute of bestowal, and the woman symbolizes the attribute of receiving, so the smallest circle (Minyan) is ten men who connect. A physical circle is our physical gathering when we get together in a circle trying to fulfill this corporeal form by the relations between us. This means that we annul ourselves with regard to the others and connect, incorporate into one another, and each one receives the deficiencies of the others as if they were his own.

Then we connect into a chain that obliges each of its parts to be incorporated in all the other parts, and to be committed to them and to depend on all the other parts.

Baal HaSulam says in Part 2 of Talmud Eser Sefirot that Malchut of the upper becomes Keter of the lower. Therefore Malchut connects every upper with its lower, which means that there is an equivalence of form between them: Malchut of the upper connects with Keter of the lower, and thus a connection between the ten Sefirot of the upper is established with the ten Sefirot of the lower; a connection between all the levels from the world of Infinity until the world of Assiya where our world is as at the lowest level of the world of Assiya.

Thus, ten Sefirot are connected and then another and another according to the Kav. There are a total of 125 such levels and each one is made of ten Sefirot. Together they are call Kav (line) and this is the only way that the connection between the vessels and the Light of Infinity is established.

Only the Light of Infinity operates in all of reality. This is the only place all our desires ascend to and it is only from there that all the actions that we spur by our deficiencies descend unto us.

The connection between all the circles (Igulim) with each other goes through the line. Only through it is it possible to operate the system of the upper worlds so that it should influence us. It is only through the line that we can influence our reality, which we don’t feel or see now. At the moment we feel only the matter that is on a level that is lower than ours: the animate, vegetative, and still nature, and we don’t feel anything other than that. We don’t understand ourselves; we don’t feel our spiritual essence, and we don’t perceive what is beyond that at all. If we want to feel that, we have to take into account that the only connection between the circles is through the line.

Therefore, our mutual incorporation during the workshops should be so that I absolutely feel the other. I swallow him with everything he has got. It makes no difference what attributes, feelings, actions, or intentions he has or whether they are positive or negative. I am totally incorporated in him and he is incorporated in me.

When this incorporation takes place, each of us already annuls his ego by that. We already ascend and restrict ourselves according to the first restriction. That’s it. Now someone else is working in my place and I work in the place of someone else and have exited myself at least for a few moments, and have already performed a spiritual action. What is more, there is also mutual incorporation here.

Why should we understand all that? In order to begin to change and to feel what we are doing so that we will be able to examine ourselves and develop correctly. After all, every action that we make in the spiritual world, even the slightest action, leads to a response. We have to understand this connection and to activate it.

Baal HaSulam says all of creation in all its manifestations is entirely defined in advance according to the same goal: to develop out of this total creation the human race, which will be raised in their properties until you can feel the Creator as well as experience of others.

Therefore, we have to focus ourselves on working with others as if we focus ourselves on the Creator exactly the same way. Why? Because as long as our inner attributes are not focused on the attributes of the Creator, we will not begin to feel Him. So how can we focus on Him? Where is the tuning fork or other parameters of distance, power, weight, etc., which we can use in our world as the standard for that? With regard to what can I focus myself in order to get close to something?

I don’t see the Creator. I cannot measure whether I get closer or further away from Him in my particular attributes. What is more, my egoistic attributes lead me in different directions. If they take me backward, I could know that I have to constantly resist them and then I would know whether I was advancing or not, but I am constantly thrown from side to side not knowing how I should act. This means that in addition to my lack of desire to advance against my nature, I also don’t know how to do so. Therefore, I am given the right conditions: to focus on my friend and thus focus myself on the Creator. It is through the friend, as it says ” from the love of the created beings to the love of the Creator.”

Baal HaSulam says in his article “The Teaching of Kabbalah and Its Essence“: that all orders of creation in all its manifestations are entirely determined in advance according to the same goal. These are all the rungs of the ladder by which the human race develops and climbs up to the purpose of creation. These two realities are explained in their every detail in the wisdom of Kabbalah.”

We must understand that. To the extent that we can feel the others and not ourselves, which means other people, despite our egoistic desires, we will be able to feel the Creator. Others refer to those who are closer to us as “The Middle,” since we feel them and cannot lie to ourselves with regard to them. I can say that I love the Creator, that I want Him, but these are just words. However, with regard to others, I cannot say that because I feel no attraction to them and have no illusions. In that case I realize that I only worry about myself.

It is exactly at this point, in the initial phase, that our method called integral education or the wisdom of connection appears. We sit in a circle and by personal example gradually focus ourselves on being incorporated and on mutually getting closer by different exercises games and other means. We draw the Upper Light unto us to the extent that we connect in the circle and focus ourselves on the line, and the Upper Light influences us.

Interestingly this is an accumulative process. No matter what we do, it means that we already do something. One more little effort and another, and thus time and time again, nothing is lost. Everything that we do in our world, in our ego, is swallowed and disappears. But everything we do above our ego enters the line, which we focus on the Upper Light, and these lines remain.

Each time I am incorporated in the circle, in the workshop, I turn myself from a big round egoist, from an egoistic chunk, into a certain line and connect to the Light. Another small line, another small pipe, and then another and another… thus I turn myself into many such lines, and gradually as these lines accumulate the feeling of the force that operates in me, the force of the Creator is created in me. This is a gradual process. It invokes the influence of the Light through the pipes unto my egoistic chunk, and then it begins to perceive some of the different changes that come from the Light. Accordingly different feelings and realizations are created in me. I exit myself and begin to influence and to participate with others in a more focused manner. Thus, a person gradually changes.

Therefore, we need exercises just like in any other field: in studies, in sports, etc. We need a lot of exercises. It is like a musician who practices from morning till night playing the different musical scales. It is the same thing here; there is nothing we can do about it and it is preferable to do it 24 hours a day. Diligent musicians practice all the time. A circus artist is busy practicing all day and an acrobat does nothing but work on improving his performance.

It is the same with us! This is how we should tune ourselves. It isn’t an instinct but the influence of the Light. We have to get used to the fact that we cooperate this way all the time, even if we are in a circle. There is no other way of reaching “from the love of the created beings to the love of the Creator, which means to establish inside us the attributes of the upper world. We have to make a real effort and pay close attention so that we will not end our life like other people. All our work is to reach the feeling of the Creator through the feeling of others.

Rabash says in Letter 42: And we should understand how can they be as “one man in one heart,” since we all know what the sages said, “just as their faces are different from one another, so are their opinions different from one another,” so how can they be as “one man in one heart” if they are different in their attributes, desires, and intention to begin with? And Rabash answers: If we speak about the fact that each one worries about his own needs, it is impossible to be as one man since they are different from each other. But if they all annulled themselves and each one cared only about the benefit of the Creator, so that there are no private opinions any more, and all the idiosyncrasies are annulled, and they all enter a single domination. Thus we connect on an upper level.

This means that our only goal is to ascend above our bodies and to connect by different exercises. Everyone has one spiritual body, one soul. Baal HaSulam says that only one soul was created, which means Malchut of Infinity, one desire. We are incorporated in it and ascend above our separate egoistic bodies, and while feeling ourselves, our bodies and the states of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, we feel our world. It is because according to our egoistic concepts, this is what is perceived by our uncorrected desire, and therefore, this is how we feel our reality.

However, when we begin to correct ourselves, we begin to feel what is beyond the levels of the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking nature and begin to feel the connections between them. Later, when we ascend above these connections, we already begin to feel our world. Then the separation that we felt disappears and so do the connections and everything merges into one drop, into one whole body.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson 1

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The Best Place On Earth

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Earlier you said that it is possible to do spiritual work while sitting behind the computer screen. So why are you now saying that someone who hasn’t come to a convention loses?

Answer: I was asked me a question, “Are there special, sacred, and unique places in the world in which spirituality is felt more than in other places?” I answered that there are no places like that. Everything in the world is found under the control of the one unique force, the upper light, which is found at absolute rest and fills all space equally.

Also, I said that if the person wants to advance, he must find a good place. What does that mean? There are places in which the higher force is revealed to a greater extent and there are places in which it is revealed to a lesser extent.

The force itself exists everywhere, but if in some place there are groups of people who are engaged with connection between them, then they are able to make from themselves and their mutual connection a detector of this power. They perceive it, it lives within them, and they increase it through their mutual interaction.

This is not saying that if I live in an apartment next door to such a group that I will be under its good influence. But if I enter into this group and try to unite with it, then I will be under the influence of what the friends accumulate among them and then I will find a good place on earth.

There is nothing sacred in geographic locations, rocks, trees, or other objects. Holiness is found where people gather who want to resemble the higher power in their mutual properties. You can advance more quickly and precisely among people like these. This is the most blessed place.

So those people who have not come to our conventions have lost a great deal. They were not included in that blessing, in the good that was here during these days. It is unfortunate, because they won’t find another place like this. In life, there are very few places with opportunities like these for a person, and so it is necessary to take advantage of them.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson #4

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You use terms like a soul, the upper world, or spirituality that are also used by many religions and different spiritual methods. But I feel that they give these concepts a different meaning.

Can you explain more accurately what the wisdom of Kabbalah refers to by concepts like the upper world, a soul, or reincarnation?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah was founded 5,774 years ago. The first Kabbalist was called Adam.

He wasn’t the first human being on earth, because humans had existed and developed tens of thousands of years before he appeared. The only thing special about Adam was that he discovered the system of forces we are living in and described it in his book The Angel Raziel.

An angel is not a winged creature that can fly, but a force. Adam called it a hidden force because we cannot perceive this force in our corporeal senses but only can perceive the implications of its consequences. Adam was the first to attain this force that manages the whole world and he was the founder of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Modern science can discover many forces by means of research in physics, chemistry and other sciences. But there are forces that we cannot discover because we don’t have the tools to do so. These are basically forces related to thoughts, the mind, and desires. These forces exist, but we cannot perceive them.

We can identify, with the help of measuring brainwaves how a person concentrates thoughts, but we cannot examine the quality of the thought, especially if these are ideas that relate to humanity and are part of nature. Today, physicists say that our world and the whole universe seems to them like a thought and that we exist in the universe in a thought. This thought is the thought of creation.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to feel this thought, this force, the thought that existed before the creation of the universe and which created the universe through the Big Bang and leads it to its final definite form. There are no coincidences in nature. Everything is accurately connected and defined.

The wisdom of Kabbalah helps us develop additional senses through which we can feel the forces and the attributes that our body doesn’t feel. In order to do so, we must exit our body and connect to other people, be incorporated in one another, and create a kind of a collective emotional, energetic, mental platform that is not in each of us, but among us.

Thus, by the cooperation between us, we can begin to perceive the force that exists around us, the thought of creation, the thought of our evolution. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is called attaining the Creator because this force created and develops us.

The wisdom of Kabbalah revealed this long before religions appeared. People began to read Kabbalah books, but at the same time they didn’t engage in practical fulfillment by way of self-correction, development of the connection between them, and in ascending above their egos. They couldn’t understand what the books said exactly, and all religions stemmed from this as a result of this lack of understanding.

They took the names of the forces that exist in nature (spirits, angels, demons, etc.) and began to embody them in different images. Kabbalah books speak only about forces, but because people perceive these concepts through their corporeal senses, they began to imagine reality through these concepts.

The point is that everything we see and feel inside us are only forces that are perceived by our mind and are depicted in our minds like electromagnetic forces depict different images on a computer screen. In fact, nothing really exists.

By putting together a picture of the different forces and placing electrodes in a person’s brain, we can change this picture and do practically anything. But does all that really exist externally to us? No. It is only a fictitious reality that we perceive in that way.

The wisdom of Kabbalah tells a person how to correct his perception of the world and feel it, not with his body, but by using totally different senses. We are gradually approaching this level.

As for the spiritual concepts, they were really taken from the wisdom of Kabbalah by different spiritual methods. Many people use them without any reference to the wisdom of Kabbalah and this is very confusing for a person who demands correction. The right perception of reality requires a great deal of work on myself.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson #4

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A Good Place For Developing The Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe reincarnation of the souls is like the recycling of water in our world. This is a constant exchange that takes place between different energy levels in which are found our energetic characteristics called the soul.

A soul is something ephemeral, an energy state of a person that is constantly rising and falling. Cycles like these are necessary to realize the constant blending, adhering, and division of all the souls with each other. They constantly create mutual correction, mutual integration, and bring all the individual souls into a single, generally shared state of one single soul.

This state is called the completion of correction, and we must attain it soon. Therefore, both the wisdom of Kabbalah and the crisis have appeared in this world. Not much time is left for us to reach this state, either through the blows of nature, through huge problems, or through learning and proper use of the method of  the wisdom of connection (Integral Education).

Question: In our world are there any energetic places that can fulfill the soul?

Answer: No, there are no places in the world with such unique characteristics. They influence our mental, physiological, and even our emotional attributes, but not the soul, not spirituality, meaning not the ascent of a person to the characteristic of bestowal and love.

Only in a strong group that is created correctly and in which people mutually cooperate in the right way is the focus of a state like this to be found where a person can enter this society and develop very rapidly.

This is not a geographic location; rather, it is simply an energy that is accumulated by many people yearning to discover the central force of the world. Only a Kabbalistic group is a good place for developing the soul.
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The Science That Reveals The Secret Of Creation

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are living in a very interesting times that are very unclear. Humanity has always been accustomed to making plans for 10 and even for 50 years ahead. People knew why they were alive and in what direction their nation was developing. But around 30-40 years ago, we lost our direction in life and and we now no longer know why we are living and developing.

Every person, family, and nation is in a situation like this. It dominates us so much that we no longer want to learn since we don’t see any results from it. Children are not connected to their parents and don’t want to marry, create a family, or give birth to children.

They don’t have any particular, clear purpose in life, such as building a home, raising a child, and so on. Pople have lost the taste for life. Many people in the world are depressed, and to forget, use drugs. The percentage of divorces is rising at a dizzying rate.

This strange time shows our distancing from each other, our loosing connection with our nation, with our family, and with friends  There was a time when there were very strong ties between relatives. Today this is not so, people can travel to another land and live in a society with a different culture.

The sensation of meaninglessness in life has spread everywhere in the world in different forms. We don’t set any unique goals for ourselves and don’t think about what will be in another 30, 40, 50, or 100 years. In the past this was interesting, if not for the individual person, then at least the nation, but now this doesn’t interest anyone. Everyone lives only for today since that is easier and simpler.

Never has the world been in such a state, which is a sign of a period of transition. We must pass from this state to a new state, meaning that we must begin to search for new values that make life worth living. Today there are no such values for people.

This meaninglessness is appalling. Even if person has a desire, he or she cannot realize their hopes and goals. Everything is falling apart on all levels: materially, spiritually, culturally, physically, in families, and in society.

It is precisely at this time that the wisdom of Kabbalah has been revealed to us. It originated 3,800 years ago in ancient Babylon. It says that once we were in the same state of mutual rejection that we feel today. Our ego reached such dimensions that we lost the connection with each other and were scattered throughout the world and distant from those strong societal connections in Babylon where we had lived and worked. Much cultural evidence has remained for us that reminds us of the separation that we experienced in Babylon.

Today we are beginning to enter into a similar situation, except on a new level. Today our planet is becoming smaller, as in ancient Babylon, and like the Babylonians, we don’t know what to do. Again, it is not clear to us how it is possible to get along with each other. We also don’t want to get along, so we divorce, separate, and disconnect. Each one feels himself an individualist.

Kabbalah speaks about this, and that today we must rise above our ego and understand that the same problem that is being discovered today in us, in our children, the family, society, the nation, and  the world has been awakened so that we will rise above ourselves and begin to develop connections between us.

This connection raises us to the next level of existence. Through the system of connection between us that humanity is creating, we are beginning to feel a new world, an absolutely new state. After all, today we perceive creation through our five corporeal senses, but we are ready to feel it via an additional, integral sense that we can develop if we connect to a system of communication and cooperation between us.

That is, instead of perceiving my egoistic, private world, I will feel the world as integral and connected. I will then begin to feel the entire system, the whole of  creation, and the interaction between its parts to such a degree that I will feel the world and myself in an absolutely different way.

Today we feel that we exist in the world for the number of years in a web of interactions between us. But if we begin to connect with one another, in spite of what our ego dictates to us, we will acquire a new system of communication and discover ourselves existing on another level, in an integral dimension in which there is no beginning or end. After all, the connection between us will make it possible for us to see the world through others, a multidimensional world and not linearly the way we see it today.

It is not easy to explain this to a person and for them to reach a perception of this world. But as a result of unique exercises, according to the method of the wisdom of Kabbalah, we can reach this and see an absolutely different creation.

The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us that whether we want it or not, we must reach this. So we are found in a state of crisis in all of nature, which shows us that nature itself is integral and all of its parts are found in complete harmony with each other, and a person is not ready to exist in such a harmonious picture because the ego takes him out of it.

Since we are the opposite of nature, we constantly damage it and don’t want to be a part of the integral picture. And so we feel the confrontation with nature in the form of a crisis.

The present crisis will continue until we reach the same direct integral cooperation in a good connection with nature like all of its other components.

The still, vegetative, and animate nature are in harmony, homeostasis, equilibrium. Man, using his egoism and devouring with this egoistic nature more than is necessary for his existence, violates this harmony and eventually leads to the crisis itself.

Therefore, the confrontation with nature will continue and will lead us to such a shock that we still have to find a way to continuing existence. Indeed, despite the technological advances, we can not live a normal life without the proper interaction and harmony with the environment.

Harmony can be found only if we pass through a certain period of re-education, through efforts to remake ourselves, rising above our selfish nature and arriving at the correct interaction between us.

This is the main subject of the wisdom of Kabbalah, which tells the history of man’s appearance on the planet and about reaching the end of his egoistic development, when he is compelled to change himself. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how we can change ourselves to emerge from the crisis, which will be felt on a more and more brutal scale by the individual, the family, society, the nation and the world.

So we are obliged to learn how to interact between us. For this there is the method of integral education that allows an easy way to implement this: gradual, correct interaction between us with the help of special exercises.

Very rapidly, other forces of nature will be revealed before us that are opposite to the negative, egoistic forces that cause conflicts between us. A person will feel that he can balance them with the altruistic forces to the extent that he will begin to feel the world as good and not cruel.

He will begin to understand the forces of nature, why nature behaves like this with him, and in what form he can use the forces of nature for his own good and truly benefit from his very existence on the planet.

When a person begins to interact correctly with other people, meaning that he begins to connect with them correctly, he will begin to feel himself in the unique network of communication that connects everyone.

He will feel that he is exiting the framework of time, space, and motion and existing in an absolutely different dimension in which the main thing is not our individual bodies, but our one collective body and collective existence where we begin to pass to another state, another dimension.

Together with this, the world will dissolve from our feelings, and in its place we will begin to feel what is called the higher world, meaning a shared existence in which all concepts of time, space, motion, birth, aging, and death will disappear.

We will stop feeling the world as it is now and will enter into its inner comprehension. After all, we now feel it only through our five corporeal senses, and so we only feel the world as long as our physical body exists. And if in its place we create another body, which is the connection between us, then through it we will begin to feel our entire environment in its true form that is not distorted and limited by the body.

A person who is involved with correction of himself, according to the method of integral education, will gradually pass from feeling our world to feeling a double world: both our world and the inner, higher world. And when his body dies, he will continue to exist only with the feeling of the higher world, the world that he discovered and acquired while in his physical life.

This is the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah: to bring a person to the perception of the integral world. After all, the crisis through which we are passing is created by nature specifically to bring us from a perception of the limited world through our bodies, to the integral perception by way of a general connection between us.

Today many people in the world are engaged in the wisdom of Kabbalah. In its time, Kabbalah predicted that humanity would reach a state where it could not fulfill itself with anything, that people would feel emptiness and lose the goal and the meaning of life. All of this would bring a person to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

People would gradually discover the secret of the meaning of life. It is not latent within our bodies and not limited by its framework; rather, it is much higher above this. The entire universe and the whole of creation is a completely different system and not as we perceive it today. The sciences of this world already speak about this.

In the framework of our organization, we are making all efforts to give to everyone who wants it, an opportunity to be engaged with the wisdom of Kabbalah, and to gradually acquire the sensation of the higher world.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson #4

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How Does One Protect A Nation From Dissolution?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Have I understood correctly that in the physical world and in the spiritual world envy operates differently? If in the physical world I want to annihilate the object of my envy, in spiritual work it works the other way around. I don’t know what spirituality is, but I want to feel it, so I yearn to get this through the object of my envy.

Answer: Indeed, the more envious you are of the spiritual desire of your friend, the more you benefit.

Question: I was a child of the Soviet Union. It turned out that a yearning was awakened in us for such things, which, in principle, were closer to spiritual than physical prosperity. So was this the right direction?

Answer: In the Soviet Union, the  correct understanding is education based on our egoistic desires and physical aspirations to become the strongest nation, to rule the world, to manage it, and show everyone the whip. If the leadership of the country had acted correctly, it would have been engaged with education for people and would not have aspired only to better manage people.

The problem is in this. According to what Baal HaSulam wrote, everything was organized here for the sake of a lofty egoistic goal and not for the sake of an altruistic goal directed toward the Creator. This is because the Creator is, in principle, all of us united into a general single whole. This is the whole of creation, all of humanity and all of nature in full mutual bestowal. The characteristic called the Creator is specifically discovered here. Outside of us, the Creator doesn’t exist.

If the Soviet Union had existed for this, it would have educated the people correctly and not in order to be the strongest in order to oppress others, instill fear, and demand respect. If there had not been an immense ego standing at the head of belligerent politics, then certainly everything would have been otherwise. But since all of this was for the sake of big egos, not for the people, but for the leadership of the people itself, everything crumbled.

And it is certainly crumbling now with an even greater noise since arrogance has been rising: “We! We! We!” “We will show everybody.” “We are going our own way.” “We are the smartest, the strongest,” and so forth. All of this will very rapidly collapse. A nation cannot exist like this and it will come to Nazism. The fall of the Ukraine is a sign of what can happen to Russia. And all of this is because they put a very great, powerful ego at the head.

In no way do I wish anything bad for this nation. I consider it my homeland to a certain degree, but it has taken a completely wrong direction. Neither the congress nor the huge national ego can keep the country from disintegrating.

This is absolutely against every outlook, the entire flow of nature and every line of development. And so it will disappear very rapidly as if it never existed. The Soviet regime existed for 70 years, and it will all pass away very quickly now.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson #2

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Kabbalah And Jungian Psychology

laitman_205Question: I have found many answers to questions and an understanding and awareness of the world in Jungian psychology. Is there a connection between the wisdom of Kabbalah and psychology?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah and materialistic psychology are closely linked. But the idea is that psychology is involved with investigating the psychology of an animal called the “human.”

For every beast—a horse, an ape or an elephant—has its own behavioral psychology and so forth. So it is possible to learn the psychology of the human as a beast through the works of Jung and the rest of the scientists, because they investigate ordinary human nature.

But if you want to learn the psychology of the soul, then ordinary psychology won’t help you; it won’t be enough. Scientific psychologists cannot investigate it because they haven’t attained their own soul. Here the wisdom of Kabbalah is required.

Those who come to the wisdom of Kabbalah are people who feel that they must attain the meaning of life. But if ordinary psychology is enough for you, be involved with that; that’s your business.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is required for someone who cannot live without a clear answer to the question: “What am living for?”  But if this question doesn’t burn in you, then you can be involved with whatever you want. We don’t invite people who are involved with something else to us.

If we are talking about human behavior in our world, then this is ordinary materialistic psychology. It is correct and justified in the framework of our daily behavior and it investigates people and society with the help of our materialistic characteristics, and after that it is recorded and compiled into an entire method.

But if we want to investigate human behavior that rises above its egoistic characteristics, then psychology becomes the wisdom of Kabbalah there, because a person must change receptive characteristics into the characteristics of bestowal, transforming egoism into altruism, feeling himself exiting the egoistic body. And if he investigates these states and records them, then for him the result is a psychology called the “wisdom of Kabbalah.”

He will record this in the form of Aviut (the depth of the desire), Sefirot, worlds, and levels. Precise knowledge will appear in him about how his actions change according to his ascent above the ego, from connection with others and so forth. This will be a science based upon a revision, a precise perception of reality. Everything that we investigate in ordinary science we can investigate in this higher psychology called the “wisdom of Kabbalah.”

But the wisdom of Kabbalah is not at all involved with the behavior of an ordinary person in our world. Materialistic psychology is involved with this. That is its use. Before a person discovers the upper world, where he feels his altruistic desire, we are dealing with psychology.

And from that moment on, we are involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah. So Jung and all the rest of the psychologists were interested only in the level of our world. And they don’t exist above it.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson #4

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A Direct Mutual Connection

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If we speak about the connection of the levels of the upper, the middle, and the lower, then the upper is the teacher, the middle is us, and the lower is the 99% of humanity. Sometimes we manage to feel the unity between us and sometimes we don’t. How can we constantly hold on to the point of unity in order to convey the importance of unity to the people?

Answer: In the articles of Rabash it states that the friends should gather and speak about the greatness of the Creator and the greatness of the teacher. Of course, neither the Creator nor the teacher needs that, but it is necessary in order to raise the students.

If we raise those through whom we receive the Light, we thus connect to the upper source and begin to receive bestowal from Him. Then the understanding of unity and the connection with the upper source are revealed among us.

When we go out to the external circles, the feelings and understandings of this unity and the connection with the upper are conveyed to them.

Just like children who learn many things from their parents, whether they want to or not, and imitate them in different ways like their characteristic behaviors and habits, and their positive and negative responses, so will the external circles receive our feeling of unity and connection to the upper source. This happens in a natural manner.

The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t speak about anything that is supernatural, but only about how to learn to be one whole in order to be in harmony with the still, vegetative, and animate levels, to learn from nature, which is what everyone is calling for today.

People used to believe that we had to conquer nature, that we are above nature and smarter than nature. Now everyone is beginning to understand how stupid and much more limited we are than nature. Nature is perfect!

The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how to learn from nature and how to reach a state in which we will discover its total integrality, the deep and total mutual connection. If we attain that, the masses will also accept it and perceive it since our thoughts and feelings will flow unto them. They will begin to think like us and also perceive everything as we do.

Why is it that what people think that whatever happens on one side of the world is suddenly understood on the other side? It is because we are all mutually connected.

Therefore, when we go out to people and connect to them, the direct mutual connection works. We will perceive their different yearnings and they will perceive ours. Their shattered yearnings and their egoistic desires will force us to yearn for unity in order to correct them. Our unity and connection to the upper will help them perceive it and focus themselves in that direction for correction.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson #2

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Work In Concert With The Light

laitman_934The wisdom of Kabbalah describes creation from the level of Infinity (Ein Sof). In Infinity everything exists and Infinity exists in regard to the Creator. In Infinity, the Light and the vessel are found in a wondrous oneness, for they are equal, support each other, and shape each other because there is no Light without a vessel and there is no vessel without Light. They exist in a permanent state.

And in continuation, in order to acquire a vessel that was created in Infinity and is found in unity with the Creator in awareness and understanding of its state, five worlds (concealments) were created: Adam Kadmon (AK), Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya (ABYA). And this world is found under all the worlds, detached from them. We are completely detached from the spiritual system, not understanding at all where we are found and what happens there.

The border that passes above us is called the Machsom. It determines the reality within which all of us are born and live, the present level of development from generation to generation. A single Infinity fills the entire Infinity. And the Light of Infinity bestows to us in the form of Ohr Makif (OM), which awakens us to evolve. We depend upon it, and in the present stage it is up to us to learn to find a common language with it.

We must know how to awaken its influence on us, how to approach it, as a result of whatever actions it bestows upon us more or less. It is necessary to “play” with it all the time, to accommodate ourselves to it. Just as a person exposes parts of his body to the sun in order to get a tan, exactly like this it is up to us to work internally regarding the Ohr Makif.

We still don’t know how to approach the influence of the Light maximally; its influence is always positive; it is always for the good, granting us happiness and wealth in every sense, truly with total bestowal. But in the meantime this is Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) for us, because we have not accommodated to its inner characteristic.

The guest must be like the host. The host provides everything for him and only wants to give more and more, and the guest is ashamed, he is not prepared to bear this. So he makes a restriction on himself and says that first he must build himself according to that law in order to bestow back to the host. Only in such a circumstance and to this extent can he receive all the goodness from him.

That is how we receive Inner Light from the Creator, to the degree that we are ready to bestow to Him. And this is possible only in relationship to someone who loves you. When I bestow to a person whom I love, I enjoy my bestowal, like a mother who takes care of her child. Giving is a sign of love. Therefore, if we accommodate ourselves to the love that we expect from the Creator, we will feel it.

How do we attain it? How is it possible to be a guest who knows how to respond to a relationship with the host? How do we learn what giving is? Because I don’t know what it is now; for I am entirely immersed in narcissism, in reception for myself.

Here I can only use the preparation that made the spiritual vessel that was in connection with the Light from the start. Then the vessel went through a shattering, shattered itself into fragments in order to discover how much it differs from the host. It wanted to discover the evil in itself because only in this way could it resemble the Creator.

Previously, in the world of Adam Kadmon, a “division” was made in the Light into NRNHY and a division of the vessel into KHB and ZON. And in continuation, between the worlds AK and Atzilut the breaking of the vessels was made. And the one great vessel was divided, broken into a multitude of parts, each one of them closed in upon itself, within its ego, within a desire to receive for itself. It was closed in such a way that it was not ready; it was not prepared to feel the “other.” It only feels what happens within itself. This is its nature.

All the billions of vessels descended until they fell into this world and our universe was created from them. And later on the matter of the universe began to develop from below to above already. During the course of this process the planet Earth was created and upon it the plants, the animals, and the human species evolved.

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That is how evolution continued in our world, the sparks that fell from above began to connect between them into blocks of matter, stars, planets, and galaxies, and after that on the face of planet Earth into various natural forms of plants and animals of which we are a part. If previously there had been a process of fragmentation that was a result of the “breaking of the vessels,” now this is talking precisely about the connection of substances, components. The vessels fell and began to connect with each other. For this they were not required to carry out actions with consciousness and understanding. On the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate, the particles connected themselves into atoms, the atoms connected into molecules, and the molecules connected into more complex structures, into biological bodies. So, gradually the matter of the still transformed into the matter of vegetative and animate.

But the level of man doesn’t belong to our world; it is still ahead of us, and in the meantime, we are a more developed part of the animate world. Our lives are subject to precise principles: all of us do what brings us the most benefit. Each one acts according to his personal good. It is clear that we try to “get along” with each other, so that we don’t “eat” each other, but in the end, in spite of it all, each one of us is concerned about himself. This is our program. That is how we find ourselves in opposition to the Inner Light. But the Surrounding Light acts upon us in a unique form, and in spite of it all advances us towards greater connection. This is even though we are made more and more egoistic through connection.

The substance of the still is satisfied with existence; it only keeps itself from destruction; therefore, in order to shatter it, a power that is higher than its egoistic power of preservation is needed to act upon it. It has no other shortcomings. The vegetative substance is not satisfied with this; it wants to grow, to breathe; it discharges what is harmful and absorbs what is beneficial; it spreads and multiplies. The ego of the vegetative substance is different from that of the still.

That is how the Surrounding Light inserts its energy, connecting more and more fragments, more and more components, constructing living cells that multiply, feel the environment, and learn to use it for their development. On this level the ego is already connected to the environment.

The animals are not only aware of the environment, they also move from place to place, produce offspring, and are concerned about them. In other words, within their ego is rooted the power of giving that is intended for their use.

And we humans exploit the environment even more on all the levels of the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking. You see our ego is more developed, and in addition, it continues to develop. Animals don’t develop like us; they simply become extinct and in their place other species come.

On the other hand, people change from generation to generation with increasing speed. Five hundred years ago a son was like his father, and the grandson was like both of them, the same life, the same profession, and the same clothes. But today people are changing all the time; it is as if they are reborn. Essentially, his life is spread over a number of generations.

Why does the Surrounding Light work on us, manage us in a form like this? In order that we will become more and more complex. The more complex the structure, the more difficult it is to be concerned for it and to support it. The more complex the connection between the desires, the more egoistic they are and they acquire greater inner powers. They see the external world more and more egoistically, searching for the opportunity to exploit and profit from everything. Ideally, we would like to scoop the whole world into our hands. The Surrounding Light created us like this.

Today this has brought us to a crisis. Nature, or in other words, the Light or the Creator, has brought us to the maximum of our original nature, but we discover that as a result of this we feel worse. Apparently we have no more stock of positive forces that will make it possible for us to get along with each other and receive almost optimal pleasure.

In fact, we would like to move the process in other lines; it is clear to us that it is worthwhile to give children the best education, to strengthen the institution of the family, to correct ourselves so as not to be aggressive, to build a society that is friendly, egalitarian, better….

But everything is going in the opposite direction, and a minute percentage of the rich control half of the wealth of the world. They are themselves afraid; they don’t know what to do, but on the other hand, they are not ready to give that up, they are not ready to distribute anything. All of their kindness is directed towards self-benefit in order to soften and straighten out the situation and no more than this. But even in this they are unsuccessful.

And so, in the end, the Surrounding Light brings us to the “recognition of evil.” Therefore many are asking the question, “What is to be done?” “What kind of a life is this?” Many enter into despair, use drugs, tranquilizers, and antidepressants. Medications like these are even prescribed to students in school, and recreational drugs are sold to everyone; the main thing being for a person to relax and die quietly.

This is not done maliciously but from a lack of choice. And all this is a result of the influence of the Surrounding Light. For it must show us our true state. So with its help we have reached some kind of understanding of evil, asking about the meaning of life. Questions like these push particular people to suicide, to murdering other people, or using drugs and so forth. And there are those who understand the main question with a little more sensitivity. This depends upon the Reshimot, on the spiritual gene, that is inherent in a person and makes a new feeling possible. There must be a solution, an answer to all of this. I must reach a particular source that will truly give me an answer for why I am living and what is the reason for my life.

If the Surrounding Light brings a person to this, how nice. So the question itself awakens the potential latent in it and the Light brings him to a place in which people like him are gathered. These are not bodies but sparks, the most internal questions, the inner potential that is gathered by the Surrounding Light. Essentially, this is all that it did, it gathered the scattered fragments, the elementary particles, the atoms, the molecules, the cells, etc. It simply continues with its work, gathering everything together. And our convention is also the work of the Surrounding Light. It gathers the desires that yearn for what is above. And after we are gathered, we search for the answer how to solve the problem. And here, after the Creator brings a person to the good lot and says to him, “Take it,” there are two possibilities:

  • Either we continue unconsciously to be under the influence of the Surrounding Light that has taken care of us until now;
  • Or with the help of the group, together with the Surrounding Light, we consciously participate in the process with understanding and emotion.

This is to say, we must be connected with the Surrounding Light. It is up to us to understand how we influence it and how it influences us, and how it is possible to control our evolution with its help. From now on we receive free choice. Therefore, it is up to us to think only about how it acts and how we can change and hasten its activity. This is what it is up to us to learn; therefore, it brings us to the place of learning.

Here they explain to us that in the end it is up to us to carry out the activity of the Surrounding Light. Just as it gathered matter, formed more and more complex structures, so we must also continue the work. We continue to do that with ourselves, with the help of the means that are standing at our disposal.

The Light brings us to a group, and I must work for the sake of connection in a group as one body, one system. That is how I advance together with it, and then I see a partner in it. Now it no longer pushes me towards something; rather, I use it not as an opposing force but as a helping force that is found in my hands.

And essentially this is the entire wisdom of Kabbalah. It tells how to utilize the connection between us from now on so that the Surrounding Light will help us. The small connection that there is in the beginning will expand more and more until it encompasses all the people in the world. And then we will go back in that way to Infinity to complete connection.

If we don’t succeed, don’t want this, then in spite of it all, the Surrounding Light will correct us, will act as, “He hath made a decree which shall not be transgressed” (Psalms 148:6). You see it is up to us to reach the final correction during a defined period of six thousand years. Many things have already been done and a little more is left for us. Through the connection between us, with the help of the Surrounding Light, we must bring ourselves to accommodation with the characteristic of the Inner Light.

The essence of the Inner Light is bestowal and love. We don’t know what this is. Here we must understand that there exists a unique “network,” model, pattern, in the whole world, and it is up to us to connect to a group in accord with this, all the time anew. In the world of Assiya we are connected into an “ellipse,” in the world of Yetzira into a “triangle,” in the world of Beria into a “square,” and in the world of Atzilut into a “circle”—all the time the link between us, the group connection, receives a new form, more and more qualitative.

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If we try to do this, we seemingly insert ourselves into some kind of “pattern.” This is not easy, not pleasant, not good, but there is no choice, for we must be more and more “attached” to each other. Each one “polishes” himself, contracts himself, and becomes more and more integrated with others. And so time after time we insert ourselves into the pattern of connection more and more qualitatively. And the Surrounding Light helps us with this. If we invest effort in order to enter into the pattern, then it will help us. It helps us even if we make a mistake; it pushes us almost as well as a school teacher.

But if we become lazy, its influence becomes negative and brings us to a state opposite to the state we must reach. So without a choice we learn what is positive from the negative. One way or another, everything is done with the help of the Surrounding Light. “Raising the prayer” is the shortcoming that we discover in regard to the Surrounding Light. And the “answer to prayer” is the Light that comes to us and pulls us forward. During this process we advance.

The main thing is to remember and imagine to ourselves at every moment that it is up to us to accept a new form of connection. We enter into a new pattern all the time: So I mold myself, create myself, depart from the material of my desires and see in it the material where I am the maker.

This is exceptional work, work that causes unbelievable pleasure, pleasure on the level of the Creator who molded the creation. This is the Upper Light, the Light of NRNHY, that arrives and fills us. There is no greater pleasure in all of creation than seeing ourselves as a creator. On the one hand, you recognize the material because you are found in it, and on the other hand, you contract yourself, go out of it, and begin to work on it from the outside in order to put the “donkey” into the “stable,” into the right pattern: ellipse, triangle, square, or circle. Clearly, this is not talking about geometric shapes, rather about characteristics; they are born in us and we give birth to them one from the other and feel that we have changed.

This is truly unique work, a great gift from the Creator that makes it possible to feel what it is to be a creator. And all this is incumbent upon us. And at the end of the way, after we have built the image of the Creator from ourselves, we feel and understand the entire creation and reach adherence, which is the essence of the final correction and the goal of creation.

When we begin to work on Arvut (Mutual Guarantee) within a group, we understand this goal and work all the time in the presence of the Surrounding Light and are directed towards the Inner Light, aspiring to be like the Inner Light with the help of the Surrounding Light. And while advancing, we understand more and more that “there is none else besides Him.” He acts within us, He awakens all of the thoughts and desires within us, He gives us all of the opportunities through the environment, He awakens everything except for one point, and this is the point of our free choice.

So through connection with a group, I find my new form. He molded me up to here, and the search for the next form is “my true self.” I organize, research, and am found in development, in a search for my most advanced form. This is the principle of “there is none else besides Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35); we are constantly working with the help of the Surrounding Light in order to reach the Inner Light.
From the “World Zohar Convention,” Day Two 2/6/14, Lesson 4

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