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A Kabbalist’s Perception

Laitman_113Question: Do all Kabbalists have this dual perception of me and my egoism?

Answer: That depends on what the individual associates himself with: the point in the heart or his egoism. If with one and the other, then he really feels himself in a dual state, divided into two parts.

Question: Is this a good state?

Answer: It’s very good! At any point in life, in any state, you hold onto the thought that you consist of two parts: one is the desire of your egoism and the other is your desire as a human being.

At the very least, it is best to separate yourself from your egoism, to look as if from a distance, and convince yourself as to what egoists we all are. Juxtaposed with the good, realize what we can all be. However, egoism will not disappear, and we are not suffering from it in the least. We treat it completely objectively. This is a great, natural quality that helps you to rise higher.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 2/4/18

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To Feel The World Outside of Yourself

Laitman_931.02Question: On one hand, there is the principle “The judge has only what his eyes see.” On the other hand, it is said that there is nothing around us except the white Light that fills everything. How can we reconcile these two principles?

Answer: If you want to understand this, stick to a very simple principle: using the methodology of Kabbalah, unite in groups and try to feel the others. You will begin to feel the spiritual world in them.

Suppose I feel only myself now. If I exit from my own feelings and begin to sense my friends from within, if I perform a restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) on the desires “for self alone” and enter the quality of bestowal, then I will feel each friend as a spiritual being, a Sefira. All of them together will feel like a Partzuf that is filled with Light, called the Creator.

Together, the Light, the Creator, and the totality of the Sefirot—everything except my animal “I”—will be called a soul. It turns out that together with my friends, I create my soul and each of them does so in relation to the others.

Question: What will I see in a state of “outside myself”?

Answer: You will see the forces that govern the entire universe acting through a multitude of higher laws—their beginning, process, effect, and conclusion. This understanding permeates your desire, fulfilling it. You perceive this fulfillment as the most enormous, highest pleasure of your eternal existence.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/10/17

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How Can Emotions Be Reconciled With Reason?

laitman_543.01Question from Facebook: How can we reconcile emotions with reason because our emotions arise as responses to life events that are far from the rational way the world is run?

Answer: Our emotions have nothing to do with mind. They manifest because they “jump out” of desire. And desire is our innate nature.

Reason is an acquired additional system designed to collect emotions, sort them out, compare, curb, etc. But generally, reason is weak before emotions; before desires, it is secondary.

Question: Is it possible to curb emotions?

Answer: There is no point. You have to reach a state where your emotions are balanced. After all, negative emotions can be balanced with positive ones and then you can feel comfortable with them, because both negative and positive emotions will work together toward a lofty goal.

And you know that you need all of it. You are not fighting your nature or the people around you. On the contrary, you enter a state when you are in harmony with each other. One person’s plus is compensated by the another’s minus. We are created in such a way that if all of us would correctly connect with each other, we would form an ideal system, and all our pluses and minuses would fit together perfectly.

Question: So the pluses and minuses are scattered around the world in order to connect?

Answer: That’s the problem. We have no other choice. We try to do something among each other, we get discouraged seeing that nothing helps, and eventually we die.

But in fact, we need to see that we cannot do anything by ourselves and must ask the Creator to help us. Then He will shine upon us with the upper Light, under the influence of which we will quickly assemble into the correct mosaic and complete each other.

Then we will have the perfect combination of everyone with each other. All negative and positive emotions will be supplemented, every person will be necessary for another. That is how we will reach perfection.
From KabTV’s, “News with Michael Laitman” 4/24/18

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No Joy Without Grief

laitman_599_02In the News (Nautilus): “Unhappiness Is a Palate-Cleanser,” by Indira M Raman, “…We often behave as though we might find a route to contentment—comfort, satiety, warmth, or some other reward—and be happy all the time if we could just make the right choices. But pleasure is often fleeting, even from the most appealing experiences, giving rise to ennui and sparking the drive for something new and sensational. As a neuroscientist, I can’t help wondering whether the transience of our satisfaction may not in fact be inescapable and instead may reveal an inevitable aspect of the way the brain works, the understanding of which might provide a clue to how to contend with it. …

“Without one’s being able to make comparisons, the world goes gray. In other words, it’s not just that variety is the spice of life; it’s variance that lets us sense anything at all. …

“We perceive things not by their absolute value but by their contrast to what came before. …

“…I think it offers a key to happiness that is compatible with how the brain works. The ability to detect even familiar stimuli can usually be restored by a brief palate cleanser, which literally permits a recovery from desensitization sufficient to intensify a subsequent experience. … Because the brain grades on a curve, endlessly comparing the present with what came just before, the secret to happiness may be unhappiness. Not unmitigated unhappiness, of course, but the transient chill that lets us feel warmth, the sensation of hunger that makes satiety so welcome, the period of near-despair that catapults us into the astonishing experience of triumph. The route to contentment is through contrast.”
Indira M. Raman is a professor in the department of neurobiology at Northwestern University

My Comment: I agree with her. It is impossible to distinguish light without darkness, joy without grief and so on. Our feelings are built on two opposite perceptions, and everything depends on how we evaluate them, weigh them.

The most correct way is for us to begin realizing that bitter sensations were necessary to feel sweet. And then they too become part of the sweet. I wish you such a feeling.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/20/18

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Communication Through A Single Brain Of The Universe

laitman_594In the News (Daily Mail): “Professor Moran Cerf from Northwestern University says…

“Choosing the right friends is important because it causes our brainwaves to resemble those of the people we spend most time with. …

“This means you start becoming alike, and pick up their desirable behaviours and ways of seeing the world without being conscious of it.

“’The more we study engagement, we see time and again that just being next to certain people actually aligns your brain with them’, he said.

“’This means the people you hang out with actually have an impact on your engagement with reality beyond what you can explain. And one of the effects is you become alike.’

“Researchers have previously suggested this ‘neural coupling’ is a key part of communication.

“If we are on the same wavelength as someone else we can anticipate what they might say and therefore understand them better.

“This in turn has an evolutionary advantage as it means we work better and faster as a team.”

My Comment: In fact, our brain communicates with the general mind of the universe. We are connected to it like modems. There is an immense system between us and everyone receives information through it.

“Direct” communication is often an illusion. What I say and what comes to the listener is not the same thing. The main influence of the environment passes through different channels.

This is why I want my students to study according to one system, from the same sources, read my blog, Twitter and so on. Only in this way do we get closer to each other.
From Kab TV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/13/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/3/17, Part 1

laitman_533.02Question: By what means do we measure spiritual distances?

Answer: In the spiritual world, distances are measured by differences in characteristics.

Question: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, each one lives in his own small world, in his own personal reality. Is there some kind of common and united realty?

Answer: No, there is only the Creator. Through Him, we begin to perceive and understand our common Kli, our shared mutual connection, His revelation within us.

Question: If two systems come out from the Creator, both the evil and the good, why can I not see good and evil in a friend who is managed by the Creator 100 percent?

Answer: Both the friend and the entire world must be seen as the revelation of the Creator.

Question: How does one correctly understand people and have concern for them? Are we to write it all off to nature and the Creator in one person, or are we to see the control and action of the Creator through people on oneself?

Answer: See it as the activity of the Creator through people on me. I never see the revelation of the Creator in nature and in humanity. I see what is clearly presented to me.

Question: So, I don’t need to correct anything within me except my attitude toward others. Is my attitude toward others not within me?

Answer: Yes, but it is possible to correct this. I need to relate to others as I do to the Creator. When the entire world, except for me, is filled with the characteristic of bestowal and love, then I will be able to connect myself with this characteristic.

Question: We encounter the expression: “I am lovesick” (Song of Songs 2:5) in the wisdom of Kabbalah. What is this talking about?

Answer: That is what Malchut says in relation to Keter (the Creator) when she attains the characteristic of Bina on the way to the Creator. When Malchut attains Bina, she first acquires the full characteristic of bestowal, and after that, through her ascent from Bina to Keter, she acquires the characteristic of love as well.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/3/17

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What Is Our “I”?

laitman_537Question: What is a person’s “I” that is aware of his or her existence?

Answer: It’s just a little egoism. By changing it, we will feel not only the property of reception in it, but also the property of bestowal. In the egoism corrected to bestow, we begin to sense what really exists outside of us.

Now we feel and analyze only what enters into our senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. If we had additional sense organs, we would feel much more, not as it enters and adapts in us, but as it exists outside of us, objectively. This is called spiritual perception.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/10/17

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A Look At The World Through A Different Lens

laitman_928Question: Can a Kabbalist change reality?

Answer: A person can change the reality he is in because it completely depends on his own qualities. Today, we all exist in the same qualities, within a specific framework, and that’s why, to us, there is a shared perception of the world, similar concerns, experiences, etc.

A Kabbalist who starts understanding creation sees the world entirely differently, although his animal perception through the five material sensory organs remains the same as everyone else’s.

It is as if two devices appear, and he sees differently through each, as if looking through red and blue glasses.

Question: Does it mean that there is a double reality for such a person?

Answer: No, this is not a split personality, like in our world when a person doesn’t know who or what he is. There is no such thing Kabbalah.

By perceiving two opposing qualities in oneself, a person rises above them, in the middle line, and experiences reality with respect to the spiritual level on which he exists. Thanks to this duality, this stereo perception, he begins to experience everything not from his point of view, but from the point of view of the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/10/17

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Where Your Thoughts Are…

Laitman_001.01Remark: It is said that a person is where his thoughts are.

Answer: It is quite natural because a place is a person’s thought—his mind, his desire.

In Kabbalah, there is no physical place in which, as it seems to us, we exist today. This is an absolute illusion!

Question: Then what is “me”?

Answer: It is also an illusion. It is a collection of short waves that form the illusion of your body, your mind. It is nothing more than that.

Today, Kabbalists are not the only ones who discuss this. Scientists also do. In the past, Kabbalists could be blamed for heresy and ignorance, which is why Kabbalists lived in concealment.

If we open Kabbalistic sources written 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, we discover writings stating that our world is an absolute illusion. There is nothing in our world, not even elementary particles, only waves, and everything we see around us is represented to us in our inner sensations. We study this in the topic of perception of reality.

A person who reveals the spiritual world begins to attain that this is all within him, inside his consciousness, because there is nothing else but consciousness. All the pictures allegedly existing around us in reality are drawn for us in our minds.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/26/17

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The Revelation Of The Creator Is In Sensations

laitman_276.03Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: This is because in fact, there is nothing more natural than coming into contact with one’s maker, for He has made nature. In fact, every creature has contact with his maker, as it is written, “The whole earth is full of His glory,” except we do not know or feel it.

Such contact exists all the time. It comes from the Creator and not from creation, and our task is to start feeling it. This is the wisdom of Kabbalah.

By definition, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the revelation of the Creator to man in this world. The revelation is only in sensations.

Question: So, “the whole earth is full of His glory” comes from the Creator, and “we (the creation) do not know or feel it”—from our side?

Answer: Of course, every bug, every insect and leaf—everything is directly managed by this force, this field, called the Creator.

But this is not given to us in our sensations. Nature is an objective reality given to us in sensations. Therefore, what I feel is what exists, and what I do not feel does not exist for me. I can acquire additional senses and then everything that I can feel in them will also be part of nature that manifests in relation to me.

Question: Does a Kabbalist have the ability to constantly control his perception of reality?

Answer: There are no people living on Earth who cannot do this because we are all moving toward an ever-increasing correction. And when we become included in the Creator, everything will become simpler.
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