Entries in the 'Spiritual Work' Category

Don’t Talk About Your Feelings

Laitman_165Question: Why can’t I talk about my feelings in a workshop? Does it mean that I have to hide them?

Answer: You do not have to hide them, but your egoistic feelings are of no interest to anyone; you cannot fix us and you cannot raise us with them.

If you speak with chopped phrases from a book, you can hardly inspire friends because everyone understands that you are reciting what you have read. And you should not speak too much from your heart too, because if we egoists feel what you feel in your heart, then we can hurt you.

Usually, Kabbalists speak about our common exaltation, about the greatness of the Creator, in their own words. But in principle, it is best to talk about the group: how special the system is through which we can achieve adhesion with the Creator and bring the whole world to a new state that it needs.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Workshop: Analysis Of Personal Reactions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If I speak at a workshop, am I the one bestowing and the others are those who receive? Or the is it the opposite: when they speak, I perceive them as the greatest in the world?

Answer: Not necessarily. I can speak and while doing it be the one receiving and not the one bestowing. This is all very conditional; it depends on the individual’s intentions.

Question: The most difficult thing is to listen to someone. If I see a person for the first time, how can I raise his greatness to the extent that I will be able to hear him?

Answer: I must imagine myself existing in the zone of the Creator’s influence and He, through my friends, is addressing me. That’s why I am interested, first, in what the friend is saying, and second, in how I react to it.

It may be that I react to it positively, with love, caring, forgiveness, or it may be that I react to it negatively with criticism, dissatisfaction, and hatred. I observe my reactions, and in this way rise above them and above all that the friends are saying toward unity with them.

The Creator is showing me my present state. And no matter what anyone in the circle is saying, even if it sounds unpleasant or hateful to me, I must, in spite of these sensations, achieve a feeling of love toward them, even if they are saying the most unpleasant things. Because I am not looking at them, but at the Creator who is speaking through them.

Question: Let’s say I dutifully observe my reaction to what they are saying. What am I to do with these observations?

Answer: Analyze them to see how much you are agreeing or disagreeing with them, then try, by your answers, to rise above your egoism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/22/17

How To Feel The Upper Light?

laitman_938.02Question: How do you feel the upper energy, the upper Light that a person evokes on himself? Let’s say, it is very hard to feel radiation, but still we invented devices we can measure it with. Besides, its consequences over time affect a person.

Answer: Radiation is the physical action of charged particles: electrons, protons, neutrons, gamma rays, and so on. They can be measured because they can affect some substrate.

However, in Kabbalah a person can feel the effect of the upper Light from inner changes. He suddenly begins to love his friends, unite with them, and in their connection they reveal the quality of bestowal and love called the Creator.

At the same time, everything does not go the way it seems to us, as if instead of the quality of reception we obtain the quality of bestowal, and instead of hatred, love. It is a whole new world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/3/17

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Annulment Of The Student Before The Teacher

laitman_253Question: What is the annulment of the student before the teacher?

Answer: In order to receive from the teacher, you have to annul yourself before him. This is a necessary condition. What does it mean to annul, not like in ordinary life that has nothing to do with spirituality, but in what relates to your spiritual qualities?

You must annul them, become zero, “enter” into the teacher, and then you will be fully at his disposal and he will create your next spiritual state out of you.

When a mother breastfeeds her baby, he sucks milk, receiving his sustenance, thanks to which he lives. It is the same here—a disciple must receive his sustenance from the teacher and therefore he is obliged to annul himself, to open his mouth and receive.

Question: Do you remember the first time you had to annul yourself before Rabash? How was this expressed?

Answer: Perhaps it was much easier for me because I wanted very much to have a teacher who would tell me everything possible. Besides, Rabash spoke very little and I had to somehow understand, guess, and extract details.

But in principle, you search for how you can become inconspicuous next to him so that everything that is in him would be automatically transferred into you.

Question: Was it hard or desirable for you?

Answer: At first it was very desirable. I wanted nothing else, only to enter his “cave” and sit next to him.

Then it became more difficult because egoism was constantly growing in order to rise above it, to reach such a coarseness of egoistic desire to annul and in it receive everything the teacher wants to give. Therefore, egoism should grow constantly, and rejection becomes stronger and stronger.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Uniting In A Circle Will Solve Problems

laitman_938.07Question: When people create a circle, it is very important to be properly calibrated in order to feel confident that you can solve any problem in a circle. Where does this confidence come from?

Answer: A circle is a group of egoists, each of whom rises above himself, over his own private egoism, and together they try to create one common point of connection in which they start feeling the Creator.

They really see and can solve all problems to the extent that they discover this power.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Discovering The Field Of The Creator

laitman_934Question: How do we come to the sensation of communication in the circle without words?

Answer: We exist in a field, a space, called “The Creator.” In order for us to feel it, we must create similar qualities inside ourselves: bestowal, connection, love, and emanation. We have no such qualities. We are created opposite to the field of the Creator, in egoism—reception, neglecting others, distancing ourselves from them, and so forth.

It is done this way so that we ourselves would create qualities similar to the upper field, which are achieved in the correct connections between us. That is why we try to unite among each other inside states based in our egoism, where we deny and keep distance from each other.

We are purposely created as egoists so that, despite it, we would rise above it and create the conditions in ourselves that would let the field fill us, and we would be able to catch it in the newly created sensory organ called “mutual connection.”

If we meet this condition, we will discover the upper force, the Creator, His program, His force, and His plans for us and everyone else. It will become clear how to act better, and what to do. We will find ourselves inside this field in the state of eternity and perfection.

In order to attain the qualities of the upper field and begin sensing it according to the law of similarity of form, we must create close contact. Therefore, all our training is aimed at bringing us to a state where we rise above our egoism.

We don’t destroy our egoism. Despite it, we connect.

It is a very difficult and long practice, but today it is available to everyone. Anyone who is interested can master it. A person can then discover the upper force that fills our world. He will know how and why everything happens to him and others. His eyes will be opened to everything happening in this world, life, and everything outside of it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Past And Present

721.03Question: Why can’t we communicate directly with the Creator? Why do we need an intermediary, like a teacher?

Answer: It is not an intermediary. It is your previous state. The fact is, creation is a shattered system, which starts to correct itself like links in a continuous chain from the least, almost undamaged elements, to the more complex.

An element that went before always passes all of its knowledge, all it has accumulated, all of its connections, to the next element. And because we are links in this chain, we are always connected to our teachers and then become teachers for the next generation.

Question: If the teacher is my previous state, then who is my future state?

Answer: The future state is you until you advance spiritually. And then it is your students, those who must continue the correction after you, moving through the levels of this broken system. They either find you during your lifetime or in some way connect with you spiritually after death.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/1/17

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New Way Of Communication

laitman_938.05Remark: In our times, people communicate with each other less and less. They bury themselves in their mobile phones, computers and send each other emojis.

My Comment: This is invented in order to create an illusion of communication. Someone wrote to you, you answered someone; you somehow read the message and typed an answer. That’s it, communication over.

Question: What is the communication Kabbalists speak about?

Answer: Kabbalistic communication is a few levels higher.

First, when we contact each other, we talk about the ways to alter our feelings so that they get in unison, and we begin to understand each other. This happens not only through text, sound, and information carriers, not only through sensory channels between us, but we aspire to get onto the one spiritual wave that fills the entire universe.

We are trying to reach such a level of the common wave where we could feel it together, but naturally, each one in his own way. Just as we hear the same melody and each one experiences it in his qualities; nevertheless, we have something in common.

The commonality is in this melody that comes from one source and causes qualities in us that are, perhaps, somewhat different, but they are adequate relative to the source itself, and therefore we meet in it.

We remain different, but feel this difference between us. And most importantly, when each of us connects to the source, it is the source that connects us with each other, we are equal in it. Otherwise, we cannot contact each other at all, and we suddenly discover that we can only communicate through mobile phones.

Therefore, Kabbalistic communication is completely different. It happens without words. We do not send any messages to each other, but together we try to rise onto the same wave, to reveal the field of the Creator and to exist in it.

Question: What makes us to communicate in this way? We see that humanity does not want to contact each other.

Answer: Indeed, a person does not want to communicate with others at all unless this calms him down and fills him up. Yet, in principle, he does not need communication.

But this is a completely different matter in Kabbalah because we attain our inner spiritual life through this. We reveal the eternal, everlasting state that rises all the time, including everything that exists in itself—something an ordinary person does not feel.

When we begin to understand what Kabbalah has prepared for us, it is amazing. Then we stop engaging in all sorts of technical means of communication and try to reach contact on the level of thoughts and feelings in the connection between us in the ten. This contact includes all the present, past, and future with us and with humanity as a whole. This is a completely different way of communication.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Baal HaSulam About The Commandment Of Love

laitman_219.01Question: Why do you say that your focus is on correcting the relationship between people and unifying them, while Baal HaSulam mainly wrote about the worlds, the Sefirot, etc.

Answer: Baal HaSulam had to reveal the system that governs our world. His Talmud Eser Sefirot, commentaries on The Tree of Life by Ari, The Book of Zohar, and other works formed the basis of his work.

But if we take the letters and articles of Baal HaSulam, they all talk solely about the process of attaining the Creator, which is the goal of studying the science of Kabbalah.

Spiritual attainment occurs only among the people who are engaged in creating a specific connection among each other. This connection must be similar to the ten Sefirot and that is why Baal HaSulam described it as The Study of the Ten Sefirot (Talmud Eser Sefirot).

As soon as people even minimally become similar to what is described as ten Sefirot, they immediately begin to feel the Creator in them. Meaning, these feelings are a sensor, a detector that reveals the Creator.

Remark: Once Baal HaSulam received a letter from one of his fellow citizens with a claim that Baal HaSulam defined a new structure, a new methodology.

Baal HaSulam replied with a long letter in which he stressed: “It seems that you have not sufficiently studied my words.” He noted that “when the people entered the land of Israel and there was no peace, it was impossible to expect that someone would fulfill the main commandment.”

In order for the Torah not to be forgotten, people began to engage in the rest of commandments, ignoring the most important one because they had no other choice. But the most important is: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

My Comment: It is written in black and white. There is no way around it. And this is exactly what is missing. There is a void in all modern religions in fulfilling the commandment of love for one’s neighbor. That is why everyone, including religious figures and systems, hate Kabbalah because it puts emphasis on achieving love for one’s neighbor.
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From The Lesson in Russian Language 9/10/17

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Eternal Love

laitman_232.08.jpgQuestion: Does a Kabbalist have the pleasure of eternal love? Does he feel this sensation?

Answer: Eternal love is true love, when you generate all the negative and positive forces of creation within yourself, gather all the characteristics that exist in all the worlds, and unite the entire creation.

You unite the negative and positive poles of everything in the universe and include everything within yourself, and it begins to work like a perpetual motion machine within you.

This is eternal love; it constantly renews and is endless in its manifestations of love.

Question: Why isn’t this called egoistic love?

Answer: It’s because this love manifests above your individual egoism with respect to all the others that appear to you as opposing negative characteristics, and you restore a positive balance. It turns out that both the minus and plus work simultaneously.

This is a a kind of technical model: a minus cannot exist without a plus and a plus cannot exist without a minus. They exist together, yet in regard to us, only one of them is revealed. When we connect three lines together within us: plus, minus, and the balance between them, i.e., the middle line, it begins to work in us and we feel all of creation.

Question: Is the Creator the force that is discovered between the plus and minus or is He the force that helps me reach this state?

Answer: The Creator is the middle line that is discovered between us, and this is love. Only by ascending above the correct balance of plus and minus, do you reveal the Creator, which is called love. The Creator and love are the same thing.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17

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