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A Kabbalistic Art

laitman_942Question: How can you practically touch the heart of your ten during a workshop?

Answer: This is a Kabbalistic art: how to agree with friends in the ten, create such mutual understanding, mutual relations, and inclusiveness so that they see the goal that we want to achieve as the most important thing.

Congresses are good because we are not distracted by anything. I came here and for me there is no one except the friends I am with now. I do not want to think about anything else. At this moment I want to achieve the sense that we are adding to each other in the ten where I will reveal the Creator.

Nothing prevents me from this except myself. And my friends will act just like me. I have to believe that the Creator controls them and makes them the best figures for me. He plays with me through them.

If I constantly try to work on myself, adjust to them, add to them, and collect them together into one single whole, then inside of them I will reveal the Creator between us.
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From the Convention in Vilnius “From Chaos to Harmony,” Day One 11/3/17, Lesson 1

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laitman_934Question: Abraham’s method was intended for several thousand people, while Moses’s method was intended for the people that needed to be organized in the correct form. Where did the tens, hundreds, and thousands start from? Did these tens consist of ten friends or also family?

Answer: The ten included ten men and ten women separately. In this division, the families were not taken into consideration.
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From a Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/23/17

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How Does The Objective Perception Of The World Happen?

Laitman_931.02Question: According to the method of Kabbalah, I take ten people, organize relationships with them according to certain laws, and through these relationships begin to perceive the world. Isn’t this subjective? Anyway, I will perceive through them, I will see some other world. And my friend will see something different.

Answer: You have no other possibility of attaining the upper world. However, you with your friends will feel the same because each of you will include in yourself all the rest, the entire ten.

Being in the ten, I remain Malchut (M), and my nine friends represent the first nine Sefirot that I annul myself before. I include all of them in myself and it turns out that I see everything in them.

At the same time, I do not take myself into account. I make a restriction (Tzimtzum) on myself.

I act only through the friends and therefore perceive the world objectively, through them. I see the spiritual world, the degrees of attainment. The only thing that is revealed at these degrees of unification is the Creator. There is no one and nothing else.

Question: Does it mean that there are no stars, trees, and cities?

Answer: No. The Kabbalist perceives these in his five animalistic (corporeal) sensory organs.

If you want to correctly perceive world history, you must immerse yourself in your ten and constantly seek greater compression in it, that is, unification. In this measure, you will begin to attain the degrees of connection and your steps of ascent on the ladder of the revelation of the universe, of the Light.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Gathering of Friends

Question: Sports training is conducted under the guidance of a coach on the football field or in the gym, the study consists of reading textbooks, listening to the lectures and making notes. What is the basis of the workshop in Kabbalah, is it based on people’s conversation with each other?

Answer: The workshop is built on a conversation between people, but it is conducted on the basis of special texts written by Kabbalists. Each time, a new selection of excerpts is chosen according to a particular topic on which the basis of a workshop is built.

The workshop is not a simple discussion because it is not very important what people say. The guide can even ask them to talk together at the same time. What matters is not what they say, but what happens to their heart, to what extent it wants to join the group in order to bestow to it, connect others, and reveal the Creator. That is, it is not the words that are important, but the inner aspiration of a person toward the ten.

There is a special kind of a workshop that is called the gathering of friends. It involves not only ten, but a large number of people, as if many tens are connected together. Let’s say that there are eight billion people in the world, which is eight hundred million tens. This is also kind of a workshop, but more like a meeting.

The gathering of friends is a more general action that obeys the same laws as the workshop. At a gathering of friends, we do not engage in clarifications, but speak about positive things, such as our progress and achievements, the greatness of the friends, the teacher, and the Creator, the greatness of our goal, and our ascent.

The gathering of friends is always conducted in the “right line,” that is, without any criticism in order to raise the spirit in the group. Usually the gathering of friends are held in a large group with many people and all the tens are connected together into one circle; they sit together and feel as one ten.

Question: What is the purpose of such a gathering?

Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, there is no more than HaVaYaH, that is, ten qualities. Therefore, any number of people in relation to the general assembly will always be like ten.

Question: What is the most important condition of a successful gathering?

Answer: The gathering will be successful if all of us want to feel ourselves connected. However, at such gatherings we do not discuss our deficiencies or any topic that can separate us or cause a rift between us. Everything is aimed at strengthening the greatness of the Creator and the group.

If we leave such a gathering filled with the sense of the greatness of the group, the wisdom of Kabbalah, the teacher, and the Creator and feel ourselves the happiest, it means that it was successful. This is not a psychotherapy, we really are telling the truth without being insincere.

We simply help each other to rise to the height of the group by this platform that the group creates for us, as if on an elevator. No matter at what level a person is, the group lifts him. The gathering of friends is an elevator, which upon entering, one can rise to the “second floor,” “third floor,” and even to the roof.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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Workshop In A Circle And Practical Kabbalah – Part 2

laitman_942Question: What is the meaning of the workshop, discussions in a circle, as a method of practical work widely used in Kabbalah?

Answer: A “workshop” is a joint action of ten men or ten women who perform exercises according to the recommendations given in the Kabbalistic sources or under the guidance of a teacher, like athletes under the guidance of a coach. Only these are not physical exercises, like in sports, but internal ones based on inner efforts to connect with each other to such an extent that inside this connection the Creator will be revealed.

It might seem good if this could be realized in one action. However, usually this requires a lot of exercises for many months or even years. Such an exercise with an aim of creating a special connection between us, inside which we will be able to sense the upper force of bestowal and love, is called a “workshop.”

There are many different types of workshops, but as a rule they are held as a preparation for Kabbalah lessons. During the workshop, we check connections between us, how much they correspond to the nature of the Creator, bestowal and love. Once we reach such bestowal and love for each other during the workshop, or conversely, we cannot reach them, but discover our oppositeness to each other—we move to studying.

Then through the study, we demand from above the force of bestowal, the Light that returns to the source, that is, the force that exists in the Creator. This is called the study of the Torah, about which it is written, “I created the evil inclination” that separates us in the ten and “in addition to it, I created the Torah, the Light that returns to the source”.

It turns out that if we study Kabbalah in the ten in order to get closer and connect with each other, then we can use the force of the Torah. During the study, we learn what it means to be connected, how spiritual objects (Partzufim) and worlds are built, what the ladder of spiritual degrees is, and how all this connects together and joins us to itself.

In this case, we attract a special force to ourselves called Torah, Surrounding Light, or the Light that returns to the source, which influences us and brings us closer to each other.

In this way, we build a network of connections in which we eventually reveal the special phenomena called the manifestation of the upper force, the revelation of the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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laitman_934Question: The method of Kabbalah allows us to change a person’s nature so that he will start caring for others instead of himself. To implement this technique, workshops in the circles, roundtables, are used. What is a roundtable?

Answer: The roundtable is a group action in which men, women, and children participate. Kabbalah is a method of revealing the Creator by the created beings in this world, and this is only possible when there is an equivalence of qualities. It means that we must acquire qualities that are similar to the upper force and then we will be able to reveal it, like any locator should be ready for those phenomena that it is designed to discover.

For example, a smoke detector is built in order to react to smoke rather than a sweet, bitter, or sour taste. So here if I want to reveal the upper force, I must form the sensory organ within myself that is similar to the nature of the Creator that I do not have yet. Then I will be able to find the Creator, like a bloodhound that got the trail. All I need is a sense of smell to discover where He is hiding.

Kabbalists say that the Creator hides between us. If we have kind, good relationships between us and there is mutual aid and love for friends, as if we are one man with one heart, it means that we indeed want to feel ourselves as one whole.

In this aspiration, we begin to feel, like a dog with its nose, the presence of the Creator. We do not look for Him somewhere in other worlds and spaces, but connect with each other more and more in order to find where and how we can reveal the Creator.

It is clear that once we build friendly relations between us we will reveal the upper force inside them. The network of connections between us that are as kind as possible, up to love, is called Shechina (Divinity), because we want to discover the presence of the Creator within it, which is called Shochen.

Therefore, there is no need to move to another space; we just need to correct the network of relations between us to mutual love, bestowal, embracing, and unity to such an extent that we will become so close to each other internally that within this connection the Creator will be revealed. The only thing we need to worry about is our unity, and everything else will be revealed within it.

In order to build such a special connection, we work in a group of ten people who want to reveal the upper force. If they implement the advice of Kabbalists, they gradually reveal this force.

It is desirable that such a ten gather every day to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and also to try to connect all the friends together through talking about unity, reading Kabbalistic articles, and performing all sorts of exercises.

All this is in order to build such relations between the friends within which the network of connections between us will be revealed. This network already exists, but we need to pull it out of concealment, like a net from depths of the sea. As fishermen drag the fish out with the net, so too will we pull the Creator out with this network and reveal Him.

A workshop in a circle is an action that allows us to become similar to the qualities of the upper force. This is the entire practical wisdom of Kabbalah that speaks about the ascent of a person from the bottom upward.

There is a part of Kabbalah that explains the structure of the universe that descends from the world of Infinity downward. Its other part teaches how from this world to rise back to the world of Infinity and reveal the Creator. This work is done through the workshops in the circles.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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The Ten —The Only Love

laitman_528.01Question: Should the Creator be present in all my relationships? How can I build my relationships to other people who do not have a point in the heart through the Creator?

Answer: A person must build relationships only with those friends with whom he is in the ten and with no one else. Nothing else is required.

There are billions of people in the world. I do not need to build any relationships with them. Only with my ten, this unique love, and it is what remains. The rest will come into it. I will begin seeing how the world shrinks and becomes included into it.

Question: Does a ten mean ten people, ten biological bodies?

Answer: Yes, for now they are ten biological bodies for me, but later I will stop seeing them this way. We will feel an interaction of desires between us, more egoistic ones, less egoistic ones, desires at certain levels, with certain intentions and so on. Bodies will begin disappearing from our sensations and from our sight.

The quantity will turn from a number of people into desires, and from desires into Sefirot. There will be ten Sefirot, one Partzuf.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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laitman_942Question: You say that the Creator is revealed in the ten. Then why does a person need this huge world? The ten would be enough.

Answer: This huge world is a reflection of the desire created by the Creator, which consists of the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels. The speaking level is the highest. However, there is an even higher level in it—one that has a point in the heart—it corrects everything and all other levels join it.

Therefore, the desire is so great that eventually one feels all the qualities of the Creator: what is called the four phases of direct Light, His quality of bestowal, and the full power of bestowal.

Question: Does it mean that a person begins his spiritual development when there are nine other people around him, that is, nine biological bodies?

Answer: It is only in this laboratory in uniting with nine other people like him. No more than nine. There can be a little less, but it is preferable to have a ten.

And then the entire world becomes one ten. A lot of tens begin to join them and then they merge with each other, like drops of water.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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What Does Love Begin With?

laitman_947Question: What is absolute love and why isn’t it possible even in relationships between parents and children?

Answer: The fact is that there is no love in our world in the strict sense of this word.

In Kabbalah, love means a state where I give everything to another person and exist within him with all my expectations, leaving nothing inside of me. My heart is empty, my mind is empty, my strengths are empty, and I give everything to others. This is called “love.” There is no such thing in our world.

In other words, in our egoistic qualities with which we were born and exist blissfully to this day there is no such opportunity because egoism works absolutely differently. It does not matter how we twist it, it will still turn around and do everything the way it is good for it.

Even if we give something to others and wish them well, it is only because we get some benefit from it and for this it is worth to wish for good or do something good for others. Thus, there is no love. Just complete egoism.

Love begins with the fact that we try to work with each other in a group, trying to tune in to correct relationships as if we want to bestow, share, and selflessly pass something from ourselves to others in our ten. Yet, we cannot. Then it becomes clear to us that we lack the force of bestowal, the force of love.

In this case, the need arises to find, reveal, recognize, and receive it. Initially, there is a quality of bestowal and love in nature—the quality of the Creator. It means that we need to receive some of this force from the Creator.

Therefore, when we try to treat each other correctly with bestowal and love in the ten, we see that we cannot do this. Then we all begin to demand from the Creator: “Give us the force of bestowal, of love, and of the correct relationships with each other. You must correct us. You must help us.” And we receive this force.

Thus the Creator reveals between us—the quality of bestowal and love. It is really possible to do this. Our laboratory is our ten, where we constantly discuss everything together, make decisions, act, invite this positive force upon ourselves, and implement it.

Comment: You always say that the Creator is revealed in the relationships between people.

Answer: Only in the ten, in the correct association of people among themselves, and in the correct connection between them. This is not simple. This is work according to the clear methodolgy over a long time.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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The Way To The Final Correction

laitman_939.02Question: Do we have to get used to the intention to give egoistically so that, at some point, quantity will translate into quality?

Answer: First of all, correction is not realized in the general mass of humanity but, rather, in a small group—in a ten—in which ten people gather and make a pact that they “want to become similar to the Creator.” No one can achieve this by him or herself but only when everyone starts practicing mutual bestowal toward one another.

We agree amongst ourselves to support one another, to show each other an example, to annul ourselves before one another, and to demonstrate the importance of the goal in the unity between us. In this way, we create a miniature structure that resembles humanity—corrected in its entirety—but on a very small scale of no more and no less than ten. According to Kabbalah, this is the optimal way to reach correction.

Gradually we begin to feel special states between us, we discover the upper worlds, and we reveal the Creator that exists between us and the forces that connect us with each other.

We begin to understand what kinds of forces exist, which of them are called “angels” and which ones are referred to as “sacred animals,” etc. We begin to perceive the upper forces, meaning the qualities of love and bestowal. And most importantly, a special force emerges inside these revelations, a special quality called the Creator, the source of everything that exists, which encompasses the entire universe and becomes revealed to us as a result of our actions.

The result of our work will be the feeling that we are ready to absorb all of humanity and even the entire world inside of us. We do not have to work for this result. For if we create a complete ten, then our work inside it is enough for all of humanity to be included in us automatically.

And then we begin to feel ourselves as completely corrected and similar to the Creator who exists with us together inside our little circle.

All of humanity does not feel this because they do not correct their qualities from reception to bestowal or from egoism to altruism but we do. However, the final correction requires us to immediately disseminate the method once any threshold of correction has been reached. This is the purpose of our work.

Therefore, in the same measure that I want to get closer to the Creator, I simultaneously have to come out of the limits of my ten and disseminate the method to everyone else. Precisely in this manner, I become closer to the Creator and reveal him more and more clearly.

This is similar to a holographic picture in which I can feel the Creator in a very small degree, in a little point (colored red on the diagram), as if I am looking at the world without glasses and seeing everything in a rather blurry way.

If I add more little points to this part, then the focus of the picture will become sharper and sharper, more complete, and with all the details. So there is actually no difference whether I reveal the Creator in my ten or in a larger group.

Everything depends only on the resolution; when I come out into a general setting and attract other people to my ten, then, together, we start revealing the Creator more clearly and precisely and with a fuller understanding and a larger sensation.

That is why the very structure of the system requires us to disseminate. In the measure that I disseminate, I will attain the Creator even more and raise to His level until I reach the maximum capacity and completely fill all of humanity by passing the upper Light through myself into it. In this way, I will become equal to the Creator and achieve the final correction of my soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/2/17

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