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To Rise Above The Ego

Laitman_165Question: What does it mean to rise above egoism in my answers during workshops? To play with words, to agree with the others and continue their thought even though I feel and think the opposite?

Answer: To rise above egoism means to try to make connections with others that are most kind and altruistic so that the Creator can enter into your relationship with a friend, appear in it, and be in it. This is the way you discover Him.

You play in it, clearly knowing that it is not you. But your efforts are gradually arousing the impact of the surrounding Light and it builds new properties in you.

Question: But this often provokes a negative reaction in people. They say: “Why should I pretend? Where is the truth coming from the heart?”

Answer: Your truth is only your egoism, nothing more.

Question: What is the benefit of artificially presenting myself, let’s say, as the last of the participants?

Answer: You are created an egoist, you despise everyone and everything. The most important thing for you is only yourself, and you understand this perfectly. Therefore, you must act out completely different properties that you allegedly possess.

Why should you do that? It is so that the upper world reacts to your game. This happens in a very simple way. The Light knows everything that it has created in you and it evaluates your efforts. You strive to be great, good, to unite with others, to reach the Creator.

However, in principle, based on the properties that the Light created in you, you cannot desire it, but you try to play, and this is counted as your efforts. According to them, the upper Light changes you. This is your payment for changing.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Equality In The Circle

laitman_940Question: In the circle, everyone has two different phases: when he gives and when he receives, when he speaks and when he listens. What is the difference between each of these phases? In what phase are we equal? When are we silent?

Answer: We are not absolutely equal in anything, except our aspiration to bring everyone closer together to discover the common quality of bestowal and love between us, called the Creator.

If we do not get closer together in this way, then we will not be equal in any way. Equality between us is in the effort to draw closer to the Creator, inside which we connect.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Equality In Spirituality

laitman_934Question: One of the important rules of the workshop is equality: “In the circle, there are no more or less important participants.” How is everybody equal?

Answer: Everybody is equal in relation to unity. The higher and the lower cannot unite. They must be on the same level.

In spirituality, connection is possible only according to the extent of similarity: you to me and I to you. One time—me to you, therefore I am higher and you are lower. Another time—you to me, therefore you are higher and I am lower. As a result, we are equal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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What Is Born In Dispute?

laitman_600.04Question: Where did all the rules of the workshop come from: to speak in turns, to annul myself, to not criticize? After all, on the contrary, truth is born in a dispute.

Answer: All the workshop rules are based on principles described by the Kabbalists, starting from The Book of Zohar when ten great Kabbalists gathered together, took shelter in a cave, and wrote this book. From there came the understanding of what the “ten” is, how to unite in it, and what we should do with it. Later, my teacher Rabash described relationships in the ten in great detail, stressing that all the basics of interaction between people in the circle have nothing to do with psychological training.

The statement that truth is born in dispute is absolutely wrong. How can truth be born in dispute if everyone is an egoist, everyone thinks incorrectly, and because they argue out of ten egoistic truths another twenty, thirty, or forty of the same will be born. I have not seen that truth is born in dispute. For this, people must be special, understanding in what way in our limited abilities we can use this principle.

This is completely unacceptable in Kabbalah. There can be no disputes because truth must come to us from the next level of awareness, not from our level! We have nothing to look for within ourselves. It seems to me that the history of humanity has already made it clear to us: we cannot dig out anything good from ourselves.

Therefore, there is no need to search for anything, including any “truth.” We must only assemble ourselves in such a way that we will bring upon ourselves the upper illumination, the upper Light. Then we will succeed.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17

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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

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Convention “Absorbed Into The Upper One” – 01.06.18

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Convention “Absorbed Into The Upper One” – 01.05.18

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Convention “Absorbed in the Upper One, “Living in the Reality that ‘There Is None Else Besides Him,'” Part 1, Lesson 1

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