"Reward According To The Effort"

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I’m a loner by nature. And I have doubts about going to the convention where I am expected to connect and unite with other people, which is something I do not want.

Answer: I promise you that you can go to the convention and remain there alone, be an observer. But even this kind of effort is very beneficial: to come there and feel yourself unconnected to anyone.

Let this inner battle happen: Do I want to unite, am I with everyone, do they influence me, did I do the right thing by coming here, or would it have been better to stay home? All the doubts and inner analysis that a person experiences being at the convention with his body, but not the soul, and seeing how others are able to connect while he remains aside, all of it constitutes spiritual self-analysis. If he does not go through this, he will never reveal his nature, the Creator’s anti-nature, and he will have nothing to correct.

The object of correction is that very rejection, alienation, an empty vacuum that we reveal between us. In other words, I have absolutely no desire to connect with others, to be tied with or in any way dependent on them; I want nothing from them, and they better demand nothing of me.

We begin to perform our corrections in this empty vacuum that becomes revealed to us. And it is impossible to advance without having made several attempts of physical participation. There is no need to look for excuses: “Not now, I will go next time.” There will not be another chance, and the calculation here is very simple: “reward according to the effort.”

This is why our work is to rise above our rational calculations and stop making up excuses for not coming, such as personal characteristics, work, or family conditions. Try to rid yourself of all the secondary things and look the truth in the eyes: You have a chance, so make sure you are not misleading yourself by thinking that you are unable to take it.
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Crossing The Machsom Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can we cross the Machsom during the forthcoming convention?

Answer: It is what we all expect and desire to do together! The “Machsom” is the barrier between this world and the spiritual one, that is, the replacement of the egoistic intention in man with the intention to bestow. The gap between them, the border line, the impenetrable divider, is regarded as the “Machsom” (a barrier, a roadway bar).

We all live in a unique time. Until our generation, everybody passed this barrier, the “Machsom,” individually, accumulating one’s internal efforts until a sufficient measure was collected, the “cup overflowed,” and a new state suddenly became revealed for a person.

Today we exist in a global world unfolding before us more and more. And our Kabbalistic group is not just a few people, as it used to be in the distant past when only ten Kabbalists would gather together; now, we have millions of friends around the world.

Therefore, I think we live in a new epoch when crossing the Machsom becomes as it is described in the Torah: “by the entire nation,” or en masse. I expect that revelation will occur to the whole world group or at least to some part of it that remains in constant connection with us in studies and work. That is, it will not be just a few individuals selected from the crowd, but all of us together.

After all, the process of correction has reached such advanced stages that Kabbalah has come out of concealment and become open to all. It must bring transformation not just to some small isolated group as it used to be time ago, but to a large-scale world group like ours.
From the Lesson on Inner Preparation for the WE! Convention 3/10/2011

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Dr. Michael LaitmanHumanity’s evolution demonstrates that development is a gradual and multifaceted process. It follows a specific program and direction where each element joins the general process, is “deposited” in the collective account, and thereby changes gradually accumulate.

Our internal transformation takes place in a similar manner. And even though we yearn to complete it as quickly as possible, it still takes time and requires multiple actions: We move one step ahead and one step backward, undergo ascents and descents. But transformation doesn’t occur in an instant; it is an entire process of accumulated changes where each “penny” is added into one account. And that is why it takes years.

The most effective remedy for correction is work aimed at unification. Therefore, Kabbalists place an immediate condition on a person whom the upper force brings to the group: He has to decide that the most important job is to connect with the group and unite with the others, while the studies are only the means for our unification.

In other words, it is totally contrary to what we think when we enter the group. We initially think that the group is just a place where we can study, as at a university, in order to gain knowledge. But it is the other way around, and years go by before a person starts to gradually understand that the key is not to receive knowledge, but to change one’s inner properties. By studying with the group, he receives a special, reforming force and experiences its influence specifically in his relations with the group.

Authentic results of advancement are evaluated by how much closer to or further away from the group a person feels, to what degree he needs, is able to bond with, and what value he assigns to it. Everything is measured solely relative to the group because in the end, it is they whom he must unify with in order to experience the spiritual world within their correct connection, by uniting as one man with one heart.

Around him, there aren’t just fellow students; they become parts of his soul. In fact, there is no soul within man, and scientists are wasting their time seeking it somewhere inside the body. The human soul resides in all the others. To the extent that one is able to step out of oneself and unite with the friends surrounding him, to this extent all of this “external” desire becomes his soul.

This is why we place so much importance on our conventions and similar activities, when a great number of people from around the world get together and a powerful force of oneness emerges. During each hour of the convention, we are in fact performing corrections—specifically in our mutual unification.

So, we should value such gatherings as the most important means of advancement, among all others. Nothing is more effective in terms of bringing each of us and all of us together closer to transformation and revelation of the upper world than the convention.

Even during the convention, not everything occurs at once, but “penny by penny, it is accumulated into a big sum.” It is necessary to undergo several such meetings, until we uncover the true connection between us and the upper Light becomes revealed in our unification, which is regarded as the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.

Hence, before physically going to such gathering, a person needs to prepare himself or herself mentally. One needs to attune himself so as to be ready to enter this place: get familiarized with all upcoming activities, study materials, songs, themes for discussion, and to generally learn about the convention as much as possible. Later on, it will be easier for us to focus on our internal experiences and not get distracted, not waste emotional and mental forces on the external, technical details.

So, we should get familiarized with all the materials and the entire schedule in advance and come there with a single desire: “I wish to unite with the others with all my heart and soul because the spiritual world will be revealed only in the connection between us, and not in each of us individually. I want this empty cosmos between us to be filled with warm and kind attitude toward each other since it is precisely the place where the upper force, the Creator, is revealed to the created being!”
From the Lesson on Inner Preparation for the WE! Convention 3/10/2011

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The World Is Round

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion from Japan: What are the reasons for the disaster that is happening to us? According to the forecasts there are more quakes ahead for us. Can all of us prevent these events here and in the whole world?

Answer: In order to answer this question we must first understand where we are. We are in a “round” world. This is what the science of Kabbalah explains to us in its section on “perception of reality.”

Let’s not wait for painful proofs of this fact to become expressed in our world. By way of painful experience we are discovering that we are all interconnected, that the world is global and integral in which there is a butterfly effect, and so on. Let’s not have to learn the lessons from disasters that will constantly occur in order to convince us of this. Let’s instead learn from the science of Kabbalah.

By the time our life experience starts working, it may be too late. How many more tsunamis, earthquakes, and other disasters have to happen for us to get smarter? Let’s instead turn to science and wisdom. It is written, “The one who learns is wise.” So what does the wise person learn?

We know from the science of Kabbalah that all of reality is felt inside of us because it is inside of us. My perception divides into five levels. Three of the levels are my inner sensations: root, soul, and body. They “clothe” into me from inside. Besides this, there are external details of perception which I perceive on the outside, outside of me: clothing and castle. This is the entire world outside of me. Clothing is everything inside the area that my body or senses can reach, while castle are the far away, unattainable things, or in other words, the things not subject to my control.

That is how reality is divided. Its inner part is called Galgalta ve Eynaim while the external part is called AHP. This division was caused by the spiritual destruction, which is the reason why we only slightly feel the Galgalta ve Eynaim inside of us and have no sensation at all that AHP is also part of us. That is how we will divide our reality until the very end of correction when Galgalta ve Eynaim will unite with AHP into the whole ten Sefirot.

From here we must draw the following conclusion: We feel everything inside of our Kelim. These may be a tsunami, the earth, or the universe with all its stars and galaxies. Everything is inside of me, in my egoistic desire. That is how my desire is built so in it I perceive reality divided in two: “me” and “outside of me.” “Me” is Galgalta ve Eynaim, the root, soul, and body, while “outside of me” is AHP, clothing and castle, the two external categories of perception.

Various changes take place in my inner and outer Kelim. Looking at natural disasters, it is very difficult to understand why these painful events are taking place in the external Kelim rather than the inner Kelim. Why do these changes influence a specific part of my soul today, called “the Japanese people”? Why did the catastrophe befall them of all people?

My soul also includes others parts which I perceive as my friends. In reality, they do not exist by themselves, but as parts of me in my eyes. It will be so until I complete my perception and then everything will unite into one whole, into a single desire, welded and entirely aimed at bestowal. This is the corrected form.

Without viewing reality from these positions, we will never be able to correctly perceive what is happening, including wars, catastrophes, corruption, or anything else. We will never be able to justify the Creator or understand how everything is moving in the direction of correction.

However, we won’t be able to manage without having the right perspective of things, without having a picture of the “round” world that is inside a person and depends on his correction. There is nothing outside of me. Everything is me. This is my earth, my earthquake, my Japan, my Libya, my Israel, my planet, and my universe. And all of it reflects my qualities, which are not corrected yet.
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How Can We Tell The World About The Force Of Unity?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we explain the Kabbalistic education method at the UN?

Answer: When I meet with politicians and religious activists who represent different faiths, I tell them about education by means of the right environment. When people unite with one another the right way, they discover an additional force of unity within their environment. This force is enrooted in nature itself and it influences everyone.

When a group of people really unite, when every person connects with others, then this force of unity, the upper force is literally born among them. It settles between them and acquires a place, its own existence. This is how the common unified force of the group, which supports every friend, becomes expressed.

In Kabbalah, we refer to this as “union.” This refers to the single force concealed in nature, which manifests inside our unity. We can call it “the Creator” or not, but one way or another, it is an actual force of nature, which we perceive and work with.

It comes and works with me according to certain laws. I reveal it as I become closer to it, and when I reveal it, I begin to perceive and influence it through my changing qualities. The “Creator” is a fixed law, and when I know how to influence it according to the structure of HaVaYaH, I can do so without any problems, just like I influence any other force.

The only difference is that this is a collective, universal force. And that is why it is concealed. It’s because we are not united yet. That is why we are unable to attain it. It is revealed inside unity, but we have never yet felt anything like this. As we unite with one another, we literally extract nature’s fundamental, single force from nature itself, while everything else unravels, derives, and becomes created from it.

To me the Creator is this force, because everything came from it. Moreover, the “Creator” (Bore) means: “come and see” (Bo-Re). I connect to Him and then I see Him and reveal Him in action, in all my sensations.

Naturally, right now these explanations languish. They do not manifest in feelings, but if only we unite, you will reveal Him inside that unity. The formula is very simple.

The revelation of the Creator is divided into 125 degrees in accordance with the centrifugal force of our egoism and alienation. This alienation force is divided into five large degrees, and each is divided into another five degrees, and these also divide into five degrees. This totals 125 degrees of mutual rejection. But when I come closer, when I turn this rejection into unity, I reveal the Creator as I ascend the 125 degrees until I reach absolute unification – complete, absolute revelation of the force of unity.

“God” (אלה-ים) and “nature” (הטבע) have the same meaning according to Gematria. There is no mysticism. Come (Bo) and see (Re) – is the Creator (Bore).

I say the same when speaking to different activists at various forums, especially abroad. It’s just that sometimes I use different words to say it.
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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In one of your lectures you said that a person must add the Creator to his list of friends. What does that mean in our spiritual work?

Answer: If you ask psychologists, they can tell you about what happens to a young couple who has recently gotten married. When they start living together, after the honeymoon period is over, there comes a period of mutual complaints, dissatisfaction, tension, and conflicts, and now they have to work really hard in order to continue living together.

These periods can be long or short, and this depends entirely on the example they saw in their parent’s home. At this time, a young couple needs advice from psychologists or parents to help them connect on the basis of mutual respect and compromise, instead of love.

They have to learn how to avoid pressing each other’s buttons, which cause the conflicts between them while they remain inside theirs egos and are egoistically attached to their partner. This is what happens in our daily life. However, this approach doesn’t work in our spiritual development.

While advancing in spirituality, a person does have to look for these points of tension and make them visible instead of concealing them because “the Torah will come out” precisely from these points. If a person views them correctly, wishing to discern and utilize them in order to reform himself, then instead of demanding something else, he strives to attain his own inner evil.

This is possible only when a person walks along with the Creator, as if holding onto His hand, as it is written, “Come unto Pharaoh with me!” One has to discern this Pharaoh, this evil within, and then tame and reform it, unify with it, and flee from it. But while working with the evil, a person must always be bound to the goal and use the Creator’s force.

All conflicts, arguments, and tensions can be revealed between the friends in the group only on the condition that they strive for unity, if they make efforts to come together. Only then will they see that they hate one another and don’t have any desire to be one. Therefore, they must bring the Creator into it so He may reform this hate. After all, it is the Creator who shows man where his evil resides. This is the place where He doesn’t dwell, the place without Light.
From the lesson on 2/25/11, Writings of Rabash

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