At the human level of this world we can study, know, and somewhat control the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature. Albeit not in the best possible way, we nevertheless are able to understand and change nature to a certain degree.
However, we cannot control humanity, the human society, and today it manifests increasingly clearly in everything we do. We are unable to raise a new generation, our own children, correctly. Previously, we didn’t think of it, but today we are facing a problem: The young generation is completely detached from us, and we are unable to do anything with the young.
If we could turn them into reasonable, good people (though we ourselves don’t know what it means), then at least our children would have a good life. All generations hoped that their hard life will pay-off with the success of their children. But today we are in a transition period: We as if rolled over the peak of expectations and started to descend, having lost any hope that the life of the next generation will be better than ours. This is why people no longer want to start a family and have children.
Essentially, we face the following problem: If we want to build a normal life for seven billion people on a simple, corporeal level, we need to exist at the spiritual level. By being at the human degree (4), I can rule over the lower levels: the still (1), vegetative (2), and animate (3). But in order to keep my own degree under control, I must rise above it, to the spiritual level (5). Then from it, I will be able to govern my own human degree (4).
So the state of affairs is very simple: To repair education, family, interpersonal relations, business, ecology, economy, to deal with new diseases and viruses, I must know where all of it stems from, for what reason, where the forces that govern the human level are. These forces do not exist here, and it means that I must rise to a higher degree.
This is why Baal HaSulam rejoiced in the opportunity to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah to the entire world, and not just to himself, to a handful of disciples. And although this “handful” grew to a few million people who follow our lessons and materials, we nevertheless talk about everybody in the world.
Soon we will reach a state which we can’t even describe. Without an elementary knowledge about how to govern this world from the fifth degree, man won’t be able to succeed in any area of social life. Even today the programs humanity initiates to benefit family, country, and the world get stuck and fail.
Hence, Kabbalah is needed not just to help you and me enter the spiritual reality. Massive crises accumulate into one multi-system crisis that pushes the entire world toward the ascent to a new degree.
We stand out from the rest of humanity by the fact that, being at the fourth level, we received the “point in the heart,” the desire to enter the fifth level. We are motivated to move forward by a good impulse, while the rest of the world is being pushed toward it by enormous suffering that hits it from behind. We are being lured with a “candy,” the aspiration toward something good, while the rest of the world moves out of hopelessness, being pushed with a “stick.” They are like animals that do not know where to go, how to cope with disasters that occur everywhere. And it is only the beginning.
From Lesson 1, WE! Convention 4/1/2011
Question: Why was the wisdom of Kabbalah concealed throughout the millennia?
Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed for thousands of years because our egoistic development in this world had to reach its ultimate limit. We have reached a state when everyone of us, being an isolated egoist, has gone through the egoistic aspirations for food, sex, family, wealth, fame, power, and knowledge and now feels that no earthly pleasures can fill us any longer.
This is the problem of egoistic development: No matter how much we advance in our egoism, we nevertheless feel unfulfilled. After all, I’m unable to fulfill myself in my ego since pleasure with which I’m trying to fill my desire immediately quenches the desire due to their opposition, like in a short circuit.
Desire is a lack of fulfillment, a “minus,” while pleasure is fulfillment, a “plus.” By coming in contact, they neutralize each other. For this reason we feel that the instant we reach any satisfaction from food, sex, or other earthly pleasures, it starts to diminish.
But in any case, all our attempts to derive pleasure from food, sex, family, wealth, honor, power, or knowledge were necessary. And now we must rise from this egoistic state to the degree of unity between us. That is, to a smaller or lesser degree, we are already willing to admit that this life does not bring us pleasure and ultimately, we feel emptiness, a “minus.”
Then we approach a new stage. We reveal that any cell of the general organism is able to exist only in connection with the others. This is why the wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed until the emergence of a pressing need to unite.
Today in all areas of our life we discover that we are all tied together and can’t escape our global interdependence. Never throughout history has humanity felt so dependent on each other. Hence, the wisdom of Kabbalah is being divulged now in particular so as to present the method of the correct unification.
From Lesson 1, WE! Convention 4/1/2011
Today we have all the possibilities to advance spiritually and circulate the wisdom of Kabbalah throughout the world. By unifying together in our world-wide group, by connecting with our spiritual sparks, “the points in the hearts,” we act as representatives of the upper, spiritual system in our world. Besides, we circulate the wisdom of Kabbalah together. We do not need anything else.
We are situated at the apex of the pyramid of humanity’s development. In the extent that we unite together, it will influence the entire world. And we also have to bring the entire world closer to us.
Yet we shouldn’t think that the entire world has to study Kabbalah or that all people are destined to understand what it is. Not at all! This is akin to a human body, 99% of which is composed of matter governed by the brain. Meanwhile, the brain is the people who strive for spirituality.
The rest will accept this structure of the world; this awareness will get over to them, and they will draw closer to us. But, similarly to how in today’s world the majority of people live an ordinary life and don’t feel the need for great achievements, so in the future the rest of the people will participate in the spiritual process passively.
From Lesson 1, WE! Convention 4/1/2011
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Question: What inner work do we have to perform during this Convention, considering the entire weight of the responsibility for the whole world that is incumbent upon us?
Answer: We really do bear enormous responsibility for the whole world. But there are two components to this.
The most important thing is the connection between us. We have to understand that since the whole world is interconnected, then it doesn’t even matter how successful or not our address to the world is. First of all, the unity among us is definitely transferred to everyone.
That’s because all of humanity is connected as one. Baal HaSulam writes in the article “600,000 souls” that there is just one soul in the world. That means all humanity, all seven billion people, are connected together into one whole, into a single organism, the body of the common soul.
This organism grew to the extent that all of its parts, the particular souls, developed. Each of them developed until its ten material Sefirot. But now we have discovered that the entire organism is connected into one, as if the connection among everyone has closed up.
That is why people in whom the point in the heart has been revealed serve as the brain of this whole system. This is written at the end of the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar”: The whole world divides into the inner and outer parts. The inner part is we, people with the point in the heart.
If we connect with each other through a good, proper connection, this will expand to the whole world. Then, as Baal HaSulam writes at the end of the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar,” this will splash out into the whole world, like when the right command comes from the brain to the whole body. Then everyone will take this command and start changing. This is called internal dissemination.
Whether we want it or not, our unity is transferred to the whole world and the world changes for the better. All other people also advance toward unity. After all, they simply live their earthly lives, not knowing where their thoughts and desires come from.
That is our inner dissemination, which happens without any words and without coming out to the world externally. However, in order to prepare people to be receptive to this so they will react to us faster, and besides, to give them the opportunity to work and act together with us, which will unite us even more, we also work on external dissemination for everyone.
It turns out that through our inner dissemination we intend for our unity to also be transferred to everyone else. This is enough. In the external dissemination we organize among ourselves and this gives us a field of activity, as well as unites us by giving us an additional, external reason to unite. That is how we act in the world.
However, without any doubt, the unity among us determines everything and in this regard it cannot be compared to anything else. Let us hope that over the course of these three days we will attain a new degree of unity. I don’t have any doubts about this because even now we are in this state and will be able to feel spirituality at least for a short time, to feel what it means to be connected in our hearts and thoughts.
All of this depends on every person’s inner efforts. Try to think that we all already desire to feel the unity between us, not to be in the bodies, but to immerse deeper inside, into the realm of our desires so they will all unite together into one whole desire. If we attain this, then we will feel the Upper Light that reigns inside of this desire and will experience the eternal flow of life. This is up to us.
Perhaps we will attain this only temporarily because the first time it happens, it really is difficult to hold on to this sensation constantly. But at least we will receive the first impression of spirituality, will “taste” it, and then we will already know what to aspire to.
I very much hope that we will attain this and that the taste of spirituality will remain with us forever.
From the 1st lesson of the WE! Convention on 4/1/11