Difficulties Are An Invitation For Revelation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What can one do when one feels very weak and his family and environment are unable to support him since they do not feel a great importance of the goal?

Answer: Baal HaSulam explains why we experience so many difficulties on the spiritual path in Shamati (I Heard), Article #4: “One comes to a state as if the entire world stands still, and he alone is now seemingly absent from this world, and leaves his family and friends for the sake of annulling before the Creator.”

It is like a person becomes suspended in the air. But the Creator arranges all of this for him on purpose so he would not look for solid ground to stand on, but on the contrary, would search for a way to become similar to the upper one in his thoughts and ideas and would aspire towards the upper one in order to adopt His spirit. In other words, you need to aspire to reveal the Creator as the quality of love and bestowal in the desires of another, and then you will rise above your own desire through “faith above reason.”

When you feel suspended in the air without the support of your usual corporeal environment, it is your invitation to cleave to the upper one in bestowal. Instead of looking for support in rational, reasonable proofs, you need to look for support in faith above reason.

Baal HaSulam says: “There is but a simple reason for this called “lack of faith.” It means that one does not see before whom one nullifies, meaning he does not feel the existence of the Creator. This causes him heaviness.” But on the other hand, this is our invitation to reveal the quality of bestowal, the Creator.

From the highlighted parts we see again that faith is a clear revelation of the Creator. To see means to believe, and the one who sees Him is said to believe in Him. This shows us how distorted the meaning of these words has become and how incorrectly we read the sacred texts. They are  “sacred” because they talk about attainment and revelation of the Creator, and He is holy, He is the property of love and bestowal. Books that describe how to reach this property are called sacred books.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/2011, Writings of Rabash

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One Comment

  1. Thank you Thank you!!! This is exactly how it is when there isn’t support from family or the surrounding environment. I’m definitely not whining about not having parents or people there for me. But, thinking about it now, I’m the lucky one. I have a chance to rise above the environments way of doing things selfishly, that creates all these problems in the first place and rise above needing anything from it or looking at not having a family as a loss. Instead, seeing how fortunate I am to be in a position that I can give instead of take. Although it would seem contrary to think that not having a family growing up would make you unlucky or without, in truth, I have everything I need and so much to give! Thank you very much for your article on this!

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