Good Environment – 09.19.11

My Good Environment – Dr. Laitman’s Advice for the Week

An Idea Driver

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe only feel the territory of our unity when we care for the vast world. Unity must happen through caring for someone just like spouses begin to feel like parents by caring for their children.

This is why we need to put our efforts into mutual, proper, and well-organized circulation. We produce interviews, video clips, songs, and other content. We need to create an ever increasing stock of ready materials so that we could take the needed materials from there, translate them to different languages, and put them to use.

This type of concern for the world will unite us into one. The only way to fix the connection between us is by bestowing to others. This is the spiritual law. I am unable to contact, unable to move, if it does not beget bestowal toward somebody. We need to work together on this, and better organize ourselves.

Do not wait for the initiative from the center in Israel—act independently. We have our own problems in Israel right now. It is becoming a hot spot in the world. So realize your own initiatives, adapted to your conditions.

After all, we are not disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah, but the knowledge about the true state of the world. You only need to learn the correct presentation and continuously improve it along the way. Only circulation will allow us to develop.

The main work direction is the Internet and communication with scientists. Based on their information, we go up to the government and down to the people. We act like an “idea driver” that disseminates essential knowledge in society and the Internet.

Virtual dissemination does not require enormous investment. There is no need to over-prepare materials. The main thing is to bring the ideas to the people. The key factors in these days are simplicity and accessibility. People like it when they are spoken to in a simple and unpretentious manner. Let us learn this together, and the faster, the better.
From the 4th Lesson, Kabbalah Convention in Toronto, 9/16/2011

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Physics And Lyricism

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we properly define Kabbalistic terms, we see that Kabbalah isn’t some out-of-this-world science, but that it deals with realistic things: our interrelation and the correction of human nature. It allows us to transform hatred into interconnection and to search for ways to rise above our nature. It also allows us to understand that “God’ is a quality of complete bestowal, and this quality has to reign between us. Instead of sensing only our bodies, which are essentially just bags full of electrolytes, we’ll sense things that exist outside of us.

How will this happen? Simply put, if I direct all of my attention, care, thoughts, and desires outward into the general system, then gradually I gain the ability to sense others. I provide my “animal” with all the necessities, and the rest of me is fully immersed in our interconnection. It’s similar to the way a mother cares for her new born baby: All of her thoughts and feelings are directed at him.

After we reach this state, we are ready to sense the spiritual world. And we really do begin to feel it. That is, we begin to feel things outside of us. Before we only perceived things within our five senses, sensing the world from within. After all, “this world” is drawn on the back of my brain as a reflection of my five senses. In essence, I see myself because I see the projection of my inner qualities. But when the relations between us become more important than my inner sensations, I cross over to an out-of-body perception.

This constitutes the revelation of the Creator or the revelation of the quality of bestowal to a person. One reveals what he has created and built. By exiting himself, a person becomes similar to the Creator or the force of bestowal. A person attains the quality of bestowal to the degree that he builds it, meaning that the Creator reveals Himself according to the level the person has attained. After all, the “Creator” (Boreh) means “come and see.” Come and you will see, feel and measure what you’ve attained.

By perceiving reality and the Creator in this way, we cancel out many stereotypes and preconceptions. We begin to really engage in our inner science in which we are both the researchers and the subjects under examination. We feel the results and become them. We attain the quality of the Creator, which becomes our quality—our adhesion to the quality of bestowal.

Thanks to this perception of reality and to the changes that we must undergo, we completely change our attitude toward pain, suffering, and to the complaints we present to others, to the Creator and to ourselves. We understand that we exist within Nature and that there isn’t anyone to blame. There is no one to search for or hope for someone’s mercy and protection.

There’s only room for a scientific approach: We exist in a system of forces that is subject to precise laws. Kabbalah defines this as follows: “I did not change my Name,” “the upper Light is at absolute rest,” “a judge has only what his eyes can see,” and “the law was given and cannot be transgressed.”

We use the language of emotion and prayer, but if we don’t want to become confused by all this, we must “test the harmony with algebra” and achieve precise measurement of forces, directions and vectors, equations, graphs, and formulas. Only then will we be able to measure our sensations and efforts, our hatred and love both quantitatively and qualitatively through various contrasts. This is the only way we can avoid confusion.

We are sensual creatures, our matter is the desire to receive pleasure. However, we conduct work on ourselves like true researchers. We rise to work above our desires by means of restriction and the screen, and this is called working in faith above reason.

So let’s become comfortable with languages of lyricism and physics. In essence, they both speak of the same things, we only have to avoid becoming confused by them. Then we’ll clearly understand the entire creation.

The science of Kabbalah teaches how to conduct research and create a precise objective language that describes sensations. By doing so, we’ll understand the whole reality and the Creator—the force of bestowal that reigns over the entire reality. We’ll get to know Him completely and then reach the goal.
From Preparation Lesson, Kabbalah Convention in Toronto, 9/16/2011

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The Simple Truth Of Today

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe must understand one simple fact, that success in the modern world depends upon our proper interconnection. This is revealed to us by the general crisis. The crisis sends us a message: “You want to achieve success in everything you do? But just take a look around: Everything you’ve done up to this day is in a state of crisis. It must be clear to you that from this day forward you cannot succeed in anything you do unless you correspond to a global and integral system.”

This correspondence is called mutual guarantee! You must come to know that being successful and producing something good depends upon your proper inclusion in the global network and that this inclusion is impossible without mutual guarantee. If you can do it, you’ll succeed. If not, you’ll waste time and only make it worse for yourself.

It isn’t difficult to achieve success. Each person can feel what mutual guarantee is, and each person can imagine a proper family that is warm and caring.

Nonetheless, mutual guarantee must be learned. Each person will ultimately have to change their opinion of Kabbalah and understand that it is a higher wisdom, and that he’s engaged in the correction of his soul. We must get rid of the fear associated with Kabbalah and understand that this wisdom is very natural. In it we learn about an active force within human society. We must get to know this force or we simply won’t be able to exist.

Who can argue this fact? After all, we won’t be able to sustain ourselves unless we reveal this force. People think that it’s some “out-of-this-world” science that talks about upper realms. But in reality, nothing is closer to us than Kabbalah.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/2/2011, Rabash’s article

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The Creator’s Blocks

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the purpose of the revelation of evil between the friends in the group?

Answer: Evil rules between us. All the connections between us are bad. A broken system is being revealed to us. “Broken” does not mean that the system broke into separate pieces. It means that it works completely opposite to the way it should. In other words, the system itself is pointing to its proper form.

After all, if evil does not become revealed, how will we know its opposite? This is why we didn’t speak about the global, integrated, common, and absolute crisis before the entirety of evil became revealed in our world in the 21st century. The evil, which was gradually being revealed here and there, did not seem to be so bad. Now, this entire system is revealed in complete evil with its different forms, directions, and interconnections in everything that exists opposite to good.

The Creator’s Blocks-1

Regarding this it is written: “I created the evil inclination.” As we reveal this evil, we see Who created it. “I created the evil inclination,” the Creator says, “I am playing with you right now. I am presenting you with a broken form. And you need to see that it is broken, opposite to the proper form, and that I made it broken purposefully out of a proper perfect form, as it was before.” The Creator says: “At first there was good. I broke it with Light so you could do an opposite action—turn evil into good using the same Light.”

The Creator’s Blocks-2

Why do we receive all these bad states? Because by turning this evil into good now, I attain the Creator, this upper force of bestowal; I become wise, sensitive, understanding, and incorporate all of reality within me. I become like the Creator. I do the Creator’s work, I take it upon myself.

This is why we got a broken system.
From Preparation Lesson, Kabbalah Convention in Toronto, 9/16/2011

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The World’s New Director

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does a person need to know that he needs mutual guarantee in order to not end up hungry?

Answer: Yes, of course. We have the same problem in the economy today. And if financial experts knew for sure that they would fail to control the bank system without the mutual guarantee, without establishing a connection between them, imagine how eager they would be to finally understand and feel what this precious mutual guarantee is.

A new director came and established a new order between all the world banks, all the exchange houses, and all the funds. And we come to work the day after he did all this and we cannot figure out what’s happening. We try to do something but it doesn’t work, and the next day it doesn’t work either. So what can we do?

And then this director’s messenger comes to explain that there is a completely different approach, a different order, and a new net of connections. Before you used to connect one way, but now you need to do it differently, not the same as before, but in a completely different manner.

And naturally, he explains that first we’ll begin to study about what’s happening, how we can do our work now, where we can find the new control levers, and what we’ll get in return. We need to know that there is a new system called “mutual guarantee,” and we’ll readjust ourselves to correspond to it the same way we used to correspond to the old system. And then we’ll have more success than before; we only need to learn this system.

Today we are discovering that the old system no longer works. Every day it keeps slowing down and dying more, and we don’t know what to do. So, won’t it make you happy to have the reason revealed and explained to you? People visit specialists and pay a lot of money to find out how to deal with problems, establish proper relationships, to create peace at work, at home with their children, and for oneself. And here the same “psychologist” comes to you and explains what is happening. He explains about new relationships that you didn’t know about.

And naturally, we will not be able to succeed without understanding these new relationships between people. If you want to eat every day, you must attain the mutual guarantee to this extent. If you want a more important position, money, or power, you must be in the state of mutual guarantee.

The government is completely losing its power and influence in the modern world. There’s nothing they can do because every government depends on two hundred other governments from around the world. Today, we see that people are stronger than the government. People protest and the government immediately retires. Powerful rulers with strong armies resign and surrender before the people. Everything has turned upside down. This is why this new connection, mutual guarantee, needs to be explained to people.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/2/2011, Rabash’s article

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Friends, Don’t Hold The Line!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If the nation of Israel were to unite in mutual guarantee, where is the guarantee that it would be able to achieve peace and safety?

Answer: This is the law of nature. Nature put a problem before us, and we, the people, will continue to fail in every way if we do not conform to it. We must attain compatibility and become similar in qualities with nature. When we do not suit it, we fail greatly.

This is especially true of the nation of Israel because it has this method of correction. When it does not do it, it stops everyone standing behind it.

Imagine that there is a line of seven billion people behind you, and you are the first one in line. You are resisting; you do not want to go. All the people are pushing you from behind, and you will not let them pass. This is the state that the nation of Israel is in.

In this way, we are acting against nature. Nature’s common program operates throughout all of evolution from the very moment the universe appeared, from the Big Bang (even the world of Infinity) until today, trying to bring everything into balance. Nature does not tolerate imbalance, and there immediately appears pressure intended to compensate for it. Even Aristotle said: “Nature abhors a vacuum.”

This is why we must carry out the law of nature. If we do, there will be no negative influence over us from anywhere. When we complete our special mission, peace will reign around the world.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/2/2011, Rabash’s article

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If The Process Cannot Be Stopped, It Should Be Controlled

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Michael Khazin, an economist, from “Ten years ago the American elite once and for all refused to continue a dialogue with society at large and decided to safeguard their profits at any cost.

“In the summer of 2001, I drafted the theory of structural economic crises. …At the time, it was already impossible to avoid the financial crisis, meaning the stock market collapse. I suspected that the U.S. government would decide that if the process cannot be avoided, it should be controlled …in the form of a huge terrorist attack that would benefit all participants of the process.

“Journalists who wrote about this situation were harshly expelled from their profession (you know, freedom of speech…). It’s not the first time in American history: the war with Spain in 1898 (the loss of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor), Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin incident…

“The natural flow of events rendered ineffective the traditional and rational ways of influencing the situation, and the “rules of the game” had to be drastically altered.

“One either has to admit the presence of principal changes and look for a solution together with the entire society, or one has to hide them from society… and change the methods of governance so as to compensate for the negative changes that influence the elite.

“The gap between rich and poor in the US reached all-time highs, and real household income continues to decline.

“Certain events are about to follow and show the elite that their loss of status and profits is as unavoidable as the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Such events will take place more often, and rich people will repeatedly become their victims.

“The political situation in the world will be aggravated since unfolding regional conflicts and manipulation with prices on the world market always worked as a method of getting rid of undesirable people. So, September 11, 2001 became a symbol of a doorway to a new terribly uncomfortable world in which we live now and will continue to live for a long time.”

My Comment: I hope it won’t last for a long time because it’s starting to affect Israel….

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Harmful Opinion

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland): “Europe is falling behind the emerging economies. Growth calls for structural economic change and a well-functioning, Europe-wide internal market.

“Finland wants a European Union in which each country takes care of its own public finances.

“On an exceptional basis, we have had to help the countries in crisis, Ireland, Greece and Portugal. This has been necessary in order to avoid economic paralysis throughout the euro area. But loans to help other Member States must be the exception – a rare exception – and never the rule. In the first and last instance, each country is responsible for its own economy.”

My Comment: This attitude will lead the European Union to total economic collapse and as a result, to war. In our time, when the universal interdependence is being revealed, we need to serve as a guarantor for each other. To play “against” means to harm ourselves.

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Kabbalists On The Greatness Of Baal HaSulam, Part 5

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Baal HaSulam, by his corrections in the upper world, prepared it so that any person can achieve Dvekut (adhesion) with the Creator. Before him, one had to be an outstanding wise disciple to be rewarded with adhesion with the Creator. And before the Baal Shem Tov, one had to be among the greatest in the world. Otherwise, they would not be able to attain Godliness.
– Rabash, Steps of the Ladder, “The Deeds of the Nation’s Greatest”

The depth of wisdom in the holy Book of Zohar is enclosed and caged behind a thousand locks, and our human tongue too poor to provide us with sufficient, reliable expressions to interpret one thing in this book to its end. My Sulam commentary is a ladder to help the examiner rise to the height of the matters and examine the words of the book itself. Hence, I have found it necessary to prepare the reader and give him a route and an inlet in reliable definitions concerning how one should contemplate and study The Book of Zohar.
– Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Book of Zohar,” Item 1

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