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All changes happen by virtue of the Light that reforms. Therefore, lowering yourself means doing everything possible from your end (which is called a prayer) so you will value the quality of bestowal and elevate it much higher than any reception, and so any reception would be despicable, while bestowal would be holy in your eyes.
Then you will want it! And to the degree of your desire, you will attract the Light that reforms, which will create the structure of the spiritual Partzuf in you: the head (Rosh), meaning bestowal will be above, whereas the body (Guf), reception – below. The head is on top, above everything, which means that even reception below, in the body, takes place for the sake of bestowal. This is the right spiritual Partzuf.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/26/11, Writings of Rabash
Opinion (Joseph Stigliz, a professor at Columbia University, a Nobel laureate in economics): “Someone recently quipped that the best thing about 2011 was that it was likely better than 2012.
“European leaders repeatedly proclaim their commitment to saving the euro, but those who could have repeatedly said that they are committed to not doing what is needed. They have recognized that austerity will mean slower growth – indeed, a recession is increasingly likely – and that, without growth, the eurozone’s distressed countries will not be able to manage their debts. But they have done nothing to promote growth. They are on a death spiral.
“Two more positive notes for 2011: The US seems finally to have awakened to the yawning gap between the rich and the rest – between the top 1 percent and everyone else. And youth-led protest movements, from the “Arab Spring” to the Spanish indignados and the Occupy Wall Streeters, have made clear that something is very wrong with the capitalist system.
“The US had hoped for an export-led recovery, but, with economic growth slowing in Europe, its largest customer (and impeding growth in much of the rest of the world), that is unlikely. And, with the worst effects of spending cuts potentially still to come, gridlock – and Republican spite – may mean that the Barack Obama administration’s payroll-tax cut will not be extended, weakening household consumption.
“2012 may mark the beginning of a new and more frightening phase of the world’s worst economic calamity in three-quarters of a century.”
In the News (from GALLUP): “More Europeans are ‘suffering’ than ‘thriving’ in several countries hard-hit by the financial crisis, including a number that have already introduced or are introducing austerity measures. More than one in five residents rate their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, and Portugal. The largest gap between thriving and suffering is in Bulgaria, where 45% are suffering and 5% are thriving.
“Gallup classifies respondents’ wellbeing as thriving, struggling, or suffering according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10 based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale.”
My Comment: In the end, we find humanity in the semi-darkness and low spirits—from the results of its own progress. But it is important to realize that this time is not the end, but a new beginning! However, in contrast to the previous states, it is difficult to see future here because it is opposite to our egoistic nature, thus the need to disseminate a new kind of knowledge, meaning integral upbringing.
Opinion: (G. Lebedev, Research Director at HeadHunter, from professia.info): “If the crisis in Europe triggers a second wave of the global economic crisis, young specialists will be the first to suffer as employers will opt to hire experienced workers that can produce reliable results.
“In 2009 the number of vacancies for young specialists fell five times since employers sought to reduce risks as much as possible. The upshot was that specialists with extensive (6 years or more) experience were much more likely to find employment.
My Comment: This problem will lead to others: Without a job a person can’t start a family, take out loans for a home, and so on….
It says that a person should write the Torah on his heart. That is, a person discovers everything that we read about in the Torah (in The Book of Zohar) by being in that same system of connections between the souls, in his relation towards that system. He has to uncover the whole book of the Torah. Everything that is written in it is gradually, step by step, revealed to him.
Kabbalists describe this using several languages, in several ways, in order to convey to us all the levels of the full connection: the root level (Shoresh), the first (Aleph), second (Bet), third (Gimel), and fourth (Dalet) levels. But ultimately, they tell us how a Kabbalist, a person who attains spirituality, discovers this network of connection that ties him to the other souls, and how he returns to the correct connection with these souls: a connection of mutual guarantee. This is what The Book of Zohar writes about.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/25/2011, The Zohar
Question: If we organize a course on integral relationships for a group of people, will it move them closer to the question about the goal, or will they just understand that the modern world is like this?
Answer: This will bring them closer to the goal. They will begin to feel it, however, in a natural way.
We experience plenty of “revolutions” on our spiritual path because we build the structure of the upper world; we study and form it like architects, designers, and naturalists. Other people, however, do not participate in the study, design, and construction; they do not care and take advantage of what others have done. How many real researchers of nature, artists, and educators with a capital letter are there in the world? There are few. However, they change the world and lead it forward from generation to generation. Others play the role of “users.”
You open a new world, build it, extend the relationships between people and the Creator, and through yourself conduct the Light that Reforms. You carry the methods of education, unity, and upbringing to them, and they use that because life itself leaves them no choice. As a child has no options but to go to school, so will they get integral upbringing from you. Namely you will become a mentor, a father for them.
Question: Will this encourage them to continue the path and choose the proper environment?
Answer: They cannot continue, they can only use. Of course, they can be induced to use it more, but not in a creative sense, but namely in application.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/25/2011, “The Freedom”
When I use everything that exists outside of me for my own sake, it is egoistic usage. But when there is a reality outside of me, which aspires to the same goal as me, then the same intentions that exist within me also awaken in my soul, in all the desires that are external to me. And this is why I begin to work with these external desires referred to as friends.
From this we can understand that the group is my soul, the place where I reveal the Creator, my inner fulfillment, the spiritual life. From the entire external reality the Light organizes certain forces for me called the group, which are closest to my point in the heart that exists inside my body, inside my ego. And then I can establish a connection between my point in the heart, confined inside the body, and my soul that exists outside of me.
This is how I begin to acquire these external desires. This is why it is written: “Buy yourself a friend.” I buy my external desires by rejecting my ego, the desires to enjoy, making gifts, and doing different actions in the group.
This can help us understand the meaning of internal work, when I make an effort against my egoistic desire, inside my point in the heart, so I would connect with my external desires and transfer myself there as much as possible. And I do this until I entirely begin to only be fulfilled inside these external desires, instead of fulfilling my inner, natural, egoistic, desires.
The worlds, including the world of Infinity, the entire universe become revealed to me inside these external desires. But my ego will resist and serve by “help made against” me to show me the desires that are still left outside of me, and it will do it to the very end, until I acquire all the external desires. I will not be able to reveal whatever is around me without my ego awakening inside of me.
There is a universe, and I, my ego, and my point in the heart exist inside it. My closest circle is my group, my friends. And then the rest of the world follows: humanity, the animate, vegetative, and still nature. Or we can treat it as worlds with which I work: Assiya, Yetzira, Beria, Atzilut, and Adam Kadmon.
This makes it clear why I need this entire world, the so-called 99% who personally are unable to help me, and this is why I must simply give to them one-sidedly. The only ones who can help me are the group, given to me by the Creator so that I manage to come out of myself, my boundaries. The main thing is to get out of myself—it is the most difficult thing to do.
This is why it is arranged to have one area in the entire large soul, which would be closest to me, and it is called the group. It helps me come out of myself and start acquiring my soul.
And when I come out of myself, I advance even further, together with the group beyond its boundaries, connecting the entire universe to me and attaining all of nature as one whole. I attain the integrity of nature, its full connection, and thus reveal the upper worlds.
I reveal an even greater Light by attaining a connection with the spiritual forces on lower degrees: “humanity,” “animals,” “plants,” and the “inanimate” where a larger desire to enjoy exists.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/16/2011, Writings of Rabash
Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”: Thus, we are at the hands of these four factors, as clay in the hands of a potter.
We are surrounded by the influence from Above from all sides. The Creator rules over us in a very harsh and absolute manner as He controls all the channels, both internal and external, in our desires, thoughts, habits, and nature. We have nothing that is ours, and even the words I am saying now are arranged by Him.
So what is our free will? After all, we cannot attribute freedom to any object, action, thought, or the smallest particle of the desire to receive. The Creator created it, He influences it absolutely, so what can be free in it?
People have come up with theories about two authorities and polytheism, about which Baal HaSulam writes in his article “The Peace.” It is hard to agree that there is only one authority that “covers” everything. If the Creator is unified, if there is none else besides Him, if everything depends on Him, then I am under His absolute control, and it is as if I don’t exist, but rather dissolve in Him. So it is preferable to have two authorities: a good one and a bad one. This is understandable; in between them there is room for me, and I can affect things.
Still, at some point I realize that behind everything that affects me there is one Source. It isn’t an image that we can picture, but a mind, a feeling, something unified. I only have to discover the reason why it affects me, what it wants from me? What I should become according to its influence?
By knowing what He wants from me, I will know Him. What for? Is it just to make an acquaintance or in order to fulfill His desire?
What was His intent in creating me? What does He want by managing me this way? If He only wants me to obey Him, then it’s better not to know anything, but to simply act according to the instructions I have received. But if He really wants me to attain, to reveal Him, then I have to do everything to attain this goal and not to act automatically.
So there is a lot of work a person has to do regarding the initial cause of everything. This is our only work: to constantly sharpen and “polish” our attitude to Him. Who is He? What does He want from me? Why did He make me react this way? I constantly climb the levels of my attitude and clarify what He wants to give me by putting demands to me. What He wants is that thanks to bestowal upon Him, I will understand Him.
I continue this chain and constantly raise the level of His demands to me. Thus I have to justify the evil just like the good since they both come from one source. I have to understand why He splits His bestowal into two—thanks to this I will be able to check myself, to adjust my course. For Him this duality doesn’t exist, but my reality is divided into bestowal and reception.
Eventually, we must constantly reveal the concept of Unified, and not more than that. If I paid attention to that, I would see that there is nothing else in my life. Even in the corporeal world everything comes down to this clarification that discovers unity and reveals the Creator.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/22/2011, “The Freedom”
Question: The students of Rabbi Shimon hated each other in the beginning of their studies, but still they aspired to achieve unity. With experience, a person learns to view himself objectively, even when he’s in a state of hatred. Is it possible that the hatred could blind a person’s analytical point, or does his objective view always remain?
Answer: This depends on the state. Sometimes the emotions take us over, leaving no room for analysis. This is when we are capable of doing terrible things. And sometimes emotions are balanced by the mind, and I remain in control of the situation only to be amazed at my own emotions. In addition, I could also be aware that the current state is sent to me by the Creator. The upper force is the source of this state, and it is sent to me in order to advance me along the path.
Hence, everything depends on our awareness. How can we activate it today? Can we constantly remember that all of our states come from Above so that we would correctly overcome them and draw benefit from each one of them?
We can attain this state only through mutual responsibility thanks to which we maintain a connection with the environment or the group. If I’m constantly under the influence of my environment and I invest my effort whenever I’m able to, then I can constantly receive from my friends an illumination, the Surrounding Light. The greater our connection, the more Light I receive from them, whereas on my own I have absolutely no chances of achieving anything.
To the extent of my ability I participate in all of the group’s activities. If I don’t have the opportunity to do so, for example, if I wasn’t given the opportunity from Above to go to the convention, then regrettably I remain home with the understanding that this state was given to me by the Creator, and therefore it’s probably the optimal state for my development.
Most importantly, you should use each moment to ensure a proper environment for yourself. After all, what happens in the next moment is concealed from me.
In our world a person makes payments for health insurance, to social security, and other private insurances in order to secure his future. Whatever happened in the past happened, but we are always concerned with what will happen in the future. To the extent of my ability, I have to ensure that the future is better or at least not worst than the present. This means that I must remain in the correct environment and strengthen it if possible.
I have no other options. Unlike in the modern financial system, here we have no concessions: You get exactly what you put in. I invest penny by penny into my environment and receive the Light from it. Essentially, it is the Malchut of the world of Infinity. This is my cash register, and there is no other place for me to invest.
This explains the importance of dissemination. After all, by disseminating you invest into your environment; it is your broader, albeit still potential, environment. These efforts are also accounted for.
Ultimately my work creates “assets” (Zchut) that are registered in my spiritual “bank.” To the extent of my investment, I receive the Light from the group and become more pure (Zach).
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/30/2011, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose”