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A Universal Transformation

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are going to the convention in the Arava because we urgently need the forces of unity and cohesion. They will give us the power and the understanding to bring correction to the world. There is no greater force in the world than our unity. All other means are material, whereas we have the spiritual force, allowing us to change the common system and transform the universe.

Our universe submits to a limited number of constants, such as the speed of light. It’s enough for a tiny shift to occur in these fundamental dimensions, and then all of nature will become different. When constant values change, our world won’t be able to exist in its previous form.

Thus, we can slightly adjust the correlation of these constants with the help of the spiritual force. And then the world gradually “flows” and changes form. No one is aware of it, but suddenly everyone becomes smarter and more perceptive, everyone’s eyes open, people understand and feel more, and every person rises in his consciousness, coming intro greater contact with the idea of unity and realizing the need for change.

We are turning on the Light that reforms for people, and it develops them. However, it does not develop them in earthly wisdom, but in the upper wisdom, the wisdom of unification. That is the path we must open up to humanity with our unity.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/16/12, “Introduction to the Study of Ten Sefirot”

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Europe: Is The Gulf Stream Freezing?

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Euronews): “In Turkey 20cm of snow fell – the most seen in 50 years.

“Police in Poland say at least ten people froze to death as the weather worsened over night after what had been until now, a mild winter.

“There are warnings the country can expect 30 degrees below zero at the end of the week.

“In the Czech Republic the railways suffered as the extreme weather buckled tracks and engines broke down.

“Romania, central Serbia and Bulgaria are all in the grip of the big freeze with Ukraine reporting over 18 deaths.

“It is not just humans having to battle the cold – in southern Russia severe frosts have caused the deaths of thousands of fish after river levels which were already low completely froze.

“Transport, communications and power lines are all being hit. Several stranded lorry drivers faced a night in their cabs as roads became impassable.”

My Comment: How long should we suffer to realize that all the problems, oddly enough, are caused by human behavior? A human being as the highest stage of development (desire) determines through his imbalance with Nature everything that happens in it.

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Suicide: A Result Of Dysfunctional Family

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Peter Bezmenov, a child psychiatrist, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Moscow Child Psychiatric Hospital № 6): “Adolescence is characterized by a child’s oppositional behavior in relation to adults. Teenagers are trying to prove their independence and autonomy. Suicide is one the ways they are trying to do it.

“Russia is a country with a very high suicide rate. As long as the approach is not systematically changed and the development of child’s adaptive behaviour is not emphasised, a fight with suicide will bring no results.

“If you really set the task of reducing the risk of suicidal behavior in children, it is necessary to conduct activities aimed at families.”

My Comment: This phenomenon will only increase. Until we change the structure of society and feel the need to bring ourselves to one whole good, no other measures will help.

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An Assortment Of Spiritual Professions

Dr. Michael LaitmanEveryone’s personal perception of reality develops according to the root of their soul, its character and mentality.

There are people, who are more inclined towards a technical development, while others have a more sensual inclination, as in our world there are humanitarians and technicians in our world. Some study music, literature, philosophy, and others study engineering, mathematics, architecture and so on.

And spiritually, there is a huge difference between them. Why did one Kabbalist write in one style, while another in another? This is a result of the character traits of a person’s soul; each one perceives the spiritual world differently. Subsequently, they complement each other, but as a whole, there is a big difference between souls, much greater than the differences between people in our world.

Of course, everyone perceives the spiritual reality; as we move forward and pass the Machsom (barrier to spirituality), everyone reaches the insight. But to one person, the spiritual world may be revealed in a way that he sees a whole picture and works with the figurative attainment, while another one, with a more technical disposition of the soul, has a perception like that of a physicist in our world. The third one perceives spirituality like a psychologist does in our world, and the fourth one as a simple workman.

In the spiritual worlds, there is a much richer “assortment” of  occupations than in our world, like a projection of one world into another.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/12, The Zohar

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Examination Of Spiritual Advancement

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What feeling indicates that I am progressing?

Answer: We advance in the form of turning wheels: some of the wheels go forward, and another moves backwards. Some of them move from bottom to top, some move from top to bottom. The wheel advances forward, and its parts execute various actions.

If a person measures himself in relation to a goal, then he understands that he progresses. But if he measures himself only in relation to ascents and descents or in relation to other states, then it sometimes seems to him as if he is moving backward or standing still.

There are many possibilities to measure the advancement. But the most definite examination is: Do you feel today, as compared to yesterday, a greater necessity to find connection with group? That is the surest examination.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/12, The Zohar

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Freedom Within The Narrow Framework Of Family Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: A woman once said that her freedom is limited by certain obligations for her children, family, husband, household, etc. She feels most free within these obligations. But if all of this were to be taken away, her feeling of freedom would disappear.

Answer: This is true. When a person lacks strict boundaries, it is hard for him to determine where freedom is, and he simply feels lost, because absolute freedom appears to him to be an absolute lack of freedom.

Freedom, like any other feeling, is defined between the negative and the positive in it. Therefore, within certain boundaries and the opportunity to remain, act, and comfortably exist within them, which means managing them, performing any obligations and enjoying achieving them, this is perceived as freedom.

But the thing is that when we become integral in our society against our will, according to the plan of nature, we are unable to feel capable of creating the right framework because it is being violated all the time; on one hand, we become more interconnected with others, and on the other hand, we do not feel like we can do something on our own within our own framework because we depend on a huge quantity of external factors.

This is why the only way to surpass our boundaries is by entering the integral system, which gives the feeling of freedom.

Nature inevitably pushes us towards feeling “cornered” into a state of need, in a constant struggle for survival within our own framework, everywhere: in our families, at work, at home, on the street, anywhere at all.

It is here that we need to show people that freedom is only acquired by correctly interacting with others: globally and harmoniously.

A person, especially a woman, cares only for her boundaries, her comfort within these small boundaries on the animal, egoistic level of existence. When she has a home, a family, children, responsibilities, and she is able, capable, and equipped to provide for the wellbeing of her entire small household; then of course, she can have a complete feeling of confidence, freedom, and realization.

It is not as simple with a modern person, even a modern woman. She aspires to get into business and realize herself. But still, the determinant, basic orientation of the female character is directed towards the family, and for things to be right in it.

However we see that families are broken. The latest statistics are just menacing! The number of divorced and single parent families is greater than 50%!

Here we observe a tendency to push a person out of his little family circle where he feels comfortable leaning on his relatives, where it is enough for him that he could only care for his household and getting whatever the household needs. Despite his mind, man is being pushed towards something greater against his will.

We are tied up with everyone else. Our inner wellbeing depends on the entire world. Thus integral upbringing is simply necessary here to compensate for insecurity, fears, and absence of freedom.

As we rise to the next level, we specifically acquire freedom, despite our current egoistic beginning.

When I connect with others, I acquire something in common with them, common desires and common understanding that when we decide everything together, by interacting with each other, and in no other way—that is when I feel free.

My freedom depends on me. It does not depend on others, because everyone else in the integral group begins to appear absolutely corrected to me. They are already integral in the state of mutual guarantee, connection, and I alone am only beginning to feel where I still need to add and adjust myself. And in general every person feels this way in relation to others.

A person acquires a completely new need to constantly strive towards a proper relationship with all the people.

This is a whole new level. It is still egoistic, but at the same time it is a different and desirable level where I feel that I lack fuller integration. It is in it, after breaking into it, performing a psychological turn around inside of me like by pulling a trigger, and by changing to the opposite, I suddenly actually acquire freedom.

It is like when an embryo is born from a mother’s womb, it turns head down and seems to lose everything it had, after which it appears in a new world; we need to turn upside down, begin to understand the world in another way, and then we will be born in the new integral world.
From a “Talk About Integral Education” #9, 12/15/11

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Questions About Future Development

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In the post “Are Mass Protests An Effective Means Of Reform?” you write: “…no country today is capable of controlling its domestic affairs, and all of them together cannot deal with anything as well. No one can do anything, and that includes all of the countries and governments. And there is no solution to the situation besides drawing closer to nature.”

Are you saying that after we come closer to nature, the next thing will be for all the countries of the world to get together and come up with a plan that will benefit all, and then take it to the public of each country for more detailed solutions?

Answer: Today it’s already clear that all countries are totally dependent upon each other. However, nobody knows how to govern the world in which everything is globally interconnected, and this lack of knowledge is called the crisis. The exit from the crisis is in learning how to be interconnected as nature itself is. Then we will be able to make correct decisions and act accordingly.

Question: What do you actually mean when you say “the preceding development is over”? Will there still be money being made, businesses opening up?

Answer: Everything will happen according to the law of evolution, the only difference being that until now we developed unconsciously, as dictated by nature, and today we develop against our desire, which means consciously.

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A Letter With No Addressee

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We have to reach a deficiency for the desire to bestow in the Arava convention

Answer: We don’t need anything but that. It seems that this is only half way, but in fact, it is half of the coin, the other half of which is provided by the upper one. It is enough for us to desire to unite so as to reach mutual bestowal in order to bestow upon the Creator.

We call it “a need for a deficiency.” But we don’t feel a desire to attain unity yet so that thereby we could bestow upon the Creator. Therefore, we build a compound deficiency made of a double filling. We do not intend to settle for a need for a deficiency so as to feel this deficiency during the next convention.

The need for connection will bring us to bestowal in the group. And there is another need: to bestow upon the Creator. Both relate to the same intention.

Question: We have to yearn for perfecton and this will provide us with the right desire. How can we make sure that the picture of perfection doesn’t hide the need for a deficiency from us?

Answer: We want to attain the desire to bestow in order to unite. Thereby we can carry on our desire to bestow upon the Creator and to reach adhesion with Him. One way or the other, it is all dressed on one “skewer” and is on one line. You shouldn’t draw any differences here. Think about this a little and you will see that there is no problem here.

If you mention the word “bestowal,” you continue to draw the line towards the Creator, without stopping on the way. Bestowal requires connection with the friends because only that will summon the reforming Light that brings the attribute of bestowal. Why do we all need this attribute? Do we need it in order to have a nice beastly life? No. It is in order to reach bestowal upon the Creator. Why do we need to bestow upon the Creator? Perhaps He doesn’t need it at all? No, He has no such deficiency. Our goal is to reach adhesion with Him because by that we bring Him contentment. We please the Creator not by bestowal, but rather by adhesion.

Question: How can we tie a need for a deficiency with a need for adhesion?

Answer: We need the influence of the Surrounding Light so that we will understand that bestowal is the solution for all the problems. It brings us to everything we want to attain. I want to desire to connect and this is what I ask of the Creator, of the Light that Reforms. But what for?

I want to desire to connect in order to reach adhesion with the Creator. This adhesion is part of my way, part of the calculation. Therefore, the plea cannot be whole if the three elements are not welded into it: Israel, the Torah, and the Creator. This is the nature of our desires, and we only need to understand it. Then you will see: You need to add the Creator to your plea. Otherwise there is no reason to connect in our world. You don’t want it, you didn’t come to study Kabbalah in order to connect with others in social protest.

Therefore, when you discover your desire fully, you reach the formula: “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one.” Just part of the sentence, part of the clarification isn’t enough. When we go out to the desert, we cannot cut our request in the middle of the sentence. If the request is whole, it must end with the word about the Creator because it is from Him that you get the power to perform changes, the power of the reason, awareness, and understanding. Everything comes only from this source, and so our requests have to end with it.

Otherwise, it is like sending a letter with no addressee. If you do that, no matter what you write, you will clearly get no reply and the letter will be lost mid-way.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/2011, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot” 

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The Presents Of The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do we have free will when it comes to unification?

Answer: Our free will is in the desire to unite. When we fulfill this free will, the Light comes and unites us. So your desire is fulfilled when you come to unity.

Here we have to discern: Your job is to ask, but you don’t carry out the unification itself. No matter what we do, whether we dance or are deep in thoughts, we prepare ourselves for the influence of the upper Light, preparing the deficiency, the vessel for its presents, for the life that comes from Above. You should be like a small child who can’t perform a certain action but waits for an adult to do it.

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This is what is missing in our request: We don’t expect help. This expectation should be revealed more clearly.

In the “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 17, Baal HaSulam says: “Hence, the student pledges, prior to the study, to strengthen himself in faith in the Creator and in His guidance in reward and punishment.” What does it mean to “pledge?” It means that he is constantly “engaged,” constantly providing his half, and then the other half comes from the upper Light.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/2011, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot”

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