Distance Doesn’t Exist For Those That Are Close In Spirit

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the correct way for the groups that are staying home to support the congress?

Answer: The groups that are remaining at home have to understand that they’re not staying home, they’re not overboard. In the spiritual world, there is no distance, time, or physical objects that separate us. The spiritual world is a field where closeness in spiritual qualities determines how close you are to a person. We have to aspire to be as close as possible to one another.

Therefore, if we’re doing the same thing, if we feel connected, if we study under the guidance of one teacher and carry out the same instructions, and if we aspire to sense our mutual connection worldwide, then thanks to the spiritual and corporeal differences between us, and as a result of our connection above those differences, we build a strong, spiritual vessel or Kli.

The strength of the spiritual vessel is determined precisely by the difference between the egoistic desires within it and by the power of the connection above them.
From Unity Day Around the World 4/22/12, “Preparation for the Congress”

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Ask Yourself!

 Dr. Michael LaitmanPeople who study with us for years ask me: “Well, when will I finally…? What will be in the end?”, and I don’t know what to answer them.

You are in the upper world already, start feeling it! And if it is concealed from you, do what you have to do so that it will be revealed! After all, I will not give you this key!

Why do you all see in me someone who executes things and not a guide? I cannot fulfill anything!

Suppose I were a coach of an athlete who has to participate in the Olympic games. I can’t participate in his place. I am a coach. I can advise him and show him, I can give him different activities to carry out: psychological, physical, massage, etc., everything that an athlete needs. But I cannot participate in his place. It is the same here!

A Kabbalah teacher is like a school or university teacher, he brings you out into the world. Then you have to reach your own goal by yourself, attain your own achievements using the knowledge you received from your teacher. It is the same thing here.

So it is futile to ask me: “When?” You should only ask yourselves.

I can even sit here on the stage and not say a word for two days, while you are working on your internality. This would be a wonderful convention! We could transmit it all over the world, and our friends all over the world could do the same thing. We will get to that state. You cannot even imagine what force would reside among you then. This could be an amazing experience!

So only internal concentration!

And on the outside, the help of the friends and my instructions.
From the Vilnius Convention 3/25/2012, Lesson 5

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The Convention And Dissemination

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: To what extent can we speak about dissemination at the Convention?

Answer: We will speak about dissemination at the Convention whenever we can. One of the topics included in the planned schedule is a lecture on dissemination and a discussion of dissemination work. It’s best for this to be the last topic of the Convention. This should be what we leave the Convention with, our outcome and way of addressing the world. This should be discussed as the conclusion of the Convention.

In principle, we are getting together to unite with one another, inside of us, meaning to pursue unification inwards, rather than dissemination, expansion outward. This is the objective of the Convention! But we should also think about how we will expand our idea because our spiritual success depends on that.

Mainly, the entire Convention will be aimed within us, within our worldwide desire, but nevertheless, the last topic will be devoted to dissemination. The topic of women will be addressed separately, including women’s organizations, as well as the topic of upbringing for children and adults. These are all topics that will be discussed.
From the lesson on 4/22/12

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Enjoy The Convention As Much As You Want!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The Convention is an enormous pleasure. How can we avoid falling into egoistic enjoyment?

Answer: Go ahead, enjoy it egoistically, since this is also a good thing. A person has to live by enjoying, so let him enjoy. And afterwards he will gradually figure these pleasures out.

That is, under no circumstances should a person fall into depression, engage in any kind of criticism, critique, discernments or analysis, which might bring about rejection, separation, and a descent. One should only engage in goodness and strive upwards!
From the lesson on 4/22/12

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Lectures From Colombia – 04.29.12

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Progressive Double Vision

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we look at this world, we don’t understand the connection between us and the spiritual world. In other words, we don’t understand the connection between the situation we are in now and the real state in which we are in connection and adhesion with the upper force. It all depends on the right definitions, which means our correct interpretation of what we are feeling in our hearts and what we understand in our minds, and in understanding the reality we are in.

If we imagine our reality correctly and constantly try to develop it and to stabilize it as much as we can, to build it and to carefully correct as much as we understand, our work will be more persistent and we will gradually advance in one direction.

This work includes many elements, which eventually make up one state. At the moment they seem to be unrelated to each other, very distant from one another. How can we see the connection between the perception of reality and the love of others? How can we connect our study of the wisdom of Kabbalah with the group? How can we tie the correction of this world with our ascent up the spiritual ladder?

These things seem very different. A person assumes that if they are connected in some way, then it is an indirect connection. So all our work is to stabilize the right picture inside us.

First we have to discover that the current perception of reality is wrong and to see that it is flawed, contrary to, and the opposite of the actual reality and to constantly try to correct and to improve it. This is how a person can see that the two descriptions can coexist in him: the real image of reality and the feeling of this world.

Of course it involves a duality and double vision, but gradually a person gets used to it. This evokes him to change and to improve himself so that the two images will connect and intersect as in a gun sight, and will make up one picture.

This is how we have to work. It isn’t simple because we cannot imagine the spiritual world that is totally made of forces. We are not physical bodies either, but a force or an attribute, or a desire and a mind, qualities and essences.

But we have to at least imagine it within a force field, waves, and directions of a force that are aimed from one end to another. This description, however, is also incorrect, because the spiritual world is made only from qualities and not from physical forces that we imagine. But this will at least be an advanced perception.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/26/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Workshops, Workshops, Workshops…

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I prepare for a workshop correctly? What do I, as a participant, pass to the whole group during the workshop?

Answer: As a leader, I “throw out” a question, or an idea, or a state. We should discuss this state.

Everyone should think about what he would say about this state, and how he will complement, not repeat, but add to what has been said so it becomes a joint whole opinion on the given topic.

Question: What should I watch out for at the workshops? What is not allowed to say?

Answer: It’s not allowed to say negative things, but only positive things.

In general, the whole convention is based on the fact that we rise above all our negative issues: personal, group, and world. We think only about unity and live only by this. That is why we don’t touch any problems. We will mention them a little bit at the lectures, but the workshop is built only on ascent.

We talk only about the degree to which we have to rise. We imagine it; we constantly try to adapt to it. Cancelling ourselves, by the connection between us, we try to feel what this higher degree is, the Light that surrounds us, what quality this is, etc. That is, in no way you should fall below the level to which we want to ascend.

Question: How can we find out whether the workshop was successful or not?

Answer: The workshop was successful if people leave it with the feeling that they have obtained the most important thing.

Question: What can individuals or groups who connect with us virtually do during the workshops?

Answer: They should participate with us in the workshops.

He, who is sitting alone in front of the computer, will feel our atmosphere. He will listen to the focus group; we will broadcast it specifically for individuals.

As for the groups, they also discuss the same questions that I “throw out” to the groups in front of me. It doesn’t matter for me who is here in front of me or who is in the world.

The groups around the world discuss the topic of the workshop and do the same things as the groups in front of me. If he is alone, he listens to the focus group and seemingly participates together with it.
From the Virtual Lesson 4/22/12, Preparation to the Congress

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The Need For Training

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe must understand that our training is the example of what we should be engaged in every day.

It’s not necessary to meet with the group for this. They can be organized 10-15 minutes before the lesson, as the group preparation for the lesson. They could be conducted and during the break between studies and at the end. This can be done at the end of a workday—at any time.

This regular training should bring us to the point that we will begin to feel during all our life that we are in the higher information field that creates everything in us and works through us. But a person doesn’t exist.

Then, we will begin to feel that a human being is a completely different structure, which we cannot imagine today. But we are already entering and approaching this.
From the Vilnius Convention 3/24/12, Workshop 2

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A Very Special Mission For Our Generation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What exactly is our work in unity?

Answer: I have to yearn for a connection with the text that we study, to want that everything it says to be fulfilled in my connection with the general vessel, with the whole desire. I want to discover all the phenomena The Zohar talks about in my connection with the group.

The Zohar talks about the still, vegetative, and animate levels of the desire, nothing more. So there, it speaks about the sages, land, trees, animals, and donkeys—everything applies to the four phases of desire. We shouldn’t be distracted from this internal meaning and imagine an external picture.

Even if it “diverts” us, we have to hold on to the internality as hard as we can, and we always keep this struggle inside us with mixed success. The main thing is to try, which means that you are performing corrections and raising the internality over the externality, raising it higher and higher.

These are the greatest corrections, which only we can perform as the lowest level of the system. Until now no one could do that, not even the great Kabbalists of the past. We, in our generation, perform this most important work by raising the internality over the externality at the base of the system.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/12, The Zohar

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