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What Is More Important: Common Consent Or Common Impression?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do we need to specifically prepare people to keep order during the workshops?

Answer: Any friend who has already participated in seminars, feels and understands their essence and meaning can do this.

The group can select a topic for discussion ahead of time, and the person responsible for order can sit outside the group and observe order during the discussion.

The main thing is for us to reach a common impression at the end of the discussion, not common consent: We do not have to share an opinion. All of us, together with our opinions, want to reach unity above these opinions, which can be absolutely different; we might not even be able to understand one another, but each one of us assumes that specifically this will help us unite and that is it: This is enough.

We must never try to convince one another! We might be speaking about a certain problem, everyone will express his point of view, they will be completely different and disconnected, but at the end we want for our common “I” to get together, for us to achieve this.

Question: We have examined many nuances, but all this disappears during a seminar. Where can we read and see a list of these rules and questions before a seminar?

Answer: In your heart. This does not exist anywhere; you cannot list it. And if you begin to list it, another thousand questions will arise, and this will continue without end.

Questions must appear in the heart, and the answer must be received there without a discussion.
From the Virtual Lesson 5/20/12, “Fundamentals of Kabbalah”

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A Formula For Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanKabbalists wrote their books for two groups of people: For the group called “the level of the forefathers,” people like them who have attained spirituality and who will be enriched by these texts and connect so that they can perform corrections in the general system, thus preparing our ascent, and they also wrote for “the level of the sons,” which is us, in order to give us something to hold on to by which we can draw the Reforming Light.

We are in the same system, but we cannot evoke its influence upon us by ourselves. In the meantime it influences us by itself, and we advance by sufferings. But if we evoke the Lights, we hasten time and begin to advance more quickly by making the way easier.

How can we do that? According to the advice of Kabbalists, we perform different actions that are similar in quality to this advice. Their attribute is bestowal and so according to the level and the state we are in, we need to express our readiness to bestow. We give each other “presents,” we connect, we speak about it during the lessons, and we clarify the words of the Kabbalists. Then our inclinations, desires, and efforts become adapted to the system that they describe. We want to know what we study; we want it to be revealed in us, and then the Lights come to us; they are still unrevealed, but “surround,” and bring us closer to the revelation.

So all our work, all our life, and all our existence has to be aimed at evoking the Reforming Light. This is called “to study the Torah.” It says: “I have created the evil inclination, I have created the Torah as a spice for it, since the Light hidden in it returns a person to the Source.” We operate according to this formula. We must examine all its components to properly use them to reform every component and the formula as a whole.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Changes That Lead To Equality

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the center of the group?

Answer: The center of the group is the center of our reality, its utmost spiritual point. Reality doesn’t exist on its own, but exists in regard to the person who attains it. It is only possible to attain reality in the center of the group where I annul my ego and connect with the others equally so that it is stabilized inside me.

At the same time, I change the relationship between us on purpose, sometimes I subdue myself before the friends by seeing them as the greatest in the generation, and other times I rise above them in order to bestow something from myself. Eventually, by looking at the group once from above and once from below, I find an equal attitude towards it. This equality doesn’t exist at first; it is a result of my exertion.

On the one hand, I yearn as much as I can to be above the friends in order to help them, but on the other hand, I place myself below them in order to live and to be the one who receives through them. By these two poles, I suddenly discover what it means to be equal, although I didn’t aim towards this before and didn’t see this point. I see myself in Ein Sof (Infinity) higher than everyone else (+∞), and at the same time in Ein Sof lower than the friends (–∞); suddenly I find the center of the group where everyone is equal and discover that it actually exists. My corporeal life is left behind and only the devotion remains, the mutual guarantee, adhesion with everyone. I feel that I increasingly summon the Reforming Light, the Surrounding Light, which fills the whole “space” of my attributes. By discovering more powers, more support, more care from the outside, I feel that I am being stabilized, and that is the center of the group.

Changes That Lead To Equality
In the center of the group, I really discover the group, the friends, and no matter what they discover, in my reality everything is completely accurate. This is because the world of Ein Sof already exists, and the descent into this world is only meant to build the steps of the ladder of the spiritual revelation, the recognition, the understanding, and the feeling in us. When these steps appear in a person and he begins to climb them, he doesn’t depend on anyone: Everyone is in Gmar Tikkun (the end of correction). I am in front of the place where the Light of Ein Sof exists and everything depends on me, everything and all of reality are in me, and there I discover the truth. But this truth depends on my own investment, on my loyalty to the group, to the teacher, and to the sources, and I need to reveal it in practice.

There is nothing but the center of the group. I discover that it must become the center of the whole world, the place where all the souls assemble, all the corruptions and all the corrections. This is Malchut of Ein Sof with everything it is going to collect and include in it. In other words, when a person devotes himself to Malchut of Ein Sof, Divinity, by wanting to be an inseparable part of it, he becomes Malchut of Ein Sof himself, and by that connects it with the first nine Sefirot, meaning with all the worlds until Ein Sof, and so we advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/22/12, “Talk About the Workshop”

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Life In Constant Renewal

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does the center of the group change constantly up to the end of correction, or is it that, once we have discovered it, we continue to work with it as it is?

Answer: Nothing stays constant. You must catch it, and it is lost immediately. You have understood something and suddenly nothing is clear again. However, you are happy about this; only then can you discover new details.

One needs to constantly apply effort. A person begins to enjoy what he has attained, the pleasant feeling of confidence and fulfillment, and he does not want to lose it. However, this does not benefit development.

If you want to retain the pleasant moment, then you will turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife. This should not be done as according to the spiritual laws, it is demanded of us to constantly add additional clarification and understanding.

That is why we constantly need to aim to strengthen the meaning of the center of the group, not to calm down once something has been attained. We should not aim to return to the past moment.

I don’t need to be recalling now how I once felt and understood. On the contrary, I need to erase all of the old impressions and aim for new ones!
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/22/12, “Talk About the Workshop”

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