A High-Quality Action

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Some friends cannot stand the intensity during the workshop because it is physically difficult for a person.

Answer: It’s not only physical but also mental stress because you have to hear, respond to, and evaluate everything. You are pulled into and held there, and it is a high-quality action.

Question: How important is it to stay and make this effort, rather than release tension by taking a smoke break?

Answer: No, not in any case. No smoke breaks! A person must overcome himself and not be worried about his heart or head. Nothing will happen to him. The tension is really strong, but it happens under the influence of the upper Light, so there can be no unpleasant side effects.
From the Virtual Lesson 5/20/12, “Fundamentals of Kabbalah”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: After several workshops a feeling emerges that everything has been said, and there is nothing more to talk about, and only the same words are repeated. Is this normal?

Answer: It’s not normal. We should try to see always entirely new feelings, a new meaning in the same words.

The fact is that the ten Sefirot are constantly repeated, but by changing the conditions, we experience completely new levels, that is, new fulfillment, experiences, events, and internal connections between all this. It cannot be the same even if I speak constantly about the same topic. It must be completely different because I am constantly changing. If it seems to me unchanging, the problem is in me. If a person doesn’t change, he should ask himself, what’s the matter?
From the Virtual Lesson 5/20/12, “Fundamentals of Kabbalah”

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Spinning Around The Central Point All Week Long

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I “clean” myself from all the worries in my private life and only focus on the internal work towards the center of the group?

Answer: This is a question of a person who separates his private life, meaning his job, home, and family, from the group, which means separating corporeality from spirituality.

On the whole, we are in our desire to receive in which we feel all of reality. This desire is divided into many kinds, into four phases, in which we feel all of reality divided into the levels of the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and speaking. We live only in the desire, and we feel whatever is evoked in it; “it looks like this is my life and my world.” We can’t feel anything but this desire, nor think or understand anything else. Everything takes place in it.

If I understand that and stabilize myself this way, my whole life becomes one endless workshop and not just the hour a week when I come to a special discussion. In the workshop, I make an effort to attain a truer reality with the help of the right environment in which I will feel the source and the root of reality, the upper force, the Creator.

Here everything depends on how strongly I can connect with the right environment. In the workshop it’s easier to do that because I see all the friends in front of me. But I can also imagine myself in this situation all the time. If I perform this work all week long, I will eventually feel that there is still a difference when we gather in order to connect. I will see that the connection that I felt all week long, which was created in the workshop, is different in quality, in the level of unity.

Therefore, I should constantly see myself inside the desire to receive, which depicts reality in the form of this world for me, and through this reality, I should look for its source that is attained through the center of the group.|
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/12, “Talk About the Workshop”

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A Discussion In A Circle

Question: What exactly are we to speak about during a discussion in a circle?

Answer: First of all, it is best if the circles consist of ten people. Women separately and men separately, but everyone does the same kind of work.

A circle must have a person responsible for order. For example, 15 minutes are allotted to the common discussion of a certain question, but someone spends over 10 minutes speaking; this means that his time must be stopped. This is done by the person responsible for order who passes the right to speak to the next person in order. This is first.

Second. It is possible that someone suddenly deviates from the topic, but he thinks that he is right on the topic. The person responsible for order also must stop him.

The person responsible for order in a circle must be elected, a new person is appointed every time.

For this reason, every person absolutely must express his opinion during the 15 minutes allotted to the discussion of a certain topic (for example: “the greatness of the group,” “the greatness of a friend,” “the greatness of connection,” “the need for attaining unity”). Moreover, exchanges of opinion, like in table tennis, are also necessary; these exchanges of opinion must be as close to the topic as possible, as close as possible to the center of the group, that is, to unity. Everyone must think about how the word he is now saying will help the common unity.

The seminar begins with the common instructor—I, or one of the students, for example—leads a preliminary conversation.

It does not matter who exactly leads the conversation, because the greatness, the attainment, is born out of the common effort of everyone in the circle: Here no one is teaching from above downward. This is why the fact that at first I take upon myself to lead these events is purely figurative, only to properly focus everyone on the matter at hand, and then it could be somebody else.

In other words, at first there needs to be a preliminary conversation, and then the actual training.

It is best to begin the seminar with a constant, perhaps even a familiar melody, as an introduction to the same program.

It is best for people in the circle to sit very close together even touching one another. This affects them in such a way that they automatically come closer to each other, wish to feel their collectivity, even physically. They can hug, have their knees touch: Human communication leads to this.
From the Virtual Lesson 5/20/12, “Fundamentals of Kabbalah”

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Shavuot Is Full Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanRabash, Letter 52: And by the exodus from Egypt they received the level of faith…and after Passover, the purifying work begins in preparation for the receiving of the Torah. And when the Torah is dressed in a person’s soul, this is the time of Shavuot, the time of the giving of our Torah.

Until Passover, the period of “the enslavement in Egypt” continues, which means a person feels troubles and blows because of his ego so that he will want to detach himself from it and rise above it to the attribute of bestowal. A person makes new efforts each time through the group, wanting to rise above his ego and be included in the connection. This is the labor in Egypt that continues until its full measure, and then the Light gives a person the power of correction.

But it’s only the ascent above his ego, which the holiday of Passover symbolizes. Then we begin to count 49 days until the holiday of Shavuot, when we detach ourselves from our ego and rise to the level of Bina. The dairy foods we eat in Shavuot symbolize bestowal—a holiday full of Light.

Therefore, in Passover we leave the “left line,” and in Shavuot we receive the beginning of the “right line.” Then we receive the Torah, which means the “middle line.” Then we can connect our ego with the power of the Torah, with the Light we receive from Bina which reforms, and continue to build ourselves.

The holiday of Shavuot seems light and “airy”: We wear white clothes and eat dairy foods; all symbolize bestowal, Light, and the “right line.” A person hasn’t acquired vessels yet; he hasn’t discovered the ego. The first contact with the “right line,” with the Light, isn’t real until we fulfill it in the “middle line,” which we have to build by ourselves. A person takes from the “left line” the parts he can attach to the “right line,” and with the help of the Light, fulfills this connection by receiving a soul, a vessel that will enable him to bestow.

Every holiday we have symbolizes a certain level at which, after having fulfilled the previous stage of development in one line, we move on to the other line, in order to form the third line. Then we dress these three lines in our perception of reality according to the timeline.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/12, Writings of Rabash

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At The Epicenter Of World Correction

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the connection between the center of the group and dissemination for the entire world?

Answer: First of all, we need to strive toward the center of the group to realize the great rule of the Torah: Love thy neighbor. Otherwise, it will not be the center.

And through this central point, which determines the beginning and ends at the end of correction, through these definitions, I relate to all of reality and the entire world (the 99%). After all, I want to see all of humanity in this central point, and I surely will see it there!

To the extent that I correct myself in the center of the group, in relation to the rest of the world (toward the ninety-nine percent), with all of the positive and negative qualities that I discover in it, with all of the opinions and perceptions already formed inside of me, to that extent, I will see all of humanity in the center of the group, already corrected and ready for my realization. In this way, I will act from the internal part of the world outward.

By these means, I will establish spiritual dissemination. Then, I will see how effectively it helps the world, and how the world is moving forward and changing.

While the external form remains, in the same way, this world is obliged to exist until the very end of correction, until all of this imaginary reality disappears from our perception. That is why we need to apply effort in external dissemination as well.

However, then we will be able to define the right relationship toward the internal and external and distribute our strength. Our evaluations will change.

So, the center of the group is a point toward which we are aiming before everything else, as if we were setting out from all of the worlds of BYA into Malchut of the world of Atzilut, and then from Malchut of the world of Atzilut, wanting to join into ourselves all of the desires of all of reality and raise them ever higher; we discover ever higher qualities called Zeir Anpin, YESHSUT, Bina, and so on. With these new qualities and understanding, we correct and build the Shechina, the collection of all of the souls.

This is because, when addressing it with my uncorrected qualities, it is as if I am building it; I am joining it as a beneficial, active part. The Shechina is rejoicing in the fact that she no longer needs to separate her organ from herself, but can return it and connect it to herself.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/22/12, “Talk About the Workshop”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.28.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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