The Ceaseless Search

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have heard many times that you treat such directions as, for example, New Age, as a deviation from the correct path.

Answer: It is a search! In no way do I disregard it! Humanity is in constant search, and these deviations from the straight path are necessary like for a missile that is flying to its target: It needs to deflect to pinpoint its exact path.

That is why I believe that there is a place for all methods and practices that have emerged in the middle of the last century. They have led to the point that today, a person is at a complete dead end. Otherwise, he would have hoped for something. So all these techniques, philosophies, New Age, and various sects have done their work.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/24/12

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Everybody Needs Integral Knowledge

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: There is official science and all sorts of other trends like New Age, psychedelic practices, shamanism, and so on. Science is supported by governments, but doesn’t interest the masses. Only a small group of people work in the field of science, “cooking” in the same pot, whereas millions of people are involved in the other practices. What can we do to prevent a similar rift when teaching the integral method so that not only scientists, but regular people with their interests, connect to this process?

Answer: I think that this is possible because both groups, the scientists and the so-called “shamanists,” have reached a dead end.

Of course, both boast great armies of followers who make money, careers, power, and fame in their respective fields. The same is true for philosophers. Philosophy has long outlived itself, and yet philosophy faculties continue to exist and thrive, defend dissertations, and issue academic degrees.

Generally speaking, all of them can be connected to integral education. We need to try to address all of them individually, in a way that’s convenient for them, and explain where evolution is taking humankind, the kind of society we find ourselves in. Society is integral, while man is individual. The opposition between man and society begets the crisis, which can lead us to highly undesirable consequences, and this needs to be explained to everybody: philosophers, psychologists, and shamanists alike.

Somewhat detached from all this are religious figures for whom it is taboo to keep contact with just about anyone. However, I think even they gradually will connect to the integral movement because the same theories of unity lie at the foundation of all religions, and this doesn’t contradict their worldview. At the very least, they will not be able to openly oppose the integral method.

Therefore, the first step is disseminating to people in all trends the knowledge of where we’ve come to. That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, we must independently develop a massive international institute where we can train people to explain and disseminate this idea, this method, throughout all the layers of the population, from small children to the very elderly.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/24/12

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Worlds Are The Reflections Of Me

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How did the system of the pure worlds of ABYA come into being?

Answer: After the world of Infinity shattered, the correction was made, and as a result, the worlds of ABYA appeared from the broken state. This system was corrected by the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif), in other words, by the Light that Reforms.

Then the four levels were corrected: from level zero up to the third one, but not the fourth phase, the “stony heart.” It is impossible to correct it, and it did become the reason for the breakage. So what can be done?

In order to fully reveal this phase, we need an additional special system called Adam. This is the forth level of the fourth phase, which will reveal and correct itself. As we build this system, it joins the pure worlds of ABYA. At that point Adam is starting to receive the Light through them. Its breakage divides the worlds into the pure and impure ones.

Worlds Are The Reflections Of Me

There are no worlds by themselves. Their two systems exist only in the perception of Adam who exists in between them. In other words, the systems of the worlds are formed between you and the Creator when you want to reach Him. They reflect your defects, your obstacles on the path. The purity and impurity are tied to you and don’t exist in and of themselves.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/27/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”

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Racing Past Psychological Barriers

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we possibly demand help in order to overcome concealment if at this time, as if we are dead, we do not sense any desires?

Answer: Concealment is given to make you scream for help. In concealment, “the righteous will follow the Creator’s path, and the sinners will fall on them.” Besides going through concealment, one can experience many other problems of a much worse nature.

Concealment indicates powerlessness and bad moods; it’s a state at which one doesn’t know who to ask for help and doesn’t possess the correct thoughts or desires. It’s as if one is wandering in complete darkness and all of a sudden hits a wall.

We have to acknowledge that this is the actual place for the work we are supposed to do. If one remembers that he is in concealment, it means that he can eventually rise from it. This is how a point of internal shattering reveals itself. It is only about the psychological barrier that you have to overcome, although it feels as if you cannot find energy to cope with it.

In fact, you can do it. If you conquer yourself and overcome your psychological barrier from within, and manage to open a book, you’ll see that the Creator deliberately “plotted” this state for you, since from this point you’ll reach a new understanding and will make another step ahead. Our entire advancement consists of points like this.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/5/12, Shamati #25

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Rejecting Our Present Selves

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, Shamati, Article 208, “Labor”: The efforts that one makes are but preparations for achieving devotion. Hence, one should grow accustomed in devotion, since no degree can be achieved without devotion, as this is the only tool that qualifies one to be rewarded with all the degrees.

In order to ascend a new step of the ladder, one must apply effort. Only after one applies effort does he attain a new level, but how does this happen?

At the present stage, one possesses a number of qualities, but the next step involves a higher level of qualities. How can we acquire them? We should plead for the Light that Reforms to affect us, to correct us, and thus leads us to rise.

All our efforts are meant to awaken the Light. How do we do that? We elicit the Light only by trying to simulate the higher step, although we are totally unable to do that since it is hidden from us. How can we become somewhat similar to it? For that, we have to follow several instructions defined by Kabbalists.

Our next step is in fact a greater effort to bestow as opposed to the current phase. It means that we have to invest determination into unity with friends, annul ourselves in relation to the group, and try to feel to the best of our abilities that there is none else besides Him in all our problems, issues, impediments, and hindrances. Everything is sent to me by the Creator, including the interferences that conceal His oneness and hide His unlimited power over the whole universe. We have to connect everything that happens to Him; our efforts should be directed to regard the group as a mechanism through which He reveals Himself to us.

Our determination has to reach a point where we feel that our efforts cannot grow any stronger; this is when we surrender ourselves to a higher state so that it can govern us. We still do not have the correct sensation, nor do we understand our next spiritual step; all we do is simply entrust ourselves to the next step by directing all efforts solely towards attaining it.

Due to this level of self-sacrifice and complete devotion, a person receives a soul from the higher level. Our efforts have to be directed to realizing that there is none besides Him; we have to strive to reveal Him and His oneness through bestowal and unity in the group. Let the upper govern our senses and intellect without any disparagement on our behalf.

This state comes to us gradually, step-by-step, to the degree that we elicit the Light that Reforms by attaining more similarity with the higher level. Similarly a fetus turns to its mother, allowing her to nurture it. Step by step, she augments his desires (in our realm it bears the form of supplementing its flesh), but his “job” is to refuse new desires by completely entrusting himself to her.

Over and over again, he merges with the upper one and admits that there is none else besides Him, the One who is good and does good, in spite of all the problems, difficulties, and obstacles that the new “flesh” (desires) awaken in him

The fetus “attaches” all of its parts as well as the whole world that surrounds him in his mother’s womb to the upper force, and eventually reaches the level of devotion and self-annihilation, which is called “nine months of conception” after which he is born into this world. The process of birth is excruciating; it is accompanied by tremendous labor pains (“birth contractions” – tzirim) under very constrained (tzar) conditions that cause incredible afflictions (tzarot). Through enormous pressure that originates both by the upper force and the fetus itself, the fetus transcends the narrow passage, and is born into the world of the Light. During the process of birth, the child has to completely “bow his head,” flip upside down. Then, when the process of birth is over, he lifts his head up again.

All of this is a result of our efforts. We have to realize that we will never attain the next step on our own; therefore, our task is to elicit the Light that Reforms so that it produces essential changes in us and, as a consequence, prepares us for the next step.

So, our work is to make actions that effectively elicit the Light that Reforms. Now, we are talking about our unity. By investing efforts into connection between us, we raise its importance with the help of the Light. At the same time, the Light demonstrates to us that we are not yet able to unite. The force that inspires us to bond conflicts with predicaments that prevent us from attaining unity, recognizing that there is none else besides Him. We still continue to think: “if not me, then who?”

This is how we approach the critical point that allows us “to be born anew” at each next level.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/10/12 in America, Shamati #208

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The Bottleneck

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When one is looking at what is happening in the world it is hard to draw conclusions about the roots of anti-Semitism, about the role of the people of Israel and their task that they are not fulfilling. Does it turn out that we should address all accusations only to ourselves or to those who already study the Wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Accusations are directed precisely at us. We are obliged to bring the nation of Israel and the nations of the world to the understanding of what is happening. We are facing the manifestation of nature that is intended to initiate the correction of the entire world. As we see it today the world requires correction. This is why we have to explain to people how today’s problems are connected with the hatred toward Jews. All of these can already be revealed and corrected.

Today the nations are still not making the differentiation, but in the end, certainly, all accusations will be turned solely at us, at the worldwide Bnei Baruch association. After all, we are the source of the connection, the point of connection between the Creator and the creatures. We are the “bottleneck,” which does not pass the Light to the world. This is why we will be guilty in the eyes of the people. Subconsciously everyone will feel this way. In their view we will become the ultimate “sinners,” the “Pharaoh” enslaving them.

This is the property of the flipped pyramid.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/5/12, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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So That No One Will Be Forgotten

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How should we direct our “Prayer for the Many” before the convention in the North so that it will personally influence each one of us so that we will feel the importance of the group and for the world?

Answer: Conventions of this kind are very beneficial. I saw it also according to the groups I visited lately. We need to maintain the intention of bestowal for all of our friends all over the world. It is very influential and advances them significantly.

Each time, I happily discover that the gap between the groups shrinks more and more. It is especially now as the groups opened to meet the general public, when we support the unity of the congresses, and especially with the workshops, the groups feel a very, big change. The distances between us disappear, all gradually become one group, and this causes great happiness.

The convention in the North will begin on Thursday of next week. I very much hope that our friends can get away from work and their other involvements. Nowadays it is not so simple, since it can cause unpleasantness on the side of the employers. I warn you: Don’t put your position at work in danger and don’t leave if there is no possibility to take a vacation.

We will try to have a continuous live broadcast.

As to the preparation, the main thing is the connection. This means a really deep, internal connection between everyone, between all the groups and all the friends so that not one of us will be forgotten. We must prepare for more consolidated and dense activity. From Sunday of next week, we will devote special lessons to this. Be with us, and everything will work out.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/26/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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