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Question: In describing our condition, Baal HaSulam cites the example of a worm living in a radish that eventually comes out into the light. Suppose two worms decided to come out, but on the way one of them despaired, why does that happen?
Answer: It happens because the Creator brings it the “hardening of the heart” and the worm does not agree: “How come? Why hasn’t anyone paved the road? Why is it all this way and not differently?” Pride is what humiliates a person and drives him off track.
Question: What should the other worm do in this situation?
Answer: Try to help as much as it can. But it is not in one’s power to do the work of another.
The main thing here is to lower your head, to lower your nose and to accept the rigid laws of nature. Today, you don’t understand them, and no matter how hard you shout, nothing will change. You can curse the law of gravity law in the same way, will it get “better” as a result, will it stop affecting you?
We must understand that we are in a world of absolute laws and only by keeping them can we advance. But if we resist, the laws will operate accordingly. This is the difference between the path of Torah and the path of suffering.
The same thing happens in our world, but here we live in a society with homemade artificial laws, and so it seems that it is all a matter of buying and selling, and that everything can be “bent,” and you only need to wait for the right opportunity.
On the other hand, by coming out towards the Creator, we discover that there is nothing more fixed and absolute. We either work with Him in a good way or in a bad way; there are no intermediate states.
So when the worm feels the “hardening of the heart,” it should understand that it has no choice. Our problem is the false hope that the bad state will go away by itself and the good one will come by itself. We remember the saying, “What the mind doesn’t do, time does.” But it will do it only if during that time I try to do everything possible despite the mind and despite the lack of understanding of what is going on.
During a storm there is no point in sitting and waiting for good weather. I have to act, even foolishly, without a mind, but to act, to exert myself. Then time will do what the mind doesn’t do.
In other words, by many activities, I do what the mind would probably do without any delay.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/12/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”
Question: Suppose, a person walks down the street. Someone pushes him hard and “knocks” him out of a positive mindset. Today, modern man tolerates suffering and inhibits a reaction because we are taught to restrain ourselves from childhood. So conflicts rarely happen. People who restrain themselves accumulate a number of unaddressed insults that eventually burst because of some little thing; this usually occurs at home, and the accumulated aggression is dumped onto close ones. This is a typical emotional reaction mechanism of modern man. Maybe you need to respond to that push as if something positive?
Then I become happy about this effect on me because I can become even more included into this general mechanism, become even more integral,
Answer: Of course, it’s positive! I begin to perceive everything that happens as something happening for a reason in this huge enclosed mechanism. If somebody pushes me or something happens to me, it’s in this way that I’m pointed to where I can increase my contact with this general mechanism and enter even deeper into the integral relationship through this negative impact. I’m being shown my lack of my inclusion.
Then I can become happy for this effect on me because I can engage more in this general mechanism, become even more integral, and I can climb the stairs of values, visions, feelings, and awareness of the world around me, the extent of my understanding of its causal flow, its purpose, my vision and role in it. I start seeing further through time.
The fact is that the man who caused harm to me has nothing to do with it. He’s just another element in the common system, the same as I am. And I don’t react to him in any way, neither from the point of gratitude nor from the point of negative emotions. I don’t feel anything with regard to him. I look at this general mechanism that controls us, increasingly engaging us into overall interaction, and I’m extremely happy about that because I reach a new level of existence and life this way.
I need to learn and understand this system, to get a hold of it, and then the depth, which is beyond matter, beyond this tinsel in which we live and play, will unfold in front of me. I don’t want to participate in this game, but I want to be inside of the forces of the mechanism that governs all of this because in that way I’ll become eternal and perfect as the higher Nature itself.
Question: It turns out that by rising above the emerging conflicts and hatred, we reach the depth of the connection with other people. That is, this supposedly negative aggression is fuel for connection?
Answer: In general, yes. We can say that. There’s no doubt that this negative potential, which we have accumulated over the long process of our evolution, is necessary. We came all this way in order to have something to rise above.
Comment: By working with people, especially during group interactions that imply a certain level of unity, there are two stages. The first stage is a so-called positive transference when students begin saying, “What a wonderful methodology! What a wonderful teacher! What a group! How lucky we are!” And then begins a so-called negative transference.
Answer: I think there will be neither acute positive nor negative periods. There will be, of course, relative and passing undulating ups and downs so people will make progress in their understanding and sensing of this methodology and the way it works.
Here we don’t work with our past, and therefore, we prepare people for the fact that today we find a completely new level of perception with which we have nothing to compare. I don’t feel that there is a place for familiar reactions, maybe to a small extent, but not to the extent that they appear in other groups or clubs
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/28/12
Question: At the outset, we need to prepare a multitude of specialists who must go to people and convey to them the method of integral upbringing. What if they encounter an opposite, negative reaction?
Answer: There will be no negative reaction since those people, whom we have gathered, have some type of a negative request, meaning they feel bad. If people have simply arrived to have a chat, then there is nothing to say. However, we are teaching those who feel bad and who have come to solve some problem. It is necessary to try to gather people who have these requests, and it doesn’t matter how different they are.
We are gathering 10, 100, or 100,000 people at one table; it doesn’t matter. They lack food, clothing, and shelter. They have problems with work, education, health, or safety. It is scary to come out into the street not only at night, but also during the day. On the whole, there are a multitude of various problems.
Naturally, nobody understands each other because each one has his or her own problem. Suppose I have a problem with a small child because he goes to a school where he is mistreated, while she has a problem in the fact that she lives alone with two children on poverty allowance, a totally different problem. A third one is a bachelor and is unemployed. And so on.
However, we are not interested in what problems they have! We do not discuss which of their problems is more important because for each one of them, their problem is the most important one.
“I receive an unemployment allowance, I can live on it, but I want to earn properly, to work, to fly to the Canary Islands, spend every evening at night clubs. But what am I able to do now? Pay for medical insurance, feed myself, pay for my corner and that’s it. I don’t want to exist this way because I have my whole life in front of me! What have I gotten into? Why is it so? Is this life when I see how beautifully other people live!”
Meaning that you will not prove anything to him! Although 100 years ago, such a life would have been envied: a corner, insurance, food, what else is needed? Take an African person today, put him in prison and he will be satisfied, there is a roof, he gets food and does not become ill. And there is nothing demanded of him. It is simply a first class hotel!
That is why we cannot compare different people with each other, and we are trying to do that! How can they be compared? Each one of them has a completely different need. If I am hungry now, then I don’t need a symphony. This is clear.
So we absolutely do not touch on the character of their needs. We must simply convince people of the fact that it is only possible to satisfy all of their needs if we come to an integral society, only if we will exist in mutual guarantee; otherwise, we will neither fulfill each other, nor ourselves.
This is the most important thing the lecturers must talk about: pulling man away from his current needs, “Wait a little bit with them! You won’t be able to solve all of the problems directly anyway.”
There is no direct solution to these questions anywhere in the world! Let’s take away from the rich and give to the poor, but we see what turns out from that! Let’s break windows and kill the government, we also see that this does not work. Problems are not solved this way, especially in our time.
And they have never been solved this way! You may take over the Bastille, but what’s the use? The French Revolution has been done, and what did all of this freedom end up with?
However, this was before, in the linear development of egoism!
Today, when nature presents itself to us as integral, this does not work any more! We see that those with money, the government, the banks, and everywhere are trying to do something. They understand that they are also in a critical condition. Where will they go from this planet, from Earth? It is round! Whatever they have stockpiled, they still don’t know what to do.
That is why, let us first simply figure out what is going on, what system is starting to emerge in nature and is controlling us, what is the meaning of a global, integral, analog, interconnected system? Let’s first listen to the scientists.
And here I open a folder and show them the videos with the opinions of the scientists about our society, about where we have ended up, in order for it to be clear to everyone that we cannot continue to search further for something with our egoistic instruments as it has been up to now.
The G8 and the G20 are searching, but they cannot find anything! They are only aggravating the problems and accumulating debt, which will have to be answered for; by whom and how, it is not clear! Who will be writing them off?
We are standing in front of a threat of a serious crash, which we have gotten ourselves into by ourselves; by not seeing the next level, we are trying to solve everything on our level where there is no solution. We must show this with the help of scientists, with the help of well-developed methodology.
Comment: Each time I am trying to figure out this problematic place…
Answer: It is not problematic! You must simply put down the line and say: “We have existed up to this moment. Further, on the same level, on the same plane, there is no solution. Or do you want to continue sorting things out among each other? Go ahead! Go outside the gates and do what you want: Have demonstrations; break shop windows! But I do not participate in this. Why? Because I and 100,000 more scientists have a different opinion. If you want to have revolutions, go to the barricades, please! But I am not going.”
We must put them into that position where they really look at things, and we are offering them the only real hard option. No more!
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/28/12