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A Contagious Outbreak

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Today people don’t believe one another. Even high government officials steal shamelessly, so how can I believe a friend when he speaks about the Creator’s greatness?

Answer: First, no one is asking you to believe. Second, this is exactly what the descent of the generations was meant for, so that you will actually see that there is nothing else to look for in this world. This actually helps you see things more realistically.

You don’t have to believe the friend’s impression; it will affect you even if you don’t believe it. He doesn’t even need to say anything. You don’t know what motivates him: Belief or attainment, he simply “infects” you with his impression, like a virus. It is not up to you. It makes no difference whether you believe him or are suspicious of him. The main thing is that you are “infected.”

So we need “viruses” of the Creator’s greatness to “spread” among us. Who attains Him? No one. And still, everyone is tense and this determines everything: Why and for what purpose do I operate, what do I have to discover, what’s the use of it, where is the Light that Reforms that will bring me this, etc.; otherwise, it will lead to nothing.

In order to do that we need the shattering among us, so that we won’t understand one another and will truly be able to be impressed by the false yearning of the friends. It is enough to see on the friend’s face that the Creator is great in his eyes in order to be turned on as well. Even if he pulls me by the nose and fools me, it makes no difference, I will still be impressed by him. This is what we need.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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Two Stages in the Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it said that I do all the corrections in me?

Answer: I don’t correct myself, but only my attitude and connection. The evil inclination is not in me, but between me and others—in my attitude towards them.

I need to be in a connection with someone in order to figure out whether it is good or bad and requires a change. The first stage is in revealing that this network exists. From this moment onwards, I start moving forward further and further, consciously revealing what needs correction: which relationships and qualities are required now and which qualities will be required later.

So I gradually reveal the whole system of relations between me and others. But then I find out that it was actually a connection with the Creator. These are two stages in the work.

If I can confidently work without any reference to myself, I reveal that the Creator was hiding behind the neighbor. Until that point it isn’t clear, I can steal a little here and there, and do some egoistic calculations. The Creator helps me figure out which calculations are right, and therefore, appears to me in the form of friends or some other more tangible images with which I can mutually work.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/9/12, Writings of Rabash

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Everyone Has Their Own Predisposition

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe integral method comes from Kabbalah, which explains everything based on the upper system controlling humanity. Everything that happens is explained by purely Kabbalistic, scientific, rigid, and clear terminology, with formulations, graphics, and so on. In other words, the egoism of a person and all of nature—the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, as well as the human society—develop under the influence of a particular force.

This force of development is the force that activates nature, which can be called the Creator because it creates and gives birth to our continuously new states and works within us. It is our inner energy, which moves our egoism.

In Kabbalah, all these actions, rules, and laws, the correlations between our egoism and the force that influences it, are scrutinized in a very clear and scientific manner. Various interconnections have been deduced and described from the earliest times, and over the course of millennia we can see how it truly works.

Every person engaged in Kabbalah begins to feel this system, to see it in a purely cerebral manner: all of our “wheels” interlocked, how everyone rotates, and how we need to change.

However, we cannot offer people this system, since not everyone can be physicists, chemists, and biologists; everyone has their own niche, their own predisposition to something. Therefore, we cannot teach people Kabbalah since, first of all they lack any interest in it, and second of all, it is not enough to just teach because a person needs to have some inner predisposition to it.

For example, what would happen if a physicist who has no desire or inner drive to dance suddenly begins to take dance classes? What will come out of this? Maybe he would be able to perform some dance somewhere, but he definitely will not become a ballet dancer. It is the same here. There is no point in teaching a person Kabbalah if he has no desire to learn about the system that governs the world, humanity, and all of nature.

It is a system, a hidden force of nature. It is hidden from us only because we are not on its level. Its level is the level of common integral interconnection where everything individual vanishes and becomes common and integral.

If we prepare people, they will begin to sense this. However, if they have no predisposition to it from the start, we prepare them with common integral courses. Of course we don’t tell them about this inner system; otherwise, they would think we are mystics or part of the New Age movement. By bringing them together and going through unity workshops with them, we prepare them to feel what happens as a result of unification, we lead them into feeling what happens when people unite. We tell them, “Just notice the new sensations and states that you experience with each other. There is some commonality that develops, new thoughts and desires that are not someone’s in particular, but which arise as a consequence of your communication, as a reward and result of your unification. This common force, a common thought unites you and all your individual aspirations to connect, and thus it is your next integral stage.”

And now on the integral stage (which we approach gradually, of course, to the extent that a person develops in the process of the workshops),”Let’s try to feel what this commonality, this force is. What if we try to view the whole world through it, and see that the world is integral? If I am integral now, how will this world appear to me?”

And then when I look at the world through the collective integral lenses, rather than through my egoistic glasses, I really begin to see that the world truly is an integral machine, an analog system, and everything in it is interconnected. Meanwhile, I only saw everything differently and that’s why I kept trying to “pull the blanket onto myself,” and by taking too much, I created such pressure that I needed to hold onto it with all my force so that I wouldn’t lose it. Therefore, my whole life was in total pressure of not losing this “blanket.”

But if I had looked at the world differently, I would have seen how simple it is to let go of my edge of the “blanket” if I interact with others. And no one tries to steal it from me, since everyone finds themselves covered under the same “blanket,” and no one lacks anything. However, when we see this system, let’s just all agree that we are ready to accept it. It will force us to reach integrality regardless, only by force, through pain and suffering, instead of through conscious realization.

This is how we advance with our esteemed audience, changing them gradually.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/29/12 

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A Fundamental Difference

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What’s the difference between the inner work of the 99% and the 1% of the population who have the aspiration to inner correction? What is the fundamental difference?

Answer: The difference is that the 99% of humanity lacks the opportunity to discover and realize the method of integral unification on their own. However, the 1% consists only of those who have an inner drive toward it, who wish to learn this method and reveal the integral system. These people are our students, representatives of all nations and races that are literally on every continent of the world.

To the extent that they realize the method of integral unification, they begin to understand that they are facing a tremendous task: to teach it to the whole world. And by that we don’t mean just talking about it in some books or articles. We must be educators, enlighteners, lecturers, and organizers. No one except us will be able to do this because we attain this system, feel it, observe it, and see it; thus, we can bring people to it and build up all of human society accordingly.

If we start inventing some new world laws now, we would encounter horrible resistance from nature. We practically didn’t feel the resistance from nature before. The present crisis is only the “first fruit.” It is true that the US experienced an economic crisis in the 1920’s, but it wasn’t so extreme.

The fact is that we are beginning to experience a counter force from nature. Two opposite systems are in combat: the egoistic linear system and the integral, round system of nature. These are completely different systems. Therefore, we will experience enormous blows and misfortunes constantly. No matter how much more we invest in our egoistic development, we will just exhaust ourselves, our efforts, our resources, and our opportunities until we simply degrade to a primitive level; it’s possible that we will come to this.

In general, from nature’s point of view, whatever path we take to reach integration is irrelevant; the most important thing is that we become similar to it. If we are ready to integrate only externally while our egoism remains in a primitive state, then we will become cavemen once again. It goes without saying that instead of seven billion people on the planet only seven million or even less will remain, for example, but from the side of nature it doesn’t matter. Most importantly, the law of equivalence to nature, the congruence of systems, should be followed. This flows out of our Kabbalistic research, which allows us to see this whole system.

I hope that we will be able to explain this to people before they resort to wars and conflicts because they are feeling helpless and unable to do anything. It doesn’t matter how many G8 or G20 meetings are held and so on, these meetings just resemble a palace of reception and nothing more. And gradually it can lead to horrible consequences.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/29/12 

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