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Question: So what is a psychological barrier?
Answer: It is multi-faceted and stems from the principle that we don’t understand that we have to give up everything in order to receive everything. It is this comprehensive concession that will allow me to open all the doors widely. However, it is impossible to reveal a little in order to receive the power to concede, since it would already be an egoistic concession (in order to receive).
There is an inner shattering here that requires unconditional concession. I have nothing and will have nothing, do whatever you want with me, I don’t belong to myself anymore; I leave and escape myself.
It is very difficult. It takes a long time and a person has to go through many states. It is hard to exit our nature and penetrate the nature of the other, of the Creator.
This is the psychological barrier. It is psychological since afterwards there is pleasure. I actually give up something that is worthless: this world and its temporary existence, the daily troubles that only occasional rays of consolation break through. In fact there is no way we can enjoy, but we can suffer less.
This isn’t life and it isn’t pleasure. I have to constantly calculate where I will suffer less, and nothing more than that. What is more, my calculations become more and more confusing each day.
This is a miserable life full of pain that pressures us that were given to us on purpose as help from above so that we will prefer another way of developing instead. Still we cannot…
But today we disseminate the integral education method, which means the chance to receive pleasure by connection. We hope that people will discover this opportunity. There is no psychological crisis here, since they don’t have to leave this world. Let’s just try to connect, let’s try the workshops; we don’t have to leave anything or to give up anything but our preconceptions about connection.
After all, we have suffered enough to agree to try this, but this is also difficult. Even under the threat of terrible afflictions we will not be able to agree to make a small innocent attempt, to sit in a group of people in a nice atmosphere and have a talk over a cup of coffee. The crisis is so serious that a person is not even willing to hear about this.
However, I suppose that the general inclination is positive. Our groups around the world manage to come up with great results in disseminating the integral method and the process is gradually advancing.
On the whole, we have to look for any chance to speak to people about connection. It should be on any level, even the simplest level as long as we don’t create any obstacles. According to this approach, we choose the way to present it to different people. The workshops are good for some and the roundtables for others; others still prefer the games in the park or a TV series, or computer games, etc.
On the whole it is the same subject—connection, but the connection is on a different basis. It can be medicine, education, relations in the family, at work, etc. We design the right attitude that suits a certain sector based on any problem area.
Our neighborhood may have a lot of litter and there may be a shortage of parking spaces, so this is exactly what we talk about in the workshop. The main thing is to evoke as little resistance as possible so that people will see that there is a real chance here to improve their lives.
On our part, we use this in order to show them that connection eventually brings them to something much greater. Besides, when they find a solution, we spur the Light that Reforms and it raises them to another level where they see something that is greater and more sublime.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/31/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: How can we find the Creator?
Answer: Search. As a result of all the problems that you encounter and which you must solve systematically and gradually on the corporeal level, you have to focus yourself on the Creator, as you understand that it is He who has given you all these problems and that you have to solve them.
We must try to adhere to this. We will discuss it in the future and check it since this is our main goal.
On the next level, we will begin to discover spiritual attributes, forces, and spiritual movements in each of us and in the group according to our global group. You will begin to think more and more not about your group of ten and not about your group that includes several dozen people, but rather about the global group. You will feel a yearning, a need, a necessity to feel everyone and that it’s all yours. You will yearn for that but this is already the next stage.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/21/13, Shamati #59 “About the Rod and the Serpent”
Question: During the last convention there was a clear feeling that everything depends only on the friends, that they do everything in order to attain the goal, and that we enjoy this state. Then you said that being in this state we forgot about the Creator. Where is the borderline between the friends and the Creator? What efforts should we make now in order to add to the state of our unity with the Creator?
Answer: This is a difficult question. If I believe that the Creator does everything, then what do the friends do? If I believe that the Creator manages my friends and bestows upon me through them, it means that I connect the friends with the Creator and I am external to both of them, or that I connect myself with the friends and we all look for Him, but we are together, and He is not among us yet. So how can we find the right state here?
Baal HaSulam says that in order to advance correctly we have to imagine an equal state simultaneously (there is an equilateral triangle in the drawing): the Creator, the group, and me. We have to meet in the center in order to find Him, myself and also the group, all three elements. Therefore, we have to yearn for the center so these three elements will constantly move together in our consciousness: I, the group or the Torah (Light), and the Creator.