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Accepting The Creator’s Proposal

Dr. Michael LaitmanEverything that we have in this world is necessary for our correction, for our work. There is nothing extra, nothing can be added or subtracted. Everything is precisely calibrated because it comes from the perfect vessel completely filled with the Light, from the design that contains the final goal, the ideal state. Only our participation is missing—our agreement to this ideal picture, a perfect state, created by the Creator.

But we have to agree from the darkness, from the opposite state, from doubts and clarifications, weighing all the arguments “for” and “against.” Only when a person has checked and weighed everything does he become convinced that the Creator is good and wishes him good; the Creator is above the creation, He is the first, He is the last, and “There is none else besides Him.” Then he gives the Creator all the holy names in gratitude for His every action and the form of control that has been revealed.

First of all, we need to study this picture disassembled: to understand and agree that it is broken and that our task is to assemble it, working together on our connection. The breaking happened in our relations, although we think that this world is broken.

The problems seem external to us: in the economy, ecology, ordinary human relations, at work, in the family, between spouses, parents and children, at all the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature. There is bedlam and confusion around. What we need is to imagine the system completely tied to the connection between people. Only by improving our relations with each other can we change the system at its all levels: the still, vegetative, animate, and moreover, on the human level, in social systems due to which the human being raised himself above the animal world.

Once the human being came from an ape, he began to develop public relations, technology, trade, and industry. But all of them are based only on the relations between people. This is the only place we can influence and change. As we improve our relations that bring us closer to the truth: to connection, unity, and mutual guarantee, all the remaining levels of this world will be connected correctly, will take their places, and the entire world will calm down and achieve prosperity.

For this work, it is not enough to represent the “righteous,” seemingly demanding nothing for oneself. There is nothing we can do; we were all born and grew up in egoism. There is no shame in this, we just need to recognize evil and correct it: to make an honest calculation with oneself, for whatever reason, we must change.

Everyone is engaged in internal correction at his degree, as it is said: “educate the child according to his way,” his readiness. But any person must somehow correct his nature. That is why we need to work in three lines. The left line is the evil in us that is increasingly revealed. The right line is the correction of this egoism by the force of bestowal that we attract from above due to our connection.

We build the third line from these two lines. The desire to enjoy of the left line, which is corrected by the Light that Reforms, turns into a spiritual vessel, called the soul. And in it, according to equivalence of form, the new integral system, new fulfillment, is revealed. This means that the Creator is revealed inside the created beings, inside the connection of souls. Shochen reigns in Schechina (Divinity). This is the work in the middle line.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/24/13

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When Will Humanity Finally Listen To Us?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is obvious that without the support of government authorities for the method of integral education and information it will be difficult to implement the program of human development effectively.

Answer: We must develop the method itself and not think about how to find support from the government. It is possible to disseminate and publicize our ideas among scientists, politicians, and the like, but in any case, nobody will listen to you. Don’t look for support from anyone!

Only when the integral method will be internally understood by you and will be expressed and formulated correctly, that is, when you become real experts, then the world will be ready to comprehend it. Then you will see with whom you must unite for dissemination and if you require government support or not. And it could be that you will need the masses and nobody will oppose this because it speaks about connection and unity.

But first and foremost, we must work upon ourselves, on our mistakes, and not burst forth as if we already have in our hands a ready method and we know how to correct the world and solve all the problems. This is not right. Now we need to develop ourselves and the method such that both we and the method will become a single whole. And then we will see that the world will be ready to accept it.

As long as we have not achieved unity among the main and strongest groups, as long as we have not developed a precise and clear method that includes elements from the wisdom of Kabbalah expressed in an appropriate human language, as long as we have not educated qualified and organized faculty for workshops and processed and practiced our method in all kinds of events with the general public, we won’t have something to present to a patron or to relate to some movement.

When we will be ready for this, then you will see how many different international organizations will turn to us. I think that for this we require a minimum of one more year of serious work with the general public and simultaneously processing our method. We must formulate it in the right way. But as long as we are not ready, nobody will listen to us; the Creator will not make this possible.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/21/13

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The Same Questions And The Same Answers Every Day

Dr. Michael LaitmanA segment from the Writings of Rabash, Article, “And You are Israel”: There is a difference between those who go to the work in order to bestow or to get a reward. For those who go in order to bestow, they begin their work anew every day, both in mind and in heart, and they cannot get support from yesterday, which has passed.

There is no choice, rather it is necessary to go over the fundamentals of the work every day, there are reasons that oblige them to go by the way of truth. And it is as if he must say to himself each and every day that it is worthwhile for him to be a servant of the Creator. And the body asks him every day when he begins to work, “Tell me the reasons due to which you obligate me to devote all of my powers for the sake of Heaven.” And if it asks, we are compelled to give answers otherwise it won’t want to work. So every day we go according to the same arguments, the same questions, and the same answers.

And at the time that the person is drawn to work in Torah and prayer and in good deeds and doesn’t remember the goal of the work, which is for the sake of bestowal, then the work is easier for him, for he is attracted by the majority. But at that time he is reminded of the goal, which is mind and heart, then “the world is dark for his sake,” because this is against the body, which is called narcissism. And then he has no answer to give the body except that law that the Creator wants it this way and they assure him that this is for his own good, that specifically through work with mind and heart, the person will merit to reach his perfection, for then even his enemies will be made to love him, and this what is called, “With all of your heart—with both of your inclinations, with the good inclination and with the evil inclination.”

It follows that we need to constantly prepare ourselves anew for work, every day. Yesterday is called the previous state, not the sunset and sunrise. It is established according to the inner states of the person; it could be that with one it will be “day” and with another, this will be “night”, and it could be that during a week, he passes through thousands of states of “day” and “night.” But we must prepare ourselves for this all the time: to create for ourselves an environment like this, exercises, a daily schedule, so that as quickly as possible we can “get up” and work at “night” as during the “day”.

All this depends on the environment. But the person must begin anew all the time: to value anew the goal of the work, the reasons, the supports, and thus advance.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/18/13

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A Measuring Tool For the Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can I know that the Light has “worked” on me? Can I measure its influence?

Answer: At this stage, certainly not. This will be possible only after you have vessels (Kelim), when you can work under restriction (Tzimtzum), with a screen (Masach) and Reflected Light (Ohr Hozer).

Then through working in a certain formation of desire, you will know this, for you will be corrected by the Light to such a degree that you can work with your desire to receive for the sake of bestowal. Then you will examine the desire that is revealed in you and will measure with it that part with which you will work for the sake of bestowal, in that you will understand the mechanism of what is happening.

That is also how the Kabbalists in The Book of Zohar talk about all kinds of happenings and events on the spiritual way, describing real observations within spiritual vessels.

But today you still don’t have the vessels, and you don’t have anything with which to measure. You can measure only on condition that you make a restriction on all of your desire to receive. And this is possible to do only through the Light that Reforms. If the Light comes and illuminates you, then you feel a strong enthusiasm, elation, which makes it possible for you to make a restriction, and after that to make a clarification within your desires, to sort them out, to extract the desires with which it is possible to work.

Thus, you become familiar with the inner structure of the HaVaYaH of your Kelim; you see how you can arrange them and direct them towards one goal, on all four levels of thickness (Aviut) to adherence with the Creator. Work like this truly will make it possible for you to measure the Light in your Kelim.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/19/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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US: Reason For Pessimism

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from the Freelance Bureau of International Investigation): “The future of any country is not only the accumulated national wealth, the level of industrial development or mineral reserves. First of all, the prospects of the state are defined by the level of support that the state gives to its young citizens. In this sense, the U.S. prospects look disappointing.

“Why are young people in America so frustrated these days, The Economic Collapse asks. You are about to find out. Most young adults started out having faith in the system. They worked hard, they got good grades, they stayed out of trouble and many of them went on to college. But when their educations where over, they discovered that the good jobs that they had been promised were not waiting for them at the end of the rainbow. Even in the midst of this so-called ‘economic recovery,’ the full-time employment rate for Americans under the age of 30 continues to fall. And incomes for that age group continue to fall as well. At the same time, young adults are dealing with record levels of student loan debt. As a result, more young Americans than ever are putting off getting married and having families, and more of them than ever are moving back in with their parents.”

My Comment: The US was built and developed under private enterprise; the country grew as an opportunity for everyone to compete and rise above everyone else.

Not being united by any ties, as the nations in Europe or in any other country, as soon as there was the crisis of further enrichment of the American Dream at all, the country became “torn” on many levels, parts, plunged into pessimism. Not only was a toy taken away from children, but also their future.

If Americans do not see the light, do not realize where their natural development leads them, which they cannot stop because the laws of nature are inflexible, then we will soon witness their tragic collapse.

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A Responsibility That Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Suppose that a particular project begins, everyone is included in it, and suddenly a split happens in a group. But an agreement with an external organization has already been signed and we must cancel it. What do we do?

Answer: If you have signed an agreement to give a course in integral education to some external organization and then you violate this agreement, then you are inserting an immense disturbance into our common collective enterprise! You cannot imagine how much you have introduced separation between you through this; you have not only shattered your own group, but also the world group!

You must be more responsible! You should know that you are not just rejecting something small, but you are disturbing the activities of a very large body of which you have become a part! And if you don’t function as an organ within this body, you cause damage to the entire body that is waiting for its recovery and healing. Therefore in particular this is not only saying something about you but about the collective world group; you are causing it to fail!

Therefore if you have signed some agreement, you must maintain it at all costs.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to check that I am working specifically on spiritual adherence with the group and not on a materialistic psychological approach?

Answer: You must feel this in yourself according to getting closer to the group.

The yearning of the person for the center of the group in order to grasp the source of life within it signifies that he is correctly involved with external dissemination.

You often ask me: “How is it possible to check if we are disseminating correctly?” When you begin to yearn for the center of the group, this indicates that you are disseminating correctly on the outside.

Question: What does dissemination signify in spirituality?

Answer: Dissemination that is not egoistic is going out to the general public with the goal of connecting and uniting them, attracting them to the Creator, making for them that support, that base upon which the Creator is revealed.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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Childhood Diseases

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Your recommendations regarding integral education projects are expressed very clearly in writing, but what should we do if in practice they are not fulfilled in the same manner and not according to your recommendations?

Answer: The point is that as we grow the group goes through different states. This is what we often call childhood diseases. When a child develops he has to catch the childhood diseases because otherwise his body will not build up the special protective properties and will not be able to mobilize the inner system to resist the external environment.

We are under the harmful influence of the external environment all the time and our inner systems continuously work on that so as not to be influenced by its negative effect or to neutralize it somehow. This is how every living organism works.

For example, how much can a stone perceive from the outside? Very little, and therefore it retains the same form all the time. A plant gives and takes more, and an animal even more. A person perceives a great amount of information, a lot of psychological influences, and we have to respond to all that; otherwise, our body will not be able to hold on! This is how we stabilize ourselves.

So we go through childhood diseases: We do something right and something wrong, we express our opinion, we keep quiet, we shout, and we curse. Let people experience all that! We have to go through such states. As a result many people will leave and so gradually what has to be will be stabilized.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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Overcoming All The Problems

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does a person sometimes feel a shower of corporeal problems and blows hitting him? What is the reason? How can he overcome this through the connection in the group?

Answer: There are people who really feel they are under a barrage of corporeal, physical, or family problems. And there are those who go through everything easily. It depends on the structure of a person’s soul, on its orientation with regard to the other souls, and on what he has to correct.

The only thing we can do is to accept everything as essential for our advancement. If we do our best to engage in the study, in the center of the group, and in dissemination as we deal with the problems, we will overcome everything easily, although at first it seems very hard.

However, we must solve all the problems and under no circumstances try to ignore them.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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