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The Circle Obliges

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In a regular class the children often bully and abuse each other. Which states and conditions is it necessary to move them through with the help of the integral method?

Answer: We have regular classes alternating with discussions, and, for example, some movies to bring the students to normal human sincerity, to remove all reticence, shame, confusion, deliberate rudeness, and so on.

It is very good when problems come up between them and then we organize a trial in which each one of them appears from the standpoint  of the defense attorney, the defendant, and the prosecutor. Indeed all of us live as both a potential victim and a criminal.

We must move them through a multitude of conditions and show that deep within they are all, without exception, zeroes found under the influence of society and its activities. We need to help them begin to change so that they will not be pressured and fixated, and will learn to understand others, to come to their states. This is very important.

Our goal is to form individuals who are correctly connected with the rest, feel the others, and are very familiar with the world. Through cooperation between them they attain all of the sciences, discharging the tension between each other during the process of the lesson like capacitors and at the recess they behave calmly because during the lesson they released all the energy. Children who must sit for 45 minutes looking at the supervising teacher are miserable.

And we, according to our method, only direct them towards integral communication, allowing them to clarify relationships and organize inquiries, but only in particular frameworks, as in a courthouse: We have a rule that each one gets half a minute to express himself. They discover what others think about them. And you will see how everything works out. There won’t be bullies in the class with you or the weak who cannot defend themselves, everything will be balanced.

The circle obliges. Whether you want it or not when you are found in a circle, the integral nature pressures you. The smaller children and their abusers will suddenly begin to level off  in a circle because each of them will have his own word, his own opinion, which they are not afraid to express. Everything smooths out under the influence of the power of correction that descends upon them from above.
From Kab TV’s “Through Time” 9/24/13

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A Morning Lost

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We feel great intensity during the lessons, we yearn for connection and for internality but later everything somehow disappears. At about 11 a.m. there is nothing left. Where is the center of the group? What should I do? How should I keep the urge?

Answer: First, everything that I give you during the lesson isn’t lost but actually remains in each of you. There is no absence in spirituality. Even if a person doesn’t hear, doesn’t understand, and doesn’t perceive the words, even if he lives in another country, even if he doesn’t know and doesn’t understand the language, nothing is lost. The impression that the feeling of the lesson disappears and fades away is only so that a person should renew it on his part as much as he can. In any case, everything remains as long as I can give you lessons.

During the lessons you are under my influence. A person who wants it is given freewill with time and then his efforts become more qualitative. But one way or the other, this influence is a kind of infusion or transfusion that each one receives. You have to try to make something out of it.

If you are like a corpse there is no point giving you infusion. No, you have to show that you have grown by the daily injection every day; that you have advanced in the right direction towards the center of the group, towards connection between you, towards the demand to reveal the Creator, which is the mutual force of bestowal between you.

It is true that the impression you experience during the lesson disappears, but do you come to the lesson every day only to be impressed and not to work?

You mustn’t get used to it. You mustn’t turn the lesson into a standard ritual. On the contrary, you should sum up things at the end of each day: What have I done? What have I attained?

As for my presence during the morning lesson, it is not my doing. I may be making great efforts together with the teacher and the friends, but this is already a different matter. But if I hear the lesson passively and there is nothing left of the impression it leaves on me by 11 a.m., then it means that I have wasted five hours after the lesson and haven’t done anything with my impression. This isn’t a good thing.

I have to make an agreement with a couple of friends: “Guys, let’s stop this bad habit, let’s really do what Kabbalists tell us. After all, they only want what is good for us; after all, they are our forefathers. We cannot; we don’t want to; we are against it; it is all true, but it says that if we arrange and establish a different system of mutual relations between us called a group, we will be able to exert ourselves in it. We will at least be able to take a small step forward by ourselves.

So agree on that with the friends. It is simply a must.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/6/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Building Divinity

Dr. Michael LaitmanA spiritual vessel is not just a sum of all the hearts, but a new entity that we have to build from our shared aspirations, effort, and work with respect to some new quality that did not exist before.

This is what we call the center of the group: the sum of all the efforts, “Divinity” (Shechina), the place where all the eyes meet and all the intentions are aimed. This is the area that we develop; we increase it all the time taking care of it as something precious to us.

This particular area Divinity (Shechina) does not exist until we join all our intentions into one. Only then will such a place be created, born, and the Creator revealed in it. And until then, the Shechina will remain in exile.

These concepts the “Shechina in Exile” and the “Holy Shechina” are two degrees that are completely unrelated to each other. That is why we only have to see the center of the group in every action, the unification of all our expectations, and the intention to build the Holy Shechina from this. Everyone strives to bestow to others, and when all these intentions come together, then they form this special area.

If we have no intention to bestow to others but a completely different goal, to use them for our own pleasure, then each of us is drowning in self-love, in egoism. In this case there is no Shechina in exile, no Shechina at all; this place does not even exist. It begins to form only when a few people who can think “outside of themselves” come together.

If many weak people with unstable intentions that come and go or a smaller number of strong people with more qualitative intentions get together, then it is possible to talk about building the Shechina. We add our intention to mutual bestowal and from this we can bestow to the Creator.

We are preparing a place for His revelation not for our pleasure but because we want Him to be revealed so that He receives pleasure from it according to the principle “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one.” From this mutual concern, “each man shall help his friend,” we can feel day after day how we build this corrected vessel called the Shechina.

The Shechina is built from Malchut, which is corrected by the properties of Bina. Malchut is the desire to enjoy; the property of Bina is the intention to bestow. The Shechina is created when we all unite above our personal desires, aspire to mutual bestowal, to our goal, and to the Creator through it because we connect only in order to bestow to Him.

In integral education groups, the desired goal is to unite, and that’s all. But in a Kabbalistic group, we have to go to the very end, as it is written, “Return, Israel to its Creator,” and advance towards the goal with this intention.

We can reach it only on the condition that we raise the goal so much that it shines on us and seems important to us. Either we worry about it, about some critical moment which decides our fate, or we will appreciate it so much that it will beckon us to come. Both of these work for the same goal.

We constantly need to check whether each day we feel an increasing attraction to the goal, and use this to measure ourselves. We have no other screening criteria. Do we care about our connection in mutual bestowal in order to build a system of bestowal aimed at the Creator, to allow Him to be revealed and  to please Him by our efforts?

The system of our bestowal is called Shechina. The upper force called the Creator is revealed in our altruistic intentions if we meet the first minimum condition of His revelation, that is, if we reach the degree of “Nefesh de Nefesh de Nefesh.” Thus, we enter the first spiritual degree: “Embryo (Ibur)” and begin to exist in the upper world.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/6/13

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Everything Is Arranged According To Equivalence Of Form

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We have been saying that the integral method is a form of learning. If we bring a circle of participants to the proper inner connection point, they will comprehend it and learn to convey it to others, so is it possible to use all the other forms that lead to this?

Answer: I don’t know what forms you are talking about. When I tune a radio receiver, I catch the similar point of equivalence of the circuit frequency to the external wave. The radio receiver creates its wavelength which must be like the external wave, and when they match, it catches the modulation of the external wave and I hear it. Everything is arranged according to equivalence of form!

Specifically we must teach a person about this kind of equivalence of form with integral nature! You turn the tuning knob of the group all the time; at a particular moment you suddenly enter into this state and that’s it, it raises you to the next level, you are already swimming on this level. You are no longer you because you and the group have become a single whole, this is to say, the “group of ten” becomes one.
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