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Adjusting To The Higher Tuning Fork

Dr. Michael LaitmanA group of Kabbalists is not built through a chance gathering of people. Rather, it is gathered from Above. The global nature builds everything, including the group around and within us.

It is up to me to relate to a group as a community of people from this world that are gathered following the influence of the upper power that creates unique conditions for us so that we will try to connect between us through a network of higher relationships. It is up to me to relate to a group as an offering from the Creator to insert me into a higher society, and don’t ever forget this.

So, it is up to me to accept everyone who comes to a group as a desired component, cultivating this relationship all the time, sharpening, and considering it more and more.

I have no other way of communicating with the upper force except through the group. If I want to speak with the upper level, it is up to me to turn to a group as a model that offers to be connected with me. Only through it I can explain it to the highest level, the “Creator” who created me, all of us, the entire world.

This relationship to a group is very important! It is to be understood that through it, I am speaking with the Creator. From here is our obligation to pray for the many, to turn through everyone to the Creator, to relate to others with love. In order to be directed to the next level, to the Creator, there must be relationships of equality between us, despite our differences.

We try to create a single whole from ourselves in which personal desires, intentions, yearnings, and connections don’t exist. Rather, everything is mixed into a single drop so much so that within it, we lose ourselves and acquire the intelligence of the next, higher level, its desires and thoughts with which we become a single whole.

According to the law, “ten turns into one.” Then it splits again into ten (the ego grows) and again is connected into one, and that is how it is in all 125 levels of our ascent.

This means that on every level a matrix is given to us, and if we work with it correctly, then we communicate through it to the Creator. This is not like what we do when we are communicating by telephone or through the computer. Rather, we rise to this level emotionally and are included in a direct connection with the level. So, the Creator, meaning the next level, begins to live within us.

The one difference is that on our level, in concealment, if we don’t feel the Creator, in the next level, we feel ourselves and the Creator as one whole, including the intellect of the entire universe, a general gathering of communication, the program of creation. This state is called “adhesion” to the Creator, and after it, there are 125 further levels in which adhesion with Him grows.

It is up to us to realize this possibility given to us in this incarnation of life, to relate seriously to a group and tune into the realization of our relationship to others permanently. Indeed, all the rest of our deeds are much less useful for ascent to the next level than what we can do in a group.

Even when we go out to the wider public with various activities, we require them only so that the need to connect will grow between us. Going out to humanity can be implemented through various communications media.

All of these are helpful since first and foremost, what is important to me is direct, clear, and correct communication with those friends who are gathered by the upper force, and it is up to me to work with them against my will. If this were given to me to decide, I wouldn’t ever choose them. I don’t know why I am required to attain the upper level, so they give me a group in which it is up to me to direct and arrange myself correctly.

Together with this, it is up to me to understand that all the rest are absolutely correctly directed, and I become a single string among a hundred strings that are tuned to the others. Yet, first, I sense myself tuned in the best way, and even though an awful, terrible sound comes out of me, it seems to me as something pleasant.

Like a mother who looks at her infant and he seems the most beautiful to her and the entire world is worth nothing compared to him, so I also relate to myself as the favorite. All of the rest seem to me not tuned at all, so much so that it is up to them to tune themselves to me.

However, in reality, our tuning must be completely the opposite. It is up to me to accept them all and each one as a completely tuned instrument or absolutely correct collection of characteristics. I am the only one who is not corrected, and this is not only in a group, but also in the entire world, in the entire universe. I am the only one who needs correction. So, everything was created for me. When the person relates to the world like this, he can say, “The world was created for me!”

Relationships like these in a group place us in the right state. I thank the higher power that brings me to a group. I am thankful that it shows me how I criticize everyone, and reject and hate them. I relate reasonably to part of them because I must be connected with other people, receive from them, so that I can feel myself better.

Gradually, I tune the string a little further and a little further. I bring it to the ideal sound in relation to the tuning fork. The tuning fork is the general movement of the group in which the higher sound has been felt already partially. When the general movement enters into harmony, the higher essence is revealed in it.
From the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14, Lesson 3

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Turn History Towards A New Horizon

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What exactly helps to come to a warm feeling of connection in a circle?

Answer: Everyone perceives themselves equally. There are not those who are higher or lower, all want to connect, and this connection is possible only between equals. I accept everyone’s opinion, all hearts, all thoughts. It is important to me to be integrated into them and disappear there, to enter there and dissolve.

And that is what everyone thinks. Within a feeling like this we build one heart as one person. At the same moment when we attain a connection like this, we feel within this shared heart a unique power, an intelligence called the Torah. For we maintain the conditions of receiving the Torah: We have become like one man with one heart.

And so we feel that we have become one desire and one thought. This common desire and thought become for all of us a feeling of an elevated state, higher and loftier than our present corporeal life. This raises us above our families, above this land, above all material life.

We have already begun to feel that power that intentionally arranges for us an uncomfortable form like this in this earthly life, with incessant problems and wars, so that we will rise to His level. If from this moment on we continue by awakening ourselves to an even stronger connection and discover the higher force even more, we can advance without any external disturbances.

On the contrary, we are going on the good way all the time with “I will hasten it” (Achishena), in the way of the Light. And by raising ourselves upwards we attract all of the people of Israel after us and after them the whole world as if we are dragging a net behind us: Everyone joins in and rises.

Question: This is truly so, but the moment that I go out of the circle and look at the news, I immediately forget about the feeling of connection in the circle…. How is it possible to hold onto it and disseminate to all of the people of Israel?

Answer: Again it is necessary to gather for workshops again and again, and outside of your circle there will be thousands of other circles. Each one of them, through its action, influences the others and they influence it.

And so we discover that we can change the world only through such action of connection. We truly become the masters of our fate. But it is impossible to correct the situation through the elimination of a few terrorists and the destruction of their bases. We don’t change history with this, it repeats itself. Our connection is the only means for turning history towards a new horizon.
From KabTV’s “The Mission of the People of Israel,” 7/8/14

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Looking For A Solution In A Circle Of Equals

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In a workshop, in a circle, does everyone have to express their opinion?

Answer: No, this is not a televised debate which fill all of the channels now. If everyone starts bringing arguments from his corporeal mind and showing everyone how smart he or she is, this won’t lead to anything. In a circle there is no place for wise guys. We require connection only, and in connection all are equal.

We come to a workshop to connect and find the power of unity, shared wisdom. So among us there are no righteous or smart alecks, nobody is right or wrong, rather all are equal. We gather to invest inner, mental efforts for the sake of unity between us, to feel the power of our unity within the inner connection between us. This power is discovered thanks to our efforts.

There is no place here for debates. Essentially, there isn’t even a need to talk. It would be even better if we could invest inner efforts and connect without words at all. Yet since we are not used to this, we are forced to talk about something. And the subject could be most common and familiar.

Nobody in a circle expresses their opinion! I listen to what you are saying and agree with you 100%.

Question: But we are talking about current events: leaving Gaza or not, acting this way or another.

Answer: What do we have to talk about this to begin with? Are we a cabinet that makes decisions?

Question: But we want to hear what everyone thinks.

Answer: What do I need to hear what everybody thinks? How does that help me? We gather in a circle not to hear the opinions of everyone, rather to scrutinize the unique mission of the people of Israel. So we discuss our history, our role, our wisdom, why we are like this. It is necessary to speak about this and not about the operation in Gaza.

I understand that this is a question that is burning inside people, bur one has to gradually move from the deed to what caused it: Why is this happening this way? Why do we find ourselves thrown into a situation like this all the time? Why does it keep repeating all the time? Why can’t we correct it once and for all? What do the neighbors want from us and what do we want from them? Is there a higher power here that is “heating” up our relationship all the time?

It is possible to begin with current events and gradually move toward a more internal discussion. We flee from actual questions and only want to go deeply into their sources.

If we begin to discuss how to fight and how the enemy reacts, what is correct and what is not, and what all the politicians say about the subject, it will go on forever, without any benefit. It is up to us to try to scrutinize the cause, the solution. After all, the cause and the solution are found in one place.

But usually people only talk about external consequences that get renewed every day and feed mass media.
From KabTV’s “The Mission of the People of Israel,” 7/8/14

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What The Mind Doesn’t Do, Time Will

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we work with the ego, we constantly deceive it. Is this actually what the Torah says?

Answer: I wouldn’t say that the work with the ego is deception, but it is actually the right way to use it. In itself it is powerless, like a child who gets mad but cannot do anything about it. This is why we were given the Torah so that we can change it. This is the whole idea.

The main thing is to hold on to it. It takes years and sometimes decades. Some of my students who have been studying for 15 years are just starting to grasp it.

My teacher, Rabash, told me how his father Baal HaSulam, who was torn by inner questions, once randomly took a book from his teacher’s bookshelf and opened it. But we know that nothing happens by chance, and it was the book Eitz Hachaim (The Tree of Life) written by the ARI. Although his teacher the Rabbi of Porsov had forbidden him to touch it, he understood that this was exactly what he needed. He had found his book but didn’t know that it would take him 20 years to even begin to understand what it says.

This story left a very strong impression on me, which was almost depressing: “if I am 30 now, it means that I will understand things only when I am 50!”

But on the other hand, it is impossible to stop our evolution and it continues and can even be hastened, but despite our will it takes time since our evolution takes place in this world, in flesh, bones and nerves. The inertia of the corporeal matter pulls us backwards and doesn’t allow us to make the spiritual leap.

All the Kabbalists, no matter who they were, went through theses states. So you have to plant the spiritual seeds inside you.

If evil is revealed somewhere, it is only so that you can purify and change yourself so that you will be able to be “planted in the ground and grow.” At the same time you shouldn’t identify with the negative attributes. You have to exit them and to follow them from the outside. Then you will be able to place yourself under the shower and be cleaned, receive help to be planted in the ground, and ask for more.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/18/14

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Correcting The Last Level

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus” (Tazria), 13:1-13:3: And the Lord spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it become in the skin of his flesh the plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests. And the priest shall look upon the plague in the skin of the flesh; and if the hair in the plague be turned white, and the appearance of the plague be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is the plague of leprosy; and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.

A priest (Cohen) is a doctor and he is the level of the upper Light, the Light of Hochma. A person should bring himself to the level of the priest, to rise to the level of the Light of Hochma and then he will see whether there are any flaws in his egoistic desire, or rather vapors of decomposition (miasmas) that are on the level of leprosy.

All the miasmas of the ego that can be cured are emphasized and highlighted by the upper Light and it is actually thanks to their correction that a person ascends and is healed. So only on the level of the priest one can determine if his soul is healthy with the help of the upper Light.

Skin is the most external and the heaviest level of the ego. We know that skin diseases are usually impossible to cure since it is through the skin that the body extracts the toxins of the body. Thanks to its power of self-preservation and the ability to sustain an internal homeostasis, the body tries to get rid of the toxins in it and to extract all the filth through the skin.

A person’s body is made up of a mind, bones, tendons, flesh, and skin. The skin is an organ that exists separately and cannot be corrected since all the toxins and the waste materials from all the internal states are extracted through it.

We, however, attribute everything to nerves. If I have a rash on the skin I am told that it is because I am nervous. What is the connection between the two? It is the skin that suffers.

Question: What is the meaning of “scab or a bright spot shall have the skin of his flesh a rising?”

Answer: It is the revelation of the ego either in making it grow or the opposite in reducing it. When a person doesn’t make the greatest efforts in the right direction, or in other words when you either do too much or don’t do enough with your desires, it is the lack of a Masach (screen) for more or for less.

It is a very complex system, hair “Se-arot” (from Hebrew word meaning “raging”) symbolize a persons’ grudge and anger regarding his egoistic desires to reveal the Creator.

It says: “if the hair in the plague be turned white, and the appearance of the plague be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is the plague of leprosy.” This means that the egoistic desires are so great that they lose all color: What exactly should they yearn for, what should they correct? They descend to a level in which they only want everything for themselves.

In our world the skin is the protective sheath of the body. “… and the appearance of the plague be deeper than the skin of his flesh,” symbolizes that on this level the skin cannot serve as an external protective shield.

From a Kabbalistic perspective the skin is the very last Aviut (thickness), the depth of the desire, but if we correct it, we will be able to correct all the other symptoms.

There are alternative medicine doctors who first examine the patient’s skin, then feel how it breathes and what it smells like, etc. This is a very serious diagnosis.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/19/14

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Now Or Never

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we go out to disseminate, and more generally, throughout the entire day, we must wholeheartedly worry about the strength of our unity. This is the only thing determining the strength of the Light, which passes through us to the nation of Israel and to the world. It’s like we’re trying to hold something up, afraid to let it fall lest it break. We constantly hold up unity because the Light will pour forward only through it. This is mutual guarantee.

Otherwise, our words will remain empty sounds. What does it mean to unite? To sit and hug each other? To talk about it? We have been talking about it for years, but is it of any use? Does each of us have to be up against the wall, with a gun pointed at him, to feel the need to unite?

To you, “uniting” means sitting and talking about how important this is. But I don’t enjoy sitting and I don’t enjoy talking about it.

Question: So how can we overcome these final millimeters between us? We feel indifferent, disunited, and repelled by one another. Every person sits in his own corner, in his own niche, with his own thoughts and plans. But we don’t want to go back, so what should we do?

Answer: You need a cry, a prayer.

You need to understand that there will be no forgiveness, no second chance. If you want to attain success, then now’s the time. And if you’re not up to it, then you’re better off going your separate ways. At least that way you’ll know for sure that you’re on the wrong path and have no part in the correction of your soul.

In such cases, words are useless. When a person feels real love, he doesn’t talk about it. People don’t parade the thing closest to their heart—they hold it in secret. That’s why I cannot go out shouting about unity. It’s a different matter when you talk about it scientifically, although the emotion cannot be expressed since it lies much deeper.

In any case, you now have a unique chance and it is up to you to implement it. On my part, I have given you everything and cannot do anything for you. The ball is in your court. If you step back now, the future of Israel and your own future will come under the upper verdict…

There won’t be any other time. You have always waited for time to do its work. But it won’t. Baal HaSulam said in this regard: One who rejects the moment will realize it years later. Right now we are simply obligated to work 24/7, upholding the unity at every moment. There’s no other option. This must be our personal and common, single objective.

Forget about me. You have everything you need, so take action, if that’s what you want. And if you don’t, then I have nothing to add. There are things a father cannot do for his son. The ball is in your court now. Everything is up to you.

What’s important is not the materials we hand out or the conversations about having to unite. This has to be conveyed sincerely from heart to heart. I hope you will accept this and feel it deep down. I hope you will attain prayer, a cry and mutual support. Good luck!
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