Audio Version Of The Blog – 01.19.18

Listen to an Audio Version of the Blog
Download: MP3 Audio

My Thoughts On Twitter, 1/18/18


Why a Death Penalty for #Terrorists Won’t Solve Terrorism… and What Will @TimesofIsrael #deathpenalty #Israel

From Twitter, 1/17/18

Related Material:
My Thoughts On Twitter, 1/17/18
My Thoughts On Twitter, 1/16/18
My Thoughts On Twitter, 1/11/18

My Facebook Page: “Trump Aligned With Electorate, Not Politics As Usual”

From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 1/17/18

The fact that most pundits, politicians, and opinion leaders are constantly speaking against Trump shows something about the Trump phenomenon that the public, the government and the media fail to acknowledge, or can’t come to terms with.

In my view, that something has to do with a fundamental change I anticipate taking place very soon in how we run everything on the planet. The future is not going to be more of what we already know. And Trump, whether he is aware of it or not, is the precursor of that change.

Read my full article on Newsmax

What Is Kabbalistic Meditation?

laitman_562.02Question: What is Kabbalistic meditation?

Answer: I don’t know what is meant by the term “meditation” in various methodologies, philosophies, psychologies, and teachings. Possibly, it is a practice of a person directing his thoughts toward some specific task or action.

In Kabbalah, meditation is equivalent to intention, when I want to connect to the upper Light in order for it to change me, to perform some kind of action on me. Perhaps the desire to come close to the Light, i.e., a specific inner volitional effort, could be called meditation.

At the same time, one should concentrate on a single thought: “There is none else besides Him,” “the good that does good.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 9/3/17

Related Material:
Meditation And Mirages
In The Body And Above It
Is There Meditation In Kabbalah? (And Does It Even Matter?)

How Does The Screen Appear?

laitman_276.02Question: At what point does the “click” occur where we achieve a restriction of egoism and gain a screen?

Answer: This happens almost imperceptibly because all spiritual actions begin with very small details, quantities, and oppositions. A person suddenly begins to realize that he had no relation to it before it, but now there is a feeling, a sensation, that appeared and entered his field of sensation.

Question: What are a restriction and a screen?

Answer: Both the screen and the restriction are a consequence of a feeling of the upper force appearing in a person. It manifests itself as existing in him, and a person acts in a certain way based on this. He understands where to restrict himself, why, and for what. The restriction and the screen appear in him in a natural way.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 8/16/17

Related Material:
The Screen Is Your Contribution To The Spiritual Reality
The Screen Is Maximum Equivalence To The Giver
How Does The Spiritual Masach (Screen) Work?

Humanity And Drugs

laitman_961,2Question: Humanity has invented different ways of escaping from bad states—using drugs for example. What will happen in 2018 with the use of drugs?

Answer: Next year drug use will surely increase. And a large quantity of opiates, which will put humanity to sleep, will spread across the planet.

But what can be done? People will be laid off; they will remain jobless and without significant benefits. By using drugs to numb themselves, they will slowly put themselves to death.

Today, we already see that the human population essentially is not increasing. If it were not for the population of Africa and to some extent Oceania, the human population would have stopped growing long ago.

But the spread of drug use is not a solution. As Baal HaSulam wrote, the planet can feed dozens of times more people, even one hundred billion. And on Earth, there is enough room for everyone. Everything depends only on our relationship to each other.

Remark: You have said more than once that a higher power will not allow humanity to numb itself with drugs. It is impossible for the process of correction to stop. One way or another, the correction will proceed.

My Comment: Of course, the program will continue to be implemented. The problem is in how it will happen, what tortures will humanity have to go through in order to realize that they can’t do this?

Today, a great number of people use drugs. Imagine how difficult it will be for them to stop using them, to gradually rid themselves of this habit, and to begin to embrace the methodology of integral interaction. People need to start realizing that we all really depend on each other and we cannot escape this.

I should not indulge my stupid egoism that keeps pushing me incessantly: do this, don’t do that, don’t take others into consideration. I must get used to taking everybody into consideration as part of the same mechanism I work within and am completely dependent on. It is a very complex system of interaction between us. Therefore, a person should not only be trained, but also gradually become familiar with this methodology.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/24/17

Related Material:
Marijuana By Prescription
The World Needs Heroin
A Win For Marijuana Is A Loss For Everyone

Why Do We Need This Imaginary World?

laitman_423.02We know from the wisdom of Kabbalah that all of reality is inside a person. There is no body that we see ourselves in; there is no “our world.”

Everything we feel in our five sensory organs exists only inside our cumulative organ of perception called the desire to enjoy, and within it, it seems to us that we exist in this illusory reality. The wisdom of Kabbalah calls this reality, which we imagine, imaginary.

Baal HaSulam writes in the “Preface to The Book of Zohar,” item 34 “Take our sense of sight, for example: we see a wide world before us, wondrously filled. But in fact, we see all that only in our own interior. In other words, there is a sort of a photographic machine in our hindbrain, which portrays everything that appears to us and nothing outside of us.

“For that, He has made for us there, in our brain, a kind of polished mirror that inverts everything seen there, so we will see it outside our brain, in front of our face.”

All kinds of phenomena occur in my brain and in my heart. All of them fall on the lens and this lens projects what is inside of me outwardly. Then I see people and all of nature (the inanimate, vegetative, and animate) in front of me—the whole world. But what am I seeing? I see what is happening in me.

Each of us does this. If I address someone, I am turning to some-one who is within me who now ostensibly appears before me.

This means that I must correct myself and my attitude to the Creator. But I cannot do this directly to the Creator; I can only do so through the picture that appears before me. This is how we act.

But a person is integral—everything is within him.

In the article “Concealment and Disclosure of the Face of the Creator,” Baal HaSulam explains how the world that appears before a person changes depending on the person’s qualities. A person changes his inner qualities and then their projection outside changes. According to this picture that his qualities project through the lens outwardly, he can understand how much he is correcting them.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/31/17, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Concealment and Revelation – 1”

Related Material:
What Reality Are We Living In?
Films About Spiritual Reality
The Whole World Is Inside Us

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/19/18

Preparation for the Lesson

[media 1] [media 2]

Lesson on the Topic: “From Obstructions to Ascents,” (Prep For World Convention 2018)

[media 3] [media 4]

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 31 

[media 5] [media 6]