My Thoughts On Twitter, 4/17/18

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

Terms in Kabbalah/wisdom of the upper world, differ from our world:
Nations of the world: people’s egoistic desires
Israel – Isra-El (Straight to the Creator): aspiration to equivalence with the Creator
Jew (Ever): desire to reach the corrected state
This is relevant to everyone.

Expansion of the worlds from above downward was preparation for correction, while ascent from below upward is its realization. The descent created conditions of incongruence with the Creator so we would then, from there, reach equivalence with Him, till complete adhesion.

The entire correction of creation happens in the ten.
The prototype of the ten, the first HaVaYaH of the world of infinity, descended until total opposition to the Creator, lack of unity.
Then, from below, we start correcting the breakage by uniting in the ten.

Jews harm the world by not correcting it.
Only they can perform the correction by uniting.
The nations of the world must help the Jews unite, as the prophet allegorically said that the nations of the world will carry the Jews to the Creator’s mountain.
#Antisemitism #crisis

I get angry reactions from Jews for blaming ourselves for the #Holocaust, #Antisemitism and all of the world’s troubles!
But I am disclosing an objective law of nature so we may observe it and thus stop evoking misery upon ourselves!
After all, it’s all starting to repeat!

Once again to address people’s confusion about delineating spirituality:
Anything harmful to others (theft, damage) is a crime!
Anything useful to others is spiritual!
How much you sleep, eat, or party is your own business!
#Ego #FreeWill_ML

The Creator hands Himself over to the creatures and helps them in every way so they will reveal Him more and more. The Creator is revealed in the ten to the extent of the unity of intentions. It takes work to overcome differences and create qualities that conform to the Creator

Spiritual work is preparing a place for light, revelation of the Creator. This is done in the ten to the extent we bond for the sake of this goal and draw the correcting light, OM [Ohr Makif], which returns us to the Source, the Creator, who will turn us into one whole, like the Creator.

We’re driven by one force.
It determines the connections between us.
It controls us, whether we want it or not.
If we resemble a common network, we’ll reveal that force.
All changes happen only in us—
To live in revelation or concealment of that force.
This is our fate…

In Kabbalah it’s particularly difficult for a person to defend his opinions.
He feels danger in going against the common opinion.
And even more so, in speaking the truth. Beastly fear comes over him.
After all, his truth isn’t apparent and egoistic society is set against Kabbalah

Not submitting to society’s opinion, holding on to one’s right to the truth—only importance of the goal can raise one above fear of rejection. Every Kabbalist goes against society and conquers fear, the #evil force. The rest return to the customary world. (See Shamati #4)

Revealing the upper world is tuning yourself to perceive in the quality of bestowal, rather than through society. This tuning is done in the group. But when one’s perception changes, one starts to fear being separated from the world, as if he leaves the world. So he leaves BB.

One always sees the #world through others, unaware to himself.
One always perceives a #reality distorted by others’ opinion.
When a person knows about choosing the group, he changes his perception to a group when under pressure of group values, even if the group is clearly wrong.

We choose the opinion that society chooses, even if we understand that it is false, irrational, and goes against common sense. A person makes decisions by the principle “like everyone,” influenced by others’ similar behavior. His reward is confidence!
#Reality_ML #Kabbalah

Since what we see in our surroundings is our own internal reflection,
The only way to attain revelation of reality (that’s outside of us) is by attuning ourselves to the ten as to a single whole.
This #revelation of reality is practical #Kabbalah
#Reality_ML #Society #perception

#Envy makes us exert.
Envy is useful if it leads to the goal.
I value envy for it is the lifeline
That the friends extend to one who drowns.
I hold on to it and thus, I want
The friends to be taller and stronger,
Since they are my only hope
#unity #MotivationalQuotes #wisdom

The upper nature is a system connecting us into one whole.
But we see a broken world.
Just as we draw a picture and break it up into parts
For a child to put it together and understand,
That’s how we have to put ourselves, our broken world, together correctly,
Using hints from above.

That’s on the level of our world. But in the spiritual world it’s the other way around!

We always see the world through the ten. That’s how all of reality was created—as 10 qualities of the Creator’s name-HaVaYaH. This is why we accept others’ opinion, since we perceive the “reality” that comes to us through them.

… Everything is included in one another, the good inclination and the bad inclination, right and left, #Israel and the rest of the nations, #white and #black. Everything depends on one another.
– The #Zohar, Kedoshim, 7-8.

“Out of #darkness came forth light, and out of concealment came forth and revealed the deep. One came out of the other. Out of good came forth bad, and out of mercy came forth judgment ….”
– The #Zohar, Kedoshim, 7-8.

In modern life, which is globally interdependent, such an approach is very much needed.
#globalization #life

I invite everyone to the World Kabbalah Convention 2018 . I am sure that everyone will head home with a healthy, rational, and practical approach to life, both in relation to everyone’s personal lives, as well as to the world in general.

If it is important for us to find our optimal place in the world, and to have happier and easier lives, then it is important for us to at least learn and experience a little of what Kabbalah has to offer. #happiness #MeaningOfLife

The wisdom of Kabbalah opens up a new and improved map of the world, showing where the #world is headed, and explaining the laws of nature: why and how they work on us.

It addresses the education of both adults and youth according to what is most important in life, how to prioritize human values and engagements, and how to plan personal, domestic and national #life in order to bring about a harmonious #future generation.

… but as a substantive method through which we need to upgrade ourselves and the world in all of its fields.
The wisdom of #Kabbalah explains the structure of human relations on personal, domestic, social, national, and global scales.

Question: What is the main reason a person should attend a Kabbalah convention?

Answer: We are in a state where the wisdom of Kabbalah is becoming more and more widely recognized, not as it has been popularly misconceived throughout history, as religion, mysticism or magic …
From Twitter, 4/17/18

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“Privacy In The New Digital Era: What Have We Got To Hide?”

Medium published my new article “Privacy in the New Digital Era: What Have We Got To Hide?

“Mr.Zuckerberg,” asked senator Dick Durbin, regarding the way the Facebook CEO perceives his privacy, “Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

“Um…” Zuckerberg took his time to answer as dozens of TV and newspaper cameras watched on. “No.” said the young man in the suit and tie. The crowd chuckled awkwardly as he answered the surprising question.

“If you’ve messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?” Durbin continued to inquire.

“Senator, no, I would probably not choose to do that publicly here,” Zuckerberg said, more avidly than before. But Senator Durbin, like many of his colleagues, did not seem satisfied; even as Zuckerberg’s baby face looked back at them with a humbled look.

For over six hours, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, testified before the Senate in Washington. Zuckerberg had to explain how the private information of 87 million users had reached the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a data mining company.

In fact, what was being interrogated on that stand was not Facebook, nor its CEO, but the very right to privacy. In an advanced technological world, with an open and increasingly interconnected virtual space, is there any room left for privacy in our lives?

My answer is: almost none. Internet users might fight for it, but the future trend shows that there really isn’t that much to hide.

Laws should indeed be legislated to limit the ability of big monopolies to trade our information and trample our rights. But that is not the main point. Human society is marching into a new age where we’ll all know everything about everyone — from the most basic information that any minor computer geek can easily track, to the most supposedly embarrassing deeds we try to hide from the eyes of our neighbors and colleagues.

We are about to experience a major transformation of what we feel ashamed about, a new era where everything becomes disclosed. It will soon become clear that we are all made of the same material.

Overcoming the Façade of Righteousness and Seeing Ourselves as We Are

A short glance at the leaders of our world today and their public image, reveals the naked truth: President Clinton had extramarital sexual affairs, President Trump is now faced with accusations of cheating on his wife with porn stars, the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi boasted about his orgiastic “bunga bunga” parties, stories of Libya’s former dictator, Kaddafi’s passion parties abound, as do a myriad of other rumors of different public personas.

Public personas and officials are no different to anyone else. Their official role does not make them immune to the natural drives and impulses inherent to every man and woman in the world. Every man — from small to great, from worker to leader, from elderly to youth — is driven by desires to enjoy food, sex and family. Regarding these desires, we are no different than any other animal. Therefore, there is no reason to become perplexed about the information revealed about us in social media, it reveals nothing new about our true nature.

If anyone does have a problem with your nature, with your preferences and inclinations, your passions and behaviors, your character and your thoughts, then you can answer them with a line from the Jewish sages: “Go to the craftsman who made me and say to him, ‘How ugly is the vessel which you have made’” (Talmud, Taanit 20a–b).

When we’ll realize we are all made of the same material, each with a different shade and color of desire, privacy will then become a thing of the past. When that happens, we can then delve deeper into what makes us human.

So what does make us human?

We are made up of two levels, the physical-bodily level and the human-spiritual level. On the first level, every person needs to satisfy their corporeal desires. This is all well and good, on condition that no harm is done to anyone in the process. On the second level, there is our internal essence, which is what we need for true, heartfelt connection to others.

This second level is hidden from us. It is the deep level of relationships with others, a spiritual level that is not experienced in our first-level corporeal ties. It is called “the human” in us, as Kabbalists refer to it, and to grasp it further, one needs to consciously evolve.

Since the second level is hidden from us, it is intangible and we cannot feel it. We mistakenly equate our “human” spiritual self to our physical human body. As a result, we create social norms and moral values that limit the use of the human body, i.e., the fulfillment of desires on the first level.

Precisely at this point is where the media enters to take advantage of the way we limit ourselves. The media thrives on celebrating our lack of connection to our inner essence. To continue making money, the media deludes us day and night, producing extravagant shows out of our natural impulses. The media dramatizes behaviors and actions that derive from our instinctive basic drives, instead of reminding us that it is our real nature, and theirs. And so we are gradually brainwashed by a fake value system, praising or reprimanding others for the natural drives they were born with.

A correct version of the media would engage itself in creating positive human connections, “to connect people, to build community and to bring the world closer together,’ as Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress and the world. The media needs to help elevate us to the second, hidden level; to create a new set of values based not on our bodies and natural impulses, but a set of values aimed at attaining our essence, to strengthen our contribution to society and to encourage good relationships.

Humans are Wired for Connection

The public’s victory in the struggle for privacy will be possible when we begin to develop our “inner human,” and connect meaningfully and positively to others. It is through mutual relations that we will discover nature’s hidden force — a force binding us on all levels, and which is increasingly pressuring us to wake up and face our connection to each other. By attaining such a mutual sensation of nature’s higher force, we will lift the veil of smoke covering what we deem as private and shameful, and this “mystery” surrounding the virtual world will be gone.

The media, with Facebook as one of its current leading players, has the ability to create positive trends that will inspire and elevate humanity to greater connection. They have the power to set the social tone and create a new culture, to sharpen the social perception of reality into a healthy perception of human nature, and to aid every person in adopting new understandings about his or her physical and spiritual drives.

When meaningful content flows in the veins of social networks, no one will be ashamed or afraid of exposure any longer. The more we identify with our spiritual level that is disconnected from any physical need, the more we will be able to be calm about such incidences as this privacy leak of tens of millions of users. We will know how to put our self in the right perspective, the physical and the spiritual. In such a social climate the only shame that will afflict man will be when one takes a hard look at oneself and considers: “Have I invested enough in creating positive relations? Have I contributed to positive connection in society? Have I been considerate of others, the way a ‘human’ should?”

An Economist’s Depression

Laitman_514.02In the News (Project Syndicate): A Nobel Prize laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, writes:

“I’ve been attending the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland – where the so-called global elite convenes to discuss the world’s problems – since 1995. Never have I come away more dispirited than I have this year. …

“The CEOs of Davos were euphoric this year about the return to growth, strong profits, and soaring executive compensation. Economists reminded them that this growth is not sustainable, and has never been inclusive; but such arguments have little impact in a world where materialism is king.

“So forget the platitudes about values that CEOs recite in the opening paragraphs of their speeches. They may lack the candor of Michael Douglas’s character in the 1987 movie Wall Street, but the message hasn’t changed: ‘Greed is good.’ What depresses me is that, though the message is obviously false, so many in power believe it to be true.”

My Comment: Contrary to Joseph Stiglitz, I do not feel depressed because I understand humanity’s egoism and from the start do not expect any good deeds from the economic elite. Moreover, I would wish them luck. Because the more they descend into their own greed, the quicker the world will see the truth and will finally become mature enough to apply the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that we need to unite and demand the realization of the methodology for the correction of the world from the people of Israel. Even in ancient times the Egyptian Pharaoh understood that the Jews were running from him to true unity, to the ascent above egoism. This has to be understood by the nations today even more clearly.

The essence of the wisdom of Kabbalistic methodology, inherent in the people of Israel, is such: connect with one another to such an extent that egoism will no longer separate us or disturb us. Demonstrating this possibility to all, the Jews will fulfill that which the world awaits from them, even if unconsciously.

Having found themselves at a dead end, people will feel this. Humanity will begin to become aware that the solution to the problem is hidden in the people of Israel.

And everything else depends on how capable the people of Israel are of realizing the idea of unity within itself—then showing and presenting it to the world.

Today, the Jews are hated, without a clear understanding as to why. Instead of an inherent cause, reasons and excuses are offered for this hatred. Therefore, this hatred requires a correct orientation in consciousness so that everyone together gets down to business: on the one hand, those who aspire toward internal correction—the “people of Israel,” on the other hand, all others.

In reality, these two parts together solve one mutual problem. It is simply necessary to begin with someone and that’s why unity begins with those who are already ripe for it. And then, on a voluntary basis, based on desire, by way of positive example, wider circles connect to them.

In this manner, it is entirely unnecessary to drive the Jews out of their land; it’s not necessary to kill them. It is necessary to motivate them to create a strong, interwoven society, spreading the upper Light to the entire world.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 2/13/18

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Without Knowing The Past, We Will Not Attain The Future

laitman_243.07Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation, “Introduction to the Writings of the Last Generation”: Man’s advantage over it is that the spirit of man ascends into the past, and looks into the past as one looks in the mirror and sees one’s flaws so as to correct them. Similarly, the mind sees what it has been through, and corrects its future conducts.

“The spirit of man ascends into the past”—to that force that has created him.

First of all, a person wants to know: “Where did I come from?” And then: “Where am I headed to?” But he cannot ask, “Where am I going to?” If he does not know his beginning, he will not know his end. That is why he looks to the past, wanting to reach the source, the Light, that has created him. Because the question “Who am I?” is a question about the source of man: “Who created me, who controls me, who decides?” And if he becomes aware of the source and studies it, then he attains his future.

“He looks into the past as one looks in the mirror and sees one’s flaws so as to correct them”—flaws that are purposely created in him by the source so that he would come to the awareness and attainment of Him: from darkness into Light—and in this manner to attain the future. And the future exists in the connection with that same source.
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New Life 972 – Positive Competition

New Life 972 – Positive Competition
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Competition is necessary for the world to run and for the person to grow and develop. We envy others who appear to have more and want to realize our own uniqueness. In the future, people will compete in a positive, healthy way to see who is more beneficial to others and society as a whole. Everything will be done for the sake of Heaven rather than in the name of personal honor. Everyone will aim to resemble the Creator by becoming more loving and giving.
From KabTV’s “New Life 972 – Positive Competition,” 3/4/18

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 4/17/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “Discovering the Creator’s Force in the Ten” (Preparation for the Convention “All As One” in New Jersey 2018)

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 3, Chapter 9, Item 3

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Exile and Redemption”

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