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My Thoughts On Twitter 5/2/18

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If we succeed in awakening the system of our interconnections, we’ll start to understand and agree that we must be connected, included in the law of nature—mutual guarantee, full interconnection of all parts/souls. This is the law of a healthy organism.

Hence, we must try to awaken the system ourselves (Path of Light), instead of
waiting for it to awaken us “in due time” (Beito).

Life is connection between elements, entry and exit of energies, exchange of substances, and in the system of our interconnections—it’s exchange on the level of desires.
This is “Returning to the Light.” #kabbalah #meaning #spirituality #consciousness

One can’t rise to any spiritual degree without revealing savage desires inside and going through them the wrong way. Burning with shame, you gradually understand that it wasn’t you who did it—it was the Creator, and you thank Him for revealing the evil.

#LagBaOmer
All Israeli holidays are milestones on the path of the Soul’s correction till the final correction. Hence, the holidays speak about the history of the nation of Israel, composed of breakages and corrections. Desire can’t be corrected without revealing its breakage.

#LagBaOmer
The holiday of LagBaOmer symbolizes unity, unification. Essentially, all Israeli (Isra-El – straight to the Creator) holidays indicate greater unity (correction) or fragmentation (breakage) between us.

The truth has touched me—
I realized: if the Creator’s greatness
Is above all, inside me,
It will save me!
#Wednesday #kabbalah #poetry #wisdom

The way to check for correct progress is to shift the focus from yourself to the group. At the convention, turn on the aspiration to dissolve, as if you don’t exist, feel everyone except yourself, forget yourself! If we aspire to this, we have a chance to feel the upper force!

The force shaping and filling us is called Creator. It needs to be revealed. To this end, we must observe 2 rules:
-love others as yourself
-from the love for creatures to love for the Creator
Thus we unite the hearts/desires and become filled by the quality of bestowal and love.

We need to arrive at the convention with great hopes that for the first time in our lives, we can reveal the upper world in the connection between us. In its unity, the group of convention participants becomes a mother’s womb for me, in which I’ll begin to develop as an embryo!

Since the world’s correction lies in its proper unification of HaVaYaH, the convention—a world gathering of Kabbalists, people aspiring to attain the goal of creation—is a source of the power of unity, capable of drastically pushing members of Bnei Baruch to revelation of the Creator.

#SpiritualWork_ML
We need to prepare for unity, become included in everyone, rise above our ego, feel everyone instead of ourselves—and inside this, to feel the spiritual state, the Creator. Let’s try to make this effort during the convention!
#Congress #unity

After each step forward on the spiritual path,
I must close off the path back so I can’t run away
The door behind me closes and the one in front of me opens,
Like a floodgate, there’s no way back.
This is the path of gradual exit from egoism, the nature I’m completely immersed in!

The path of pain is when I can’t relate the pain to the group and the Creator inside it.
If I relate disturbances to unity and the Creator, it’s the path of correction.
I choose the path: to blame the Creator or thank Him for revealing evil, which I correct—even the threat of world war

#Spiritualwork_ML
Unpleasant sensations must leave their mark on us, lest no revelation takes place, just like any work or energy is only revealed through resistance. And our unity is built only on resistance, the shattering of the Soul that happened beforehand.

There’s one goal in spiritual work.
It’s attained by increasing the unity between us,
to see that everything comes from the Creator
for our unity.
We thus correct ALL problems,
which become revealed as GOOD,
to reveal the Creator inside the connection as
There’s none else besides Him!

#spirituality
Everything that happens, happens in order to give us a chance to correct our desires. All #worries, #fears, uncertainties, feelings of helplessness, disorder, personal #problems, whether in family or society—can be resolved only by coming closer to the Creator!

We must see the evil that’s revealed as an invitation to correct it and to come closer to each other, until in our connection we will reveal, more and more, the upper force, the Creator. This is how our broken desires manifest, as problems. By correcting them, we build the Soul.

Disturbances are the Creator’s actions, compelling us to connect to Him.

One should see himself as fighting an inner #war against himself.
Then nothing will confuse us, lead us off the straight path, away from the understanding that everything comes from the Creator, His desire to bring us closer to Him.

#Freewill_ML
It seems to man that correction is hard and confusing, until he realizes that one need only recognize the defects and ask for their correction. There’s no need to think HOW they’ll be corrected, but only to picture the corrected state, desire it, and ask the Creator.
From Twitter 5/2/18

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Breaking Israel News: “The Greatest Role Natalie Portman and Other Jews in the Entertainment Industry Should Aspire To”

The largest portal Breaking Israel News published my recent article “The Greatest Role Natalie Portman and Other Jews in the Entertainment Industry Should Aspire To

While the media spins into a frenzy over Natalie Portman’s turning down of the Genesis Prize (the “Jewish Nobel”) as a critical statement of Israel’s leadership, I was asked to comment on her actions. Frankly, I have nothing to say about her or what she did. Instead, the discharge of anger, accusations and opinionated ping pong surrounding the event presents a clear example that we as a Jewish people are not focused on what really matters. If we were, thenwe would rise above all the outrage and examine the core issue: our very identity and function in the world.

It’s no secret that the media thrives on generating hysteria by amplifying celebrities’ insignificant comments into wildfires of public opinion. What should we ask ourselves is why do we enjoy it so much? Why do we let ourselves get swept into this socially divisive snowball effect? Why don’t we enjoy in more socially beneficial ways, by engaging in the creation of a more positively connected society?

Actors Had Far Less Influence in the Past

Historically, actors were never at the center of public discourse as they now are. For example, in ancient Rome, actors had even less civil and political rights than their fellow citizens. Their ability to switch between different characters and behaviors made them seem “soulless,” as if they lacked personality and identity. As such, they were considered as being of lower social status. However, the 1920s saw Hollywood’s penetration into mass consciousness. Actors drew public attention. They suddenly rose in popularity and wealth to a high social status, and their opinions were also placed on an international pedestal.

Backed by the immense material strength of an audacious industry, actors ride controversial media trends, mostly political ones, showing support or opposition to one of the sides, in order to create buzz and empower their public image. It stems from sheer self-interest, and it’s why I’m not interested in dealing with it.

If we’re speaking about Jewish people in the entertainment industry, then I would expect them to portray an authentic representation of the Jewish essence. More succinctly, I would expect them to show examples of the tendency to unite above differences, that a kind, loving and caring attitude to others above all the primal divisive urges is what defines Jews at their nucleus.

A Mission for Jews in the Entertainment Industry

In practical terms, I would recommend that the entertainment industry’s Jews work on creating a new social vision, one of a positively connected future where we and humanity as a whole will succeed to connect above all of our differences. Instead of romanticizing the past or creating fantasies completely removed from reality, we should emphasize what can bring us together: the creation of a vision of how our society can overcome our current problems, divisions and conflicts and reach harmony rich with everyone’s individual characteristics and expressions continually strengthening a massive enveloping unification.

For example, the ceremonies in last week’s 70 years of independence celebrations in Israel sentimentalized the nation’s struggles and achievements over the last 2,000 years. From stories of the nation receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, through 2,000 years of exile, encounters with anti-Semitism, tragedy in the pogroms and the Holocaust, the return to Israel, and the extensive efforts and ingenuity of Israel’s progress in security, agriculture, the economy and high tech in order to reach the solid national infrastructure Israel holds today—it is true that the people of Israel have been through a lot and have a great story to tell.

However, I would completely shift the focus of this story. Instead of reminiscing about our past and present achievements, we should see these as a background to our real challenge: How can we realize a new and enhanced vision of nothing less than a perfect future, one where instead of division, conflict, friction, and struggle, we will bring to the world connection, positivity, love, and happiness? We should accept the fact that we have been given a portion of land as an opportunity to realize our true identity and function in the world: to unite (“love your friend as yourself” [Leviticus 19:18]) and be an example of that unity for humanity (“a light unto nations” [Isaiah 49:6]).

The biggest story about our fate as a Jewish people is not in the past. It is happening right now. If we work toward envisioning and materializing this vision of social unity, then we will find ourselves living out our monumentally epic tale of biblical proportions on a day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis: we would start carrying out the role we were put here on this planet to fulfill.

Therefore, in echoing the words of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, that “I am glad that I have been born in such a generation when it is permitted to disclose the wisdom of truth,” (in “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”) we all have access to feel this joy by focusing ourselves on a vision of a positively connected future for ourselves and humanity, and starting to work together to materialize this vision.

The Greatest Role Jews Have Is Creating a Better World

I, therefore, wish for us all to start thinking about this vision and our role in it, that we discuss it, act it out and promote it to each other, and that large aggregates such as the entertainment industry and its actors whose opinions constantly ripple throughout our media networks, will start also playing their part in this new direction. Today, we have the opportunity and the potential to set off a major transformation to a positively connected world the likes of what we’ve never seen before, and it is my dear hope that we will realize it.
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Implementation Occurs In The Ten

laitman_290The cascading of the worlds from above downward was the preparation for the correction, and the opposite process from below upward is its implementation. During the cascading from above downward all the conditions were established for disparity of form, so that we would reach the equivalence with the Creator from this disparity. The end of correction is complete equivalence between the created being and the Creator.

All this implementation occurs in the ten. The first ten, the first HaVaYaH, was divided, shattered in all possible ways and descended to complete disparity of form with the Creator, to complete lack of connection. We then begin to correct this shattering by connecting tens. By working on connection in our ten, we unknowingly gather many different tens, until we begin to see how they form an ever more advanced ten. 1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/17/18, Lesson on the topic of “Discovering the Creator’s Force in the Ten” (Preparation for the Convention “All As One” in New Jersey 2018)
1 Minute 37:35

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Don’t Be Like Everyone Else!

laitman_268.02In the News (Business Insider): “According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the surest way to maximize happiness has nothing to do with experiences, material goods, or personal philosophy. …

“‘The more we study engagement, we see time and again that just being next to certain people actually aligns your brain with them,’ based on their mannerisms, the smell of the room, the noise level, and many other factors, Cerf said. ‘This means the people you hang out with actually have an impact on your engagement with reality beyond what you can explain. And one of the effects is you become alike.’ …

“Cerf’s conclusion is that if people want to maximize happiness and minimize stress, they should build a life that requires fewer decisions by surrounding themselves with people who embody the traits they prefer. Over time, they’ll naturally pick up those desirable attitudes and behaviors.”

My Comment: On one hand, here is another example of the irresistible impact of the environment on a person. On the other hand, I always avoided societies where everyone thinks the same. After all, it is a gray mass that doesn’t give anything. It is impossible to develop in it. Worse yet, the leveling of people breeds fascism.

Why should I be like everybody else? On the contrary, everyone should strive for individual development. Don’t try to be like others, express yourselves as much as possible. Then everyone will differ from each other, and everyone can bring something special to society, a “prominence” that is found only in you and not in others.

The problem is that we do not have a common methodology, a general knowledge, which allows us to build a cohesive society from uniqueness. People should change. They should all be very different and at the same time strive for a single goal.

This is a clear development of opposites on their union in a single, common source.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/18

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Winnings—Beneficial Or Harmful?

laitman_600.02In the News: In the US, a twenty-year-old Florida resident won 451 million dollars in lottery—one of the biggest winnings in history. How does Kabbalah consider such cases? Is this an accident or a coincidence? And if not, then to whom does luck come? (NBC News)

Answer: There are no accidents. There is a clear system of governance of our world, down to its smallest particles. This system is called “the upper world.”

It governs humanity in order to eventually elevate each person in his desires to the upper level. This is the program of development of each of us individually and all of us together.

According to this program, there are an immense number of commands that descend on us all at every moment. We receive and perform some of them instinctively, and some semi-consciously or consciously. Many of them we miss, are unable to perform, but nevertheless they pass through us in a certain way, forming and developing us.

Someone dies in sufferings, and someone wins millions or just lives his whole life without seeing or feeling anything bad in it. Why is it so?

The fact is that we do not understand the work of the upper “computer.” The wisdom of Kabbalah explains it; however, really comprehending and grasping this program is possible only by ascending to the system of governance.

After all, even an action by our own computer programs cannot be explained straight away. What can we say about the comprehensive program that gradually assembles us into one whole and reveals this thus-far-invisible thing, called “soul”…

We need to study the upper system of governance very seriously. It astounds with its uniqueness, its logic, its absolute interconnection and harmony. Getting acquainted with it, a person feels great pleasure because it fills him with greatness and perfection.

Then the very concept of “luck” also changes. For Kabbalists, “luck” is that they discover the future world, their future states, and bring their approach closer. The wisdom of Kabbalah is needed exactly for this. It says that there is no afterlife, that everyone should receive and master his future world now, in this life.

We live in the lowest, “dullest” of the worlds—until we reveal in it the upper world of love and bestowal. One cannot get there based on luck. There are no favors, lotteries, or accidents. Each person should search, make efforts—and his reward will not be dollars, but the degrees of an exciting spiritual ascent.

Regarding this ascent, everyone is equal and no one has advantages. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, everyone has the facts.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/16/18

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The Revelation Of The Creator Is In Sensations

laitman_276.03Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: This is because in fact, there is nothing more natural than coming into contact with one’s maker, for He has made nature. In fact, every creature has contact with his maker, as it is written, “The whole earth is full of His glory,” except we do not know or feel it.

Such contact exists all the time. It comes from the Creator and not from creation, and our task is to start feeling it. This is the wisdom of Kabbalah.

By definition, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the revelation of the Creator to man in this world. The revelation is only in sensations.

Question: So, “the whole earth is full of His glory” comes from the Creator, and “we (the creation) do not know or feel it”—from our side?

Answer: Of course, every bug, every insect and leaf—everything is directly managed by this force, this field, called the Creator.

But this is not given to us in our sensations. Nature is an objective reality given to us in sensations. Therefore, what I feel is what exists, and what I do not feel does not exist for me. I can acquire additional senses and then everything that I can feel in them will also be part of nature that manifests in relation to me.

Question: Does a Kabbalist have the ability to constantly control his perception of reality?

Answer: There are no people living on Earth who cannot do this because we are all moving toward an ever-increasing correction. And when we become included in the Creator, everything will become simpler.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/9/17

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New Life #29 – The Future Of Human Education

New Life #29 – The Future Of Human Education
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary:

We are facing the need for an absolute change, an innovation in human education. We are disconnected in every facet of life. Education needs to rebuild each person in order for the family unit to survive. We can only be educated in this way through exposure to a new type of environment that will provide a good example to us regarding relationships and social life. This environment will show each person how to get to know and understand his true nature, what life can be like, and how to get there together.
From KabTV’s “New Life #29 – The Future of Human Education,” 7/2/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 5/2/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “Lag BaOmer

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Mutual Guarantee,” Item 23

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