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My Thoughts On Twitter 6/27/18

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I must look for states that will bring me to the revelation of evil inside me. This means “awakening the darkness” that I did not see before. By that I create desires for prayer, learn to ask from the Creator. This is the only thing that can help me!
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How Misguided We Are in Thinking That God Is Anything Like Us“ - @laitman

I just published “How Misguided We Are in Thinking That God Is Anything Like Us
From Twitter, 6/27/18

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Medium: “The Ideal Framework For A Happy Existence”

Medium published my new article “The Ideal Framework For A Happy Existence” 

How to be happy has become an algorithm hard to decipher. Is it because we are using the wrong formula? Fulfillment does not depend on money, power, or luck, but on positive human relations. This is the principle of the happiness course at Yale and Stanford, with the course already the most popular in the history of both universities.

The course is based on positive psychology. It states that our level of joy in life is determined by the quality of our interaction with others. In fact, people are more satisfied in an environment where solidarity, support and a sense of belonging prevail. In contrast, competition to dominate and be above others put a person under constant stress, pressure and isolation.

It explains why people that seem to have it all may suffer severe depression to the point that some are taking their own lives. The recent suicides of the American designer Kate Spade and the TV personality Anthony Bourdain exemplify this situation. As a contagious effect, days after their deaths, the number of calls to the crisis hotlines in the US rose by 65% and the volume of text emergency lines spiked to 116%.

Globally, around 800,000 die due to suicide every year, about one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. The statistics show that the lack of fulfillment is reaching epidemic proportions. Attributing it to external conditions would be a simplistic explanation. A person can live in the middle of a forest in a log cabin and feel happy, or have a luxurious apartment in a skyscraper yet feel miserable and lonely. What is the key factor that makes the difference between those states? It is the influence of the environment.

What distinguishes us from other species is the social aspect. We are shaped and influenced by our surroundings at every moment of our lives, through our family, work and the media. One can be oppressed or elevated by the environment depending on how the person absorbs such influence.

An egalitarian society based on solidarity, where everyone cares for each other — gets as much as one needs and works for the good of all — is the ideal framework for people’s happy existence and a solid ground for their children’s thriving future.

On the contrary, our egoistic and aggressive pursuit of wealth, honor, knowledge and power cannot be a source of happiness. This is because the moment we fulfill those desires, a new void appears leaving us dissatisfied again. Therefore, the ultimate joy can only be at a level above individual pursuits of happiness, by building together a cohesive social fabric that will positively influence every member of society.

As written by Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Ashlag in the newspaper The Nation:

“It is a must for every nation to be strongly united within, so all the individuals within it are attached to one another by instinctive love. Moreover, each individual should feel that the happiness of the nation is one’s own happiness, and the nation’s decadence is one’s own decadence… It means that the people of that nation, who sense that harmony, are the ones who make the nation, and the measure of happiness of the nation and sustainability are measured by their quality.”

However, our current education system and environment revere competition and achievement for personal gain, even if it is at the expense of others. This might be the most important discovery for the students at Yale and Stanford: that it is naïve to think that something will change if we continue being controlled by our selfish nature.

Michael Laitman at the World Kabbalah Convention, New Jersey, May 2018.

Therefore, even the most prestigious institution cannot teach us how to be happy. The solution would be to enroll the entire society in happiness studies, but it is somehow comfortable with the status quo, which is the core message that the person, a product of the environment, is exposed to.

However, from one heartbreak to another, from crisis to crisis, from despair to pain, gradually the whole society will be aware of its current bad state. Then it will discover the path of Kabbalah, chosen by unique individuals “disengaged” from the devious values of society to implement a transformational process to encourage close bonds of unity and love, wherein, as mentioned above, lies happiness.

Kabbalah is a method of building a unified and happy human society. It is a method that teaches values necessary for existence in a healthy social framework, how to relate to others in a balanced manner. Moreover, it teaches a step-by-step process on how to positively connect in order to draw a force dwelling in nature that can change human nature. Thus, a person will learn not to aspire only to fulfill his or her own happiness, but that of others as well. A harmonious human society will then be built to ensure each other’s happiness.

In such a society, the way to measure an individual’s happiness will be simple: A person whose happiness and positive emotions burst outside all the time — from the individual to others and from others to the individual — is a happy and satisfied person. We will then all graduate with honors from the university of life.
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How To Sort Out Your Desires And Thoughts

laitman_209Question: Is it true that the method of Kabbalah helps a person reveal his destiny by sorting out his desires? How do we sort out the desires and thoughts that come to us?

Answer: You cannot do this—do not even think about it. Don’t think you are so smart, developed, and capable of sorting out desires and thoughts.

The only thing you can do is give the upper Light the opportunity to do this work. For that to happen, you must internally, mentally, and physically relax and agree with the fact that the upper Light controls you and let it work by itself. Start feeling its impact on you.
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Playing Hide-And-Seek With The Creator

laitman_249.01Connection has to be reached by an attack! To the extent of our efforts to achieve it in the corporeal world, breaking forth toward connection each according to his understanding and the root of his soul, we force the Creator to actualize it. The Creator is training us, like a teacher, an instructor, and therefore does not always help strengthen unity, but sometimes does the opposite to show us where we need to exert more.

He gives us all kinds of exercises, forcing us to try different ways. And if we interpret His message to us correctly, perceiving everything that is happening in reality, from the breaking of the collective soul in the sin of the Tree of Knowledge up to the present day, as the Creator’s appeal to us to help realize the connection, to that extent we begin to understand our work. We begin to feel our continuous dialog with the Creator, His reaction to us.

We then have a common language with the Creator. The main thing is to start understanding Him, perceiving everything that is happening in the world, supposedly good or bad events, as the Creator’s communication with me, a call to address Him. The Creator hides behind all actions, behind all of reality, and I try to discern His work behind everything happening and to concentrate not on the actions themselves, but on the Creator.

This requires constant perseverance in order to not let the Creator deceive us. No matter how He hides behind everything happening, we turn directly to Him. It makes Him very happy! And it also gives joy to a person if he, with the help of the environment, is ready to accept this game and reveal the Creator above His concealment.

But this is provided that we do not just imagine His presence in everything happening. This is enough only at the very beginning. We then need to move on to more focused work: striving to unite with each other and discovering how much the Creator hinders us in this. This hindrance is where we learn about Him.

It is like climbing a mountain with a royal palace at the summit. The more we try to unite, the more the Creator impedes this: inflicting us with forgetfulness and sending all kinds of disturbances. And we, despite everything, with the help of Arvut (mutual guarantee) and the unity formed, try to help each other; we remind ourselves that the main thing is to remain in the mutual connection to reveal the Creator who realizes this connection and reveals Himself inside it.

In this case, we are called Israel (Yashar-Kel), that is, aimed “straight to the Creator,” because we want to reveal the only true reason for all that is happening in our reality. We want to restore the system of the common soul, Adam HaRishon, which the Creator prevents us from uniting so that through the disturbances we would find out its structure.

This is how the continuous attack on connection continues until the Creator surrenders and says, “I want!” and allows us to unite and reveal Him. We will become a vessel for His revelation, and He, the filling of this vessel, and so we will reach our first adhesion with the Creator.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/15/18 “Attacking the Connection”

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New Life #47 – Connection As An Existential Need

New Life #47 – Connection As An Existential Need
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Global connection will fulfill our existential needs and without it we will not survive.  Nature obligates us to create balance through human connection. Correction of the human ego will bring about general societal correction. People could organize public services for the benefit of all through volunteering rather than money. People could donate their time, their money, and anything they no longer need. The message of connection and the value of mutual support will be supported through various publications.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #47 – Connection As An Existential Need,” 8/12/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/27/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “From Helplessness to Crying Out to the Creator” 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 2, Part 6, Item 17

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love of God and the Love of Man”

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