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Baal HaSulam, Shamati 68: Man’s connection to the Sefirot: A person cannot correct his thoughts. But he can correct the heart so it will be aimed directly at the Creator—then all his thoughts will be only about how to give pleasure to the Creator.
Rabash: Those who study #Torah not only in order to know the laws of how to carry out commandments, but to correct the heart—they are called wise of heart. If they study Torah with this intention, they are called wise of heart since they need the Torah to correct the heart.
R. Avraam Ibn Ezra: “Know that all the commandments, although most of them are carried out by actions or words, they are all intended for correcting the heart, since the Creator demands all hearts… . And know that the #Torah has been given only to those who have a heart.”
It is written that a person was created by #Torah. Hence a person in our world is not called a person in Torah, but belongs to the animate degree, since he is governed instinctively by his #egoism like all animals. A person, Adam, is likeness to the Creator created out of egoism by efforts and the upper light.
Not wishing to see the Creator’s governance as good because he will cease to believe, since faith is against reason, and he wishes to be in faith, which is above reason—one asks to be given such a force of faith as if with his reason he sees the Creator’s good governance so there won’t be any difference between reason and faith.
One should seek to accept the Creator’s authority in a state that contradicts the good Creator, with no support—then one is most certainly going by faith above reason! Have faith that this is exactly why the Creator has given him this low state. And don’t ask to feel greatness, but accept the authority unconditionally.
Time after time, a person raises broken qualities to correction, eliciting a new light of correction each time. Although he starts anew with a black point every time, he must rejoice at the new corrections. The embryo of the soul develops from such targeted corrections.
It is possible to lower yourself precisely when you aspire to be proud, to understand and see, yet you lower yourself and are ready to proceed with eyes closed, in connection and bestowal. You thus acquire new qualities since the upper one raises your request, gives forces, and then you ascend on your own.
Baal HaSulam: Just as the Creator doesn’t think of Himself—whether He exists or governs, so one who wishes to become similar to Him shouldn’t think about it. Hence one should aim all of his actions at adhesion with the Creator, which means doing everything for the benefit of the neighbor. Only then will one attain equivalence of form with the Creator.
Accepting the Creator’s authority in the lowest state, going above reason and sensations, not taking them into account—is called being between heaven and earth, with no support, going above reason.
Knowing that one has received this low state in order to place oneself under the Creator’s authority (burden) in complete humility.
The Creator pampers a person with a good childhood, accustoming him to sufficiency and knowledge. Thus, one understands that the Creator loves him. However, if he wants to understand the meaning of the Creator’s actions, he annuls himself and the Creator brings him closer. But if life gets worse, he blames the Creator and becomes distant, proud.
From Twitter, 6/6/19
How can a person decide to annul himself? From despair. Some kind of trouble comes, stress, an unsolvable problem when you do not know what to do. The Creator blocks exits for me from all sides, there is nowhere to escape, and life is worse than death. And then I see that the only way out is to annul myself in the face of this situation, to quench my desire to somehow resolve it, and do something. Let the Creator, who arranges all this, resolve everything by Himself. I just need to annul myself.
In such states, I learn how to annul myself. It is as if the whole world is collapsing on me, and there is no way to get out of this state or to somehow hide. Then the Creator sends me the thought: “I did everything to help you. Stop controlling reality! Your job is to annul yourself before the reality created by Me.” So, a person starts learning how to restrict himself.
These actions are still egoistic. I cannot help but think about myself, but I leave these thoughts because this is my only salvation. Meanwhile, it is only an escape from the blows, but this is how I learn how to get out of myself. The Creator has to teach me the way out through my helplessness. Then I understand that this is really the correct approach.
I decide that I do not control the world, but everything is arranged by the Creator, who is waiting for me to admit that He is the reason for everything because there is none else beside Him, who is good and does good. Therefore, all is for the better—not for my corporeal benefit, but for my spiritual advancement. Now, I want to thank the Creator for the grave condition that helped me, like labor in childbirth. Otherwise, we will be unable to exit our egoism.
As an alternative, we should start working in a group, imagining various difficult conditions in it that the desire to enjoy shows us when we want to achieve the desire for bestowal. In this way, we ourselves will awaken the dawn.1
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/28/19, “The Absolute Zero”
1 Minute 32:20
The entrance to spirituality takes place through the annulment of the desire to enjoy, of an evil principle. But the desire itself cannot be cancelled. One only cancels the egoistic use of the desire with the intention for one’s own sake. To do this, one has to hold onto a small spiritual spark placed in a person in order to build oneself on its basis and transfer it to the first spiritual step across the barrier (Machsom), a tiny hole.
There is a parable about a king who wished to move his treasury to another place, and to do this, he gave a coin to every subject so that they would carry it and not yield to the temptation to steal. In the same way a person transfers himself, his great desire to enjoy, in portions. First of all, he transfers the spark, declares his affiliation and loyalty to the king, and merges with Him at one point.
We can already feel this point because we drew the reforming light, organized tens, and we understand what it means to annul yourself in the group, the friends, and accordingly, to the Creator. If we transfer our point from one world to the next in order to be loyal to the king at least at one point, then we can gradually transfer our other desires through the same narrow pipeline along the same path. This is how we will clean these desires from their selfish intent and add to them the intention to bestow.
And this is how we move from world to world: from a level below the border of the spiritual world (Lo Lishma), to a step higher than the Machsom, to Lishma.1
In every situation, in every place, I have to try to see that I prefer myself to everything outside of me. The Creator and the Shechina are outside of me, and therefore, I have to prefer the external to myself. The external is my group, the closest circle of people I work with, or a wider circle—the world Kabbalistic group or even the whole of humanity and the whole of reality. The size of the circle depends on my attitude, but the main thing is to replace your “I” with what is outside of you.
The ten becomes more important to me than myself. I suddenly feel that I separate from my “I” as if it does not exist, and I live inside my friends. This means that I enter as a fetus into the upper one.2
The border to the spiritual world, the Machsom, is the point of me merging with the ten. Willingness to attach to the friends and shift the importance from yourself to them, dissolving into them and losing your “I” means crossing the Machsom. Separation from one’s “I” and inclusion in the ten is a passage to the Machsom. Then I begin to feel what the property of bestowal is, and within this relationship I feel the higher spiritual world. This is already a very serious understanding that to enter spirituality one does not need to “break through the Machsom,” but to break oneself.3
One could ask, how is my health associated with the group? But I can appeal to the Creator only through my connection with the group because I appeal to the property of bestowal that I reveal between us and ask for additional bestowal. After all, all the problems, including health, are a consequence of a lack of bestowal, of light. Therefore, first of all, I have to go to the place where I can realize my request.
A disease is a kind of a defect in our connection. It is possible to correct the defect only by correcting our connection. The more I strengthen the relationship with my friends, the more I pray and ask for it, the more I sanctify this place and the disease goes away.
The Creator’s worker does not accept disease with humility, but perceives it as a sign of the need for correction. What is the Creator sending the disease for? In order for me to reach a special connection with the group and fix this problem.
I only cancel my egoism because the Creator shows me a flawed place in it, and it is time to correct it. A disease is a sign indicating a flaw. Therefore, I try to join the group more and ask the reforming light to give me more strength to communicate with my friends, and I heal this way.
Any illness or loss of health and money is corrected only within the group. There is nothing else to correct except for the group, the common soul of Adam HaRishon because everything emanates from it. Until the very end of correction, we eliminate the disconnection between the friends in the ten. There is no other place to work; we reveal the damage and correct it.4
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/14/19, Annulment As A Condition for the First Spiritual Degree (Preparation for the Convention in North America Convention 2019)
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 1:05:20
3 Minute 1:08:25
New Life #1105 – The Laws Of The Spiritual Network, Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
In the ideal network, everyone is included and our good relationships create a ball of love, but the human ego opposes this. The gap between our natural connection and the egoistic attitude determines our fate. Spiritual growth occurs when we correct our attitude through a device called the soul and impact the network in a positive way. The peak of development is to seize the entire net, reaching the level of God.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1105 – Life on the Net,” 3/19/19
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