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Answer: It is very simple: you should love the other person so that through the external flaws (physical, physiological) you would see his or her inner value. Then all these external flaws, on the contrary, will emphasize their inner worth.
Question: How can one see one’s shortcomings positively?
Answer: I do see everything in myself as positive. We are arranged this way. Even if sometimes, at some very bad moments of life, I curse and criticize myself, I need to think about who I am criticizing.
Nature, or you can call it “the Creator,” which is one and the same, created you this way. Why then are you cursing it? How do you know? Perhaps you need all these flaws precisely in order to reach the level of the Creator by rising above them? After all, this is our destiny.
Question: How can we use the flaws correctly in order to rise to the next level of development?
Answer: Love. Love them, that is, love them for the fact that precisely by rising above them, by turning them into merits, we reach the highest level of development. It would be impossible to rise without this.
Question: What is the background against which a person will see that everything he has a complex about can be used effectively?
Answer: He should study the wisdom of Kabbalah. He must receive correct examples and strength from this wisdom with which he can try to change himself, to demand, plead, and eventually change.
Question: Which of your qualities or properties that seemed to you not so good did you use for development, for the ascent to the next level?
Answer: I am very jealous. I am very envious, and I would like to be even more greedy. The only thing that I have a great passion for is discovering the meaning of life. This great passion is based on great egoism: “Why do I just exist? I cannot allow this, I do not want this. I must understand why I exist and how can I correctly realize every moment of my life.” This is because of great greed and a big ego!
Although this quality of mine is a very bad one, in general, it is good. Thanks to it, I develop. To this day I am very greedy—greedy to know, to understand, and attain. If I see it in someone, why can’t I do it? Not for some materialistic purposes, but for a spiritual, scientific, etc. purpose.
I am very envious. I watch someone playing a violin or a piano, conducting an orchestra, or singing, and I have none of this.
Question: So, how do you express it?
Answer: I want everything!
Question: What do you do?
Answer: Nothing. I cannot burst out; I work in my field. I decided that this is the only and the greatest treasure and that I must achieve it.
If I had copper, zinc, tin, iron, and diamond mines, which ones would I develop? The diamonds. You cannot help it; they are the most precious.
It is the same here. I have chosen for myself that the most important thing in life is to reach the root of my development, the next level of existence, and this is my only aim.
Question: Does it mean that to have a goal is the most important thing in life?
Answer: Yes. The most important thing is to “Live with the lightning.” “Shine, shine my star!”
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/27/19
As long as a person isn’t sure that by himself, he won’t be able to attain the quality of bestowal, he won’t be able to ask the Creator for this. Hence he must do everything to attain the quality of bestowal on his own.
Only the numerous disappointments of one’s attempts will create a demand to the Creator to receive the quality of bestowal.
A person is the only creation. Everything around him is attributed to the Creator. By asking for others, one asks for the Creator’s revelation. Hence one should ask only for others. Create an inner fence that checks and opens only thoughts of bestowal to others and the Creator.
A plea to the Creator takes place in the heart—in the desire, which a person wishes to change from reception to bestowal. Since this is against nature, only the Creator Himself can perform such a change. Therefore a person’s entreaty to the Creator solves everything.
Zohar. Hukat 78: The light above may be evoked only by the right request. Everyone turns to the Creator, but few are able to reach the Creator with their plea. That is because the Creator accepts only genuine requests.
From Twitter, 7/6/19
New Life #1099 – Coping With Guilt
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything in life is governed by the upper force so there is no point in regretting the past. People tend to suffer more from guilty feelings about the past as they age. We do not understand the leadership of the wise and purposeful force in nature and how it activates us. If we glue ourselves to this positive force that runs our lives, we will no longer do harm to anyone since we will try to have a good attitude toward everyone. When we discover that the upper force is conducting the relations between us, there is no place for guilt.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1099 – Coping With Guilt”
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Answer: Not only my thoughts, but also the thoughts of others, I must perceive as if I receive them from the Creator. At the same time, I do not take into account from whom among those around me I received these influences, because they come only from the Creator.
I exist in the Creator and receive from Him everything that I hear and see. The fact that there are say billions of people around me, all this does not exist. It is just an appearance of the Creator to me at the level of “man.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/3/19
Keep yourself in check: to what extent you are superior to others. That is what your ego reflects to you. Hence, it is time to walk above that (above reason). But strive to see their superiority in reality (within reason). As a result, you will attain all that is in them.
There are two conditions for attaining the greatness of the Creator:
– gain the greatness of the Creator from the environment, which means you need to feel lesser than all of them.
– that the environment be as great as possible, which means you have to exalt them in your eyes.
(Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”)
From Twitter, 7/5/19