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KabNet published my new article: “How Balanced Relations between Genders Solves Depression: Women’s Depression and the Meaning of Life“
Depression is a global epidemic. Currently, over 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, and women are diagnosed nearly twice as much as men.
Why is there such a striking gender gap in the numbers of depressed people in the world?
Dissatisfaction in women compared to men has a deep spiritual root. It is embedded in the feminine nature.
Is There Anything That Could Completely Fulfill a Woman?
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, there is.
Spirituality is attained when the woman—the female force—uses her deep desire to propel the man—the male force —to reach a higher purpose in life. The complementarity of the opposite male and female forces enables their mutual attainment of harmony and fulfillment.
The female ability to elevate the world to a higher state stands at humanity’s foundation. Just as the old adage says, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Nature is designed such that the female ability determines how to correctly adjust and direct the world, i.e., how to find the appropriate cooperation between male and female forces so that both function together supportively and harmoniously.
Women’s sense of longing is evidently far greater than men’s. A man can be more easily satisfied by earthly fulfillments, for instance, by engaging in some activity together with his friends.
A woman desires more depth. She wants warmth and love. She longs for more sympathy and support. Her way of fulfilling herself is a lot more complicated than how men fulfill themselves.
Everything begins and ends with a woman. She feels herself as the center of reality, the queen of the world. Her sense of uniqueness is a natural feeling that she rightfully embodies.
“When we attract this force, it performs what is called a “correction” upon our self-centered, egoistic desires, which naturally oppose the tendency to unite, the needed “click” for us all to merge as one and experience a higher level of reality.”
Why It Is Nearly Impossible for Women to Truly Bond
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is nearly impossible for women to truly bond. Their yearning for a greater sense of wholeness can only emerge when opposite forces support one another in a delicate balance.
Therefore, male and female forces need very precise fine-tuning so that an intermediary force emerges between them: the force of love, bestowal, and connection. The study of Kabbalah deals primarily with how to attract this force in order to unite people, and discover an eternal and whole reality in such connection. When we attract this force, it performs what is called a “correction” upon our self-centered, egoistic desires, which naturally oppose the tendency to unite, the needed “click” for us all to merge as one and experience a higher level of reality.
It is written that “man and woman, the Divine presence is between them.” The correct combination and functionality of male and female forces is that:
1. the female force balances the male force by activating the male force toward connection, and
2. the male force balances the female force by providing it with strength, understanding and support for the female to rise above its nature.
This is the mutual complementarity that allows male and female forces to function harmoniously.
What Force Is the First to Activate the Other: The Male or the Female?
It is the female. The need and request for unification always emerges from the female. The desire for a connection in the depth of the desire, the soul, is at the basis of every woman’s dissatisfaction and depression.
Even though men think they make progress and breakthroughs due to their own abilities, in fact, all of the male’s activities are for the female, i.e., in order to become significant in their eyes. It is the way we are naturally built.
Thanks to the differences between genders, over which they need to connect into a single whole, perfection becomes possible. There is nothing in each of them alone that the other doesn’t complement, since in spirituality, their wholeness can only exist in mutual complementarity according to the principle, “love will cover all transgressions.”
In other words, instead of fighting our differences and focusing on the differences between men and women, we need to find our common ground of support and understanding where we can together discover a much greater fulfillment and purpose in life—the revelation of how nature functions in more unified levels—and start resembling our relationships to nature’s own form of complete unification.
The sensation of attaining perfect unity will cure depression, as we will work directly with the key that unlocks our negative sensations, opening them to a fulfillment of a completely new kind: balance with nature’s unified form.
Answer: Not only on the intention, but also on the action itself.
You cannot simply lay in bed all day with the intention of assuming that you are working. In our world, we must act.
You cannot sleep with the intention of being in the lesson at the same time. You must act. The action itself tells you what your intention was.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/21/19
Question: Philosopher Paulus Ricius (Paulo Riccio) in the 16th century wrote that the literal meaning of the Tanakh is subject to the conditions of time and space and that the Kabbalistic meaning remains for centuries, without time and space restrictions. What does that mean?
Answer: The Kabbalistic meaning of the Tanakh is independent of time and on the circumstances of our world. This meaning does not apply to the Torah at all. After all, a Kabbalist who has acquired special spiritual properties reads it from his spiritual attainment.
Question: The Book of Zohar, which comments on the Torah, says that all events in the Torah are sublime secrets. What secrets are we talking about? What is hidden from us?
Answer: Nothing. Just in order to understand the internal interactions between all the elements of creation, one must be at the level of these interactions. Their properties are mutual bestowal, mutual connection, love, conjugation, that is, all the properties that are opposite to our world. Therefore, a person must acquire these inverse properties, and to this extent, at this level, he will be able to correctly understand the Torah.
Question: But what is still hidden from us?
Answer: The whole method is hidden, the whole history of the transformation of the universe from its initial to final state.
Question: So one can say that the Torah is a method?
Answer: The Torah is a method, the Torah is a plan of creation and its implementation in each one and all together, the sequence of this plan, its embodiment.
Question: In Kabbalistic books, in particular, those by Baal HaSulam and Rabash, it is written that the Torah by definition is the light that returns to the source.
Answer: This is a completely different use of the Torah when we use it so that it brings about certain changes in us. It is because we study the upper processes based on the properties of bestowal, love, conjugation, help, inclusion in each other, meaning in the opposite anti-egoistic nature, and then in the process of studying, we attract the light, a certain force that changes us. This is the good influence of the Torah on man.
Question: Can one say that there is a book called the Torah, there is a method of the Torah, and there is a force that is inherent in this book?
Answer: Yes. The Torah is the plan of the whole universe, the way it goes through all its stages of development.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/18/18