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Question: Where do you get so much strength to have patience with us?
Answer: Kabbalah is the science of reception, not bestowal. Do you think I bestow to you? On the contrary, I receive from you. It is because when you give, you receive. That is why I always have strength.
Of course, purely physically, it happens sometimes that the body can no longer function the way it should. But essentially, there is no fatigue in bestowal. On the contrary, you are fulfilled all the time, you are bursting. This is pleasure! I advise you to reach that as soon as possible.
Try to teach. Teaching is very beneficial. Expand your circles. Be fruitful and multiply into more and more groups. You will see how it will advance you.
Someone who has a group, who teaches at least a few people, advances a great deal by doing so. You cannot even imagine how the Creator will take care of such a person just because a few more people come through him. It is very important that others stand behind you. Try doing this and you will see how wonderful it is.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/12/20
What Does The Life Force Depend On?
In The Spiritual World There Is No Fatigue!
There’s No Such Thing As Physical Fatigue
The Times of Israel published my new article “Syrian Father Who Went Viral Teaching His Daughter to Laugh at Falling Rockets”
Boom! Peels of belly laughter roll from a little girl in her father’s arms. Boom!
Now zoom out on the scene to place the radiant moment of joy in its heartbreaking context:
Abdullah Al-Mohammad teaches his 3-year-old daughter Salwa to laugh at the sound of every shell that falls and explodes nearby.
As a Syrian trying to survive war and with no place to run, what is left for him to do? In order to reduce or eliminate the trauma of rockets falling, he teaches little Salwa that the sound of falling rockets is funny and that the noise of the shelling is merely a game. Life is beautiful (almost).
Abdullah’s poignant video went viral on social media and made him an instant Internet hero, earning him more than two million likes and positive comments, including proposals to adopt the method to help the children in Gaza.
In the chaotic reality of war-torn Syria, this father’s desperate tactics are an understandable attempt to provide his child with psychological protection against the onslaughts of traumatizing bombardment. He hasn’t the time or luxury to research the optimal educational intervention to take when shells fall in the yard. Clearly, there is no good solution or best practice model to calm the terror, only first aid.
What form of teaching would be most helpful for such tragic situations?
The education needs to be directed toward every member of society, parents and children alike, and must be designed to target the root cause of problems in order to provide a lasting cure.
Every member of society needs to understand, according to their level of maturity, that if we want to stop the wars once and for all, we need to try and connect to each other according to the unifying laws of nature.
While teaching children to laugh at threats and danger might help them get through immediate frightening situations more comfortably, it holds no long-term benefit because such learning can cause psychoneurotic maladjustments and misperceptions of reality. Such an out-of-place connection between peril and reaction sets up an incorrect relationship in the brain between threat and response. Thus, at times when vigilance is warranted, the amount of concern and caution is inappropriately reduced leaving them vulnerable to harm.
Medically and scientifically, crying and laughing cause the same shock response in the nervous system. So, while the emotion associated with laughter might feel more pleasant, the effect on the body is no healthier than that of crying.
Both crying and laughing are a reaction of excitement that exceeds the extent of a person’s ability to absorb at a given moment. Therefore, we do need to calm reactions to fears, and only afterward clearly explain the situation and why it is happening.
Step by step over time, children need to understand that wars and destruction take place because society has received no education to develop positive relations, and that there is no concern in society to learn how to positively connect above each person’s innate divisive drives.
They need to know that in order to stop the wars once and for all, we need to try and connect to each other correctly, and in accordance with the unifying laws of nature.
If children understood this principle, they would not laugh, and not even smirk. On the contrary, they would tell us straight to our faces, in their naïve style: Parents, fix your thoughts and behaviors, and improve your relationships with each other!
Question: If the Creator is the law of nature, then to whom or to what do we pray? Do I understand correctly that we simply resonate with our higher states when we raise a prayer for others?
Answer: We do not work in a void. We work with regard to the only law of nature, the integral relationship between all elements of creation.
If we, who are so fragmented and distant, who push each other away and desire to use each other, change our behavior and become closer to each other, then we will find ourselves in a spiritual state and see that we are in a completely different world.
We need to rise above our egoism and begin to unite among ourselves. Kabbalah speaks about this.
The path to this can be twofold. One is the path of suffering, which we are still walking on, or the path of light, i.e., attracting the upper light and training in small groups, not all of humanity, but through the tens.
From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19
For Those Who Pray
To Whom Should I Pray?
What Is A Prayer In Kabbalah?
Egoism as a Destroyer of Society
Question: The great Kabbalist of the Middle Ages Ramchal (Rav Moshe Chaim Lozzatto) wrote, “There is no other creation that can do harm like man. He can sin and rebel, and the inclination of a man’s heart is evil from his youth, which is not so with any other creature.” (Daat Tevunot, 154, 165)
This speaks about the growth of egoism. What is this quality that was revealed even in those times?
Answer: Usually a desire to enjoy, to be filled, to provide for oneself is manifested in people. It is the same as in animals, only in a more expanded form.
But if animals have mutual rejection to ensure security and safety, and the desire to provide themselves with necessities, this is their instinctive urge; a person has no limit to his huge egoistic desire to absorb everything, to capture, and to subjugate.
Even if a person does not need this, the quality of envy does not release any person in the course of their development from the desire to absorb everything, to pick up everything and add it to oneself. This is earthly egoism. There are higher manifestations, but this earthly egoism exists in everyone.
Therefore, human egoism is not as instinctive as that in animals which moves them so that they would maintain themselves in a normal, natural state. The person’s egoism pushes him to do everything, and wants to suppress and subdue everything.
We do not call the desires of animals “egoism” because they kill and eat their own kind only when they are hungry. In a person, however, this manifests beyond all of his animalistic needs.
From one generation to the next, human egoism grows unlike that of the animals. Therefore, it comes to a state where it is no longer possible to do anything with the ego, which begins to destroy the connections between people in society, and even in families. Egoism becomes vicious, not an engine that moves us forward, but a destroyer, as it initially was in ancient Babylon.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 7/1/19
Boundless Limit of Egoism
The Indefatigable Growth Of Egoism
How Is The Desire To Receive Different From Egoism?
Relate Everything to the Creator
Question: The Creator gives obstacles, and He gives strength to overcome them. If that is so, what is the point of this game?
Answer: The point is so we bring everything to Him. The Creator created everything from the very beginning, including me, and He always puts obstacles in front of me so that despite the obstacles more and more I relate everything to Him. This is our work.
When this work ends, consequently, I reveal everything that existed, which I’ve accomplished with my own efforts.
Therefore, I understand how everything exists, I become equal to the Creator. After all, I revealed Him from His hidden state. My understanding, my feeling completely fills the whole world.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals in Kabbalah,” 11/24/19
The Uniqueness Of The Force Governing Us, Part 6
The Uniqueness Of The Force Governing Us, Part 5
The Uniqueness Of The Force Governing Us, Part 4
New Life 1191 – The Mechanism Of Suppression
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
Suppression is our natural desire to distance ourselves from anything that is harmful. We do not forget but, rather, avoid harmful or painful memories. The body organizes and manages all the information we acquire as a result of our experiences. There is no reason to work with this information storehouse. Instead, we should just begin every day as a new person who is advancing and correcting himself. In order to learn from the past and correct what will become our future, a general social education system based on the wisdom of Kabbalah is required.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1191 – The Mechanism of Suppression,” 12/24/19
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