Woven From Ascents And Descents

laitman_232.05Question: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, profit and loss are assessed according to the pleasure or suffering that a person feels. What does a person draw away from and what does he hate?

Answer: If a person draws away from something, then he has the opportunity to value the closeness, but if he simply gets close to something, he doesn’t feel it as something special, as something that he receives from above. Therefore, all our motions, our attainments, the spiritual essence that develops in us, are made of ascents and descents. We need to understand very clearly that there are no ascents without descents. We are like a pendulum moving in amplitude from side to side.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19

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Rental Family

laitman_926.02Remark: In Japan, they rent children, husbands, and wives, and now whole families are being rented out. A man goes to an agency and orders a family. He can choose people of a certain physique, personality, character, etc.

This is a serious psychological work. As a rule, a person needs attention.

We say that in the 21st century, the family is not the most important thing in life for a person.

My Comment: No, not that the family is not important, it is not important to be formally registered and obligated according to some kind of registration. A man still wants to be connected internally. He must feel attracted so that even a duty is pleasant to him as is usually the case with children.

As our egoism is constantly evolving, it all must go through our desires. That is, I want to be obligated, I want to take care, I want it to attract me, to somehow connect, to be involved in some way, just like when people play different games and they tie or even beat and threaten each other.

That is, you feel dependency, duty, and along with it, attachment. This is what a person lacks today because we do not know how to play with our egoism.

Question: So maybe we should stop there and let everyone always rent a family.

Answer: And how does a modern family live today?

Remark: In the case of a rental family, we know that there is a certain distance between people and that it is sort of a game.

My Comment: No, it depends on the agreement. I think there is nothing special here.

Of course, the Japanese have ancient traditions: geishas who really supported the psychological atmosphere, conversation, participation, games, music, etc. That is, this is what a person lacked. TV today cannot replace this.

This requires even more insight because our egoism develops, and it begins to see its finiteness, viciousness, and limitation. I actually want such sensations that you cannot just give to another or another give to you. Therefore, this is a very interesting arrangement.

Question: What is a family? A standard to which a person internally aspires?

Answer: Family is a clear, internal concern for each other, where you feel that your happiness lies in ensuring that you provide the happiness of another. This is family.

And it can be some other people, your little dog, or even get a crocodile at home, no matter who or what. The main thing is that you feel that you enjoy that you are fulfilling someone.

Question: Maybe it is normal that now marriages occur between same-sex people?

Answer: I do not know what to call it: marriage or not marriage. This is all very arbitrary. Most importantly, a person feels enjoyment in taking care of someone.

Giving to another turns into one’s own fulfillment. And that is why there are so many pets and various clubs where people somehow interact and do something.

It is true that this goes beyond simple sex since it does not fulfill a person. Even if it lasts for quite some time, many times a day, he begins to feel that, in general, this does not fulfill him.

Question: Is there a difference: a family for a woman and a family for a man? Why is family important for a man?

Answer: For a woman, physical attachment, belonging to someone is more important. For a man, spiritual affiliation is more important—more like spiritual concern for another.

A woman sees her realization in physically caring for a man. A man sees his realization in spiritual care for a woman.

It is hard for me to explain this because this, in principle, does not sound like it really is.

Question: How can spiritual care be implemented in a rental family?

Answer: And what does it mean to rent or not to rent? When we get married, don’t we rent ourselves out? Do we not sell ourselves for a certain price?

I give, you take; you give, I take. And all this is built on explicit laws that can be clearly arranged. Yes, there is a huge range of human feelings inside! But, in principle, everything is very simple.

Question: You once said that if a woman loses her family or a husband for various reasons, she still can live to a very old age, support herself, and it is much more difficult for a man to do this. Why?

Answer: A woman is organized in such a way that within the framework of this world she settles in well, oddly enough. It would seem: how is it possible without a man?! But actually, it is the opposite. A man without a woman is as if homeless.

A woman, according to Kabbalah, is called “home.” Not a man but a woman, because it is in her nature to create a house, a family, a place, walls, roof. And a man, if he has no one to do it for, he will not do it for himself.

Remark: It is like a tree without roots. The man is a tree and the woman is the roots.

In many couples, when someone is invited to be a temporary partner, a person starts having feelings for this partner.

My Comment: Naturally. Even more! It is precisely because they are not mutually connected, not obliged. Today, a partner with whom I have lived for many months and maybe coexisted together even longer can say: “Do you know that we have ended our contract today?” That sounds awful! And it seems that this is the end of life, the end of the world! How could it be?! I forgot that we had a contract. I forgot that I am playing! I forgot that they are playing with me! And that’s it.

And tomorrow morning, she will pick up her suitcase and calmly leave because in a couple of hours she has another contract, another family. And I am left alone and did not even think about my future. How can I disconnect from what I have now? It is very interesting.

Question: Maybe it is worth creating a contractual relationship so that then people can build a family? So that the contract does not end?

Answer: I think that as soon as they change the contract for marriages, this will be the end of it.

Therefore, the best thing in this state is to say: “The contract has ended. If you want us to stay together, we will have to live like real husband and wife with all the responsibilities. So, you have time to think about it until tomorrow.”

Remark: But it often turns into a drama because one person gets used to this relationship and for the other it remains a job. People actually get used to sympathy, to affection.

My Comment: For sure they get used to it. We see this even in actors who play certain roles. They cannot help but get used to them and continue to play in life just like on stage.

Remark: This is how such dramas turn out when you enter this relationship.

My Comment: But this is professionalism, there is nothing you can do about it.

Question: What kind of a family will we have in future? Rental families?

Answer: In principle, I think that humanity will go as far as to use, roughly speaking, each other’s services to achieve a higher level than the family unit or friendship, and will use this to achieve a higher level of mutual interactions.

That is, it will be the interaction of people who want to reach the next, spiritual level. They will connect with each other in order to help one another psychologically and spiritually so that each of them, through the other, can also attain a connection with a higher cause.

Question: Is it possible to turn this wonderful future into today, to try to implement it in the environment now?

Answer: I do not think that there is a need for such connections today. Maybe with the younger generations. It is not brewing because they are not yet engaged in real spiritual practices. So, I do not see it.

But it is slowly approaching. Maybe we will still see such families that emerge in order to complement each other and to reveal the Creator among themselves.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 1/28/20

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New Life 1238 – Quality Of Life In The Coronavirus Era

New Life 1238 – Quality Of Life In The Coronavirus Era
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi

The most essential thing that influences our quality of life is a feeling of happiness, and this doesn’t depend on anything. The aspiration for a high standard of living is derived from the human ego since people want to have what everyone else has. The coronavirus will correct us by cleansing everything that is superfluous and making time for higher meaning, purpose, and the essence of life. We will run less and think more. We must advance to a spiritual, eternal state, above the limitations of time, movement, and space.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1238 – Quality Of Life In The Coronavirus Era,” 5/14/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/29/20

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My Thoughts On Twitter 6/28/20

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This year all countries will discontinue payments to the temporarily #unemployed. No one has a plan for transitioning to an integral world economy. This transition is already necessary now—only the necessary businesses should be preserved while people become enrolled in learning about life in an integral society!
#unemployment #furloughs #program
From Twitter, 6/28/20

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Tower Floating In The Air

935We need to try to build the concept of a center in every ten. Before the coronavirus, our centers were physical.

Most of them belonged to physical groups that organized a home for themselves, the center; they rented a room where they could gather and study together. Everything was clear. It was a place where there were books, communications, and where it was possible to arrange meals, lessons.

But now the Creator wants to transfer us to a more spiritual center. We sit at home with our physical bodies and must connect with hearts, desires, and aspirations to the center.

The center is a spiritual concept. These are not concrete walls, but the walls of our hearts. We need to take care of this center and see if we are united by the hearts. After all, this is not concrete that will stand even if you forget about it, and not a material center that can be changed by moving to another building.

Now we are turning into a spiritual vessel (Kli), and the Creator purposely blesses us with a coronavirus in order to oblige us to build a spiritual center in our hearts. Where is this center located?

This is a tower floating in the air; it has no place. So, we need to move forward, every day preserving the spiritual center, strengthening the walls of our hearts, in order to draw closer together, to feel and understand more, to feel mutual concern about connecting with the hearts.

Then this center will come to life and begin to act. We will feel the mechanism of ten Sefirot and the Creator filling our center. From now on, our center turns into the Temple, into the place of the Creator, where we reveal Him. Each reveals the Creator a little in the small center of his ten, and then all tens join together and support one big center, which will be called the Third Temple.

Therefore, we now need to take care, in the tens, about how to build our center, put more effort into it, discuss what everyone should do, how to build a connection between us, and how to ask the Creator to connect us. After all, only the Creator can be the glue connecting heart with heart. Each heart is selfish and only a higher power can connect them. Otherwise, the hearts will never unite because the human heart is evil from birth.

We have a special, sublime work in this construction. I hope that you acknowledge your responsibility, feel the need, and we will do it.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/19/20, Baal HaSulam, Shamati 33 “The Lots on Yom Kippurim and with Haman“

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Before And After Coronavirus

Laitman_631.1Question: Do we bring correction to the world through our study and connection?

Answer: Yes. We bring a positive component to the world because we talk about its unification, about the fact that people should be connected through good connections.

Of course, this gives the world a certain positive direction, some kind of correction, but this is not enough. For the egoistic world, our relatively altruistic component is undoubtedly too small to correct the direction of the world’s movement.

Frankly speaking, I hope that now, when we are returning to our previous conditions and forms of governance, restore enterprises, and so on, we will still come across how limited we are and how we should behave differently.

Question: After coming out of self-isolation, will people understand that the world is different and accept it through their changes?

Answer: I think we will come to a certain inner state in which we will evaluate each state: pre- and post-coronavirus. We will compare them and think about how we could do things differently. Even if people have nothing to do with us but hear our calls, they will still perceive reality in this way.

Question: Where is this turning point of people? Do they need to accumulate suffering so that at some point there will be an inversion and the explosive growth of those who are ready to support us will begin?

Answer: Yes, on one hand, it will happen from the accumulation of suffering and dissatisfaction.

However, on the other hand, also from the fact that we will begin to understand that we need to go a different way to see a better state ahead than the previous one.

Therefore, there may be a relative absence of all kinds of blows, but instead there will be a clear vision of a good future. I think that now when we are returning to the past, we nevertheless will want to correct it.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/3/20

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Transformation On A Universal Scale

Laitman_630.2How can an ordinary person who had a job, career, earnings, and a prospect for the future until March 2020, now accept that all this is already in the past and that life is taking a completely different direction? He does not want to agree with this. He is not yet ready for this picture, and therefore, we need to learn to live in a new way.

We have no other choice, because it will be so, this change has already begun to clothe itself into our world more and more, and we have to explain it, discuss it in all the media. If we do not accept these changes now, then we will still be forced to do this, only in much more severe, critical conditions because this process is continuing on its own.

We are all different, and many are not able to accept changes at such a speed, and therefore, there are many conflicts. We must teach everyone to relate to each other with love and understanding. We are faced with a common, national and global problem. We can say that this is not even a world problem, but a global revolution on a universal scale.

The human race has reached its greatest development today and is undergoing a transformation that history has not yet known. So far this is only the first stage. From this material life, which man began thousands of years ago in pursuit of a mammoth, we move on to a new life—collective and social. The connection between people will determine the new organization of society.

We need to learn this new life, as well as study our old life to understand why it led us to this line. This is not an accident, but the laws of nature that determine development and affect us; it does not depend on us. However, how to accept this state in order to suffer less  depends on us, depends on if we are aware of what is happening and if will work together hand in hand with nature.

Then we will come to the good life that is prepared for us. After all, nature leads us to all that is good, only not according to our usual notions of well-being as wealth and power, but to a quiet life in the material sphere and a life full of meaning, content, and filling in a spiritual, inner form.

Everyone will benefit from this. And besides, we must understand that nature is stronger than us and will lead us through this process anyway. So let’s not resist, but let’s go along with nature.
From KabTV’s “Global Perspectives,” 5/14/20

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Good And Evil Are One System

laitman_558Question: Not only is the outbreak of the virus so swift that it has covered countries and continents, it also has divided the world in a very tough, sharp way, something that was not so clearly visible before.

The world is divided into poor and rich. The rich can afford separate houses, a separate island, and the poor, who cannot afford anything, are obliged to go out, to take their children out for walks, they are afraid of everything.

The world is divided into those who have the racist views that are now flooding the Internet, and those who write on Facebook: “We are ready to come to you. Just call, we will come. Elderly people, do not leave your houses, we will bring you food, we will give you help,” etc.

That is, the world is very divided. The virus somehow showed us who we are. Did it come so that we would see what we are now?

Answer: This is the identification of interference, the identification of faults in the general system we are in. Therefore, you must look at how connected you are with others. We must be all in one system of the soul.

Comment: You say: “We must connect.” And we do not want any connection.

My Response: Therefore, this is shown to us so that we really know what state we are in.

Question: What steps are still ahead?

Answer: None! We are at the very last stage of a universal correction. If we are internally united with each other, we understand, we are striving for this, that’s all, nothing more is needed! All viruses will be for our benefit only. Everything bad turns into good.

Comment: Good, if this is so. In the meantime, we continue to suffer.

My Response: Otherwise, we egoists cannot be adjusted, only to happiness with a stick. See how people are stubborn, what they imagine today. Look at what is being done on the Internet, how much hatred spills over one another, how they poke each other, how they act. All of this we need to understand now, justify, correct, and build bridges of mutual understanding over all contradictions.

Question: How do I justify a hater? Say: “No, he does not understand, he is like a child,” as you say.

Answer: Gradually explain to him what we always explain. He’s not going anywhere. He will understand that nature forces him to do so. He is great like a small child who is swaggering in front of his mother. And when he feels he is facing nature, before fate, then there is no longer all these opportunities to puff up, and the time of truth comes.

Question: Could you explain something to such a bright, tough hater?

Answer: I have no hatred for them. They have toward me, yes, but I do not. And it annoys them. They are suddenly put in such a state: “How is it that we hate him, but he doesn’t hate us?”

But in fact, I can’t hate them, because in my understanding, they are forces of nature. Why hate nature? They simply show the negative properties of nature, which has not yet reached its perfection, mutual correction. And therefore, there is no evil in the world in my understanding. Evil manifests itself only to the extent and in the form in which I can balance it with good.

Comment: That is, you do not support this phrase, as they usually say: “So that evil disappears from the world.”

My Response: It will never disappear. It can only be corrected, compensated by good.

Question: Is this what it came for?

Answer: Yes. If there were no evil, then there would be no world, we would not exist because we are all in evil. As the Torah says: “a wild ass’s colt is born a man.”

Question: This applies to humans, does this apply to a virus that is practically not evil?

Answer: A virus is just an indicator of our uncorrected state. Is it to blame for something? This is a small biological particle. As in your computer suddenly some kind of hindrance arises, some kind of small program that bothers you in something. But it indicates to you a malfunction, and in this way you can correct the general, big program.

Question: So, the fact that the virus shows such a stratification of society is actually good for us to see and to finally become scared by it and want to prevent this from happening?

Answer: You need to be afraid because otherwise you will not shake an egoistic person. He must be shaken.

But I am for people to get to this idea very quickly in a normal, calm way, and it would work on them and make it possible to establish a mutual equilibrium system. After all, nature is built on a general balance of negative and positive properties and forces. And therefore it is impossible without viruses, impossible without hatred. But all this must be balanced. Nature wants us to live in balance, with an understanding of both good and evil.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 3/23/20

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