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We must rise above the ego, to faith above reason, to the force of bestowal instead of the force of reception. We have squeezed the EGO (force of reception) to the last drop in attempts to find a way forward. From here, no more opportunities exist to advance in the ego. All attempts on the level of the ego lead to ruin.
Many types of bacteria prefer living as a collective. When attacked by antibiotics, they warn the collective of danger, selflessly send a notifying signal to their own, fight back against antibiotics, and create a defense against the medicines that have slain their comrades. We can learn a thing or two from them!
We have tried all forms of society, from the left (USSR) to the right (Nazi Germany) and everything in between. Only the opposite remains: a society built on common mutual connection. But for this, we must become disillusioned with our state, and the best way is to convince one another of it.
From Twitter, 8/31/20
New Life 1167 – Replacing The Movie Of Life
Dr Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
A person can change and direct the movie of one’s life. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to gain control of our lives by getting to know and rising toward the upper force that activates reality. A person develops by getting to know the perfect script for him, at the highest level. Once he knows how to write a new, correct script, he can get life right without regret and reach eternity.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1167 – Replace The Movie Of Life,” 10/22/19
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Answer: It is necessary to identify what I am really drawn to and not what is a consequence of being in a certain environment that instilled its values in me. I must find out what I am personally yearning for.
Question: Are there concepts of “early” or “late” in self-development?
Answer: Of course. Preferably sooner rather than later. But in any case, I will have to realize myself.
Question: What is self-realization for you?
Answer: Knowledge of your soul and its full realization.
Question: What is the difference between self-realization and the satisfaction of needs?
Answer: Satisfaction of needs is an animalistic existence, and self-realization is attaining equivalence to the Creator.
Question: At what age did you begin to seriously engage in self-realization and self-development?
Question: How should one decide who to be, how to earn one’s living?
Answer: It does not matter what your occupation is. We come to this world not to somehow earn our living and realize ourselves within its framework, but to realize ourselves in relation to the Creator.
Question: Where can we find motivation for change and personal growth?
Answer: The environment. It is said that envy, jealousy, and desire for honor pull a person out of all states.
Question: What is more effective for personal growth: forcing yourself to leave your comfort zone or, to the contrary, listening to yourself and doing what you want?
Answer: Neither. It is imperative to enter the environment that will take you to the next level of development.
Question: How important is positive thinking for personal development?
Answer: In general, it is important. But at the same time, one must understand that there is also a critical view of this.
Question: If your close environment has chosen the path absent of self-development, is it worth running away from them so as not to become the same as they are?
Answer: You should always look for an environment that would push you forward.
Question: Why am I not applying what I know? Why are we made this way? What is stopping us?
Answer: It is the egoistic desire to hide so that I would not be in any way humiliated or defeated. We are hindered by the fear of losing some small egoistic obstacles if we engage in a higher purpose.
Question: How do we make sure that doubt and uncertainty do not hinder but help us grow and develop?
Answer: You must be very confident of yourself and, undoubtedly, aware of your strengths and capabilities to achieve the highest goal.
Question: How do you react to obstacles preventing you from reaching your goal?
Answer: I am sure that I can somehow get around them if I correctly check my goal and myself.
Question: What life achievements are related to self-realization?
Answer: Arrange the entire pyramid of needs correctly, and you will see how much simpler everything becomes.
Question: Is there a difference in self-realization of a man and a woman?
Answer: Yes. But it is the same with every man and every woman.
Question: A person has all his potential from the very beginning. You just need to start studying and discovering it. And this can only be done through the environment. Is this the technique of personal growth?
Answer: It all depends on the environment. Therefore, we must try with all our might to create the right society around us.
Question: Do you think that all psychological methods, when a person works on himself in order to improve his qualities, do not relate to realizing himself as human? Only in the right environment he can become human?
Answer: The psychological method is good until the level of similarity to the Creator is reached. And in our time, it will no longer work.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 6/25/20
Question: Over four thousand years of the history of the development of the people of Israel, it has been noted in various sources that the root of this nation is its unity. And if there is no unity, then another law is put in action, anti-Semitism.
For example, in the book The Light and the Sun it is written: “When there is love, friendship and unity in Israel, no calamity can happen to them, and all curses and torments are pushed away.”
Why did the sages write about this for thousands of years, but they never managed to unite the people?
Answer: The sages were trying to do it all the time. From generation to generation, they not only tried to bring people closer together, but even succeeded in this, teaching people to be closer to each other.
But in parallel with this, egoism was constantly developing in us. This is the history of humanity, when egoism is growing all the time, dividing people. Therefore, we received an instruction, which is called “Mitzvah” (from the word “Tsivui” – “instruction”) to realize rapprochement with each other, up to the achievement of absolute love, complete unity in thoughts and hearts.
Throughout history we have been trying to do this, but so far egoism continues to develop in us, and in this it overtakes us.
Comment: People really tried to unite, but they did not succeed.
My Response: It should be so. The sages wrote that this should begin only with a spiritual upheaval, with the revelation of Kabbalah to the people of Israel.
And this revelation took place in the 16th century through the Ari, the great Kabbalist, who revealed the Kabbalistic method to us and described it in his books. We study from them. After the Ari, the Kabbalists, mainly the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples, continued his work.
Studying the books of the Ari, we begin to understand how the spiritual system is built, and what our work should be in order to bring this system into a corrected state. This is a system of worlds, a system of souls in which we exist, although we do not feel it.
Comment: Five hundred years have passed since the time of the Ari, but we do not see any significant changes.
My Response: The fact is that all spiritual properties, qualities, laws, and forces gradually descend into our world, and only in our time do we see how they all begin to manifest themselves.
Today we live in a world in which egoism is openly manifested as a destructive force. People are beginning to understand that they are in a huge breakage, in rejection from each other. And this is a manifestation of such egoism and now is the time to correct it.
But humanity does not know how to do this. In front of us is some kind of evil fate, which can do anything with us, and we are absolutely helpless. And here the science of Kabbalah is revealed, which begins to openly say: “I have the opportunity to correct all this if only you listen.”
From KabTV’s “The Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 12/9/19
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Lesson on the Topic of “Work With Faith Above Reason”
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Lesson on the Topic of “The Law of the Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”
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The Creator, a force of good, has created the force of evil for us to reveal Him at the conjunction of these two forces instead of at their opposition. Herein lies our longstanding error!
The whole universe is one system. With our attitude we calibrate all of nature. We can blow up stars, trigger wars, establish peace. Everything depends solely on our connections. If we want good things for the world, we must establish good relations between us, and the world will be that much better off.
The Creator had purposefully broken the law of absolute mutual guarantee so as to give everyone one’s own “I”—a point of shattering from which one could feel that he exists and attains unity, mutual guarantee. Thus we embody the Creator’s name, reveal Him, and raise Him to reign over all of creation.
If I’m willing to give my efforts to the Creator only when I receive pleasure from Him, then I am like a woman who sells herself for money… But if I rise above the condition to bestow only if I receive pleasure, then I become a man, I can then even bestow to the Creator…
From Twitter, 8/30/20
Question: Nature has given us a natural love for children, otherwise we would not be able to create families and raise offspring.
Do you think that some organization or state can take on the role of raising children? What would be the result?
Answer: Firstly, we have such examples in history, beginning with the Spartan upbringing in Ancient Greece and upbringing in special institutions in Ancient Rome, which literally spoiled children.
In addition, they practiced early conscription into the army from the age of ten to fifteen, where they did whatever they wanted with the children. They grew up very cruel, tough people, who could not create normal families. They lacked a sense of empathy to others, and without this, society cannot be created.
Question: That is, society cannot replace the skills that the family provides?
Answer: No. Up to the present day, we see that people who were not brought up in normal families are different from others. No matter how much they want to start a family, they cannot. After all, we always create a family in some way similar to the one we came from.
From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era” 5/21/20
Mutual guarantee is a global law of nature, the most important and defining. There is nothing higher than it. The Creator wants the creatures to know this law. And the creation can only attain something through the contrast of opposites.
And so the Creator created us as opposed to mutual guarantee, that is, separated, unconnected, shattered, and full of all forms of egoism. We must rise above these egoistic forces of separation and begin to connect the creation anew.
There are four degrees in creation that allow you to fully reveal the Creator. In this way they were created by the force of unity, which came out of the Creator and created the four stages of direct light. Then they descended further, breaking apart and separating, creating degrees and worlds until they reached this world and turned into all kinds of substances. The substances broke down further: into molecules, atoms, subatomic and elementary particles.
But the main work of man is not to delve into physical or chemical research, into elementary particles, but to connect all the parts of creation on all levels: both physical matter and its spiritual embodiment, into one whole, and to return to the original state from which it was broken.
Creation, equivalent in form to the Creator, fully follows the law of mutual guarantee. By the same degrees that the worlds descended, shattered, and divided, creation now rises back up, binds, and connects, first transforming itself from physical material into spiritual. Spiritual matter is one where the law of unity, mutual guarantee, is fulfilled more and more.
The separation and descent of the worlds to the very bottom, down to physical matter, was done in order to enable us to bring the entire creation to unity through our own efforts because “One” is the name of the Creator. In other words, we need to recreate the law of mutual guarantee between all parts of creation.
If we do not do this in time, the process of breakage continues, and we experience more and more new problems and diseases in our lives, that is, separation at all levels: inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human. On the animal level, separation manifests as diseases of the body, on the inanimate and vegetative levels, as natural disasters.
The only thing we need is to comply with the law of mutual guarantee. We have only one task: to connect all the parts of creation into a single integrated system, into “One, Unique and Unified,” except for whom, there is nothing. This law binds all parts of nature by a simple formula called Mutual Guarantee, (Arvut) by which everything exists in perfect harmony. The feeling of this harmony is called the attainment of the Creator by the creation.
The Creator has deliberately shattered this law of mutual guarantee in order to give everyone a point of his “I”—the point of shattering from which he can feel himself existing and attaining unity, mutual guarantee. This is how we embody the name of the Creator, reveal Him, and put him as a king over creation.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/21/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”