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There is just one opportunity: to reveal the upper force, which will connect the two camps together. Revelation of the upper force and everyone’s unity—this is our work, as Kabbalists. This will soon be clear and we have to be ready for it. The world will want it, will come and ask for it.
The whole world will divide into the right and left. “Israel” will be responsible for billions on one side and billions on the other side not being able to connect with each other. We have to learn the middle line, which is established by the upper force: “He who makes peace in the heavens will make peace between us.”
There is no middle line—it will come from above. That is how the world and nature are built. Kabbalistic groups that work on coming closer to the upper force, to the goal of creation—Israel, those aimed “straight at the Creator,” will be in the center of the world and of everyone’s attention. They must provide a connection between the left and right lines.
Nature does not help people to unite, but on the contrary, it will divide them into two equal camps, as we are now seeing in the USA. Society has split down the middle, with millions of people on one side, and millions on the other.
A handful of people tip the scale to decide who becomes the American President.
The ego grows in the course of its development—the discrepancy between the right and left does not get smoothed out. They grow further apart from each other, the conflict and arguments between them increase. This is clearly expressed in America the left and right parties cannot come to a common denominator. This breakage exists even within families.
From Twitter, 11/8/20
We read Kabbalistic texts and do not know how to understand what is written because we do not belong to the system of the common soul, which consists of ten Sefirot or to a group in which we must find a connection with our friends.
I read “faith above reason” and I don’t know what to do with it. And the action is very simple: unite so that there is no difference between me and the others, and we all become like the ten Sefirot of one spiritual Partzuf.
If we connect in this way, we will begin to feel what is spiritual, what a Partzuf is, and how the Creator works within it. We will already be in another world. Instead of people, I will feel the ten Sefirot within which the upper force operates. This will already be the upper world, not our world.
In this way, I will cross from world to world, and in this form, I will continue to exist. I will take care of the material because I have not yet completely detached myself from it and completely moved into the spiritual, but I perceive it as a secondary thing.
I will take care of my body like a horse or donkey that exists around me and supports my life. But all my spiritual work concerning the Creator takes place within this Kli where we all connect together.
Inside this vessel, the Creator gives me filling as a Host, and I accept it as a guest. All this is only inside the ten. We meet the Creator as a guest and a Host within the ten: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
This is all our work. And so, reading about faith above reason, you need to think about how to implement what is written in the ten. And if a person does not have a ten, he should try to find one as soon as possible. Otherwise, all his advancement will remain only written on paper and will never be implemented.
After all, Kabbalah is a practical, applicable science that teaches us from lesson to lesson how to realize our unity more and more until we begin to reveal the Creator in it more and more.
And so we bond with each other until we return to one soul as it existed before the sin of Adam HaRishon with the Tree of Knowledge, and we feel within our connection the Creator and the entire upper world, our eternal state. In other words, we already reach eternity by having risen to the level of bestowal, faith above reason.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/2/20, “Work with Faith Above Reason”
Answer: We need to rise above it, because, in fact, we exist outside of time.
Time is a kind of illusory idea in which all the actions I find myself in consist of a beginning, a middle, and an end. But I must perceive reality as existing in which I am in eternal, perfect, endless motion. And how much I influence this eternity and perfection depends on me. And I must do it to the best of my ability.
Understand that the correct connection to the eternal, perfect movement of the entire system of the universe is the highest. When I connect to something higher, I swim with it.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 9/27/20
My article in Newsmax: “Any President of Half the Nation Is Illegitimate”
America is split between two halves that hate each other to death. Whatever one says, the other instinctively counters, regardless of the content. When one candidate represents half the nation and the other represents the other half, then neither represents the country. It’s a stalemate that will either lead to a civil war or to union on a completely new level. Currently, the former is far more plausible.
Both sides have great arguments. They present them clearly and convincingly, but no one is persuaded. No one is even listening. In fact, both arguments are valid, yet both are wrong. Why are they wrong? Because if you think your way will make the country better, but all it really does is increase division and enmity, then whatever your argument may be, it’s wrong.
Moreover, when a society reaches such levels of intolerance, it is no longer a democracy. Even if you win the election, still, almost half the country opposes everything you do and feels that you, the winner, are imposing your view on the other half against its will. The basis of democracy lies in accepting that the majority leads while considering the views and needs of the minority. When you have no trust, no feeling of mutual consideration, you have no democracy.
What you have instead is tyranny of one half over the other. This is an explosive situation and it is currently the situation in America. Unless Americans overcome the impasse in the near future, a civil war is bound to erupt.
To change the situation in America, Americans first need to understand that they will never convince the other side. No one will agree with anyone—not now, not ever. We have come to such a level of self-absorption that we cannot listen to each other, so persuasion is off the table. Next, Americans must accept that disagreements are not a problem, but a given situation that they must deal with or kill each other until only one is left.
Assuming the American people do not opt for mutual extermination, they must find a way to live together. Indeed, there is such a way. All of reality is built on complementing opposites that live side by side and only their mutual existence creates harmony, balance and life!
Opposites never agree. If they did, the agreement would cancel them and they would cease to exist. In fact, the existence of one enables the existence of the other. Would there be day without night, birth without death, spring without fall or heads without tails? There wouldn’t be anything; the universe would not exist.
Only once you realize that you need both sides you can begin to resolve anything. In fact, when you unite above the dispute, you discover that the dispute no longer exists, that its only purpose was to impel you to unite against your will. This is true of personal relationships as it is true of international relationships. It may be hard to fathom right now, but if America unites its ranks, none of the foreign policy issues it is dealing with right now would remain.
When you go hand in hand with reality, reality goes hand in hand with you. When you go against reality and try to impose your view on half the nation that does not agree with you or accepts your leadership, you will fail in home affairs as well as in international affairs. The only thing that’s required in today’s divided world is unity. Those who miss it will stay behind and fall, either through war or through social disassembly. Those who grasp it will lead the world into the future.
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is your opinion about the 2020 USA election?“
Today, we bear witness to increasing social division and polarization all around the world, in all of the developed nations of the so-called free world, and the more developed the nation, the greater the polarization.
Why are we becoming increasingly polarized the more that we develop?
It is because behind our evolution are growing human desires. Human development began with us fulfilling our base individual desires for food, sex, family and shelter, and over time, new desires appeared in us—social desires for money, honor, control and knowledge—and we lived and worked in order to fulfill them.
Our current era is characterized by the emergence of a new desire that we have yet to fully grasp, one urging our increasing interdependence and interconnectedness, and it requires us to realize our growing connection harmoniously. However, in this transitional process, we feel increasing connection and our constantly-inflating desires as burdens that pit us up against each other more and more.
We have never experienced such a strong opposition in opinions and relations, where one opinion is convinced that things should go one way, and the other opinion is convinced that things should go the other way.
The more we have developed our intellects and gained experience from our time on this planet, then you would think that by now we should know how to bridge our divides. Instead, however, we see that the more sophisticated we become, the more divided we also become.
How, then, can it ever be possible to get along?
Today’s intensely polarizing society will not be able to be connected at the same level of understanding and emotion that currently resides in people. On the contrary, the more we develop, the more division, hatred, rejection, and lack of readiness to reach any kind of common understanding will ensue.
Nature awakens this division among us precisely in order for us to reach a state of helplessness, where we all raise our hands with a sincere desire for help, because otherwise we will see that we are all doomed.
However, nature has no intention to divide us. Rather, it is urging us to realize balance and a perfect connection with each other. Also, it does so in a way where we could realize that connection on our own, as adults, and not that we would unconsciously and involuntarily “click” into place without any awareness on our behalf.
What is happening right now with the US elections is a clear example of how nature is encouraging us to wake up to the helplessness of our current situation, as well as to the need for help from a higher force—that it reveal itself and organize our connections positively—otherwise we remain stuck.
In America, we see an example of how a roughly equal amount of people are split between two opposite sides. How can a successful leadership emerge in such a situation, where two halves of the population are respectively for and against an elected leader? Simply put, there can be no successful leadership in such a situation, and everybody will increasingly feel dissatisfied with whatever leader arises.
This division is happening because a higher force of connection needs to become revealed throughout humanity. This force—call it nature, the laws of nature, God or the Creator—holds the key to organize our connections harmoniously, and any positive progress from this point onward requires this force to surface among us. The positive aspect of our current polarization is that it becomes clear that we cannot solve our division on our own accord, and that if we fail to realize the need to invite a higher force to organize us, then we will end up battling each other uncompromisingly, and can find ourselves in states of great conflict and suffering, which have already started unraveling.
I discussed this topic and answered questions about it yesterday in a meeting with a team of writers. Watch the video here: Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on the US Elections. [1:09:40]
Image: Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What’s the essence of human relationships and communications?“
The essence of human relationships and communications is in the manifestation of a mutual state of harmonious connection.
Prior to connecting harmoniously, we each experience numerous positive and negative sensations that arise in our contact with each other. Eventually, this exchange leads to the formation of a new and harmonious kind of connection.
How can we, however, assure ourselves that our relationships and communications will lead us to a harmonious connection?
It depends on our preparation, i.e., the education, socio-cultural influences and upbringing that we receive.
We need not be concerned about our relationships and communications in and of themselves. Instead, we should concern ourselves with how to optimally prepare ourselves, i.e., what educational, social and cultural influences we surround ourselves with, in order to harmoniously connect. It is similar to a mother who advises her children on how to behave with others before sending them out to school or another gathering.
By preparing ourselves to harmoniously connect, i.e., surrounding ourselves with an environment that teaches and exemplifies positive human relationships and communications, then we can draw ourselves to the revelation of a whole new sensation: that of feeling other people’s thoughts, desires and needs as our own. Such a shared perception and sensation is the essence of human relationships and communications.
I discussed this topic and answered questions about it in a talk with Michael Sanilevich. Watch the video here: Communication skills. The essence of human relationships
Remark: When evil arises, and now there is a lot of evil in the world in all its colors, there suddenly appear those who want to correct it. They are called honorable people, they are given Nobel Prizes, etc. They come to correct this evil. They donate money for it and invest their strength in it.
The great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam, whose works we study, writes in the article “Peace in the World” about “The Weakness of ‘World Reformers'”: “This is the key to understand the weakness of world reformers throughout the generations. They regarded man as a machine that is not operating properly and needs mending, meaning to remove its broken parts and replace them with working ones.”
In principle, it sounds quite logical. That is, they want to operate the machine properly so that it runs smoothly according to their understanding.
“This is the tendency of all world reformers—to eradicate any harmful and bad in the human species… and it is true that had the Creator not stood against them, they would certainly have by now cleansed man entirely, leaving in him only what is good and useful.”
Answer: And that would bring the end of the world.
Remark: But it is written here that they would leave “only what is good and useful.” This would be good for the world.
My Comment: Well, of course! Try to suggest this and you will see that everyone will agree with you! Except the Creator.
Remark: And the Creator says, “No, I do not need the so-called good and beneficial. I do not need it to be the only thing that remains in the world.”
Further on, Baal HaSulam continues: “But because the Creator meticulously watches over all the elements in His creation, not letting anyone destroy a single thing in His domain, but only reform it and make it useful and good, all the reformers of the above-mentioned kind will vanish from the earth, and bad qualities will not vanish. They exist and count the degrees of development that they must still traverse until they complete their ripening.”
It is as if the Creator is saying, “I do not like these world-reformers. I do not like those who like to do good.” They want this evil to disappear, to replace the damaged parts in the car with good ones, and to make the car drive well. I do not want that.”
My Comment: That is correct. Who are Creator’s partners? Villains. They reveal evil in the world, as the Creator has said: “I have created the evil inclination…” That is, they are His accomplices who help Him and reveal evil.
They show us: “Look at what the Creator has created!” And the only thing missing here is the other side, where we need to take the forces of nature and build an opposite system that would compensate for this evil. Then through creating our own system of good that compensates for the evil, we will rise by both of these forces, on both levels.
Question: Does this mean that evil people are the closest to the Creator?
Answer: Yes. It is through them that the Creator creates the world.
Question: He creates the world and shows us that the world is created from evil. We see this, are horrified, and start fighting this evil. Are you saying: “It is wrong to fight evil?”
Answer: We must learn to compensate for it correctly, to use it as the minus and the plus in electronics and other areas.
Question: So, the evil exists and I should not touch it. On the contrary, I must create a mountain of good. Here is a mountain of evil, and a mountain of good. Does this mountain of evil grow? And the mountain of good also grows? Is the main thing not to erase this second mountain?
Answer: You cannot erase them, you will only mangle all of nature.
Question: How do I build the mountain of good?
Answer: On the basis of evil.
Question: Seeing all of this evil, do I say: “This is not the right way, I should choose another way”?
Answer: Of course. Otherwise, you will be like those who destroyed sparrows, flies, and so on.
Question: So, do I build a mountain of good by looking at this mountain of evil?
Answer: According to it.
Question: Where do I get the strength to build this mountain of good?
Answer: Here you have to ask the Creator Himself.
Question: Is there no other way?
Answer: No. Then you will see why the Creator created evil. It is so that you would turn to Him and receive the force of good.
Remark: So, with material resources alone, with my abilities…
Answer: Will lead you nowhere. You will not accomplish anything. There is only evil in our world. Even the good that you see is also evil.
Question: And when they say: “This strong, charismatic, courageous, and determined leader will be able to lead us to good, to happiness,” and everyone starts voting for him, is it all a lie?
Answer: Sure. Today more and more people start to realize this.
Question: Is our task to build this good against evil, and all we need to do is ask for strength from nature, from the Creator?
Answer: To ask the Creator for the force of good to balance the evil and to ascend on these two forces as if on two legs.
Question: Will the world come to this?
Answer: Very soon! I believe that, perhaps, I will also get to see this. But we must lay the foundation.
Remark: This is definitely a turning point for a person.
Answer: We need to educate people! Basic concepts that we just need to lay out before them.
Question: We are talking about an ordinary person. Tell me, when one faces evil what should his first reaction be?
Answer: To balance the evil. If I want to destroy it, I have to balance it! In this way, I not only eradicate it as if reducing it to zero, but I employ it and use it for good.
As two forces in electricity: the minus and the plus. Any force that is revealed in this world consists of itself and of its opposite, its parallel. There is nothing else, only this. Therefore, regarding evil, we must find the expression of good and put them against each other, placing yourself in the middle. And you will see how to rise on these two streams of the fountain. That is how you will rise using both of them.
Question: So, are you saying that in order for one to rise in a good way, he has to be between good and evil?
Answer: They should push you from below like jets from a fountain.
Question: When I build good against the feeling of evil, is it called that I am in the middle? I see both good and evil.
Answer: Yes. We need to teach people how to use both forces correctly. For them, this is the revelation of the new world and endless possibilities.
Question: It means that we need to work on the first reaction of a person to destroy evil? So that the first reaction would be: “Oh!”
Answer: It depends on the support of society, on the environment.
Question: So, one way or another, a person should be searching, or he should be placed in the environment that thinks this way, right?
Answer: Yes. The environment will support him behind the scenes. And he will feel that he needs to perform certain actions. He will receive thoughts from the environment. The world is coming to this, there is no other way. This is how the world is arranged. The main thing is to move forward!
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/10/20
The Times of Israel published my new article “It’s a Draw! Hash It Out!”
Whether Trump or Biden end up in the White House, neither will be the president of the United States. He will be the president of only the Americans who elected him. A president who is one hundred percent accepted by half the country, and one hundred percent rejected by the other half, cannot be regarded as POTUS. It leaves the American people with two options: hash it out or fight it out. I hope they choose the former.
America is a highly developed country, especially when it comes to politics. As with any developed nation, its people are very opinionated. And the more opinionated they become, the harder it is for them to budge from their opinions. They become less tolerant and more arrogant, less attentive and more assertive, until finally, the whole country explodes in riots, violence, and civil war ensues.
This is the natural way, and countries should watch carefully what is happening in America because it will also happen to them. It’s the natural evolution of human nature.
Despite the morose prognosis, humans have more than human nature going for them; they’ve got intellect. When a situation becomes an evident impasse, look for a bypass. There is no reason things should end in violence if we already see that this is where we’re going; we can reroute.
There is a lot of truth in Albert Einstein’s famous adage, “The problems we are dealing with cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” But there is more to it than that; we, that is our nature, created them so as to rise to a higher level.
Consider this: If everything had been alright while we were living in caves, would we ever have come out of them? If everything we did then succeeded, would we ever develop new tactics or tools to improve our lives and make them easier? Life keeps posing problems now as it always has, and always for the same purpose—to drive us forward, impel us to evolve. And today, evolution centers mainly on society.
Indeed, our society is lame. Human relations everywhere are plagued with suspicion, animosity, alienation, and hatred. Do we like feeling this way toward each other? If we did, we wouldn’t see the rates of depression, substance abuse, violence, homicide and suicide that we are seeing. We have become a society of sad, depressed, scared, and mainly hopeless people, and it’s all because there is a demon inside of us that makes us hate each other.
But it’s not a demon; it is human nature, the same engine that has developed us throughout the ages. Previously, it made us feel uncomfortable physically so we would develop easier and ways to live. Now it makes us feel uncomfortable emotionally so we will develop easier ways to live with one another.
This is why the Left and Right will never agree. Republicans will always think that Democrats are dead wrong, and Democrats will think the same about Republicans. But without the tension, there will be no impetus for growth, no realization that we must somehow establish unity or we will kill each other.
There is a funny thing about unsolvable conflicts. When you finally manage to reconcile, you often feel closer than before the conflict broke out. Moreover, you often realize that the problem doesn’t exist anymore even though you never touched it, but only focused on connecting with the other party. If it ever happened to you that you fought with your partner and after you made up you couldn’t remember what you fought about, then you know what I mean.
But it isn’t only on the personal level. The same idea is true for social, national, and international conflicts. When you work on unity, the problems aren’t solved, they disappear since they were only there as catalysts for connection.
America has been the leader of the free world since pretty much the end of World War II. Now it’s in a crisis that can send it soaring or sink it down. If Americans want, they can be the trailblazers they have always been and lead the whole world to a new era, where problems are promoters of connection, and conflicts are opportunities for deep concord. It’s been a political draw in America since 2016; it’s time to hash it out and rise together to a new level of solidarity and cohesion, and pave the trail away from friction and toward real and lasting peace.
Comment: Communication as an informational interaction is based on the principle of feedback. You said that there is an opportunity to unite even if others do not know about it, and you cited the example of sages who could unite the whole world in themselves, but other people did not feel it.
My Response: It is not at all necessary that people feel this; the main thing is that the person who performs the unification should feel a connection with them.
Comment: But communication implies feedback, and it turns out that there is none here.
My Response: This is communication in which I do not need more than ten people. We are created in such a way that if I take nine more friends as my partners, then together we can create an absolutely complete, integral system that will be similar to the common, integral nature.
Question: So, even if only two people interact, there should still be feedback?
Answer: Yes. If we interact with each other in the ten, we will find in it absolutely all the laws of the universe: both spiritual and material.
From KabTV’s “Communication Skills” 8/21/20