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New Life After The Flood

527.03As soon as I discover that I have disconnected from the Creator, from bestowal, from the group, from everything that relates to spirituality, I need to divide this state into two parts: the state of the body and the state of the soul.

All corporeal principles that exist in our world belong to the body: health, mood, material environment, and family. And on the other hand, I have to look at how all this creates interference and affects my connection with the ten and with the Creator.

This is how we connect all affecting factors to one source and establish that everything comes from the Creator. The flood comes from Him, both the external and the internal flood. If I understand that everything comes from the Creator, then all I have to do is decide: Do I also belong to the Creator or not?

Only one checking point does not belong to the Creator, the point in the heart. When the Creator created the desire to receive, He disconnected it from Himself, and that is why we feel separated from Him.

I must try to attribute my mind and heart to the Creator too. Then I will find out that I do not have any thoughts and feelings of my own and that it is the Creator who causes all these feelings in me so that will I rise above them to Him as their source.

My feelings and thoughts throw me into completely opposite and confusing states, but I perceive them as the flood arranged by the Creator. He had to send me the flood to purify my desires, the same as the earth washed by a torrential stream is cleaned of litter and can give birth to new life.

And although this purification is carried out by the waters of the flood, that is, not only by the property of Bina but by Bina together with Malchut, this is how they are united, and this leads to correction. We can now use this force and advance. This is the beginning of creation; that is, there was an opportunity within a person to rise above his egoistic desire and attribute everything that happens to the upper force, to Bina, to bestowal.

A person understands that the external saboteur, corporeal disturbances, and internal spiritual disturbances that do not allow him to rise to the level of Bina, the level of faith, all come from the Creator. If he can attribute both saboteurs, both great obstacles only to the Creator, then he is freed from foreign thoughts at the degree of Malchut and at the degree of Bina, and he attains faith above reason.

This means that I do not take into account these two saboteurs—corporeal and spiritual—but stick only to bestowal, to the Creator. This is the first point in the force of faith, in the force of Bina above the force of Malchut.

Therefore, it is necessary to separate these two levels, corporeal and spiritual disturbances. Corporeal disturbances manifest themselves in the form of fatigue, loss of strength, illness, problems in the family, at work, etc. And within all these disturbances we need to uncover the spiritual disturbance: that I do not want connection, I do not have the strength, the mood, and I cannot fight my laziness. This is the second, more internal saboteur against which we mainly need to fight.

Both saboteurs lead us to reveal their cause, the Creator, because it was He who sent the flood to the earth. And due to this, we come to the degree of faith above reason. I establish that both saboteurs come from the upper force, I hold on to my friends and with them to the Creator.

This is how we are saved from the flood! Our connection with the Creator brings us to dry land, we leave the ark and begin to settle on earth. In that desire to receive, which can already reach the degree of Bina, we lay our new settlement; faith is higher than reason.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/21/21,  Shamati #104 “And the Saboteur Was Sitting”

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Shift All Problems To The Spiritual Realm

962.6If I do not feel resistance to spirituality, then I am not in spirituality. It is the same as when I get into a car, I must start the engine and burn fuel, energy, in order to move.

The same is true in spirituality; I cannot just lie there and wait to be lifted up to final correction (Gmar Tikkun) along with my bed.

It doesn’t happen that way. Correction occurs only through our efforts, and efforts are measured by the feeling of suffering, the force of resistance. So, we are talking about two destroyers, corporeal obstacles and spiritual obstacles, that interfere with our progress.

Corporeal obstacles are problems of this world: in the family, at work, with health. And spiritual obstacles are hidden inside them. We cannot dig deeply into obstacles, but we must clarify both of them in order to see how much they direct us toward the goal.

And if I focus more precisely on the goal internally, then I will see how obstacles begin to change because they come from the Creator. And if before I felt corporeal obstacles and it seemed that I could not do anything about them, now, due to my attitude to the goal, I can eliminate them. Problems in the family, with children, and at work will disappear; everything will turn into spiritual problems.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/21/21, Shamati #104 “And the Saboteur Was Sitting”

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New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations

New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

How can organizations ensure that employees at every level feel important and appreciated? While hierarchy is necessary, it can lead to comparison, competition, and separation between higher, middle, and lower workers. These obstacles can be overcome if everyone is included in working together toward a common goal.

Management should hold regular talks to emphasize that mutual benefit can be achieved only through the efforts and participation of every worker and all will prosper through working together. All are equal participants toward accomplishing the goal, and even simple work is essential. We are all mutually dependent, each one does their part for the good of the whole, and recognizes the value of each one’s unique contribution. Everyone is responsible for creating an environment where everyone is valued, where each one is greeted as a friend by all the others.

Upon entering the gate of the workplace, each one should peel off all their shells and enter with a warm heart and uplifted spirits for having been granted the opportunity to work together in common purpose.
This summary was written and edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman
From KabTV’s “New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations,” 12/19/21

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“And You Shall Love The Lord”

235Question: Baal HaSulam wrote an article “Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings,” which describes various spiritual states. What is love for the Creator? Can this be called a state?

Answer: Anything a person experiences is called his state.

To love the Creator means to wish Him the very best with all your strength, as it is written: “And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your means.”

The Creator is the source of life that holds the entire creation within Himself. In principle, the universe consists of only two parts: the Creator and everything created by Him, called creation. And we must bring the entire creation to a state of complete merging with the Creator.

Loving Him means loving Him as the source of life, reaching a state where everything that you feel, you receive through your feeling of love for Him.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/14/21

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Choleric—A Hero Of Our Time

552.03The four types of human temperament correspond to the four stages of development of egoism.

The phlegmatic is slow, heavy, simple, relatively primitive egoism. A person may be a great scientist, but his external manifestation, his pace, and his internal frequency are of this type. Next come the sanguine, melancholic, and only then choleric.

When we study the four stages of egoistic development, they are arranged exactly like this: the first stage is passive, the second is searching for the opposite of the passive stage, the third stage is incomplete realization and feeling of lack in this realization, and only the last stage is the real developed desire.

However, in principle, each of these stages also includes all four. Therefore, we say that there are four stages, and if we divide them into four more, then there are sixteen.

The biggest desire is choleric. But we are talking about “net” desires and in no case about the “color” of these desires. Both an artist and a locksmith can be choleric.

Comment: If the last stage is choleric, then we can assume that we are now at a stage where this type of reaction prevails.

My Response: Yes, it really prevails. However, the fact is that the internal stress experienced by a choleric who does not see where he can apply himself forces him to lie down on the sofa. There is a huge internal imbalance within him, anxiety with absolute external apathy. This is how a choleric manifests nowadays.

Therefore, if you look at him from the outside, you can say: “Well, what kind of choleric is he? The choleric runs from corner to corner, rushes, does not know what he is looking for.” In fact, he has nowhere to run. He has an internal turmoil because he does not see any external purpose. There is a conflict between his internal and external state.

These people are the most acutely susceptible. The choleric is a creator, a carrier of a huge desire; he is not an executor but a carrier. Therefore, people of all temperaments should be brought together in a team so that something could be born as a result of their mixture. It turns out that choleric people are necessary.
From Kab TV’s “Conversation about Integral Education” 5/24/12

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“How Would You Describe A Divine Experience?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How would you describe a divine experience?

First of all, a divine experience is not a mystical or religious experience.

A divine experience takes place when we connect with each other and sense the general system of nature. It is an experience in which we feel the so-called “souls,” i.e. the parts that piece together the “puzzle” of this system, and which make it as one. We feel the wholeness and perfection of our connection when we connect into a single body.

By connecting with each other, we rise above our nature, above this world where we sense reality in a detached and contradicting way, and enter a different reality, the so-called “upper world” where we are all interconnected.

The divine experience of the upper world is one of eternal life because we are then no longer detached from each other, but we complement each other. The entire system then lives and breathes as a life of eternity and perfection, which is how we experience it. Accordingly, our entire life is given to us so that we transcend our limited corporeal experience, and enter the divine spiritual experience, where we sense complete fulfillment, eternity and perfection.

Based on the video, “How to Transcend the Corporeal Experience of Life,” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Principle Of Sodom—Not To Help Others In Anything

120Question: In Kabbalah, every word has a spiritual meaning since we are talking about spiritual states. Everyone knows the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Naturally, they also existed in the corporeal world. However, I would like to talk not about corporeal consequences, but rather about spiritual roots.

What is the spiritual root of the phenomenon of Sodom and Gomorrah? Is it possible to call it not a phenomenon, but a state?

Answer: Yes, this is a condition that each of us has partially.

Sodom is a place near the Dead Sea, famous for the fact that events described in the biblical legends took place there. In this city, all its inhabitants were obliged to live by a certain rule: not to help others in anything. This is one of the types of communication between people.

In principle, we understand the way of life when people communicate with each other to receive certain benefits from this for themselves by exchanging with each other, or in some production cycles, or in anything at all.

There is another approach when I do not touch you and you do not touch me. At any level. You have no right to ask for a blade of grass, a speck of dust, or a piece of anything from others; all this is absolutely forbidden. Anyone who does not fulfill this condition is ostracized, thrown out of society or immediately put to death.

Question: So, was this a law or do I give if I want and do not give if I do not want?

Answer: Yes. A person should not have had this even in his thoughts! This is the attitude of people who lived according to the principle of Sodom.

Question: Does this principle exist to some extent in each of us?

Answer: No. If you use it only to a certain extent, then this is not Sodom. Its condition is that you have no right to help anyone in anything. The Bible gives an example of such a society.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/7/21

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/29/21

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Peace” 

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Selected Highlights 

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