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Annulment before the friends is the key, cornerstone, basic, important, but very incomprehensible topic to us.
It will appear between us always with new characteristics until the end of our path to such an extent that we will not even understand where this all comes from, that again and again I have to annul myself before the friends and be included in them, until I completely lose myself in others.
Only in this way will I get closer to the Creator. Therefore, it is said that the Creator stands behind the friends. It is a great action of the Creator that He created such a means by which we can understand Him, approach Him, and reveal Him.
He created an opportunity for us; through uniting with our friends, annulling ourselves before them, becoming included in them, getting lost in them, and dissolving in them, we can approach the Creator.
In principle, this is all one and the same because we can do nothing regarding the Creator in any way. And the Creator created such an environment for us in relation to which we can do the work of annulling our egoism, moreover, to see and feel clearly, in action, how with my heart and mind I approach them, feel, and understand them more.
It is enough for me to do this even in my small group in order to feel the Creator after successful, correct work, and to start working in a group with new feelings, desires, data, properties, and forces.
Therefore, a group of friends is not something superfluous and irrelevant. It is no coincidence that there are so many of us in the world. This is precisely the main action of the Creator, that He not just created man, but made it so that man could be surrounded by other people and be in contact with them to start to feel how much his ego needs them, and how he could change his state in relation to them and give all of himself to them, to his ten.
This is our most important task: the possibility of gaining a spiritual quality from zero, the smallest one, up to complete merging, connection between everyone and with the Creator.
All this happens only through connection within a small group and then with more and more people until the whole of humanity enters such a state.
Therefore, it is not simply annulment before the friends but also inclusion with them. That is, our egoism should be annulled and the opposite property or force should grow out of egoism to replace it: bestowal, love, connection, inclusion, unification, connection, adhesion, etc.
Everything is built on the fact that in our unification we find the inner properties of this unity, and this will be called the revelation of the Creator to man.
The most important thing is to feel the importance of the group and the need to unite. Without this, we cannot take a single step toward the Creator. This is done only from the center of the group, from our connection.
Otherwise, we will not be able to have those feelings, those properties, with which we must come to the Creator and be in contact with Him, the property of bestowal and love. This property fills everything, but we do not feel it because we are opposite to it.
How can we tune in to perceiving this quality of bestowal and love? All this is attained by annulling before the friends. Moreover, this is not a simple annulment but a creative one. After all, I must annul myself in order to move toward them, to unite with them, and to merge with them so that our unification manifests itself to us as the property of the Creator, the property of bestowal. This is called: “You created Me,” as the Creator says.
We move toward each other out of our egoism by making a restriction on it. And after we restrict it, we can start to expand it in the opposite direction, toward altruistic bestowal, but with the same force to an even greater extent.
Here we must understand how to work with our egoism with which we were originally created and how to invert it, that is, turn it to the property of connection and love and rise above ourselves. This happens by faith above reason when the property of Bina, the property of bestowal, becomes higher than the property of reception, sensation, and awareness, and the main thing for us is to be in bestowal.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annuling before the Friends” Lesson 2
All my pleas must go through the ten. Only through my small group can I turn to the Creator and not otherwise. The group is my switchboard, my unit through which I connect to Him.
To the extent that I want to establish connection with my friends, I turn to the Creator. And I cannot address the Creator directly at all, the Creator will not hear me. If at least two friends do not unite in bestowing to each other, then they cannot connect to the Creator. This is the minimum condition.
And the optimal condition is all of humanity. The rational condition is the ten. When I annul myself in front of others, I enter the connection with the Creator.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2
We all are different and each has his own qualities and feelings, but if we do the same action of annulling ourselves, then we become closer, similar to each other. The Creator shines upon us and starts creating completely new forms of connection between us.
Then we begin to understand that it is not by chance that we are so diverse in this group. We are gathered in a group by the upper light that separated, shattered, and broke us, and now it begins to connect us. We feel how He gathers us.
The closer He brings us to each other, the more we resist. We feel how different we are, but He gathers us. This is where we should be His helpers in faith above reason and begin together with Him, with the upper light, to connect into one common, harmonious system called the soul.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2
We are engaged in an attack on the concealment of the Creator proceeding from the assumption, from what the Kabbalists who have already attained this tell us, that there is only one single force, it is concealment, and we must cancel the concealment by our efforts.
The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how we can reveal this upper force, what we must do to reveal it, and how to understand the stages of our revelation of the Creator. This happens by rising above ourselves, above our properties that separate us, to the property of the Creator who is one for all, one common field.
Therefore, we are gathered here to create this common field, this network of connections, between us, which exists, but is hidden from us by the egoism imposed on us. We must not just annul to, but rise above it and use it in the opposite direction. Then we will begin to feel its opposite, the true quality of this field, of this space in which we exist.
So, when I asked Rabash: “What should we say at a meeting of friends?”, he started his address with the phrase: “We have gathered here to establish a society for all who wish to follow the path and method of Baal HaSulam.”
Technically, there is no Creator. We follow the spirit of bestowal between us. When we reach the quality of bestowal, we begin to feel that this is the only quality that fills the entire world. We are created opposite of Him so that we become created beings, that is, we exist outside of this creation so we can feel it from the outside, externally, and explore it.
To the extent of our similarity to this quality of bestowal and love, which we reveal through our efforts, we can be shaped from two opposite properties: from the properties of disconnection and unification, from the properties of hatred and love.
These two reciprocal properties will keep us independent from the Creator so that we do not dissolve and disappear in Him. On the contrary, we will be able to be like Him, connected, and literally merge with Him, and at the same time exist independently and separately, as created beings.
This is, in principle, the highest point of development of man when man is called Adam, from the word “Edomeh – similar to the Creator.”
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1
We must try to understand the principle of our connection with the genuine universe, the revelation of the Creator, which consists precisely in getting closer to the property of bestowal, love, and connection, but at the same time not in disconnecting from the opposite properties of closeness, bestowal, connection, and love.
That is, the opposite properties will also be revealed in us, the properties of rejection all the way to hatred. But these seemingly mutually exclusive properties should be together. They allow us to exist as independent creatures. Otherwise, we would simply disappear and the Creator would exist.
We cannot imagine this because the Creator would not exist in the sense in which we can talk about Him because He is the property of the connection of opposites, the unification of the separated parts. And if there were no creation, there would be no Creator.
Therefore, as the creation develops, it becomes more and more egoistic, torn to pieces, distant, and divided in all its properties. This is only so that we further reveal the unity and reveal the property of the Creator.
That is why it is written: “You created Me.” You create Me, that is, it is from the opposite; from egoism, hatred, and rejection of each other we build this property of attraction and connection all the way to love, to complete mutual inclusion of everyone in everything.
Thus, we achieve precisely this property, which one might say did not exist before us and is called the Creator. This is the goal of our development.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us,” Lesson 1
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What are some good things that we should look forward to in the year 2022?“
That people will open their eyes to understand the universal formula of nature—one of perfect connection and mutuality—to see, feel, enter into and exist in this formula.
We would then experience an opposite world to our current one. Everybody would live according to the tenet, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and we would experience harmony and balance on all of nature’s levels.
Based on “News with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman” on December 20, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Answer: No it is not possible. The fact is that a prophet never speaks accurately because the integration of our world with the spiritual world is very ambiguous, difficult, and happens around certain people or even one person. It is not that you would simply go out on the street and see how the world has changed, that is, what the prophet has said and this is how it would appear to everyone.
The world has many different shapes, and everyone can feel it to the extent of their equivalence with the prophet, with the prophecy. Therefore, everyone will see what he wants.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/21/21
Answer: It is about the fact that our world is developing toward more and more universal communication at all levels and in all its parts, and we need to support this connection between everyone and in everything.
Therefore, we are trying to reach out to people in all languages and at all levels so that they understand that the most important thing for everyone is communication, connection, and mutual support. Only then can we achieve the correction of the world.
Question: Is that why asceticism and seclusion are not encouraged?
Answer: This should all be inside a person: be ascetic about yourself and friendly with a wide embrace toward others.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/7/21
Comment: According to the current educational system, the teacher tells the children facts that are written in a textbook and all students should accept these facts as indisputable truths without expressing their opinions, without discussing anything about them, just accept them and that’s it.
My Response: The modern school has no goal to make a Man out of a person. “Man” in Hebrew is “Adam,” from the word “Domeh“—”similar to the Creator.” That is, schools do not have the goal of raising a child to a special level in his or her inner development, of giving the fullest and perfect realization of his or her inner potential, which is called a soul.
This is completely out of the question because no one knows anything about this level, not the students nor their teachers.
Here we are faced with the fact that we need to restructure the entire educational system and most importantly the system of upbringing.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Generation” 8/24/09