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Examining My Inclusion In The Environment

938.02The proof of my inclusion in the environment is that I care about this environment more than about myself. And I see myself only as a result, as a product, of this environment.

A person begins to feel that he himself does not exist but only the environment of which he is a consequence. That is, he has nothing of his own but only what he receives from the environment. The environment shapes him and constantly gives birth to him.

And this is where the real freedom of man manifests. He broke away from himself, from his egoism, and completely united with the environment, which from that moment onward completely defines him. That is, each person enters the system of the ten, which begins to operate as the ten Sefirot of the soul.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Deriving the Greatness of the Goal from the Friends” Lesson 4

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Can The World Develop In A Good Way?

214Undoubtedly, everything in the world happens only for the sake of  advancement toward the goal. Undoubtedly, all these pandemics and viruses come to our world in order to push us to realize this goal.

And undoubtedly, we could advance toward this goal in a good way if we choose movement, the goal, and hastening. If we move faster than the stick coming at us from behind ready to hit us, then we are advancing quickly.

In order to do this, we need to connect faster and master the spiritual state among us faster, and thus reveal the Creator in it. Humanity went through different stages in its development until it turned into modern society that is interconnected and revealing its complete dependence on each other.

In our time, this mutual dependence will still manifest itself very clearly and rigidly; we will see that we cannot exist without each other. There is not enough oil and gas in one place, there is not enough bread in another, electricity in the third, etc. Everything will be revealed in such a way that not a single person can live without other people.

Baal HaSulam writes that we in fact need the whole world. Therefore, we have interesting discoveries ahead. We need to explain to the world how interconnected we are so that our steps forward will be faster, better, and painless.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Deriving the Greatness of the Goal from the Friends” Lesson 4

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Attack On The Concealment Of The Creator

583.04I hope you had time to prepare for the congress and feel more independent. We will try to conduct it in such a way so that we really feel the Kli (vessel) that we must create together in order to reveal the Creator in it. This is the most important thing.

The name of the congress speaks for itself: “Rising Above Ourselves.” This, in principle, is what everyone and all of us should do together, in mutual assistance. And then we will feel the world we actually exist in constantly, not in our broken feelings and perceptions, but in the world of the Creator.

Nothing was broken in fact. Everything exists only in our sensations. If we correct them, we will feel the real, eternal, whole creation.

Inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature is all that we perceive today in our broken sensations. We cannot escape this. That is all there is in us, and that is us. Our feelings divide our world into: me and the rest.

But we know from Kabbalah that really nothing was broken. Everything exists in its entirety, and the shattering is only in us. This is the first, the main, point from which we must proceed; everything that exists exists in me.

And if I correct my perception of the world, then I will feel a different world. It is up to me. That is why our method is called the wisdom of Kabbalah—how to receive, perceive, and feel yourself and everything around you.

Kabbalists, those people who have mastered this special quality of perception and are not disturbed by egoistic properties, say that it is possible to perceive the world as it really is and not as it seems to us as reflected in our senses.

We can adjust our senses to feel the world in a different way and gradually improve our perception without involving egoistic obstacles in it. And then we will perceive the world as a single, benevolent upper force, which relative to ourselves, we call the Creator.

“World” (Olam) comes from the word “Alama” (concealment). It means that our world is concealment. Therefore, our task is to establish ourselves so that we perceive not the world that we feel now, but what is hidden behind it, the Creator Himself.

How can we do this? Calibrate yourself for this. How do I calibrate myself for this? Remove the obstacle. And there is only one obstacle—us.

Therefore, we must attack the concealment of the Creator or attack our egoism that divides us and fragments our entire perception into pieces, into separate parts, into levels that are closer, further, and so on.

We need to make sure that we perceive the world as a whole and not as torn apart by our egoistic organs of sensation.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1

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Affect The Heart With Prayer

232.1The work seems to be going slowly as everything goes through the mind. How would you understand everything, and can you help the heart to feel?

The heart is in the power of the Creator, so for this you need to pray. The mind is in our power, and the hearts are in the complete power of the Creator, desires are what was created by Him.

So start collecting prayer with your mind so that the Creator, from your prayers, will work on your heart. Then everything will work out.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2

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The Way A Caterpillar Crawls

507.05There are long periods of time during our spiritual development when we seem to be doing nothing and cannot move forward or backward. But at least automatically I am present at the lessons, and this is also movement forward.

That is, I give the opportunity to the upper light, the Creator, to influence me. I do as much as I can, yes, but there is nothing to be done here. There are also such drowsy states when we act automatically and cannot do anything about it.

In fact, we can change that! It depends on the group, on the environment. Therefore, the most important thing is to try to perceive your group as the highest state. If I want to climb a step higher, then I must become included in the state of the group.

Then I will see that it is even higher, and then I will climb even higher. That is, every time I kind of pull myself up: I feel the group as something higher and pull myself up to the group, become included in it, and so on.

This is how a caterpillar crawls, each time it pulls its parts to each other. So, I also need to do this: the group is in front of me and I reach up to it. I pull myself up, and I see that it is possible to do it even more because it is even higher, and I pull myself up more, etc.

That is, our whole way up is to constantly merge, connect, and adhere with the group. I do not need anything else, I have no other means for spiritual ascent.

Imagine this picture, and you will see that we all have a great opportunity for spiritual ascent.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2

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A Divine Idea

232.05Rabash, “Purpose of Society 1”: And to achieve bestowal upon the Creator, we must begin with bestowal upon man, which is called “love of others.”

Why is this needed? We cannot talk about our feelings if we do not perceive something in them. If I have to approach something, then from the object I am approaching I must receive some kind of feedback, some opposite property, feeling, and repercussion.

Therefore, everything is built on learning to perceive a neighbor, another, everyone, not as an inanimate, vegetative, or animate being but exactly as we are. And from the similarity of our relations with each other, we can learn to tune ourselves to the relationship with the Creator.

Egoism will help us in this. It will repulse us and show how much we are not in connection with each other and not ready to unite with the Creator. This is what we will feel in the separation between us. That is, the connection between us is the indicator that shows me how far away I am from the Creator.

This is a wonderful divine idea when a person feels that he is in the world created for us so that we learn to feel and understand who we are and gradually rise from the state of feeling the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature to the state of man And in these relationships, we must begin to feel that we are ready to reveal the Creator.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1

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Learn To Give To A Person

528.04And this is why we gather here—to establish a society where each of us follows the spirit of bestowing upon the Creator (Rabash, “Purpose of Society—1”).

Our most important task and goal is bestowing to the Creator. And the Creator is perceived by us only as a common force, a property, a spirit that will fill the entire space between us. The Creator is called a place. This is the place between us.

The relation of a person to the Creator is the relation of a person to a place. Therefore the most important thing for us is to take care of the place between us, that is, about our relationships, about what can manifest between us.

And to achieve bestowal upon the Creator, we must begin with bestowal upon man, which is called “love of others. Why? Because there is no Creator as such. We create this quality from the relationships between us, and the quality of these relationships determines the Creator we create.

Just as it is said “You created Me” and “You create Me,” it is not the Creator who creates a person, but it is the person who, through his own efforts, having received the instruction, creates the Creator.

Just as in our world we build everything around us and equip ourselves, similarly we must adjust ourselves, connect with each other, and arrange connections between us so that the Creator is revealed in them.

Here we are already beginning to work together with the upper force, which is absolutely hidden and cannot manifest itself in any way but only to the extent of the similarity of qualities. Depending on the way we relate to Him, we can reveal Him. Therefore, our principal relationship to the Creator is called the quality of bestowal.

But since the Creator is hidden and is impossible for us to feel by touch how we can reveal Him, get closer to Him, and do all that gradually, step-by-step, we need to have something in our hands. For this, the Creator created a connection between us egoists, and from it we must understand our states, where we are, that is, to start treating the connection between each other as something fundamental, the basis from which we draw understanding about ourselves and about our world.

If we change our relationships, we will begin to feel how we are opening up this space more and more. And so we will build not some material, imaginary world, but a world that is a result of the connection between us. In these gradual, step-by-step approaches to each other, we will reveal the power of connection, the quality of connection, and its special manifestations, which are called the Creator.

Initially this force, these qualities, created us to be the opposite of ourselves at the most minimal level. And if we move further toward revealing this quality, we will feel ourselves to be in two opposite states: that we know nothing, understand nothing, don’t want to be in connection with one another, and are opposed to the connections between us; that is, we are opposite to the Creator; and at the same time, that we can get closer and connect together.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1

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The Purpose Of Breaking A Single Desire

237International Congress “Rising Above Ourselves”—Lesson 1

Love of others can only be through revoking of one’s self (Rabash, Article 1, Part 1, “Purpose of Society—1”)

Self-denial is the annihilation of oneself in relation to others. At the same time, a person does not just disappear, but is engaged precisely in the fact that everything that is in him—in feelings, in thoughts, in actions—he does only for the good of another. This is called love. You exist only for the sake of another.

On the one hand, each person should feel lowly, and on the other hand, be proud that the Creator has given us the chance to be in a society where each of us has but a single goal: for the Shechina [Divinity] to be among us.

That is, so that we return to the original state from which we were created when the Creator began to develop within Himself the desire to receive, the opposite of Himself, in order to create creations. And the creatures must be opposite to Him. And therefore, gradually within the Creator, within the upper light, a desire to receive was created, which then broke into many parts, sub-parts, sub-sub-sub-parts, and so on, along 125 degrees of descent from a single primordial desire, which we call Malchut of Ein Sof (the world of infinity) to our state and even below it.

All this happens by breaking a single desire into a multitude of desires, so that we can begin the return journey, our evolution, our development to begin to reveal the Creator from opposites.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1

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Anti-Semitism In The World Is The Law Of Nature

962.5Question: Will the recent UN resolutions regarding Israel increase anti-Semitism in the world?

Answer: I don’t think that one thing impacts another. It happens according to the general law of human evolution.

Humanity has to develop according to the plan of creation, and if we don’t mitigate our development by behaving properly, anti-Semitism increases, not because someone clever or stupid has said something, but because it is the law of nature.
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