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Answer: We reach self-annulment when we realize its necessity, from the fact that I have been hearing about it for months. Each time I listen, I receive a little bit of the upper light.
As a result, I start to feel how it affects me, how certain changes occur in me like an internal click, a switch, and I suddenly realize that I truly cannot live without the group and I must annul myself.
I can feel either myself or the Creator. And how can I feel the Creator if I have no tool to change myself? So I am replacing myself with the group. And then in this group I begin to perceive the Creator.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2
Thus, each one should assemble with his friend and come to him to hear from him a word [about the work of the Creator], and how to find the Creator. He should annul before his friend, and his friend should do the same toward him, and so should everyone do.
Then, when the assembly is with this intention, then “More than the calf wants to suckle, the cow wants to nurse,” and the Creator approaches them and He is with them (Maor VaShemesh, “VaYechi”).
Now we are in a gathering of friends. We have to think all the time about how we are getting closer to each other, how we want only one thing: to begin to feel the revelation of the Creator in the connection between us, not in each of us, but in the connection between us. This is very important!
That is, I do not want to reveal the Creator in myself, this is egoism. Watch where the border between our animal world and the spiritual one runs! I want to reveal the Creator in the connection between us, as a quality of bestowal and love, my own toward all my friends.
I do not want the revelation of the Creator in order to see Him, to know, to understand, and to enjoy Him. These are egoistic qualities of a person. They should be avoided. Try to control yourself; try to rise above yourself.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1
Psychologists do not agree with this. They say that feeling love is something more than the sum of its components: mental, social, and so on.
Philosophers do not argue with anyone. They say that love confuses a person and is the cause of all the stupidity and all the discoveries humanity has made.
How do Kabbalists define love?
Love is a means to become like the Creator. Love is something that exists outside of us. There is no love in an individual. And therefore, no physiologists and no psychologists can know anything about it. They think about everything only on the basis of pheromones and the like.
Love is the exclusive property of the Creator given to us, and with its help we can raise ourselves from the animate to human level. Man is Adam. “Adam” from the word “Edomeh”—similar to the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 12/6/21
We exist in order to achieve a certain goal, and it is not within our life but in what we reveal in all nature, which is called the Creator. In Kabbalah, the concept of nature is equivalent to the concept of the Creator.
Upon reaching connection with all of nature, not only with what we now see and observe in our small world but with its wholeness, we begin to feel that we exist eternally and in perfection. It is this level that a person must reach during this life. This is the only purpose of our existence.
And this is not what our education gives a person. We teach him just like an animal teaches its young to survive, to create a family correctly, and to produce offspring. So, from generation to generation, we take care of our life at the animate level.
It doesn’t matter that our technologies develop because as long as our animate organism, our body, exists, we want to create seemingly the most comfortable environment for it. Therefore, this level is animate and a person does not differ from an animal.
In fact, it is the category of human that we can develop in us so that we feel an eternal, perfect state, when each of us rises above our petty egoism and reaches the general sensation of whole nature. Nobody teaches us this.
If you want to uplift a person, you must show him a different perspective, what it is that is worth living for, what it is that is worth directing your efforts to. And if all this life is only inside the animate body, then I do not care about anything: I can jump from the roof, I can do whatever I want with myself. Nobody cares about me and I do not care about anyone because everyone feels like a little individualist.
All our relations in society are built on this: “I do not touch you, you do not touch me.” And this is completely wrong. From day to day we reveal how universal nature is, how interconnected we are in a small village, how the butterfly effect, mutual responsibility, and mutual influence on each other works.
From the side of nature, we reveal that everything is interconnected and is in such close dependence that there is no escape from it.
Question: Perhaps we are not yet aware that laws of interdependence apply directly to our lives?
Answer: Even if we are aware of them, we still cannot take over. Moreover, we do not yet have the opportunity to approach their realization.
The science of Kabbalah is being revealed in our time, it deals with this, and it can give us such an opportunity. But we are only at the beginning of the path and humanity does not yet understand what it is.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Generation” 8/24/09