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“From The Body To The Mind” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “From the Body to the Mind

The current wave is causing more confusion than ever. If previously, experts believed that mass vaccinations were necessary in order to curb the spread of the virus, now there are experts who believe we should let go of all the guards since the current strain will turn the pandemic into an endemic disease like the common cold. I really don’t know how it will end, if it will end at all. Either way, one thing is clear: Our woes will not end. A new menace will come, which will not affect our bodies but our minds.

To begin with, the whole problem is in our minds. It is our minds that are sick, and they sicken our bodies and the rest of the world. For this reason, I believe that future woes will be more complex and more sophisticated, more subtle. They will not attack our bodies but our brains. As a result, we will begin to think differently and see things differently.

The sickness in our minds has to do with our attitude toward others. We are so abusive to others that we cannot stop even when we know we are harming ourselves in the process. There is an anecdote about a man whose jealousy of his neighbor overcame him. One day, the man found a lamp. When he rubbed it, a genie came out and promised to give him anything he wanted, but with a caveat: “Whatever I give you, I will give twofold to your neighbor.” The jealous man thought about it for a while and finally said to the genie: “Take out one of my eyes.”

This is what we are doing to ourselves. Our minds seek dominance, power, and wealth at the expense of others. In the process, we are destroying the very sources of abundance that make our world livable. We have become so absorbed in overpowering others that we cannot stop attempting to destroy them even when it eventually means destroying ourselves.

This attitude will be the target of the new bug that will infect us. I hope it happens sooner rather than later, but I cannot be certain. What I do know is that when it comes, we will begin to recognize the damage we have been causing our surroundings.

Regrettably, we learn only through pain. Only blows open our eyes to see we have been going in the wrong direction. If we use our intellect to learn more quickly, we will spare much of the pain, but it depends on our willingness to learn. For now, unfortunately, I cannot say that we are in learning mode.

Preference For Connection

528.04Question: What factors can harm us in advancing in the ten?

Answer: Absolutely everything. The only factor that can benefit you is rising above everything harmful to the connection between you. That is all.

Everything that appears in you is against connection, against the ten, against the Creator. And all this is in order for you to rise above in mutual connection with each other.
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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How To Enhance The Aspiration For The Creator?

237Question: How can we enhance our aspiration for connection with the Creator?

Answer: Only if we learn this from the friends; I must see them above myself.

If I do not see them that way, then I am not in a good state. This means that I must exert more and more in my studies and in the connection between us until I detect that I see them above myself. And then by yearning to connect with them, I begin to feel the essence of this connection, that is, the Creator.

Within my desires and my aspirations for the friends, I will begin to feel the property of bestowal and to some extent the property of love, and this will be 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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The First Condition For Approaching The Creator

527.03Rabash, Article No. 1 “Purpose of Society-1”: …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.

The Creator gave us the opportunity to create such connections between us, such relationships that would be similar to Him in properties.

We do not want anything else! If we do not want to remain at the level of animals that live for a certain number of years and then rot, but wish to rise even egoistically to the level of the Creator (if we have such predispositions, that is good), then we must understand that the entire ascent means revealing the Creator between us!

This is the very first condition that a person must understand, realize, and accept and that initially, a priori, will be in all his actions: I want to reveal the Creator between us.

As soon as a person begins to realize that he must move only in this direction, he already enters into mastering the science of Kabbalah because he begins to draw closer to the property of connection with others and rejects properties that alienate him from others.

Both those and other properties remain in us and between us, they are all necessary. It is upon the oppositeness of these properties that we reveal the Creator, as it is written: “The advantage of light from darkness.”

Therefore, the most important thing is to approach the Creator and His revelation, which is the purpose of our existence and the existence of everything on Earth. This is the ascent from the animate level we are at now to the level of Adam. Not just “man,” but Adam from the word “Domeh, similar to the Creator.” To the degree of this similarity to the Creator, which we create in the connection between us, we will move forward.
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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Full Envelope

624.03We should always check ourselves regarding the opinion of the group: do I agree with what I receive from the Creator or not? Do I agree with what I have in my life, in my spiritual advancement? Am I able to annul myself at every moment and say that I am receiving a full envelope right now?

And if I am dissatisfied with something in life, it is because I have eyes but they do not see. In fact, the Creator gives me a full envelope. And so I go and advance each time in joy and in faith. Despite the fact that every time I may see that there is a shortage: first one dollar from $1,000 is missing in the envelope, then two, then $100, and then $999.

And then I open this envelope and see that it is completely empty. There is nothing in it! And this is what I have received from the Creator? Of course because who else can you get it from except the Creator—there is none else besides Him.

And what is left for me? To be in joy! And this will mean that I have risen above the restriction and have adhered to the Creator, to His opinion, to His mind in full measure.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/20/22, “Faith Above Reason”

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To See The World As Perfect

963.1Question: With what eyes do we see the true world?

Answer: We see the world that surrounds us through our egoism, but we want to see it not disturbed by our ego, the way it really is. We are approaching this state gradually, step by step.

How can I do this? I am trying to work it all out in the group I am in, i.e., trying to see it better and higher. If I grasp this, then I will see the world more deeply and transparently as the place where the Creator gradually manifests Himself to me.

Question: If in the corrected state the world is perfect, then why do we constantly say that it is degrading?

Answer: We speak according to how we see it. But this so-called degradation is designed to push us to our own correction so that we see the world perfect through ourselves.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends” Lesson 3

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The Mystery Of Time

58Comment: American-Canadian professor of psychology Michael Persinger researched parapsychology and paranormal phenomena. He co-authored Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events.  He asserted that paranormal phenomena was connected with natural phenomena, which in turn appeal to the mysteries of time and space, and that regarding time, we think the processes taking place are kind of magical: the past turns into the future, and so on.

You say that all existing states, both the past and the future, are on record, and we cannot change anything.

My Response: Time does not exist at all. There is only one state. The sensation of time flows only in relation to us since we are in the process of comprehending this single, integral, perfect state.

This can be likened to a person who is unconscious and gradually comes to his senses. Suddenly, a hospital room, a bed, a nurse, and some noises begin to appear before him, “Before this world did not exist, but now it has appeared, and I see what God has created.”

It seems to him that everything that he sees did not exist before and has only appeared now. Therefore he calls the process of the emergence of something new relative to himself “the passage of time.”

Question: Can we say that the change in our desires gives us a sense of time?

Answer: Of course. If nothing changed in us—precisely in us because change comes from within and our capacity for sensation changes—then time would not exist.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Anamnesis” 2/19/10

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“Is Israel Heading Toward Civil War?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is Israel heading toward civil war?

Based on research of countries in similar situations, futurist David Passig has discussed how civil war is likely to occur in Israel three or four generations down the line.

I do not see that there will be a civil war in Israel though. Indeed, however, what had once united the country has started melting away, and I see that there could be disputes and differences of opinions between Jews, but not a war.

How did we come to the ruin of the First and Second Temples, and the different states we went through? It happened between Jews. It was not the Greeks or the Romans who came to Israel to change things their way, but we ourselves did that to ourselves (for more on this, see chapter 1 of my book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism). That is why I think that there will be no more civil wars, because we likely learned something from those experiences.

Nonetheless, we need to engage much more rigorously in education, in explaining who we are, why we are so different, and what we need to correct. This should be at least about half of what children in Israel study at school.

The unique correction Israeli society needs to make is in its understanding of its role toward the world, which is to unite above our differences, and as such, become a conduit for unity to spread worldwide.

It is important to note that unity does not mean that everyone holds the same opinions. Unity takes place above our differences and divisions in opinion. Israel should consist of millions of egoists who have constant disputes, and who are very distant from each other, and they need to learn how to unite above their differences and reach a common love and closeness. That is, on one hand, there needs to be the revelation of evil, and upon it, the disclosure of love.

Based on the video “Is Israeli Society Headed for Civil War?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/26/22

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Faith Above Reason” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Disclosing a Portion, Covering Two”  

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Selected Highlights 

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