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Our Guiding Star

249.01If I make an effort to see the actions of the Creator in every place and behind all sorts of people: behind friends, family, even my boss at work, then I understand that they do not come from people and from random events in life, but only from the upper governance. After all, there is none else besides Him, the only force that operates in the universe through all kinds of clothings.

I unite all these clothings, gather them in one place, and then I begin to reveal the Creator. Those clothings do not disappear, but become more and more diverse. If I make an effort to relate all of them only to the Creator, then I begin to reveal Him more and more.

This work—to relate everything to one force—leads me to adhesion with the Creator and to understanding Him. Through it, I change myself and cover all crimes with love.

I see all the obstacles not as disturbances, but as exercises given to me by the Creator to reveal Him in any state, and they become more and more refined and complex in order to reveal the upper force. However, I try to perceive every state that arises before me as sent to me by the Creator and I try to address Him through this state.

There is only the force of the Creator. This means that the Creator organizes and arranges everything in the world for us.

Although we see a huge, very complex, and multifaceted world before us with many contradictory forces, in the end, we need to reduce it all to one principle: “The Creator is above us, the Creator is one.”

This goal should become our guiding star. Then our entire world and our entire life will give us exercises that help us reach this concept and fully reveal it.

It is written, “They have eyes, but they will not see; they have ears, but they will not hear.” We do not see that there is only one force acting in the entire reality. When we begin to see this, another reality appears before us, a spiritual one where we are included together with the friends.

Then the next, higher degree is revealed, and each of us again begins to feel themselves under the grip of an egoism that has grown even more and that the entire world is even more corrupted. Yet, we understand that the Creator presents this picture to us. In fact, nothing changes.

The Creator just twists the regulator on our will to receive, and then egoism flares up even more in each of us and throughout the world. All this is in order for us to reveal the uniqueness of the Creator in the entire reality at an even higher degree, in even more complex and contradictory states.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/1/22, “Faith Above Reason”

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“The Political Olympic Games” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “The Political Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee writes on its website that the Olympic Truce was established in ancient Greece through the signing of a treaty between three Greek city-states—Elis, Pisa, and Sparta—to allow safe participation in the Olympic Games for all athletes and spectators, who were otherwise in constant conflict with each other. Today’s three superpowers—the US, China, and Russia—are doing just the opposite, using the Olympics as a stage for political warfare that only increases animosity. Worse yet, despite the UN General Assembly resolution of October 25, 1993, to observe the Olympic Truce, the rest of the world takes sides in the feud.

The whole concept of sports has become so self-centered and distorted that it has lost its merit. For this reason, I would cancel these competitions altogether. If we bring the wars into the games instead of using them to end the wars and promote peace and unity, then there is no point in holding them at all.

Even without an official boycott, as in this year’s Winter Olympics, the war still rages and the athletes pay the price. They are doped, suffer frequent injuries, and are often verbally, physically, and even sexually abused by their coaches. Spectators, too, are pitched against each other in the name of national pride, the exact opposite of the spirit of unity that should prevail in the Olympic games.

Ideally, the games aspire to build “a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” Today’s Olympic “Games” could not be further from this spirit.

Competition is great when it motivates us to improve ourselves. But there is no self-improvement in being ready to kill one another because one person jumped with a stick one centimeter higher than his or her competitor. And what about the whole issue of defining gender in women’s sports? The whole concept of sports has become so self-centered and distorted that it has lost its merit.

For this reason, I would cancel these competitions altogether. If we bring the wars into the games instead of using them to end the wars and promote peace and unity, then there is no point in holding them at all.

We should compete over who helps the world the most, not over who exploits and abuses others the most. Are these the values we want to pass on to our children? Is this the kind of people we want them to grow up to be? If we want them to live in a world where they can trust others and have friends to associate with, we must at least try to set an example of unity and mutual consideration. Afterwards, we should encourage them to follow in our footsteps. But if the Olympics do not promote the spirit of unity, then we should not hold them.

What Would I Carve In Stone?

219.01Question: In order for something good to come true, you need to set a goal. Some experts say, “You need to sit down and write, precisely write, what you want to achieve. And then you will succeed. And write down your goals with your hand, with a pen, not on a computer,” even today. In this case you have a better chance of success.”

Why was the past more successful, when we wrote with a pen?

Answer: This is not the past. It just expresses your thoughts naturally. And it would be even better if you would take a chisel and hammer and carved it on stone.

Question: Does this mean so you will work hard for it?

Answer: Yes. You should do so.

Question: Are you literally saying this?

Answer: Of course. A person should invest himself in his future, in his plans. Therefore do it this way.

Question: And if he does it on a computer?

Answer: It’s very fast, accessible, and he can delete it and write again. It’s not the same.

Question: Is it desirable that it cannot be erased?

Answer: Yes. This is the first condition.

Question: What kind of goal should a person carve on a stone?

Answer: An important goal. It doesn’t matter if it’s paramount or not. But he should know that he is carving it. It is not for nothing that it is said that what is written with a pen cannot be cut down with an ax. A pen is the same as something carved on a stone.

Question: Tell me, do goals change in the course of a person’s life? Does he have to carve out another goal next?

Answer: Certainly. They change. It’s okay; let them change. This is called the “book of life” that he writes. Let it be so; it doesn’t matter. And do not erase what happened. This is his development.

Question: And what happens when he literally carves? What is going on inside him at the same time? Let’s say he accepts your formula and carves it out on the stone: “I want to reach true love.”

What is going on inside him at the same time?

Answer: That’s how he wants it to be. He is already investing himself in his future.

Question: Can we say that he carves it inside himself, in fact?

Answer: Yes, of course.

Question: Is it possible to carve a goal that does not change throughout life and to advance toward it?

Answer: It is possible, but it will still deepen and change. Maybe according to the external form that you carve, it will not change, but according to the content, it will.

Question: What goal would you set in stone today?

Answer: I would like to see all my students united together now. It would be a wonderful group who would hold on to each other all over the globe and who could really become a link between unhappy humanity and the mighty Creator. That is what I would carve.

We would feel that everything leads us to it.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/29/21

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There Is No Choice!

232.09Question: Is annulment an act of free choice or an obligation?

Answer: If you want to develop spiritually, you must annul yourself. The reduction of egoism (Tzimtzum) is the very first condition of our spiritual development. And then we will develop in the property of bestowal, and this is faith above reason.

So, there is no choice here. If you do not want to, you will be brought to it anyway.

Question: Is the action of self-annulment to zero an action from above? Can I do it myself or does the Creator do it?

Answer: Everything comes from the Creator. But you act like you are doing it yourself. The Creator starts and ends everything. Only He does everything, and a person should try to participate in this. That is how it works.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2

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Do You Want To See The World Differently?

254.02Question: What is the most important thing for you to convey to your students?

Answer: The correct worldview: a view of the world, life, a person, and an epoch.

This is the most important thing for me—to position a person toward the right view of his life. To do this, I need to more or less explain to him the picture of the world in which he exists and how it can be changed in the best direction, with what, by what means, and to what this picture of the world should be brought—because it depends on us.

The world is a derivative of our perception. It turns out that we don’t live in the world, but the world lives in us. And this is what you need to convey to a person—that you make your world, you create it, you paint it inside yourself! It’s not easy to get to this point. To start relating to the world like this is a revolution, a person’s very serious internal, spiritual revolution.

It is necessary to bring people to this, to draw their attention to the fact that the world is not what they feel. The world is a derivative of how they relate to it, that is, you can remake and readjust yourself to the perception of another world. The world does not have its own shape, its own form. This is a picture that you can program. And so you can build the world you live in.

Question: And will the world I live in immediately change for me?

Answer: Of course. It will change according to your wishes, your qualities, and your efforts. That is, you create the world.

Comment: Now, in your daily Kabbalah lessons, you have put aside for a while such texts as The  Study of the Ten Sefirot and The Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, and we are studying articles of Baal HaSulam, currently “Peace in the World,” “The Peace,” and so on. Please explain this turnaround.

My Response: This is necessary in order to understand that indeed the world is purely a reflection of our attitude to it.

We exist in a world of upper light. And to the extent that we approach and adapt to this light, we will feel it and feel it in various forms. And these forms should progress depending on our inner change and self-improvement. That’s what I need to bring a person to.

Do you want to see the world differently? Let’s do it!

But for this we must first acquire some knowledge and some tools in order to understand how we perceive the world and how and to what kind of world we can change it.

Because the world itself has no particular quality and no particular form. If we do not interfere in it, then all of us people see the world the same because we all have an egoistic desire and it tunes us to this mutual picture of the world. Therefore we have a common perception, a common language, communication, interaction, and so on.

But if I begin to understand that the world is what I draw in myself, and in this way I see it outside of myself, then I can already work on an individual picture of the world, the arrangement of the world. And here we are already entering a completely different area. That is, we begin to understand why we are in such a deteriorating world, why it is felt by us in this way, and what we can do in order to begin to feel it differently.

To do this we must readjust internally and come to a state where we will feel in our five bodily sense organs one picture of the world, like everyone else around us.

And in the five organs that we will gradually create in ourselves, we will feel another world, the so-called upper world. We will be able to feel the difference between them, how the upper world paints a picture of this world in us, and how we can rise from this world to the upper world. These are the states that we must begin to realize in ourselves; they should gradually become closer and closer to us.

Therefore our most important task is to go through certain stages of spiritual preparation, and then begin to change ourselves, and correspondingly observe how we change the picture of the world around us in accordance with our internal changes, as a consequence of our internal changes.

The fact that this world is given to us in such a state is a certain picture given to us, perceived by us in our primordial egoistic qualities, which are also gradually changing. They change for everyone, more or less, at the same time. Therefore we observe humanity and inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature as gradually changing. But this development is very slow, over thousands of years, and it is purely egoistic.

If we rise above our egoism, we will begin to enter into completely different sensations of the world, and we will already see a different world, a different picture, different interactions in ourselves, as it were, independent of the external picture.

We will no longer see inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and man, but rather the world of forces—that which actually exists. And our world is also the forces that influence us and create such projections of this world in us that seem alive and existing to us as given in our sensations.

But in fact it is important for us to start interacting with the world of forces; that is what I have to bring people to. They don’t know it yet, but they need to be prepared for it. Preparation takes many years. I think that today it is already possible to talk about this, and we should come close to it literally within the next short while, maybe even in a few weeks.

Therefore I do not want to engage in sheer mechanics or some kind of abstract science where we draw some charts on a piece of paper to depict interactions between physical forces that we do not understand.

And when we are able to reproduce and realize these forces in ourselves, then what we study will be our theoretical part, which is necessary for the implementation of our spiritual actions. That is what I want to bring people to.

Therefore I am in no hurry to break into the very science of Kabbalah. In order to break into it practically, we need to hold certain forces of nature that are not yet in us today; they are not yet manifested. We need to start revealing them and learn how to really work with them.

This is the answer to what we must come to.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/9/21

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232.08Question: How are we able to see friends as great and join them?

Answer: It is no problem because everyone except me is great. To the extent that I annul myself in relation to them and take on their thoughts, views, and attitudes, to that extent I draw closer to them and enter the property of mutual guarantee (Arvut). Thus I move toward the goal.

I have to place myself in the group, like a drop of semen in the womb, and develop all the time. But this seed can develop only to the extent that it will form this womb around itself. This is how we should grow ourselves spiritually.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends” Lesson 3

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620 Times More

942Rapprochement of friends in the group means getting closer to the CreatorOnly in this way can we realize our connection with Him.

And the Creator reveals the quality of our aspirations to the extent that we correctly aspire to each other and we reach the state where He begins to reveal Himself as the quality of our connection, as light, as the power of unification. This quality of connection that we acquire is called the upper light. This is the Creator.

We always feel only the connection between us, we originated from it, and everything except for the point of connection between us was shattered. And from this shattering we must again restore our connection.

When this happens, we attain the initial state called Adam HaRishon (the first man) who was created by the Creator as 620 times stronger than it was initially created.

This is the difference between our work and the work of the Creator. That is why it is written: “My sons defeated Me.” The Creator seems to be saying: “I created a relatively small initial state that existed only in the light of Hassadim, and they took all the egoism from the desire I created, turned it into the property of bestowal, and thus revealed Me 620 times more.”
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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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 2/9/22

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 16

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 134

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Lesson on the Topic: “Faith Above Reason”

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Selected Highlights 

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