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We have a single problem. We think that we can make corrections in ourselves with our mind. But corrections are made not with the help of your mind, but with the help of the upper light. That is, we have to annul ourselves before the upper light like a baby lying in his mother’s arms and allowing her to do whatever is necessary according to her understanding.
Our entire work is exactly this, annulling ourselves before the group and before the Creator so that He makes of us what He needs, what the upper wants, and what He considers right.
I do not calculate exactly how to annul myself or dictate to the Creator how to correct me, but I simply completely annul myself as much as possible. Then the reforming light will perform all sorts of corrections within me.
Therefore, I am not trying to build a connection between the friends by myself, but I annul myself and thereby give the Creator the opportunity to create this connection between us.
This connection should be the work of the Creator and not of my mind. The entire correction is done from above, and the only thing that is required of us is to annul ourselves. Annul your logic and everything will work out. The mind is given to us only for one purpose, so that we have the mind to annul before the upper one.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/17/22, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”
Do you want there to be a place for the Creator? Then move aside! Move aside a little, make room for Him! This is called restricting oneself.
Remove your egoism, restrict it, squash it, and give place to the other. We need to shrink to such an extent that we all fit together in the one central point of the entire universe. And the whole vast sphere around us, freed from our egoism, will become the place we give to the Creator. That is why the Creator is called “a place.”
To the extent we move away from our egoism, which itself was occupying this place, we are making room for the Creator.
We restrict all our egos into one point about which the Creator said: “I have created the evil inclination.” In fact, He has created nothing but this point in which we exist. Everything else, except for it, are the qualities of the Creator.
We free this entire area from our egoism except for the most central point, and in this whole space we adhere to the Creator. It was us who brought the Creator there and revealed Him there. That is, we are crowning Him, placing Him as the king over us, to rule over this entire area, and we give Him a place to be revealed and control all of us in the entire reality.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/16/22, Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is pain?“
Pain is an organism’s reaction to a problem it experiences. It is the organism’s way of communicating that something is wrong; it sends a warning signal of danger, and it protects us from harm or injury. For instance, if our hand touches a fire, pain makes us pull our hand away from the fire immediately, and so it protects our hand.
Pain compels our movements: to move away from something painful and move toward something enjoyable. It thus compels us to change our qualities, accept new opinions, realize the pain’s purpose, make conclusions and advance to new states of being.
Pain is a force capable of affecting the human ego. It pushes us from behind, making us develop and evolve. One form of pain are feelings of emptiness within us. They push us toward fulfillment. Our feelings come from clashes, contact and pressure, or in other words, from pain. We enjoy when the enjoyment is preceded by the painful sensation of an unfulfilled desire, suffering or expectation.
However, when we exit the human ego in order to positively connect with others and nature, we start realizing that instead of living our lives based on empty feelings, we can live on the basis of complete fulfillment. In other words, instead of pain at the basis of our drives, we can begin our motivations from love.
It is a completely different kind of existence, an alternative attitude to ourselves, our society, our world and to nature. When we achieve such an attitude, we discover a full picture of nature that is unblocked by the human ego, because we then become perfect like nature itself.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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Question: You often talk about future events. In particular, you predict unemployment, antisemitism, viruses, and other catastrophes. Two years ago you said that this coronavirus would not pass, it would be with us for a long time. I don’t think a lot of people were talking about it back then. Where do you get it from?
Answer: From the feeling that it is in nature. We receive data from nature, and based on these events we must change, but we do not change. So all this will continue. It is logical. There is nothing else here.
Everything bad will continue until we change it for good—we ourselves, with our rapprochement and our good attitude toward each other. If this trend does not exist, then, naturally, good disappears more and more from our world and is replaced by evil. We do it ourselves.
Comment: I understand the general direction. If humanity does not change, correct itself, and unite, it will be so. Nature has so many ways to make us come to a good state. But you were talking specifically about the virus.
My Response: A virus has a modern impact on humanity.
Comment: But the virus could last for two months, and then it could be replaced by, say, an earthquake or other problems. But you said the virus would remain.
My Response: Any influences on humanity on the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and higher levels come gradually. If there has already been an impact at the level of viruses (these things exist and connect people to each other), then this is a big problem. I think that viruses will not pass for a long time and they will force us to start thinking differently.
It is a natural mechanism that affects our relationships. It divides some and unites others.
Question: How does a Kabbalist determine how long a virus will last? Does he sit, study it, and proceed from his understanding?
Answer: The Kabbalist is in this. Of course, in his knowledge there are limitations in height, in depth, and in the axis of time. But in general, he is familiar with this based on his comprehension. This is part of his life, part of the picture of the world that is revealed to him.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/21/21
Question: The more we create an empty space between us, the more the Creator is ready to fill it. Is what attracts Him the joy of our desire. Does he want to help us rise up the degrees? Is this how we become His partners?
Answer: Yes, but we must also add that it is not we who create the empty space between us, He does, and He fills it.
The Creator does everything that is necessary for us to realize the nature of this space and to understand what to do based on the feeling of emptiness. Thus, He pushes us to realize the distance between us, to what we need to correct.
Question: The Creator has two favorite games: hide and seek and playing catch. How can all this be used for the benefit of the group?
Answer: So play these games. You are right, the Creator either approaches or moves away. And you act accordingly. Learn from Him how He works, and thus act for yourself.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/9/22, “Asking the Creator to Fill the Place Between Us” Lesson 7
Question: What is “friend,” (“Haver” – in Hebrew)? This word has a great semantic weight.
Answer: “Haver,” from the word “Chibur,” means connection. With whom I am united with toward the goal of creation, he is called “Haver,” friend.
Question: How can we learn to distinguish the good qualities of friends who are for the good of the Creator from those who are not for His good?
Answer: All the properties you can cling to your friends with are all for the good of the Creator and all these are spiritual properties. All the rest are not.
Question: Rabash’s article “Concerning Above Reason” says: “…while he sees the merits of the friends. At that time, it is relevant to say that he should learn from their actions.” What does “their actions” mean?
Answer: A person wants to learn actions from his friends and considers their actions to be spiritual. If he evaluates them in this way and tries to become like them, then he really corrects himself and becomes spiritual himself.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends” Lesson 3
Question: Does being in the morning lesson mean coming to the house of the Creator?
Answer: No. It is just being in some kind of mechanical connection.
The house of the Creator is the Kli (vessel) that is assembled from various egoistic parts that want to be connected together so that the Creator reveals Himself in them. Then this Kli can be called the house of the Creator.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Going with Faith above Reason” Lesson 5
When I thought I had already reached the bottom, they knocked from there (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec).
Question: What is being said here?
Answer: A person thinks, “That’s it! What could be worse?” But in fact there is an even lower floor, and keep in mind that you have your place reserved for you there. If you continue to behave as you are now, and reach the bottom, you will find that it is not the bottom. There is one lower and one even lower than that, and indeed, there is really no limit to this.
Question: What thought do I need to be attached to in order to not reach the bottom?
Answer: Do not even try to get close to it; in no case do not agree with the bottom. You really need to somehow cling with your teeth to the place where you are and try to climb up.
Question: All the time, from the bottom up?
Answer: From the bottom up.
Question: Should I know what the bottom is?
Answer: Actually, this is an abyss; there is really no bottom. There are seven levels of hell and more. It is all so much more.
Question: What does hell mean? Is this the real bottom?
Answer: It is a burning awareness of one’s own egoism, meanness, laziness, and so on. This is the bottom.
Question: If such a terrible bottom has been revealed, such a hell, as you say, what should a person do?
Answer: He has a very good way out. He feels that it is in this state that he can cling to the Creator, otherwise not.
Question: One way or another, do you need to feel the bottom in order to cling to the Creator?
Answer: Moreover, it is such a true, true bottom when there is nothing else, only this depth, only this abyss, and from it there is only one way out: to the Creator. It is very good. This is how everything is arranged; indeed, it is arranged with amazing love.
Question: So I reach hell in practice—this burning internal combustion—and all this is from some higher love?!
Answer: Yes. And in this you begin to feel the true love of the Creator toward yourself. And you feel how your own contempt, powerlessness, cowardice, and so on burns you.
Question: Does everyone have to reach this point?
Answer: Each in his own measure. But this is not something supernatural. This is all the awareness of one’s own nature.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/30/21