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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 5/13/22
As part of a school project on personal involvement, twin sisters in 10th grade met with a seventy-seven-year-old woman and kept her company for several meetings. The project ended long ago, but by the time it was over, the connection between the twins and the elderly woman had become so strong that they kept visiting her regularly.
As the bond grew stronger, they spent more and more time together, eating together and even staying overnight with the woman. The elderly woman said that the girls brought light into her life, and the girls evidently enjoy their connection with the woman.
There is a lot we can learn from this story. Today’s young people have many deficiencies. They feel insecure and do not know how to find their way in life, how to answer their many questions. The elderly, on the other hand, have an abundance of answers and abundance of knowledge, but often, especially the solitary ones, no one with whom they can share it. Their desire to impart knowledge, kind advice, and warmth remains untapped. This is why such a connection between young people who need advice, and older people who have no one to advise, can work so well.
Also, for the elderly woman, connecting with young women energizes her. They make her feel young again. For the girls, it not only increases their confidence and a sense of security, but sometimes fills in for a missing role of a mother or a grandmother.
I think we should learn from this that it is good for young and older people to be together and support each other, especially in families where a structure of several generations being closely connected does not exist. If older women could connect with girls who need a guiding hand, and if older men could connect with boys who need fatherly or grandfatherly advice, everyone would benefit.
Here, I think there should be an organized system that connects elderly men and women on one side, and young boys and girls on the other side. It will do society a world of good. For the elderly, it will give vitality and joy. For the youngsters, it can be a life changing connection, a way out of difficulties and misunderstandings they would not be able to work out on their own.
Therefore, I would recommend that we do it on as broad a scale as possible, for everyone’s benefit.
Medium published my new article “An Elevator to the World of Tomorrow”
Whenever the world experiences a great upheaval, a desire arises to forge good bonds between all people. Whenever a country goes through an internal crisis, the desire arises to unite all parts of the nation. And yet, despite all this, life continues to lead us from disappointment to disappointment. So, what is it that we are missing on the path to tranquility and fulfillment?
The problem is that human beings are selfish by nature. We think only of ourselves, look out for our own good, and use others for our own pleasure. So even if we think of things like building a mutual bond between people and trying to establish organizations and processes to promote that goal, our results lack the power to overcome human nature, that is, to put love of others ahead of love only of ourselves within our hearts. Because of this, our efforts at bond building never last long.
What we need in order to succeed is a special power, something otherworldly, a kind of miracle mechanism that can elevate us from our selfish nature to a more advanced and sublime nature of love for others, something completely new.
We are in the midst of an evolutionary process. In recent decades, the world has become a holistic system in which all its details are interconnected, interdependent and interrelated. But we human beings, with our inward self-focus, are not yet integrated into the emerging world. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, everyone’s ego is simultaneously growing alongside and pushing us apart. Thus, the incompatibility between humanity and the system of nature is also growing. If human nature does not change, it is only a matter of time until we come to a destructive explosion.
There is a unique mechanism that can spare us this dire fate and elevate us to a new level of interaction, one that is safer and more pleasant. This life saving mechanism is described in the wisdom of Kabbalah, and it is a method for correcting human nature. By and large, the method is based on learning and practicing connection and communication techniques in small groups. One also learns in depth about the integral system of nature and the force that connects all the parts of reality into an integral, perfectly shaped mechanism.
There is a comprehensive system underlying all of nature wherein everything proceeds in connection, perfection, and harmony. This supreme law of nature which demands love absolutely cannot be violated. To the extent that we transcend our egoistic nature towards love of others, the distance between ourselves and others shortens until we literally are able to feel everyone within ourselves. Our mental and emotional calculations become harmoniously connected; the mind and heart unite in a centered line where everything becomes integral and linked.
Such a process of development can lead each of us to acquire true love of others and we are then able to begin to help shape our surrounding environment to also support that goal. This transformative switch from independence to interdependence will elevate our world of woes to the world of tomorrow, a closer and more cooperative world in which all humanity ascends to a prosperous future.
Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar: The quality of Pharaoh lies within reason, and there is no way to get out of his control by reason, but only by the force of faith above reason. What is this force of faith?
Answer: It is bestowal above reception. If a person wants to move to a spiritual state, he must understand that everything spiritual is built on the quality of bestowal, when bestowal is more important to him than reception for his own sake.
Everything that he understands within reason and can explain to himself lies in his egoistic qualities. However, he wants to rise above them and acquire the quality of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22
The first reason is the teacher. When you first come to school, immediately they try to instill fear of the teacher in the students. Should one be afraid of the teacher? Or is it necessary to replace this fear with some other word?
Answer: I had a very gentle, young, primary school teacher Iraida Konstantinovna.
Question: For some reason, we remember our first teachers. Is it like first love?
Answer: Yes. Therefore, I do not know how I can hate or fear such a person. She was just a friend, a senior buddy, an adviser. She took care of us. This is the best attitude to the child.
Question: So when a student writes that there are ten reasons why I do not want to go to school and the first reason is the teacher because we are taught to be afraid of him, is this really the first reason?
Answer: It is possible that this is today’s upbringing. We did not have that. We appreciated her and loved her like a great friend or even a mother.
Comment: Meaning that a teacher should be a friend.
My Response: Yes. Only just. We are talking about small children.
Comment: The second reason is the fear of grades. They instill the fear of grades, and then the fear of punishment of parents in front of the school principal, and so on.
My Response: The grade itself does not mean anything. But the fear of punishment, of course, means a lot.
Question: Are grades even needed?
Answer: In principle, grades are not needed. We need a school that will teach the right attitude to the world, to life, to friends, to teachers, and to parents. And it doesn’t need the grades that are given to you when you are taught, but rather what grades you give to yourself.
Question: Can you make such demands even to a small child?
Answer: We must strive for this. Explain it so that they themselves place such grades on subjects, on textbooks, on their supervisors, and so on.
Comment: A child can say: “Today I was out of shape for something. I should have read it, worked on it a little bit.”
My Response: That is good.
Question: Fear of mistakes, schools do not teach that mistakes can and should be made. This is an 11-year-old boy speaking. Do you think mistakes should be made?
Answer: I agree with him.
Question: So a mistake is an important thing? One needs to make mistakes?
Answer: It is inevitable.
Question: And what if I am wrong?
Answer: It is okay. I will fix it, I will learn even more from this than from the fact that I would have done something without a mistake.
Question: So it is even more important than if you move unmistakably?
Answer: We make mistakes and correct ourselves all the time; we make mistakes and correct ourselves.
Comment: Fourth: trolling, mockery of classmates. And it is often the fault of teachers who make children look ridiculous. This is a blow to the “I” of the child…
My Response: It is necessary to teach the child that if we are in such a society, how to properly relate to society, to the environment, to explain to him that it is possible, that it is and will be until we correct our nature, that this is the nature of man that forces him to be above others at all costs.
Question: And the fact that I am being humiliated now, is this human nature?
Answer: Yes, this is their nature, nothing can be done. And I have to understand their nature and somehow, in some form, forgive them, accept them as they are. And maybe correct them in this way.
Question: Should I feel that this is my nature as well, exactly the same, and I can be exactly like them?
Answer: Naturally, yes.
Question: In other words, do you want to introduce the terms “human nature” and “human egoism” almost into elementary classes so that a person feels?
Answer: And even earlier.
Comment: The next reason: stupid tests. Because they do not have a variant of their answers, you need to guess one of the proposed answers.
For example, there is a question and there are four answers to it, and it says: “Specify the correct one.” And the boy says: “And I want there to be another option, my personal answer.”
My Response: He is right.
Question: So these American exams that do not give the option of “Your Answer” are wrong?
Comment: The sixth reason: the amount of homework. “I believe that homework does not affect the academic performance and education of children,” says the eleven-year-old boy.
My Response: I believe that homework causes disgust and hatred of school.
And therefore, it is not necessary. It is just necessary that a person goes there, no matter what they teach him there and no matter how they teach him, maybe worse, better, more or less appealing, but he would come back from there, and this homework would no longer be hanging on him.
Instead of homework there would be absolutely free time. It should also be somehow more or less scheduled, but it should be freely felt to choose what he would like to occupy himself with.
Question: Just himself? He should find exactly his niche?
Answer: Yes, everyone is different in something. We had a lot of clubs at that time. There was a huge House of Pioneers. And there were a huge number of societies, and all of them were free. A child went and signed up wherever he wanted. Even a few at the same time! Come and learn. And he did not pay anything. I also went to the photo club. Both photographic paper and photo developing reagents were free of charge. Absolutely everything was free! It is so amazing!
Comment: And the way the teachers treated you there, with such warmth!
My Response: Yes. People with such characters worked there.
Question: Where did it all disappear to? What was wrong with that?
Answer: The time is not the same! We got into such a streak.
Comment: The next reason is the ban on uniqueness. Schools do not like it if someone is different from others.
My Response: On the one hand, they seem to be encouraging it. But, on the other hand, they do not like it.
Question: Should a child have this right for uniqueness?
Answer: This is not only a right for uniqueness, but also encouragement for uniqueness on the part of everyone, including even friends. This needs to be brought up. Otherwise, this will be crushed and only grayness will turn out.
Comment: “School doesn’t teach you to be happy,” writes the eleven-year-old boy.
My Response: That is for sure! At school today, they simply demonstrate how dullness, obedience, and suppression of happiness is a normal state.
Question: So, in principle, the slogan of the school should be “We must teach children to be happy”?
Answer: Yes. We must raise happy people.
Comment: “School doesn’t teach you how to work with information,” he says.
My Response: This is a whole wisdom, a huge one, which should be instilled in young children.
Question: What does this skill give to a child?
Answer: It teaches one to open one’s brain and heart, mind and feelings, to incoming information, to be able to process it, sort it out, and to be ready to receive the next portion of information.
Comment: The tenth reason: “School does not prepare for adulthood,” this boy believes.
My Response: I think that nothing can prepare you for adulthood. We just rush there, as if into a whirlpool. And that is it. And there we are already swimming out, each in his own way.
Question: And what is the preparation for adulthood?
Answer: Here it is necessary to create special, absolutely clear, realistic pictures of life.
Question: At school? Directly to the children? And so that they learn to get out of them, work with them, and so on?
Answer: Yes, to discuss and so on. On the other hand, give them some stamps, but realistic. For example, “What would you do if you…” and give the story.
Comment: This boy’s conclusion is very interesting. He says: “I believe that the main subject in school could be a subject in which we would be taught to understand each other. After all, the ability to communicate is the most important thing.”
My Response: Make him the Minister of School Education. And that is it. And put all these ministers back to school.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/10/22
Question: What is the correction of our thoughts?
Answer: To become similar to the single thought, the unified field, that is called the Creator.
This thought should work for connection, for the integral orientation of the system, so that all the desires, everything we do in our world, in our life would be directed to the connection of our thoughts in this single thought as one single whole.
That is, each of us and all of us together should unite with the common field. By this, we will reach eternity, perfection, and absolute knowledge because everything comes from this field. After reaching this state, we will enter some other dimension.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Secrets of Immortality” 1/7/11
Answer: Pain is necessary because, during natural childbirth, a huge number of hormones, antibodies, and all that we do not even know about are released. Medicine is just beginning to touch the study of this area.
But with a cesarean section, this does not happen, and the child is missing out on it. We see in practice that with a cesarean section, the connection between the child and the mother is weaker and the child himself is a little different. After that it is somehow compensated for and made up for, so it is not so noticeable in ordinary life. But still, the difference is big.
The birth process itself is very important. According to Kabbalah, this is the process of creation, the birth from one world to another. Inside the mother is one world and outside is another. If the transition between two worlds is carried out naturally, then the child is fully prepared for the next world. If this transition is not in him, he is, as it were, not ready for the next world.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Unwanted Children” 11/28/10
Answer: We should look at diseases as a recovery process and not just a disease.
Therefore, a woman who passes to her children a predisposition to various diseases thereby passes to them a very strong healthy immune system because any disease, in principle, is in some way a process of healing.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Unwanted Children” 11/28/10
Answer: This is a world into which you do not contribute any of your qualities. You will be able to feel it as it is.
Now, when I feel something, I feel in accordance with my senses, with those waves and impacts that I can perceive. And if I could sense what exists around me as an infinite number of frequencies, sounds, and colors, then I would feel the truth, that what is outside of me does not enter my box or felt somehow through my filters.
If I could feel this way and study the world in this way, it would be a true science. Kabbalah says that we need to reach such a state, an exit into a different perception of the world.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. The Will of the Universe” 11/28/10
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Who is a spiritual person?“
A person with spiritual attainment is one who starts feeling the upper reality of love, bestowal and connection, and who lives in that reality. It is a person who rises to a level of connection with the reality beyond everything we know and feel in our current reality. There are no words to explain the sensation, and about it is written, “Taste and see that the Creator is good.”
Based on a video “Who Is a Person With Spiritual Attainment?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman, Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.