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Freedom Of Choice, Part 9

laitman_272The Problem of Foretellers of the Future

Question: Today, almost all the media write that we are on the verge of a third world war. Does humanity have a fate and has it already been set that there will be a war?

Answer: No, it is not set. Nothing is set except for the final state. And each of us steers our own boat to come to it.

Question: But there are people who can predict future states? How do they see them?

Answer: No, they cannot be 100% sure of their predictions. The future can be changed.

In addition, it also depends on the kind of person and the kind of future. If you are talking about an ordinary person, you can see his future because he does not participate in its formation because he is on an animal level.

Question: So people who feel finer matter can see what will happen to this person?

Answer: Of course, like when you look at a child, you can tell what he is doing and what he is going to do.

In addition, all futurologists and fortunetellers are also at the animal level, but with more sensitive qualities. They are even more like animals than that person. After all, animals feel nature very clearly. For example, a dog next to the owner feels that it is with him.

Question: That is, people who are close to nature, to the animal level, can feel future states?

Answer: Of course. But this is not something that a person can change.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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709Path to the Goal

Question: Does natural evolutionary development always mean suffering?

Answer: This is not suffering, but the feeling of the lack that you must now make up for in your advancement. How else could it be? If I am a mile away from the target, then I feel that I have to go another mile, do something about it.

This, of course, causes my suffering because I want to be on the target already, but, on the other hand, I have to understand that moving toward it is not a matter of distance, it is a matter of changing certain internal properties in me.

Question: So, in the material world, a person cannot change anything? Can one somehow influence one’s spiritual states?

Answer: Of course. And the material world will change in accordance with this. Even the surrounding inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and our inner inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature will change depending on how much we put our efforts into achieving the goal of creation.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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laitman_560“Fate” from the everyday point of view

Question: If we consider fate not with respect to the final correction, but from the everyday point of view: who to become, whom to marry, what kind of children will I have, what problems, etc., can this be changed?

Answer: It is very difficult because for this we must educate future couples in advance in understanding the meaning of life, the purpose of life, the realization of this purpose, and how much they are ready for it.

To select these couples as they become ready, understanding what they should sacrifice, what they should let go of,  than, on the contrary, what they should help each other with and how they should mutually support each other to achieve this goal. A lot of work has to be done here.

I hope that if not in our generation, then in the next, people will do it because humanity will come to a state of separation from any solution to family problems. People will stop marrying and having children. They will not understand why they need it! Up to the point that even sexual instincts will “freeze” in them. This is a problem that will be addressed through the matter of suffering.

Question: But on the other hand, why should I change anything if, let’s say, I understand or believe that there is some upper force, and it leads me to the goal of creation?

Answer: It leads you by the way of suffering. However, you do not realize yourself as a person. If you go with the flow, then you are an animal.

Question: If I do not make conscious efforts to change myself, then does the upper force act on me in the form of suffering?

Answer: Like on any animal. At that moment you are called an animal. And you are called a man only in those moments when you yourself see the goal and exert forces to get closer to it.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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laitman_760.1“Fate” from the point of view of Kabbalah

Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, there is such a thing as fate. Can I change it?

Answer: Fate was originally inherent in each of us, meaning what state we must achieve. Only the style of movement toward this goal, toward our final state, depends on us, nothing other than that.

All the same, I will surely come to the state that is outlined for me, and even now I exist in it. Actually, I am there, but for the realization of my freewill I am here.

Question: Usually we say that fate cannot be changed. Does this mean the ultimate goal: to become like the Creator, to reach complete correction? Is this the fate of every person?

Answer: This is freewill, which expresses an understanding of the Creator’s program, agreement with it, devotion, and effort, when you want to justify this program, when you agree with it, although moving toward this goal is usually against your egoism.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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laitman_544Choose the Best Environment

Baal HaSulam “The Freedom”: Therefore, he who strives to continually choose a better environment is worthy of praise and reward. But here, too, it is not because of his good thoughts and deeds, which come to him without his choice, but because of his effort to acquire a good environment, which brings him these good thoughts and deeds.

A person who chooses the best environment each time achieves a reward: his next, better, more advanced state.

Question: The appearance of good or bad thoughts in me is also not from me?

Answer: No. But what you do with them is from you.

You can “kind of” program yourself for the future. I stress, “kind of.” Indeed, in order to develop even greater freewill in you, your settings will be knocked down every time, giving you the opportunity to direct yourself to the goal with finer accuracy. Like a ship from the sea entering a riverbed full of branches, it is constantly guided; you need to move the same way.

Question: So, to be a good or bad person, to do good or bad, does not depend on the person?

Answer: No. Just by choosing your environment, as a result of this, you do good or bad deeds.

Moreover, you should always try to make a good deed against your previous state, and a bad one in relation to your future state, then the next state will be better. And do not despair if your next state is shown to you: “Ah, you see?! And you are not the one.” This is in order to push you forward.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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laitman_527.03In the Maelstrom Whirl of Life

Question: Are all a person’s actions and conditions in this world predetermined, except for one’s aspiration for spiritual development?

Answer: A person also has a certain predisposition to spiritual development. One feels that they are drawn somewhere.

In our world we do not just rush in the maelstrom of life. For example, if I look back from the height of my seventy years, then I will see how I was always directed somewhere. Although sometimes these were turbulent flows that carried me from country to country, from society to society, it still was a purposeful movement.

At a certain stage of the journey, a person is given the opportunity to pick up the oars and steer one’s boat in a different direction. You must understand this, realize this, determine which sails to raise, and how to control your little life vessel.

In principle, 99.9% of people do not understand this. But there are people who are somehow trying to somehow direct themselves somewhere, although they also do not understand where and for what purpose.

Therefore, now, in our very turbulent time, when maelstroms carry us in an unknown direction, the science of Kabbalah is being revealed which explains that, in principle, you have the opportunity to influence your fate, you have freedom of will.

Despite the fact that you are affected by the initial data embedded in you, it does not matter. All the same, you are given the opportunity to influence yourself through the environment. It is only necessary to choose an increasingly correct environment each time.

In principle, one does not choose the environment, but clearly finds it according to the goal and enters the appropriate environment. Therefore, first of all, you must choose the goal of life.

If you want to be a musician, an artist, or a scientist, then accordingly you choose the environment in which you will develop in order to come closer to the goal that attracts you, the goal that you need.

Question: So, over all these tens of thousands of years of human development, we have not had freedom of choice. But at a certain evolutionary stage, it appears in a person. One seems to accidentally find some kind of environment. And this is also not freewill yet. Does it start when a person is already inside this environment and works with it?

Answer: Yes. A person’s free will manifests itself to the extent that one submits oneself to the environment in order to absorb all the properties and forces necessary to achieve one’s goal from it.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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laitman_947Why Does an Individual Need the Influence of the Environment?

Question: Why is everything created so that I, as an individual, am influenced by society? What does this give me? How can I use it for my spiritual development?

Answer: The fact is with the help of the surrounding society I can control myself. If I am a closed system and I can do nothing with myself and inside myself, then no matter how I spin, like a dog chasing its tail, none of this will work because I have certain properties, qualities, and if I use them, then it will be the same “me.”

How can I make myself go out of myself and exert influence on me from the outside? Here is where the science of Kabbalah shows us a very interesting principle.

It says that if I have a clear, selective attitude to the environment: “This is good for me and that is bad. I want this to affect me more and that to affect me less,” then in this way I choose the sources of influence on me, sort them, and put myself under their influence. Thus, I control myself through the surrounding society.

Maybe I need two hours to be influenced by one group of people, and three hours by another one, or to listen to some report on television, read an article in a newspaper, or surf the Internet. I must constantly monitor what external influences to choose because I create myself in this way. This is the process of my creation of myself. This is what matters. This is my freedom of will. Such an opportunity, such freedom is given to us by the Creator.
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721.03Environmental Impact

Question: According to Kabbalah, heredity and the environment are factors that affect a person on an unconscious level.

With heredity, everything is clear. As for the environment, does the environment we exist in affect 100% of us? That is, is it impossible for us not to fall under its influence?

Answer: Even if we do not explicitly choose a specific environment, but are in some kind of contact with it, it still affects us more or less, explicitly or implicitly. Moreover, we ourselves do not even understand how we put ourselves under it. After all, I might not want to be in contact with it, but it still affects me greatly.

Here it is necessary to carry out very serious work and research so a person realizes that the most important thing for us is to understand our surroundings, what exactly affects him or her.

Sometimes the environment in which we exist might affect us even more than people; it urges us to some completely impractical actions, reactions, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to carefully investigate the impact of the environment on a person in all its parameters: inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human.

Question: Does it mean that inanimate nature also affects people?

Answer: Of course. Does the weather not affect our mood and well-being? And the city and the house in which you live? I’m talking now not about people, but about everything else, in particular, about the inanimate level. This all affects us very much.

Put someone in another place, put a person in a forest or out in the countryside, and you will discern a completely different person insomuch as the factor of one’s surrounding nature is strong.

Remark: They say that if you are near a depressed person, then his or her depression can also be transmitted to you. And even more so if you are in a depressed society.

My Comment: Absolutely.
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laitman_760.5Four Factors Determine Our Choice

Remark: Looking at our life, we see that it’s not so often that we choose something in it. Maybe it seems to us that way, but even from recent studies on this topic it shows that birth, death, character traits, and even political views are determined by society or are genetically defined. It turns out that nature leaves us no choice.

The greatest Kabbalist of the 20th century, Baal HaSulam, wrote an article on this subject, “The Freedom,” where he describes four factors that influence our development and determine our choice. The first factor is called the “basis of a person” or his hereditary information.

My Comment: Indeed, there are informational records in each one of us. In Kabbalah they are called “Reshimot.”

Remark: Baal HaSulam says that ideas, thoughts, and opinions all lose their previous form and at birth go to people in the form of properties. We do not choose these. They are inherent to nature.

The second factor is more interesting: the unchanging properties, which is that each foundation contains properties that change and others remain unchanged.

My Comment: A person is born with certain traits, with a certain character. Within this framework, he can change something, but he can’t change the framework. We even see such inclinations in our own experience and in our lives that can’t be changed.

Remark: Baal HaSulam gives an example that wheat will always grow from wheat.

My Comment: Yes. Nothing else will work. Under the influence of the environment or some other influences we can change certain internal qualities of a grain, but nothing other than that. It depends on what environment the grain is placed in.

Question: This is the third factor when the properties set by nature can change under the influence of the environment.

For example, if a person who is stingy by nature is placed in a certain environment where there is wealth, then it is entirely possible that this property in him will change to the extreme opposite or will not develop at all.

The fourth factor that determines the developmental stages of creation is external influence: climate, global warming, crises, etc. Suppose if we live in a normal society and everything is fine, then it’s stable. And if the global crisis begins and problems arise, then, quite possibly, it will change.

How do these four factors affect a person?

Answer: Simultaneously and sometimes in incomprehensible combinations. We don’t clearly understand what is happening here.

All we need to clarify is how dependent we are on them, and in what state at every moment we can act upon them selectively, with a certain direction, for a specific purpose.

Of utmost importance is how we can identify what is desirable to receive from ourselves or from others. For example, receiving from children, from upbringing, and how to influence them each moment, at what level, etc.

Question: So is the environment the only factor that we can change?

Answer: Yes. However, this is not about the usual environment. First, we must set the ultimate goal, understanding what we want to get from our actions. Maybe we will invest a lot in education and in the end get nothing but a zero depending on what we concentrate on, what we want to change.

Here you need to understand where the border of our capabilities is, what we have the most optimal means for, and how we can approach a person so that he himself takes part in his changes. Everything here depends not only on us, but on the object itself and the environment.
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Imaginary Freedom

laitman_592.02Question: Do I understand correctly that in our world the most free are children before we start raising them? They do not care about how to dress or how to eat. Do I understand correctly that we need to take an example from them and study the highest of sciences, Kabbalah, and  love one another, dance, sing, and rejoice like children?

Answer: Children are absolutely dependent on their desires and intentions. And the freedom they feel is imaginary. In fact, they do not know that they are not free and that they blindly obey their desires and instincts.

As soon as you begin to limit them or say that they need to restrict themselves, immediately they strongly resist and cry. Children are not an example.
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