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How Can We Reach Self-Annulment?

530Question: How do we reach self-annulment?

Answer: We reach self-annulment when we realize its necessity, from the fact that I have been hearing about it for months. Each time I listen, I receive a little bit of the upper light.

As a result, I start to feel how it affects me, how certain changes occur in me like an internal click, a switch, and I suddenly realize that I truly cannot live without the group and I must annul myself.

I can feel either myself or the Creator. And how can I feel the Creator if I have no tool to change myself? So I am replacing myself with the group. And then in this group I begin to perceive the Creator.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends,” Lesson 2

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Think Only About Getting Closer

935Thus, each one should assemble with his friend and come to him to hear from him a word [about the work of the Creator], and how to find the Creator. He should annul before his friend, and his friend should do the same toward him, and so should everyone do.

Then, when the assembly is with this intention, then “More than the calf wants to suckle, the cow wants to nurse,” and the Creator approaches them and He is with them (Maor VaShemesh, “VaYechi”).

Now we are in a gathering of friends. We have to think all the time about how we are getting closer to each other, how we want only one thing: to begin to feel the revelation of the Creator in the connection between us, not in each of us, but in the connection between us. This is very important!

That is, I do not want to reveal the Creator in myself, this is egoism. Watch where the border between our animal world and the spiritual one runs! I want to reveal the Creator in the connection between us, as a quality of bestowal and love, my own toward all my friends.

I do not want the revelation of the Creator in order to see Him, to know, to understand, and to enjoy Him. These are egoistic qualities of a person. They should be avoided. Try to control yourself; try to rise above yourself.
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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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A Method For Spiritual Upliftment

243.04Question: If I see the friends as above me, then how can I pray for them?

Answer: In that case, you should pray to be with them. If you imagine them above yourself, then you should be in prayer to merge with them. By doing this, you raise the group above yourself and pull yourself up to them with your prayer. You don’t have any other option. And again you imagine them higher and still higher, and again you pull yourself up to their level by praying that you want to be with them. And so you constantly, constantly pull yourself up. Here is the lifting technique for you—absolutely simple, clear, and practical.

Question: When I want to see the virtues of my friends, and this includes prayer, does it also refer to “above reason”?

Answer: Yes. If I do not comprehend, but only ask and imagine, then this is higher than knowledge.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends,” Lesson 3

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When Feelings Are Unbearable

283.02Question: What should I do when my feelings regarding my friends suffocate me? Why do I feel the need to overcome them, but I cannot?

Answer: It is good that you feel that way. You are being shown who you are, what your nature is. And because you do not want to feel it, it seems to you that you are being suffocated. And that is correct because you do not want to get rid of your egoism yet.

What to do? Keep the thought that you must get rid of it and start with small changes in you in regard to your friends. Every day be aware of what you have managed to annul in relation to them that day—Rabash writes about it in his articles about connection in the group—and how you are progressing in this every day.

The articles of Rabash about the group should be re-read almost daily and gradually executed each time.
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From the International Convention “Rise Above Yourself” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us,” Lesson 1

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The Creator Is Inside The Environment

938.04If I accept the environment I find myself in as given to me by the Creator, to lead me forward and to meet my main goal, desire, and aspiration to reveal the meaning of life, to reveal the Creator, then everything depends on how I make myself dependent on this environment.

Therefore, the most important thing for us is to try to annul ourselves in front of this environment. When I bow before them, agree with them, suppress my egoism, and put the environment above myself, I ascend to the Creator. The Creator is inside this environment, as He said: “I dwell among my people.”
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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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Example Is The Basis For Coming Closer To Each Other

552.02Question: Should annulment be an internal action or can it have external expression?

Answer: Annulment must be internal. It can be that nobody knows about it. Although I must show also in action in front of my friends how ready I am to serve and help them. It is very important.

Such examples give us a basis for coming closer together.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends,” Lesson 2

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Contact The Creator

624.03Question: You said that condemning oneself leads a person to prayer. How do we get to the right point to evaluate ourselves when we are in an ocean of concealment?

Answer: At any given moment, you can see absolutely clearly how you feel about your friends. Try to realize what Kabbalists write to us, and you will see how much you disagree with what they write and how much you do not want to get close to other friends, unite with them, and work for them. That is, you will be absolutely clear where you are.

Hence, you will begin to worry about what will happen to you next if you do not change yourself. And in order to change yourself, you must turn to the Creator. That’s it.
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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 Starting Point Of Spiritual Work

524.01Question: You said that we have a lot of work to do before annulment. What kind of work is it?

Answer: Before annulment, we have the work in preparation where we create a group, study the methodology, etc. But this is still not the beginning of spiritual work.

Spiritual work begins with my practical annulment before the ten when I clearly feel that I must restrict my egoism in order to get closer to my friends.

Moreover, these are not just pretty words. I must clearly feel what I am doing and how close I am to them until our current negative connection becomes positive, when we yearn to replace each other, help each other, and free each other from problems.

And all this will be between us, between our desires and hearts. That is when we can begin to create conditions for the revelation of the Creator.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends,” Lesson 2

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My Friends Have Wonderful Properties

610.2How can I see only excellent, superior qualities in all my friends? In an ideal state, I could say that I see an ideal world, ideal people, and ideal friends before me, and only within my egoism do I see shortcomings in my friends, in the world, in the Creator, in everything.

But I gradually adjust myself in such a way as to see the real picture of the world where everything is filled with one Creator—”There is none else besides Him.”

If I want to see the Creator, the upper world, then I can do it only in my corrected properties. And how can I understand, accept, adapt, and improve them? Only to the extent that I raise the group and the friends in my eyes.

All this is within our power and is practically in front of us. This is how we must act. This is a very good calibration, a correct adjustment to the spiritual world. That is why the Creator did it this way. We must try to use it all the time although our egoism will constantly interfere.

Question: What are these higher properties that I am trying to see in my friends?

Answer: They are above yours. They are superior to you in everything.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends,” Lesson 3

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The Greatest Means Of Advancement

938.07Connection is the greatest means of advancement toward the goal. It is the realization of our correction.

The Creator helps us by giving us desires for connection and awakening movement toward understanding and feeling each other in us. Gradually we are approaching the fact that a great multifaceted world group will be formed, and it is already practically being formed, and it will indeed be able to absorb all the power of the upper light and pass it on through itself to the entire humanity.

This is our task, the form of our connection and work. For this the upper force has gathered us together, leads us, and will continue to lead further.

We need to feel how it leads us forward and what we can do to help it and to become its partners.
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From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Going with Faith above Reason,” Lesson 5

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