Entries in the 'Group Work' Category

The Theater Right In Front Of You

laitman_939.02Question: Usually I love in a person what I love in myself, and hate what I hate in myself. But I do not want conflicts with other people because I have not yet corrected myself.

Recently, I went to a play in a theatre and I had a question: Is it possible to empathize with some kind of drama on stage or in life, and thus learn to avoid conflicts and start loving other people more?

Answer: You have a great opportunity—work in a group. Play various theatrical productions of love and hate there. Try to strive for unification, for love, all the time. Then you will feel how your nature reveals mutual hatred, rejection from each other, to you.

Thus, you will always be in the right combination of love and hatred. And everything will be great. You can literally work it out in life. We are given a ten precisely for that.

There is thus no reason to go to the theater. The theater is right in front of you.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

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Connection Tool: Dissemination

laitman_294.1Question: One of the means for connection is joint work on dissemination. At least in the recent period, all Kabbalists wrote that the wisdom of Kabbalah needed to be spread to humanity. Does this joint work also build the group?

Answer: Yes. This work has been carried out for several hundred years. However, from the twentieth century onward, and even more so in our time, it is clear to everyone that Kabbalah must give humanity a program for its correct development. Otherwise, humanity will again come to nuclear war, to huge defeat, shattering, and self-destruction.

Therefore, taking care to pass this information to other people, to the world, we release newspapers, publish books, make films and video clips. This joint work brings us closer together.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/11/19

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African Unity—The Key To Their Real Freedom

laitman_962.5Egypt, the land of slavery for the people of Israel, is located in Africa. Africa is the birthplace of Pharaoh, global egoism. 400 years of Egyptian exile enabled the people of Israel to receive the Torah and to reveal the Creator. Therefore, all the nations that developed in Africa and became enslaved no longer to Pharaoh, like the Jews, but to the European nations in America, are more prepared for the correction of the soul. I hope that soon we will see that people in Africa are more receptive to the method of Kabbalah.1

The whole of humanity needs the science of Kabbalah in order to reveal the upper force. Thus, all of human development has been accompanied by problems, disasters, plagues, and wars all in order to force a person to think about the meaning of his life—what are we living for? Humanity could find no answer to this question until the science of Kabbalah became revealed and provides the answer that the moment we attain the upper force which controls our whole life, we realize what we live for and what the essence of our life is.

The question is how to reveal this single upper force that governs the universe. We have no means of changing our lives except with the help of the upper force. The moment we reveal the upper force, we receive the answers to our questions. This is the uniqueness of the science of Kabbalah, the method of revealing the upper force, which gives the answers to everything.2

The consequences of European colonization are still felt in Europe. Slavery has been long abolished, but European countries still try to use the natural and human resources in Africa and ignite conflicts there by selling them weapons and facilitating emigration. This is a difficult issue for Africa, but I feel that Africans will eventually understand that only through unity of all can they achieve the upper force. Then they will feel free rather than oppressed as they do to this day.

This solution for Africa can only come from the science of Kabbalah and nothing else. The genuine freedom of Africa is impossible without the sensation of spiritual freedom. After all, the African nations have always had financial independence, but European and other countries from all over the world have always meddled in their lives. Nothing will help until the Africans feel genuine, spiritual freedom.

They will then have the power to resist those who are trying to influence them, and will be able to feel inner freedom not just from the Europeans, but from all external powers, from philosophies foreign to Africa.

It is impossible to achieve freedom before establishing connection with the Creator. Until then, it will only be imaginary, material freedom. We can call the African nations free even now since there are no slaves there, but they are still being exploited, used in all sorts of ways. It happens all over the world as each country wants to use the other and squeeze all the natural resources out of it.

In this regard, African countries are no different from other states. Anyone who wants to become independent nowadays must reach closer, correct connection with the Creator. Freedom in the upper world will bring us freedom in this world because this is not just spiritual, forces are projected down upon us allowing us to stand up against everyone. Then, nobody will be able to hurt us.

It is enough to look at the people of Israel and their path. Various nations tried to oppress and destroy them throughout history from Pharaoh onward. But no one succeeded in ruling over the people of Israel, not Pharaoh, the German Nazis, the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian Tzar, etc. This is because Jews have a connection with the upper force. I advise the same for the African nations: to receive the same support from above and then nobody will be able to harm them.

There are many different religions in Africa, but the science of Kabbalah contradicts none of them; it only explains how to achieve connection with the upper force, which is above all faiths and religions, through unity. Such unity, which existed a long time ago among the people of Israel, kept the nation together to this day and disallowed their becoming slaves to any nation.3
From the African Virtual Congress 1/18/20, The Importance of Society, Lesson 1
1 Minute 28:40
2 Minute 46:05
3 Minute 48:00

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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 11

laitman_528.02To Not Harm Yourself or Your Friend

Question: In Kabbalah it is written that one cannot discuss the spiritual states of the friends in the group, only their external actions. Why?

Answer: We never “fit” into each other and do not try to discuss the intentions or heights of revealing the upper world of each of the friends. We do not deal with this, and we do not even have the right to get into it.

Question: That is, I cannot say to my friend: “You are in some descent today?”

Answer: No, you can only somehow support your friend.

Question: If I see some external actions of a friend, can I discuss or criticize them?

Answer: We can discuss the external actions of our friends with the aim of generally acting correctly on them and on the group. But we should do it very carefully, based on love of friends.

Remark: One of the Kabbalistic principles is to disallow frivolity in the group in relation to the importance of the goal.

Answer: This is very important. There should be no arbitrary existence in the group that allows frivolity. We must exist only in order to engage in the attainment of the Creator as prescribed by the science of Kabbalah. No other goals or actions should be acceptable within the group.

Our goal is to reveal the Creator, or more precisely His quality of bestowal, which is so contrary to the whole of society that if we somehow cultivate its importance and suddenly someone brings doubts into the group, it can be very damaging.

Therefore, it is forbidden to talk about individual states a person reveals on the spiritual path so as not to interfere with other people. I do not talk about these states with a friend, but remind the friend about our lofty goal in general phrases.

Question: But how could this harm him?

Answer: By this we introduce errors into one another.

Question: If I talk about some exalted spiritual states?

Answer: You can talk about them. It is best to take examples from a book. But you should not talk about your states, ever. A friend is not yet corrected; he or she would become jealous, and it will harm you.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 3/6/19

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laitman_527How are Kabbalistic principles different from psychology?

Question: How are the principles of work in a Kabbalistic group different from psychology? After all, they are very similar.

Suppose, I consider you as an intelligent person, and in order to get something from you, naturally, I must exalt you. And if I consider myself smarter than you, I will not get anything. Isn’t that psychology?

Answer: This is not psychology, because in our movement to a group, to unity, and to connection, we strive to attract the upper force, called “the Creator” according to the methodology prescribed by Kabbalists. In this way, we rise above psychology.

We do not deal with a person’s psychological properties, but rather want the upper force, the upper light to begin to act on these properties and on the person himself.

Question: For example, there is a principle of exalting a friend. And I try to belittle myself. Isn’t that psychology?

Answer: These are all psychological actions, but by trying to lower myself, I plug into my friends, and in this way we form a system that is in equivalence of form with the upper light. It all depends on our intention: what we strive for, why we do it.

Question: It turns out that in psychology, lowering oneself and exalting someone is carried out in order, for example, to feel better, and here, in order to reveal the Creator. That is, the difference is only in the goal, although the external means are similar?

Answer: Naturally. The goal determines everything.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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People At War

laitman_934Zohar For All, “Aharei Mot,” 65: How good and how pleasant. These are the friends, as they sit together inseparably. At first, they seem like people at war, wishing to kill each other. Then they revert back to a state of brotherly love.

By studying Kabbalah and striving to unite in the ten, we begin to feel how separated we are from each other, how opposite we are.

At that, when trying to connect in the ten, we receive something for a while. But as soon as we reach some good state of connection, there is an immediate breaking, cooling, distance, and fog between us, to the point we do not want to look at each other or talk to each other.

And again, we need to work to connect together. After all, if we want to receive the Creator’s help—and without this help we will not advance—we must be together in one system.

So, we need to work on ourselves again. The importance of the goal, the importance of attaining the Creator, the importance of achieving the opening of the soul determines our aspiration for each other. In the name of this, we begin to draw closer, and we again move forward until the next breaking.

So, we are constantly moving toward the goal: rise-fall, break; gentle rise-sharp fall, and so many times.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 9

laitman_544The principle of a Kabbalistic group is a special attitude toward the friends.

Comment: One of the principles of working in a group is valuing each of the friend’s individuality.

My Response: It is necessary to give everyone the opportunity to show their abilities, to help them in this, so that when identifying all the abilities of the friends, we come to the maximum development of a common desire, intention, effort.

Comment: The principle is as follows: Constantly exalt your friends and feel the lowliness of your egoism.

My Response: That is, as an egoist, I must always lower myself in relation to the group, to relate to my friend with an increased desire to help and support them in everything. There are two forces within me, positive and negative. Maximize the positive and minimize the negative.

Comment: Another principle: Try to see the friends in a more corrected state than what my egoism is showing me.

My Response: I should try to see my friends as more corrected than I am. Then I will have a desire to get closer to them, to lower myself before them. My admiration for them will give me the strength to advance.

Question: The next principle: annul yourself before the friends. What exactly needs to be done here?

Answer: This arises naturally in a person. When one works in a group, whether one wants to or not, a person begins to feel lower and lower than the rest. He or she sees strength and goodness in the friends, but not in oneself.

Moreover, we are not saying that this happens on its own, but that a person can annul themself before the friends by one’s own effort. That is, to artificially lower oneself before the friends and to see oneself as worse than them, lower, less advanced. This will give a person the opportunity to raise them, raise the Creator through them, and thus, advance.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/20

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laitman_939.01The Principle of a Kabbalistic Group: Equality.

Question: There are certain principles we must observe to achieve unity in a group. One of these principles is equality. What is equality between friends? How are we equal?

Answer: We are equal in everyone helping each other as much as possible. Just like in the family: the youngest are actually the most important in the family.

In a group, we always strive to mutually complement each other and not feel each other as separate individuals, but as a community, as a ten.

Question: So everyone makes maximal efforts, but these efforts are different, and this is where we are equal?

Answer: Of course, and then we are not different but equal.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_939.02The Group: New Community

Question: In Rabash’s articles, it is written that the goal of the group is to investigate and practically check its attitude to a neighbor.

If I want to attain the property of the Creator, where can I check it? Only in the group? And how do I know that the property of the Creator is a property of bestowal?

Answer: We study this from the materials of Kabbalists: do everything possible to connect with each other, somehow organize ourselves into one whole in completion to each other, so that in communication with each other we begin to feel that each of us is dissolved in the group and disappears in it.

Instead, in the center of our circle, in the center of the ten, a new entity arises: a common desire, a common aspiration, a common goal, a common connection between us. Then through this state we begin to feel the revelation of the Creator.

Question: Is the goal of the group is to develop pride in a person that he belongs to it?

Answer: Certainly. Pride regarding a special group, a special purpose, a special idea in the world.

Question: Isn’t pride egoistic?

Answer: It depends on what a person is proud. If one is proud to be acting for the good of humanity, then why not? There is nothing negative in any impulse, in any movement, in any state; it always depends on the goal.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_528.02How is the group assembled?

Question: Each individual has a certain desire either for the Creator or for what nature excites in him or her. To cultivate this desire, you have to connect with people who are similar to you. How does this happen?

Answer: It is unclear to us how the group unites. People suddenly feel that this idea is close to them, and in this way they come to the group.

There cannot be a lot of such people. They are sifted out and there are fewer and fewer of them until such a number of people in quantity and quality get together that they can embody a spiritual ideal, unity among themselves.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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