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Should I Tell My Group About My Problems?

556Question: Suppose something happens in my life that I regard as a negative impact. I come to the group and share the details of this event with them. What should the group do? How can I feel the support from the group? Should they internally turn to the Creator in order to help me?

Answer: You should not even tell the group about your problems. You should simply get the confidence from the group that everything is done by the Creator in order to tie you to the group and through the group to Him.

There is no other reason for Him to cause you this unpleasantness. The Creator does it only for one purpose: for you to feel the need for the group and for Him because in the group you work on the right attitude outside yourself toward Him so that you will later reveal Him between you.

So there is no need to tell the group about your problems. The main thing is to try to reveal the Creator in the group and then turn to Him through the group.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 10/14/18

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The Ability To Manage Good And Evil

944Question: Can I manage good and evil if I work in the group?

Answer: Yes, and it is actually because you are in a group. It can be a virtual group and not necessarily a physical one, but you must be connected to others. By establishing the right connection between you, you can operate in mutuality with the Creator. The Creator is the upper force that affects us regularly, while the group is the minimal system that can perceive His impact correctly.

If there are imbalances in the relations between the friends in the group, you will feel the Creator’s impact as negative. If you don’t establish the right connection between you, you will always be under such an impact. But if the connection in the group is correct, you will feel the Creator’s impact as good, as an impact that leads you toward the goal.

You will reach a state in which you, the group, and the Creator are in continuous contact, in mutual connection, moving toward the goal. This is your common spiritual work.

The group changes all the time as a result of all the impressions of the friends in the group, which always stem from the Creator’s leadership since “there is none else besides Him.” This is how you constantly draw closer to Him by trying to connect as much as you can each and every moment in order to justify the Creator’s impact on you.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 10/14/18

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Love Will Cover All Crimes

239Love will cover all transgressions. This means that day by day we will have to reveal new sins because without this it is impossible to advance. Selfishness is bound to develop more and more. The Creator only gave rise to creation by breaking the common soul of Adam HaRishon. From this, the evil inclination began to unfold, our great desire to receive pleasure, and we need to help this egoism open more and more so that it does not remain at the inanimate, vegetative, or animate level.

But egoism can be revealed only in the opposite form. If we want to accelerate the disclosure of egoism, we must, on the contrary, strive to achieve unity. And if yesterday we did not come to a greater awareness of evil than the day before yesterday, then we did not strive for unity.

Every day we try to unite, and as a result, rejection will open up to us, for which we will ask for the power of correction so that love will cover all transgressions. And so we will continue to advance.

It is necessary to reveal evil and attract good to it in order to cover all crimes with love. Without transgressions, there will be no union, there will be no correction of the Kli. We must open all the cracks, all the breaking, in our union, in the vessel of the common soul of Adam HaRishon. And this is possible only when we strive to unite.

First, we perform artificial actions, trying to achieve unification, but we see that the Creator does not allow us to unite. On the contrary, it reveals hatred and rejection between us. And this is the desired result, because crimes are being disclosed on top of which we can truly unite and cover them with love. But this is already with the help of a prayer to the Creator who will give us the power of unity. And so we come to correction.

This is the work: We strive for good, and the Creator reveals evil to us, but we try to cover evil with good, and we turn to the Creator for help. These are the two actions: back and forth, back and forth, corresponding to the four stages of the Kli.

You can imagine that we are sitting in a boat and rowing together, each with his own oar. Each does work in his own Kli. He is drawn to union and sees that rejection awakens in its place. And then he makes a second movement: He turns to the Creator, asks for help, and sees how the Creator makes a row of paddles for him. He does not leave the Creator until He completes the action, covering all crimes, transgressions, with love.

I do the first row with an oar: I try to connect with my friends and I see that I am not achieving what I want, but I am revealing negative qualities. And then I turn to the Creator and ask Him to correct this negative. And so we row all the time: one-two, one-two. The first one or two are mine, where nothing works for me, and the second one or two is done by the Creator and are already successful. It is said about this: “The Creator will finish this work for me.”

The first time I try to do and reveal the shortcomings, and the second time I turn to the Creator with these shortcomings and see a successful result.

A ten sits in one boat, and each holds his paddle with both hands. The Gabai sits at the stern and cheers on the rowers, while the Shaatz sits at the bow of the boat. And that’s how we all go.

The first paddle movement is to reveal a flaw. I want to connect with my friends, but I reveal that I am not capable of it. That is, the first time I try to do it myself and find out my impotence. But at the same time, I am aware of my failure, that is, I open the Kli. And in the second stroke with the paddle, I already ask the Creator to help me and finish this work for me.

This is the case every time: the first stroke is the revelation of the lack and the second stroke is the Creator’s help. As a result, we advance in our boat, first making efforts to reveal evil, and then turning to the Creator for correction and revelation of the goodness.

First of all, I must be grateful to the Creator and friends. After all, the goal of creation can be achieved only by tuning into the friends with closed eyes, if they want and can accept me. And the Creator must dissolve me in my friends, unite me with everyone without any distinction between us.

Therefore, I am grateful to the Creator and the friends for the fact that they exist and give me the opportunity to join them, lose myself, and be born again, which is called “going through the eye of a needle.” Nothing remains of me except the net desire, which I drag through the eye of a needle, and so I move from world to world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/17/20, “Love Covers All Transgressions”

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Team Building Guide, Part 6

laitman_938.07Team Building Principles: “Buy Yourself a Friend”

Question: Fifth rule: Each member of the group should try to “buy friends.” This is an ancient principle that sages of all generations have written about a lot.

How should one buy a friend? Your attention, concessions, cancellation of personal interests? Or are there some other principles?

Answer: However you can buy him, buy him. Gifts, words, actions. Anything.

Question: That is, it is a tool. And the result? What will it give me?

Answer: You attract him to you. After all, a friend is someone who can support you, agree with you. Even based on purely selfish interests.

Question: Meaning, by my attention I buy him and thereby buy his support?

Answer: Naturally.
From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 6/18/20

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When Will I Feel The Creator?

laitman_963.8Question: I am a first year student in Kabbalah classes online. How soon can I feel the Creator in a group?

Answer: It does not depend on which course you are studying, but on how much you want to master this method. Try to get as close as possible to some group and together with your friends make such contact where you stop feeling the egoism separating you from them.

Or vice versa, you will feel it more and more, but at the same time overcome it. Thus, you will begin to move toward the revelation of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 5/10/20

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Realize Yourself Wherever You Are

Laitman_632.3Question: I study the wisdom of Kabbalah. I have a group with which I can share our common goal, but I feel that no one understands me in the group and that they are not strong enough for me. What should I do?

Answer: Still, it is worthwhile being in a group. It is better to be in a weak group than to work alone.

Question: But can freedom help me choose a different environment? Does it all depend on me?

Answer: No, an individual cannot do anything. He has to choose an environment in any case. If you think that the environment is too weak for you, move to another environment, but I don’t think this is the right choice. Fulfill yourself in the environment you are in, and you will see that what was given to you is the right thing.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/17/19

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Merging With The Ten

laitman_530Question: The Creator is between us. Do I need to ask the Creator to correct me or to correct the whole ten, the whole world ten? Does the Creator hear me wherever I am or only when I am in the ten?

Answer: The Creator feels the created being only to the extent that he resembles Him.

The Creator’s attribute is bestowal, while a person’s attribute is receiving. In this state, a person does not feel the Creator. We can see that on ourselves.

If a desire to reveal the Creator appears in a person, he can fulfill this desire only if he creates the right conditions for that, such as being in a group and working seriously on the connection with the friends.

If a person unites with the friends in the group, he will begin to feel the Creator through the ten. A person actually feels the connection with the Creator to the extent that he merges with the ten, and not in any other way.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/1/19

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Appreciate Communication With Friends

laitman_530Question: All the work in the group is in order to realize our insignificance and inability to unite. But each meeting should end in joy. What joy is there in realizing your own insignificance?

Answer: Yes. But you were together! You felt each other. You talked about a common goal that partly shone for you through the friends. If you had no attraction to the goal, then they helped you attract it a little.

Therefore, any communication is very helpful for advancing. I advise you to get out of any state only through communication with friends.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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Tower Floating In The Air

935We need to try to build the concept of a center in every ten. Before the coronavirus, our centers were physical.

Most of them belonged to physical groups that organized a home for themselves, the center; they rented a room where they could gather and study together. Everything was clear. It was a place where there were books, communications, and where it was possible to arrange meals, lessons.

But now the Creator wants to transfer us to a more spiritual center. We sit at home with our physical bodies and must connect with hearts, desires, and aspirations to the center.

The center is a spiritual concept. These are not concrete walls, but the walls of our hearts. We need to take care of this center and see if we are united by the hearts. After all, this is not concrete that will stand even if you forget about it, and not a material center that can be changed by moving to another building.

Now we are turning into a spiritual vessel (Kli), and the Creator purposely blesses us with a coronavirus in order to oblige us to build a spiritual center in our hearts. Where is this center located?

This is a tower floating in the air; it has no place. So, we need to move forward, every day preserving the spiritual center, strengthening the walls of our hearts, in order to draw closer together, to feel and understand more, to feel mutual concern about connecting with the hearts.

Then this center will come to life and begin to act. We will feel the mechanism of ten Sefirot and the Creator filling our center. From now on, our center turns into the Temple, into the place of the Creator, where we reveal Him. Each reveals the Creator a little in the small center of his ten, and then all tens join together and support one big center, which will be called the Third Temple.

Therefore, we now need to take care, in the tens, about how to build our center, put more effort into it, discuss what everyone should do, how to build a connection between us, and how to ask the Creator to connect us. After all, only the Creator can be the glue connecting heart with heart. Each heart is selfish and only a higher power can connect them. Otherwise, the hearts will never unite because the human heart is evil from birth.

We have a special, sublime work in this construction. I hope that you acknowledge your responsibility, feel the need, and we will do it.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/19/20, Baal HaSulam, Shamati 33 “The Lots on Yom Kippurim and with Haman“

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A Dynamic State

laitman_934Question: How exactly is the connection in the ten felt? How constant is it?

Answer: If a person feels the ten, he feels that he is connected with everyone as one single body, one single desire, one aspiration. However, this state is dynamic, it constantly changes because it is necessary to develop. That is why he constantly feels himself breaking away from his friends, seeing them differently. He is thrown out, distracted from the goal, and yet he forces himself to return to the connection with others.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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