Entries in the 'Perception' Category

Our World Is A Black Dot

laitman_424.02Question: You say that our world doesn’t exist. In what sense does it not exist and why? What does “illusory” mean, and whose illusion it is?

Answer: It is our illusion. In reality, our world does not exist.

What does “in reality” mean? In the property of bestowal, which is the only thing that exists in reality; our world does not exist.

Our world is the property of reception, it is pure egoism. And the world itself does not exist, it is purposefully created as a ghostly and illusory one so that we live in it as at the starting point of our true spiritual development, so that we exist outside of the spiritual worlds, outside of true existence.

Our world is simply a black dot.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20

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Whom Do We Pray To?

Laitman_052Question: If the Creator is the law of nature, then to whom or to what do we pray? Do I understand correctly that we simply resonate with our higher states when we raise a prayer for others?

Answer: We do not work in a void. We work with regard to the only law of nature, the integral relationship between all elements of creation.

If we, who are so fragmented and distant, who push each other away and desire to use each other, change our behavior and become closer to each other, then we will find ourselves in a spiritual state and see that we are in a completely different world.

We need to rise above our egoism and begin to unite among ourselves. Kabbalah speaks about this.

The path to this can be twofold. One is the path of suffering, which we are still walking on, or the path of light, i.e., attracting the upper light and training in small groups, not all of humanity, but through the tens.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19

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See The World Filled With Love

laitman_237Question: Everything comes from the Creator, both the good and my uncorrected state from which I suffer. How is it that I feel the good that comes from the Creator as a problem, and all this merges into one?

Answer: The feeling that everything is bad is your subjective feeling. Correct it and you will begin to feel good in the same sensation. After all, there is nothing bad in the world at all.

Despite the fact that we are seemingly going through such horrors, the modern world contains it all, if you correct your qualities, you will see that the world is filled only with endless love. Let’s try to really feel it.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19

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The Force That Controls Everything

712.03Comment: Evolution occurs at the intersection of the interaction of two forces: positive and negative. Scientists say that the explosion of a small cluster of energy, which was smaller than an atom, led to the formation of what we see around us. This, in my opinion, is harder to believe than that God created everything by some single act.

My Response: Yes, indeed, it seems incredible.

I remember the times before the Big Bang theory was accepted. People believed that the universe existed indefinitely and was unlimited in size. This is what they told us at school. Why? That was simply the way it was, without any connection to a person.

Humans were considered an accidental formation of life on Earth as a result of the coincidence of some properties. This is how we develop, this is how we live, this is life. That is, a purely mechanical theory was recognized.

In parallel, there was, of course, the so-called divine theory (creationism), which stated that an upper force created all this because it wanted to.

Question: What does Kabbalah say?

Answer: Kabbalah says that neither one or the other is wrong. We simply need to understand what is happening to our world based on what reveals to a person studying Kabbalah.

One reveals that there is a program of creation based on a positive upper force that develops everything and governs this program. We can call this force “our Maker,” “the Creator,” or “God”—it does not matter.

This force controls everything. It has a program, a preset goal, and we develop along this path, whether we want to or not. No one asks us about this at all.

We have a given starting point of our development and its end so we can go through this whole path, develop, and comprehend ourselves. Based on this, we would comprehend our source, the Creator, the upper force of nature, to such an extent that we would absolutely and completely identify, connect, and merge with this force.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/11/19

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laitman_537The Creator’s Theater

Baal HaSulam’s article, Shamati 1, “There is None Else Besides Him”: This is deemed a correction called “the left rejects and the right pulls closer,” meaning that what the left rejects is considered a correction.

“The left rejects” means rejection, that is, hiding the Creator when we become uncertain about Him. We begin to think that there are other forces opposite of Him.

It seems to us that there is either ditheism, i.e., a bad Creator and a good one, one against the other, because we perceive the world as such, or polytheism, i.e., many forces in the world that are in opposing relationships. This is all conceived and done on purpose.

This means that there are things in the world that, to begin with, aim to divert a person from the right way, and by which he is rejected from Kedusha [holiness]. There are specifically forces, phenomena, and actions that arise which are initially placed before a person with the intention of driving a person astray, pushing one away from striving for the Creator, throwing a person from the thought that only one force, only one Creator, acts on him.

Thus, these rejections help a person because with their help one receives a need, a complete desire for the Creator to help him reveal Himself. Otherwise, he couldn’t have defined himself in any way in this world.

With that, a person wants to understand who controls it, who determines his thoughts, actions, and everything that happened in the past, that is happening in the present, and that will happen in the future. On one hand, it is clear that this is accomplished under the influence of a single force of nature.

On the other hand, this force constantly twists and lures us into various circumstances, and we attribute everything that happens to other people, events, and various authorities, as if they independently control both the world and our life.

Thus, I stray from the definition of the uniqueness of the Creator’s governance. I cannot maintain the fact that only one single force controls me like that; I see contradictions in this control all the time.

Why does the Creator do this? It is so that in all these contradictions we could discover Him by our own will, despite the fact that I suddenly fall under the power of the police, the state, relatives, family, and children. My friends influence me, and suddenly someone else also does.

In fact, I must clearly determine that I am only in the field of the Creator, and there is no one else who controls me, introduces and withdraws me from all these states, and substitutes various other sources of influence upon me.

At every second, I must be directed through all supposedly earthly sources toward Him and clearly know that He is doing everything through his puppets, my family, friends, enemies, and even politicians. The whole picture that I see in front of me and call “this world” is a theater through which the Creator acts upon me. I have to connect this entire theater to Him in His every action.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/24/19

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Everything Is Within Us

281.01Question: Everything is attained from the opposite. There is a wonderful tool—closer – further—and the Creator uses it very well in relation to us. Can we use the same tool in relation to the upper force?

Answer: Of course, we can distance the Creator from us or bring Him closer.

Question: Is this how He will feel that?

Answer: There is no “He.” The Creator is a special construction within us.

Question: Do we move away and experience it ourselves?

Answer: Yes. There is nothing outside of us, everything is only within us.

Even what you now feel and experience— the world around you with all your friends and everything that you can imagine—exists in you, in your consciousness, and nothing more.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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Sensing Creatures

laitman_622.02Question: What is the “mercy of the Creator” in Kabbalah?

Answer: Leave all the epithets like “The Creator is good,” “The One Who does good,” “mercy,” “love,” “hatred,” and so on for novels even though they are used in the Kabbalistic books.

We just need to understand that we cannot express our impressions in any other way. By saying that this is wet, this is hot, this is cold, pleasant, unpleasant, and so on, we express ourselves in this way.

In principle, we all are emotional creatures. Although it seems to us that we act with reason, in fact, it is never the case. We always feel and measure our sensations. Even when I say “five meters” or “500 thousand kilometers,” I still emotionally measure these distances. Where we have no feelings, there are no dimensions, no science, and no concepts.

We cannot act absolutely rigidly, without feelings, in a system of measurement. This is how we are arranged because our essence is the desire to enjoy. We can even measure ourselves in relation to this desire—whether we feel greater pleasure or smaller pleasure.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19

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Changing Your Attitude Toward The World

laitman_293.1Question: Some people, feeling the lack of something, automatically feel unhappy. That is, there is a widespread model in society that happiness is continuous joy and pleasure. There should be no suffering in my life. Where does such a model come from?

Answer: This is the wrong formulation of happiness, the wrong formulation of the question, and the wrong upbringing. We do not know our nature, and therefore, unfortunately, we are unhappy.

If we understood who we are and what we are, we would be able to form ourselves so that our structure and attitude to any state would be perfect.

This is what Kabbalah does. It does not change the world, it does not say that you have to change something around you. You must change your attitude toward the world. Then you will be happy. And you will be in an absolute state.
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From KabTv’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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Take A Look At The World With Altruistic Eyes

laitman_766.4Remark: There are two types of perception of the world. The first is through personal feeling and the brain of a person who perceives our world through their five sensory organs. The second is through the environment, when the individual views the world through the people around them.

The purpose of everyone in this world is to know the Creator. According to Kabbalah, one cannot explore the Creator through the usual five senses, but only through society, that is, society as sight, the aim, through which I look at the Creator. I cannot directly see Him, but if I learn to look through society, then I can clearly determine who the Creator is.

My Comment: The fact is that we need to defocus our vision, or rather, our sensations. Now we have them imprisoned for our egoistic fulfillment, and therefore, we do not feel the Creator.

We thus need to look at the world with altruistic eyes, that is, from the quality of bestowal. Let’s say the whole world is our little child, whom we madly love. Then how would we look at the world with love?

However, this is insufficient because we still would look at it egoistically. We need to look at it with altruistic love, meaning as if absolutely independent of ourselves. Now imagine instead of your child, who is the whole world for you, a stranger, and even better, a person you hate the most. You must thus defocus yourself, tear yourself away from your egoistic view of the world, through a prism that completely turns you inside out, and then through it, you will see the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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New Life 1166 – Breaking Through To The Higher Mind

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Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

We need to ascend above our egoistic nature to the level of the higher mind where the operational commands are “brewed.” The higher mind manages everything and everyone, including newspapers, technology, transplanted chips, and even those who seem to control these sources of information and influence. A person has no control over his life. The single point of a person’s choice is to become aware of the higher mind or the altruistic system that manages everything. Some people are given a desire to improve (by the higher mind) and study the wisdom of Kabbalah. They learn how to clarify good and evil, discover the altruistic system on their own, and establish a positive, mutual connection with all the elements of reality.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1166 – Breaking Through To The Higher Mind,” 10/17/19

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