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Life According To A New Script, Part 1

laitman_922Nature has given a person the ability to exit himself and enter the plot of a book or a movie. Endless TV series’ and movie marathons are the mainstream addiction of our times, involving both the older and the younger generation.

The dream of any person is to come home, sit in a chair, dim the lights, turn on the TV, and delve into a TV series.

Netflix, which allows you to watch movies on any device that has a screen (TV, phone, and computer) has 140 million subscribers. People spend hours sitting in front of a screen watching series after series.

This transports a person to a different reality; he wants to separate from everyday life and move into a different movie. That is, he changes the movie in which life forces him to be the main character to another one where he can be a bystander, sitting quietly in a comfortable chair. How nice it would be to live life like in a movie.

One day, they will come up with the idea of completely getting rid of the screen by attaching a wire directly to the head and broadcasting the movie of life to us. I could even be made the main character in it so I can imagine myself in different states. We are in a movie now, without knowing it. How can we know whether this is a movie or not? In fact, that doesn’t matter to us; the main thing is to feel good, or at least not to suffer.

Nature has developed in us the ability to come out of one’s life and empathize with the plot of a movie or a book, with its characters, so that we know that we live in a movie. Our whole life is played out to us like a movie, which we can change.

We can rise above the person who is watching the movie to the level of the forces that project it; we can intervene in them and change our movie, that is, our life. I can make myself a character of any movie I want by changing my states, including life and death.

The ability to empathize with movies is given to us so that we can create a new movie for ourselves where we will be the director. After all, how much do we regret the movies we lived in before, how much we would like to change our past, but think it is impossible. But it is possible. I can change my past, pause this movie, rewind it to the right moment, and start again differently.

I will again become a little carefree child who is just starting life. But what would I like to change in my life? This is the question. I will not be allowed to change anything until I can write a new scenario that is more correct than the old one. Then I will be able to implement it.

After I go through it with my accumulated experience, I will again see how I can improve it, and I will start again on a more mature, serious level, trying to realize myself so that I will not have any regrets at the end of the movie before I die. Then we will understand that the movie does not end and how we can make it continue forever.

The wisdom of Kabbalah allows every person to develop the ability to broadcast the script of his life, keeping everything under control. We learn to accept our life in the correct form so we will not regret any moment of it and will not want to return and correct it.

The life I live will be correct, kind, filled with meaning, and I will not regret a single moment. Then, after all these calculations, I will discover that it was not me who did all this but the force that projects this movie to me, and all the troubles and problems that I had to go through were intended to bring me to a perfect state. There was no other way! Therefore, I agree, the movie ends, and the real life begins.

Then I see that my whole previous life was a dream from which I am awakening now to a new life and I start a new day. This life is eternal and perfect. I am in the correct relationship with the one who was broadcasting this movie to me, and we are together building my further advancement by creating a new movie.

I know and understand how everything is arranged and how it advances by becoming a screenwriter, a cameraman, and a director, that is, a complete master of the movie with thousands of participants. I myself, instead of the upper force, arrange my life. Each person is given their own life and their own world with all the actors.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1167,” 10/22/19

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laitman_572.02Beyond Absolute Correction

Question: One soul is divided into 600,000 pieces. Each shattered differently. The experience of each of them plays a big role and is very important. Will we return to the common soul and then perceive everything as the Creator?

Answer: When we return together to the common soul, will we be able to attain the Creator in relation to us? Yes, but just like any actions of our world, we comprehend the action, for example, the effect of electricity, magnetism, gravity, etc. That is, we will attain these phenomena, but not Him.

In Kabbalah, in various places, it is hinted that there is another degree when creation breaks away from itself, becomes included in the Creator, and begins to attain not His consequences, not His effect, but Him. However, I cannot imagine such an ascent. This is beyond the bounds of absolute correction. It is quite possible that this also exists.

The fact is that at these stages of our development we are absolutely changing. Our system of perception, logic, everything is changing. We no longer live in three-dimensional space: good-bad, reception-bestowal. We begin to exist in completely different dimensions. Therefore, it is a problem to say what exists during the attainment of the Creator. So far, it is a problem.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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Our World And This World

laitman_547.03Question: In Baal HaSulam’s writings we see the concepts “our world” and “this world.” What is the difference between them?

Answer: Our world is what we as if feel in our qualities. This world is how Kabbalists speak about the lower degree, which at the same time is called “our world.”

It all depends on the observer. If we observe what is happening around us, we call it “our world.” If Kabbalah speaks about this as the lowest degree of the worlds, then calls it “this world.”
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/6/19

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laitman_531.03Language Is a Sense of Communication

Baal HaSulam writes that a Kabbalist must use absolutely accurate definitions. Where can we find them?

Here, the law of root and branch arises in all worlds, in all states, in each and every one of us. It is from there that I can take clear, accurate definitions from nature’s point of view. You also will take your definitions from there and we will compare them with each other. From this comparison, we can correctly understand each other rather than speak with the same words but with a different meaning.

In our world, each one ascribes different meanings to the same words because each of us differs from the other. How can we combine everyone’s complex internal states in order to begin to understand each other and overlap each other so that these concepts will combine and give us a clear idea as to what extent we are talking and feeling the same thing? This is a problem with language.

Language is a sense of communication with each other when you and I feel the same thing. If we do not, then we clearly feel the difference in our sensations.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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laitman_227Adhere to the Language of Kabbalists

Baal HaSulam, ”The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Any reasonable person will understand that when dealing with spiritual matters, much less with Godliness, we have no words or letters with which to contemplate. This is because our whole vocabulary is but combinations of the letters of our senses and imagination. …

It is particularly so where one needs to find some rationale in these words to help one in the negotiations customary in the research of the wisdom. Here the sage must use rigorously accurate definitions for the eyes of the observers.

If we expressed in our words everything we feel, each of us will create our own language, our own encyclopedia, etc., and we would be unable to communicate with each other. Therefore, what we can and should do is take the words, expressions, and definitions based on our essence.

This is exactly what Kabbalah does. It says that a person consists of desire that is divided into five kinds: zero, one, two, three, and four. In these five types of desires, we feel various positive and negative fulfillments, and everyone has them. Thus, everything consists only of desire.

Therefore, if we adhere to a clear Kabbalistic language, we will not go astray. We will speak the same language. It was so before the shattering in ancient Babylon when all people spoke one language, Aramaic, in which The Book of Zohar is written.

The Aramaic language is good because it comes from the essence of nature itself. The five levels of desire, from which each of us consists, generate five definitions. This language is based on them.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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laitman_744Attaining the Upper Light

Question: If the world is a reaction to forces, does it mean that I am also only a reaction? If this is so, then what is this I that is attaining all this?

Answer: Indeed, I am a reaction to what I produce. I feel myself as one form or another.

My head, body, feelings, heart, and so on are all my automatic, natural, instinctive reactions to what affects me and eventually gives me a sense of myself, my body, my thoughts, and feelings.

I do not know who I am. I am inconceivable just as the Creator is inconceivable. We attain only our reactions to something around us.

Then, as we attain more, we will see that in fact, we are attaining the upper light. It gives us a sense of ourselves and the world around us. Gradually it will come to us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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Laitman_917.02Why do we see the world as distorted?

Question: I heard that a person perceives reality and the world as a real distortion. Is it true?

Answer: Yes, of course. We only perceive everything in our sensory organs, and since they are distorted, uncorrected, and shattered, then naturally the world also looks like this.

The fact is that the world around us is perfect, but we do not perceive it as perfect because we feel it in our shattered, defective sensory organs. So we can say nothing about the world itself, but only about the way we perceive it.

Our method is in correcting our perception. Then I will see the world as perfect to the extent that I correct myself. Nothing else is required. I do not need to correct the world. On the contrary, in Kabbalah, it is considered a completely wrong move. Look how people there have been and currently are correctors of the world throughout the history of humanity.

However, if we approach the world in the way the wisdom of Kabbalah advises, then by correcting ourselves we will see that, apparently, the world around us is ideal, perfect, infinite, and eternal. There is nothing that needs to be done in it other than to correct ourselves.

Therefore, the entire wisdom is built on giving a person advice on how to correct oneself. How to make oneself corrected, integral. Otherwise, we will sink into even bigger problems and greater incorrect perception of the world.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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laitman_625.02Rise Above Corporeal Senses

Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”: However, it is quite sufficient, for this is the rule: “All that is measured and extracted from His Providence so as to be realized into the nature of Creation, is completely satisfactory.” Similarly, one cannot wish for a sixth finger on one hand, because the five fingers are quite sufficient.

We are arranged so that it is enough for us to have five fingers on our hand. Would it bother us if we had a sixth finger? For example, a monkey has a special finger to grasp branches. It would be nice for us to have it too. Yet, I do not need it anymore! I do not feel any need for one more finger. It is the same everywhere, in all my senses I do not feel that I am missing something.

Telescopes and microscopes are only quantitative enlargements of sensory organs, their expansion. But if I use all my senses, I do not feel that I am lacking an additional sensory organ. I can say that I would like to hear ultra and infra sonic waves like dolphins. But all this comes from nature, this is just an expansion and not new sensory organs.

Thus, everything we have in us does not cause any feelings of lack, it is quite enough for us, and therefore we are not developing further. The only way to develop is to rise above our senses: not how much I will receive in my sensory organs, but how much I can work with them in the direction of bestowal.

Here I specifically start to feel not myself, but the world around me, I rise above myself. Here is a completely different science about the world—the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: What if five fingers are enough for me? I just live like that.

Answer: When I live in what is enough for me, it is the animate level. If I want to understand the source of everything that is happening, then nothing other than Kabbalah will help.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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Laitman_011Expanding the Limits of Perception

Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Now you can easily conclude that all the names and appellations that appear in books of Kabbalah are indeed real and factual, although we have no attainment in the subject matter whatsoever. It is so because those who engage in it have the complete satisfaction with their inclusive perception of its ultimate wholeness, meaning a mere perception of actions, prompted and born of the association of the Upper Light and its perceivers.

The fact is that there is a limit to our perception. The wisdom of Kabbalah says that you constantly attain deep, wide, enter all vector spaces, and fully reveal them. However, you nevertheless attain only the reality that fills you. And the reality that does not fill you, you do not attain and do not even know whether it exists or not.

Here the question arises: How do Kabbalists know that there is some other reality? Did they attain it themselves? If so, then why don’t they speak about it as yet another additional level of attainment of reality?

It turns out that they place riddles before us or they want to intrigue us somehow, as if they say: “There is something here but I am not telling you.” However, this is not their approach.

We have to reach the quality of bestowal, the quality of the Creator. The Creator positions Himself in relation to us as bestowing, loving, and uniting, rising above us despite our egoism. We, by rising above our egoism, can explore Him, feel Him, and become similar to Him.

How can we make it so that we do not just feel the Creator because of our equivalence to Him, but feel Him not from our own Kelim (Vessels) and qualities? This is a problem.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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Racing Against Growing Egoism

Laitman_115.05Question: Is the attainment of the future state in the present possible because the future already exists in spirituality and I just reveal it?

Answer: There is no present, past and future. It is all determined in our egoism. Therefore, we feel these parameters in us, in our qualities, and in our desires.

To the extent that our desires are corrected, we will begin to feel the corrected world and as if climb it. If not, we will feel the world falling more and more because our egoism is constantly growing.
It all depends on the extent to which we race against growing egoism.
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