Entries in the 'Prayer and Intention' Category

Feel Who I Am And Who I Should Be

562.02Question: You said that there is no Creator and that the Creator is the property of the highest connection, bestowal. If there is no Creator, to whom do we pray?

Answer: In principle, we do not pray to someone, although this is how we express it in words. We raise the quality of bestowal, connection, and love above ourselves and try to rise above ourselves.

I kind of imagine a higher step and try to pull myself up to it. This is real prayer, conversion. Therefore prayer is called tfila, lehitpalel—that is, “to judge oneself,” to rise above oneself, to feel who I am and who I should be.
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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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What To Ask For

624.07Question: How can I help a friend through prayer if prayer means judging yourself?

Answer: There are many types of prayer. A request comes when man feels that he still needs to annul himself. Apart from that, practically nothing else is needed. As we annul ourselves, we join the group. This is what we must ask for how to make ourselves a zero. Our spiritual ascent will begin from this zero.

Question: And you need to attune yourself for this?

Answer: Of course! I must attune myself to the fact that I cancel myself before my friends and that the Creator sent this state to us on purpose.

And this is the greatest help from Him, to, even in my egoistic state, have such an example, such an opportunity to be physically connected with others although I have absolutely no feelings for them. I must work on my feelings, my desire to be one with them, within one desire, yearning to the Creator.

The rest of their desires, in principle, do not interest me. They can be different. We all have different professions, families, and inclinations. And we have one thing in common: we want to attain the Creator. We study the methodology and begin to understand more and more that only through uniting can we attain Him together. Therefore, I am with them.
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From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends,” Lesson 2

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Affect The Heart With Prayer

232.1The work seems to be going slowly as everything goes through the mind. How would you understand everything, and can you help the heart to feel?

The heart is in the power of the Creator, so for this you need to pray. The mind is in our power, and the hearts are in the complete power of the Creator, desires are what was created by Him.

So start collecting prayer with your mind so that the Creator, from your prayers, will work on your heart. Then everything will work out.
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From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends,” Lesson 2

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Which Prayer Is Answered?

238.01Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence (Oscar Wilde).

My Response: Basically, prayer should constantly flow from one of its expressions to a second, then to a third, and so on until it comes to such a form that the Creator will be ready to cloth in it. Then everything will come to balance.

Question: What does it mean “the Creator clothes in it”?

Answer: Prayer is my behavior throughout life, through everything I have gone through, to its source the Creator; it expresses my deepest and general relationship to life, and through it, to its source. This is a real prayer.

Question: Am I building it or is it unconsciously born in me?

Answer: It is being formed gradually.

Question: Does it mean that I cannot simply compose it? Does my life compose this prayer?

Answer: Of course. It is not a philosophy.

Question: Is all my life accumulated in it?

Answer: All of it. A person composes prayers all his life.

Question: How should I live my life in order to raise a real prayer that will be answered?

Answer: You should try to open your heart, and you will see what prayer is in it and how it comes out. But you should really do it in this way. Otherwise, it is not a prayer.

Question: When you say “heart,” what do you mean?

Answer: I mean all your deepest desires and dreams, but even better, your demands from life.

Question: All these impossible desires, what are they?

Answer: It means that you want to come with them to the Creator. And you want Him to explain to you why He did not fulfill them.

Question: Which of my impossible desires will be answered?

Answer: Only one; if you ever desired something, did you expect these desires to be fulfilled by the Creator? That is not what you actually desired! Rather, you desired the Creator who would fulfill them. This will be their fulfillment.

That is, you did not desire money, happiness, fame, luck, no matter what and how, but you were waiting for the Creator to do it because you wanted Him to fulfill your desires, and only that will satisfy you. You need nothing else! Only Him! Even if He fills it with one drop, it will be enough because He did it!
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/15/21

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Asking For Help Is The Main Job

562.02Asking for help from the Creator is our work. We think that asking for help means not working. But spiritual work should be completed at every step through my prayer—when I contact the Creator, address Him through the group, and receive from Him. I keep renewing my connection with Him.

And that is why our work is all based on prayer, request, gratitude, and a single direction all the time. I must constantly update my contact with the Creator because this is the most important thing. That is why He prepared all this for me, so that I can build my connection with Him.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/9/21, Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati #121 “She Is Like Merchant-Ships”

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Blessing

239The upper light that comes to a person in response to his efforts, which connects him and makes him suitable for spiritual action, is called a blessing. Therefore before each action, we need to come to a blessing.

Blessing means that I have reached restriction, screen, and reflected light, and therefore I can already receive direct light and work with it to the measure of my blessing. The force of bestowal I acquired within my will to receive is called a blessing.

Therefore before each action it is first of all necessary to reach a blessing: to bless the Creator for giving me the opportunity to perform an action with the intention to bestow.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/9/21, Baal HaSulam. Shamati, 121. She Is Like Merchant-Ships

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MAN—Raising Desires To The Creator

235Question: What is MAN?

Answer: From the point of view of Kabbalah, MAN is raising the desires of a person to the Creator and a request to correct them. However, according to the description in the Torah, it seems to be the answer of the Creator from above to people. Basically, it is the same thing.

When a person raises his desires to the Creator, then in fact this is the Creator sending him such help. It turns out that a person’s food, MAN (manna), the quality of Bina, as it were, comes from the Creator. Although everyone is filled with the same MAN, everyone has their own sensation.

When the people enter the land of Israel, MAN (manna) stops falling because they no longer need it. They have received the land, now they must properly cultivate and use it, that is, correctly combine Malchut and Bina.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/27/21

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What Is MAN?

239Question: What is MAN?

Answer: MAN is what a person turns to the Creator with, but not something, as it were, that falls from above. From the Kabbalistic point of view, MAN is considered the opportunity to turn to the Creator. But this is a more serious, sane interpretation.

And when it is said that MAN falls from above, it means that a person who appeals to the Creator receives an answer from Him. This answer manages everything in a person and corrects him to the level where he begins to receive another contact with the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/20/21

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A Spiritual Exercise

535.03Try to turn to the Creator with joy, because we are in the world created by Him and we have someone to turn to. To do this we need to step a little on our egoism that demands and demands all the time. We are constantly in sadness and dissatisfaction from this.

Stop crying to the Creator that He does not give fulfillment. On the contrary, if we can turn to Him, it is already a joy. And if I want to enjoy the opportunity to contact the Creator, then I will begin to receive this joy from the Creator because it will become the Kli that He can fill. It’s not just psychology; it’s a spiritual exercise that you have to work on all the time.

The Creator gives us this exercise so that we turn our relation away from ourselves toward the Creator. Instead of digging into myself and feeling sad that there is no fulfillment in my egoism, I turn to the Creator with joy, and this becomes my spiritual Kli.

It takes a person many years to accept this patent. But if he were to listen and follow this advice, he would immediately advance. Try to turn to the Creator in joy all day long.

Everyone has periods of sadness and doubt, which can sometimes last for several years. But as soon as a person realizes that he is turning to the Creator and therefore should be in joy all the time because he is facing an upper force, from this moment a new stage in his life begins. He has already reached contact with the Creator.

A person may not yet feel this contact, just like the embryo inside the mother is not aware of itself. But he is already entering the state of a spiritual embryo, and if he remains in joy despite everything that happens to him, it means that he rises above his egoism and passes through the border of restriction.

To achieve reaching out to the Creator with the desire to please Him, thinking not about what is happening inside me but about the Creator who is outside, this is the main revolution that we need to make. This is entering the border with the spiritual world.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk at the Global Meal” 11/7/21

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Desire And Intention

610.2According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, initially, only the Creator existed—the will to bestow and to fulfill. In order for Him to be able to realize this desire, He created the will to receive, to be fulfilled. This is the matter of creation.

As a result, the entire universe consists of two opposite qualities: the will to bestow, to fill, to love, the qualities of the Creator, and the will to receive, to fill only oneself even at the expense of others, the qualities of creation.

The will to receive does not have to bestow in order to change and become similar to the Creator. It cannot emanate anything from itself. But it can receive in order to bestow like a child would eat to please his mother, and although he receives physically in action, he is actually bestowing as he acts in order to please her. We do the same with respect to the Creator.

We receive everything from Him, but if we restrict ourselves and agree that we will receive only in order to bring Him contentment, then we become the bestowing ones, equal to the Creator. He bestows upon us because He is the very quality of bestowal, we receive with intention to bring Him contentment, and then we are equal to Him.

The equivalence of qualities with Him reveals the Creator to us, and we begin to feel Him, understand, explore, and be in absolute contact with Him.

So, the Creator has only the will to bestow. The creation has both a will and an intention: the will to receive and the intention “for my own sake” or “for the sake of others,” including “for the sake of the Creator.”

By altering one’s desires from bigger to smaller and one’s intentions “for one’s own sake” or “for the sake of others,” a person can raise or lower oneself relative to the Creator, come closer or move away from Him. In this case, the intention changes the essence of the action itself. That is the point of our correction.

We cannot change the action, but by changing the intention from “for our own sake” to “for the sake of others,” the meaning of our action can change to the opposite and become bestowal instead of reception. If I receive from the Creator in order to bring Him contentment, then I am considered to be the one who gives Him pleasure, that is, the bestower.

This is how we begin to understand our work: by correctly combining the will to receive with the intention to bestow, a person correctly forms himself, adjusts relative to the Creator. This is called working in three lines.
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From KabTV’s “Conversation about The Book of Zohar

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