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Shield And Sword: Work On Desires

laitman_263Question: Are the shield and sword metaphors for the right and left lines? In that case, what is bestowal and what is receiving?

Answer: The shield is basically the restriction of working with your desires. The sword is when you turn these egoistic desires into altruistic ones, strike your enemies with it. That is, you defeat them, conquer them, so that instead of working for receiving, they work for bestowal.

Question: Does the ten also get a shield and sword?

Answer: Of course. It means that before getting them, people should gather in the ten. Before that, nothing is given to anyone separately.

Kabbalah speaks not about one person, but about ten, which comes together as one organism. Otherwise, they will not be able to annul themselves to each other and somehow start becoming like the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/7/19

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What Can I Do With Negative Thoughts?

laitman_528.03Question: You said that when a bad thought comes to me, I shouldn’t resist it or reject it. So what should I do with it?

Answer: You have to work on it. Working on it means taking this thought with you all the way into the midst of the center of your ten, into the center of your small group, and making it disappear in your connection. Imagine you have a group where you unite as one whole, like soup cooking in a pot. When a thought comes, you throw it into this “soup” so that it completely dissolves in it.

The way it affects your group is the way it was meant to happen. The main thing is for the group to be ready to adapt this thought inside it, so that it dissolves in it completely. Then you will be able to see the right outcome of it.

Question: So, can I tell my friends in the group about this thought? Or is it enough to just think about it and it will be worked on inside the group?

Answer: You don’t have to tell them about it or you may choose to seek their advice. Gradually, based on your involvement in the group, you will see if you can consult your friends or if you still feel uncomfortable, etc…
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/3/19

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/9/18

laitman_281.02Question: What is a true desire according to Kabbalah? Is it when all other desires disappear or become insignificant?

Answer: Nothing disappears, nothing is lost; only the importance of each desire rises or diminishes.

Question: Can a ten develop incorrectly?

Answer: Certainly. There are thousands of ways to develop incorrectly and only one way to develop correctly. The threat of the incorrect development of a ten is always present.

Question: Who or what is testing a person on the spiritual path?

Answer: It is the properties of the Creator to which one must adjust to a particular degree, in a particular style, in every step of one’s spiritual development. A person must constantly adapt him or herself while passing through the stages of development and adjust to the properties of the Creator.

Question: How is it possible to learn to hold onto two lines simultaneously and not fall into one of them?

Answer: Realize yourself in the group in a way that you will not harm the group with your egoism and then you will feel balance and will maintain this condition.

Question: If I finished an introductory course together with a friend and then entered a ten while my friend remained as a guest, how should I relate to him: as a friend or as a guest?

Answer: Relate to him as a guest. It is only to the degree that he participates in a group that he is your friend.

Question: Are there different correct scenarios for the development of events on the spiritual path? How do you want the same thing that the Creator wants from you?

Answer: The Creator wants only one thing from you: for you to get as close as possible to the group. Then He will be able to be revealed in it. Try, that is all that He is waiting for.

Question: Is it possible to combine creative activity with the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Activity is activity, and Kabbalah is Kabbalah. Do not mix one with the other. It will give you nothing. You will get confused in this and in that. Moreover, in the end, you will fail in both.

Question: How should one accept gratitude from friends?

Answer: Accept it as manifestation of their love for you, which means that you must relate to them in the same way. At the same time, thank the Creator because if He did not want this, it would not happen.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/9/18

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The Power Over The Spiritual State

laitman_937Question: What are the degrees of power over the heart and over spiritual states?

Answer: The power over the spiritual state lies in domination over egoism, since it separates us from the spiritual one. It is possible to master egoism only with the help of the upper light. It does not depend on our willpower, strength of our character, or the stern vows that we take upon ourselves.

It all depends on how much a person includes himself in the group and can dissolve in it. In this measure, he will more correspond to the higher light, the property of the Creator, and will gradually become closer to Him.

The Creator is not always in hiding. I can reveal Him at some stage, and He will immediately disappear so that I can go further and focus even more on Him. Suppose I caught Him with my new, more corrected properties, and He disappears again so that I again focus on Him with my kinder properties, which I develop in even greater conjugation with the group, and so on.

If I am a part the ten, we should make such mutual intersections with each other so that a uniform field appears between us.

When we strive to create this field, the Creator appears within it. That is, the Creator is the result of the desire of the ten to be as one. This is the main condition.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/9/18

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What Does The Creator Pay Attention To?

laitman_947Question: A person has a period of accumulating suffering. Does a ten have such a period?

Answer: If you are in a group, you do not need to accumulate suffering. You need to collect the friends’ aspirations and desires and elevate them to the Creator, like how parents ask for their children. This is what we all need to do.

If everyone asks for others, it will be a serious request. The Creator pays attention not to the actual desires that He awakens in us, but to the way we, through our efforts, leave our desires, take the desires of the friends, and ask for them. The most important thing is the quality of our appeal to the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/6/19

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Domination Over Egoism

laitman_530Question: What does egoism feel when working in the ten?

Answer: Each one in the ten pushes back his egoism and aims toward the quality of bestowal and love for the other nine friends. This is called “the first nine Sefirot.” The tenth Sefira (egoism) goes down.

It turns out that we build a network between us that should be equal, through its qualities, to the Creator.

What does “equal to Him” mean? To the extent that I exit myself and rise in the ten by one or two units in connection with the friends, that is my spiritual level. To this degree I attain the Creator and reveal the lights of Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.

Question: At the same time, do I constantly push myself away from egoism without losing it in my sensation?

Answer: Yes. Depending on the level of egoism (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5), I attain the Creator, His force in the soul. The Creator is the light and the entire system in itself is a soul.

The more egoism, the more I rise above it; precisely contrary to the ego, I use it to connect with the friends, and to that extent I reveal the Creator. This is how the system is arranged. We must work together. The whole problem is in implementation because all of this is within us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/9/18

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How Can You Solve A Problem In The Ten?

laitman_942Question: How do we solve a problem if it was revealed that there is no unity in the ten and we cannot come to a common opinion?

Answer: There is no need to solve anything. You must continue working with each other and turning to the Creator. Let Him solve your problems. What can you solve by yourself? Which one of you is so clever? I don’t see anyone.

Only the Creator can solve all problems. He gives them, but it seems to you that their source is one of your friends. That’s not the case at all. The Creator is the source of all problems. It is written about this, “I am the first and I am the last.” Turn to Him.

Question: Should each friend appeal to Him individually or should we all do it together?

Answer: Together is better.

Suppose that some problem arises in the group. Do not discuss it too much, but simply together turn to the Creator so that He will solve it. And it’s even better if it does not matter to you whether He solves the problem or not. The important thing for you is that you can turn to Him above this problem.

If you treat this problem as a reason to turn to Him and through it to cling to Him tenaciously, you will see that the problem disappears. It arose only for this.
From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 2/11/19

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A Place For Everyone In The Ten

Laitman_631.4Question: There are active and passive friends in our ten. Sometimes a desire arises to form a core from the active friends, but on another hand, it looks like there is a ten within a ten. Should we distribute our attention evenly and focus it on absolutely everyone in order not to fall apart?

Answer: In my opinion, the way ten is formed, let it remain so. There is no need to shuffle them. The ten is a spiritual unit. It should have everything: the core, the laggards, the achievers. Therefore, it is not necessary to change something in it by force. It should be taken into consideration that there is a place for everyone.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/6/19

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Congress: Absorbing Others

laitman_963.8Question: How can we be in touch with all the tens when some of the friends participate in the congress physically and some virtually?

Answer: What is the difference? At the congress there will be random tens. I don’t care where my friends are.

The congress is designed to absorb all the tens, the entire world Kli, to absorb opinions, feelings—everything that is in all our friends, and not that I come along with my ten, sit down at the table with a sign: “This is the Italian group, here is its table.”

What difference does it make if I sit here or at my home in Rome or elsewhere. I have to mix with everyone, to feel their spirit and life as much as possible, and in this measure I will advance.

Our progress depends on how we mutually intermingle with each other; this is our strength—not each of us separately, but jointly!

So, let one part come here and another part remain there, there is no difference; the main thing is that I constantly try to absorb the impressions of all the friends, their love, their feelings, and their aspirations to the goal. I need these forces.
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 2/5/19

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Triangle: Me – Group – Creator

laitman_938.03Question: What should we feel first: the desire (lack) of the Creator or the desire of a friend?

Answer: It can be both. We must come to adhesion with the Creator, that is, to complete connection with the quality of bestowal. This can be achieved only through the group.

Therefore, you must first fully connect with the ten. This can only be done if you demand that the Creator gives you the quality of connection, the quality of mercy (Hassadim), so that He will influence you with surrounding Light (Ohr Makif) with the help of which you can unite with your friends.

You use the Creator to unite with your friends and you do it in order to adhere to the Creator. This is a constant triangle.

Therefore, you must act in both ways. That is, use the ten in order to achieve adhesion with the Creator, to give Him pleasure, to work for Him; and on the other hand, unite within the ten. In order to do this, you need to turn to the Creator so that you have the power to unite with the ten. You must constantly spin in this triangle.

The most important thing is to come “from the love of friends to the love of the Creator.” Therefore, use the Creator to achieve love of friends, and from them, from the highest point that can be achieved, the union called love, when you are included into one desire and one intention, you will be directed toward the Creator together as one whole.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/19

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