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This week’s MMM is preparation for Succot.
To start, it’s a holiday of connections. I want to explore some of the main features, highlights and spiritual principles involved in Succot
For example, one of the themes of Succot is happiness. It’s the second half of the holiday month, and instead of Gevurot being transferred from the male persona to the female persona, there are chasidim, which are mechanisms of connection instead of mechanisms of disconnection.
Also, there’s the idea of a love affair, the one happening between us, the Jewish people, and Hashem. And this love affair culminates in a unification during the holiday of Succot, which has ramifications for the whole year.
We go out into a succah, and inside it we are covered by the clouds of Glory, of trust and Emunah. These clouds raise us up to a level where we are able to commune with the seven shepherds of Israel, with Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and the others, each on a different night.
Rosh Hashanah falls on the heels of Elul, a month of very intense time of self-exploration. And then there’s Yom Kippur, a time of judgment and tshuva. What’s the essential connection woven into this whole period, including Succot? That’s the question.
My answer would be this – it’s a paradigm model for all relationships. What’s happening during Rosh Hashanah, though the end of the holidays, is something that happens every day. This elongated unification process is actually going on all the time, every day, every week, every month and every holiday.
This period represents a standard, paradigm model, and I believe it teaches us about all our relationships by first teaching us about our relationship with G-d. It’s a pattern for all our interactions.
That pattern is – first step could be described as, “if you love somebody, set them free…” It’s the separation of Eve from Adam, before she became a separate being. We can start with a separation of ourselves from G-d so that we can see who we are and how we bond with G-d.
That’s the first step, and it’s the Days of Awe, or the Days of Tshuva we’re in right now. Once we get a complete self-realization of the “real Me,” then that mature, clarified Me who knows why I’m here in the world is ready to bond with Hashem, the One who made me and who enables the real Me.
That’s the beginning of the bonding process. And when we get to that place, we must have a commitment. Like the wedding ceremony that commits the couple for the rest of their lives, to each other and to no one else, which involves a contractual agreement that’s signed and sealed, so it is in the paradigm process at this time of year. Our commitment is signed and sealed, and that’s when happiness comes into the picture.
We have clarity on our connection and where we’re going together. The Sages say, there’s no happiness like the happiness of ridding ourselves of doubt. So, happiness comes into the second half of this holiday period because our commitment is sealed on Yom Kippur. After that, we can celebrate. It’s the happiest time of year. We try to keep ourselves happy by singing and dancing with each other every night. It’s a connection built up from the demonstration of our undying love, and our willingness to go into the succah exile with our beloved.
Without a normal home to sleep in and eat in, we still have deep trust in our partner. We are willing to do anything for our partner.
And finally, when we come together at the end of this whole holiday period with a mutual sharing of our essence, with love, joy, a hug and a kiss… after the intimacy we give birth to our newness in the new year. It’s a family created by this type of a paradigm relationship. It’s reproductive.
This season is a model for paradigm relationships.
This week’s MMM topic is Knowing. I’ve tackled this topic before, but now, G-d willing, I’m sharing some new insights to explore over the next couple weeks.
I won’t be limited to the Kabbalistic definition of Knowing, which is Daat. But, it serves as one of the most fundamental aspects for humans. With Daat, we have everything. Without Daat, we have nothing.
With Daat, we have everything… the proper kind of righteousness, the proper kind of speech, the proper kind of essence of a human being, the intrinsic, soulful, time-transcendent truth and calling and mission available to us with that kind of knowing. And without it, we are missing all of those things, and we’re inviting into our lives all kinds of negativity, pain and suffering.
So, we have to explore what that aspect of Knowing is all about, and how to acquire it. Sometimes it just requires being quiet enough and silent enough inside in order to hear what you already know.
I think my own definition of Knowing is referring to a feeling we have inside. It’s almost impossible to explain, but it’s just something I know. We have to resonate with that, and make it come alive in our lives, and apply it and use it. We have to identify it first, of course. In a way, we are all moving toward this kind of Knowing, and it takes all aspects of living to a much higher level.
It takes us to a level of understanding people. What we know about another person comes from what we know about ourselves. We look inside ourselves and then we’re able to know what someone else is all about.
This is what Moses was doing, even though he had a higher level of Knowing because he was an Oversoul; his was a soul that contained all the other souls, too. But we can do it to some extent, too. When we plug into people in our lives and what we know about them, then we can relate to them in a much better way.
Adam knew Eve, meaning that he knew her in a way that she knew him, a way that cut through all the externalities. It was sort of a “full disclosure” kind of thing, and that’s what Knowing is all about as well.
Knowing is something that will tell you what you’re here for, and what G-d is asking from you. It will tell you about what your mission is, and what your calling is, what business you’re here in this world to achieve, what strengths you are here to apply and to help others in this world.
A good Knowing will tell you about the times we’re living in, whether it’s a weekday, Shabbat or other holiday, a season, a year or time of year. You’ll know the energies of each time with a deeper knowing, and how to utilize them.
Knowing is a blend of knowing yourself and knowing G-d’s will. It’s an I and Thou kind of Knowing, which will invite Paradise into your life. It will bring a sort of Garden of Eden into your life. Really, what Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden for doing was failing to have the I and Thou perspective completely. There was disharmony because they began to have too much I and not enough Thou.
Knowing is what you need in order to have mindfulness, and to live a mindful, meditative life, to focus on and embrace whatever is in front of you right now, as opposed to lacking focus and being distracted by the past or the future.
Knowing is a ticket to truth, to knowing the truth of any situation. We want to be able to plug into that. Knowing is a transcendental state. It’s diving into a consciousness which can open up doors of perception in your life, like nothing else.
Knowing is trusting life and G-d, it’s trusting there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s trust that, but also opening up closed doors.
Knowing is seeing beyond your physical senses; it’s using your spiritual senses, which can definitely open up new doors and transcendental perspectives.
It’s a fascinating consciousness, and so that’s what we’ll be exploring this week, G-d willing.
I call next week’s MMM “Essence-ing,” in English, and in a sort of casual way in Hebrew, “Pnim D’Pnim.” The idea is “the inner of the inner,” which is a concept I learned with my long-time mastermind partner many years ago.
Back when I was contemplating making the leap of faith required to leave my comfortable, secure home in Israel and travel to the United States to teach my stuff, I certainly needed courage and I also needed faith. But the most important thing I needed was actually Pnim D’Panim.
When I said, “I’ve never done this, I’ve never given classes in various cities. I’ve never prepared classes, advertised them and networked with people internationally, to get people to show up for my classes.” I’d never done any of it and I had no idea what I would be getting into.
How would I be able to stand up in front of a crowd and keep my mouth moving when I could barely catch my breath at the thought of speaking publicly? I had so many worries, and I honestly couldn’t sleep for a month before my first trip. So, my mastermind partner told me, “Yitzchak, what you have to do is go inside yourself and “essence,” for lack of a better word. You have to find the essence of who you are, and let it percolate or bubble up to the surface until it’s overflowing from you.
“To the extent you do that, you ‘essencize’ your life, and you find out who you are and what you have that’s unique, and come to an understanding of what you can give to other people that they cannot get from anybody else. And the deeper you go, the more passionately you go into this mind-state of consciousness, the less you’ll have to make any kind of efforts at all during your American tour. D
“Doors will be opened for you by G-d, the way the Red Sea was opened up for the Jewish people when they needed it. Everyone is going to be on your side, to get involved, to introduce you, to work for you, and to help you create connections with lots of people. You’ll have everything it takes to make it happen.
“G-d will give you the courage, the confidence and the words, but it all depends on how much you go into the essence of who you are.”
So, that’s how I was introduced to this concept of Pnim D’Panim. Now, let’s jump back into the present, when we’re very close to beginning a new year. Every year at this time I try to review all the highlights of my life, which for me, personally, prepares me and and “essences” me. It lights up my inner light, more than anything. I can clearly see that I’m much more of a human being than I thought, as I recall various parts of my past year while they are percolating through my mind.
The more I’ve seen lost parts of myself coming to the surface and into my awareness, the more I sense the world is meant to connect with me. The people in different parts of time, space and soul are reaching out, seemingly out of nowhere, to ask, “Hey, are you the Kabbalist Rabbi who helps people understand a million weird things, meaning whatever comes up in their minds?”
Questions like that one come up because the deeper a person goes inside, the more they will experience people and opportunities embrace them and chase them down, sort of like teenagers chasing after the Beatles in the early 1960s. It has that power because we are microcosmic beings, and the deeper we go inside ourselves, the more we wake up the world around us, especially the things that correlate to the deepest parts of ourselves.
And that is Pnim D’Panim. What can you do to get it? First, you have to see who you are and what your calling is in life, and hopefully be able to synthesize your core essence into a concept or a word. For example, “a transcender, a giver, a fixer, “ or whatever your word may be. When you have it, you can walk with your word, and make decisions from it, and speak from that place, that “identity word” of who you are. That is “essencizing.”
And you have what you need to blow past all the pettiness of life and get down to the core of it. People are going to feel that from you, and it will allow you to break through walls. When we speak from our hearts and souls it opens other people’s hearts and souls, too. When we speak from our essence, then me can “essencize” other people as well.
You have to find out who you are by studying your life, seeing the highlights of your life and what you are yearning for, what you really desire. What do you excel in and what are you struggling for? What MUST you have in your life? These are the questions that lead you to your essence point, and the answers will be provided as long as you’re receptive enough to hear them. Your answers are available 24/7 if you’re asking the right questions.
Go straight to the source and ask G-d your questions. Once you do that, you’ll give birth to your “essence personality,” and it will light up your way in your soul family, your people, in ways you never thought possible. And all this will happen without your personal, concerted effort. It’s unfamiliar to people who are living in the natural world instead of their own essence.
I’m referring to a concept that’s extra-ordinary and super-natural, which is – the deeper you go inside, the more the outside stuff is taken care of for you. So, that’s the challenge, and my MMM for this week. I’m curious where it will take me, where I’m going to take it, and who else is going to jump on board.
We now enter into a time period referred to as ‘Zman Cheruteinu’ / ‘ The Time of Our Freedom’…..
What is this freedom all about?
I bring you a few of my personal explorations from years gone by, centered around the theme, ‘Freedom’….I beg your indulgence…it’s sort of a hodge podge collection…..Following a summary of a teaching on the topic by the Slonim Rebbe from his work, ‘Netivot Shalom’ and another Freedom Recipe selection from an old booklet of mine called Parsha Tools, I bring something different —– a selection called ‘Regarding Freedom’, which is a shooting from the hip, spontaneous , politically incorrect stream of thought expression of what I understand is the uniquely Jewish attitude to what freedom is—namely a type of freedom based on slavery…..
1.Pesach ESSAY SUMMARY
From the sefer ‘NETIVOT SHALOM’
‘Zman Cherutenu’ / ‘Time of our freedom’ A 1.The name "the time of our freedom" given to Pesach by the men of the great assembly when they coined (nusach) the holiday prayers points out the essence of the holiday. 2. It is clear that the concept of the time of our freedom is not coming to teach us what happened once upon a time in history alone but rather it is also teaching us what is happening to us at this time of year now. Similarly the terms "the time of our happiness" (Succos) and "the time of our receiving of the torah" (Shavuos) point to what is also happening at that time of year. 3. Both then and now there exists both physical and spiritual bondage which we are released from to eternal freedom. It is taught that 30 days before Pesach Hashem releases the souls that fell into the sitra achra and redeems them into the realm of the Kedusha. 4. As long as a man is not free he is not able to receive the torah therefore the first of the year's series of holidays is the freedom holyday of Pesach which only afterward is followed by Shavuos the time of our receiving of Torah. B 1.Questions; What is so outstanding about what is written in the Haggada that if Hashem didn't take us out of Egypt we and our children would still be subjugated to Paro in Egypt, anyway we are subjugated to other nations such as Edom to this very day ? What's the meaning of the statement that if Hashem wouldn't have taken us out of Egypt we would still be subjugated etc... Surely we see that H' promised to Avraham Avinu that He would take us out? Why is the word meshuabad i.e. subjugated stressed so much? 2. The meaning of the concept meshuabad (subjugated) is that the Jewish people were totally subjugated with no independence even in their thinking process. Therefore Egypt was called the house of Slavery the place where people turned into slaves. This is illustrated by the midrash giving the following analogy just as a fetus in its mother's stomach has no independence or influence so too the Jewish people in Egypt. This is the difference between the other exiles and the Egyptian exile; in all other exiles the subjugating power were stronger than us and would oppress us. In the Egyptian exile the Egyptians so totally subjugated us that we weren't even able to know what to think and how to think. 3. For most of the 210 years exile the Jews were so totally subjugated that we couldn't even scream in painful protest. The beginning of the redemption process was ushered in by our ability to wordlessly scream. 4. The Jews were sunk in 49 gates of Tumah. This is not because the Egyptians forced us to do as they do or to violate our religion but rather this state of affairs bespeaks the very reality of being subjugated totally to the lowliest society on earth. 5. "Hashem saw the pressure that the Egyptians were pressurizing them" means that they had no control over their thought process nor over their speech rather all their essence was subjugated. 6. Moshe Rabbenu's soul was a composite soul of the entire Jewish people he reflected their state. Just as they were unable to express themselves with proper speech so too was he afflicted in his speech. When the Jewish people went out of Egypt and their mouths were opened up to speak properly so too Moshe Rabbenu from then on was able to speak properly. Therefore one of the main ideas of the Passover redemption is expressed in the Hebrew word ‘Pesach’ the mouth speaks. C 1.The Jewish people were all subjugated in the Egyptian exile on many levels. Even the tribe of Levy who weren't slaves physically nevertheless were subjugated emotionally. 2. The question is why does our sages stress that if Hashem Himself and not an angel didn't take us out of Egypt we would still be enslaved until this very day. Based on the fact that we were so subjugated that even our nefesh, ruach and neshama were enslaved therefore anything short of total Divine redemption would leave us enslave on fine subtle soul levels until this very day. 3. The tefilin of the hand is the antithesis of our lusting heart being subjugated to the Egyptians. Instead of subjugating our hearts to Egypt we subjugate it to Hashem. So too the head tefilin redirects the subjugation of our thoughts from Egyptian thinking to G-dly thinking. This is the meaning of Hashem himself and not an angel or a messenger taking us out of Egypt i.e. we are now able to redirect our subjugation to Him. This is also the meaning of the idea of being redeemed with "a strong hand" i.e. the power to cut off our subjugation to them and to redirect it to Hashem. D 1. The holiday of our freedom applies to every individual in every generation. Generally speaking what distinguishes a Jew is that his essence is subjugated to Hashem even though his evil inclination trips him up sometimes. However sometimes a person can become totally subjugated in certain areas and he will stumble continuously. Examples of this are as follows. a. In the area of character traits b. Foreign non-Jewish thought outlooks c. Environmental subjugation d. Domestic subjugation All of these are types of subjugation to Paro in Egypt. 2. King David prayed to be freed from this kind of subjugation (psalm 142). The segula of Pesach is for the individual to be freed from these various subjugations. E 1. Hashem engineered the geula by blinding the forces of evil with a very intense light that shone in all of its intensity at once. The reason Hashem did this was to prevent the Egyptian forces of evil from having any grasp especially being that the Jews were sunk in 49 gates of tuma. Therefore a gradually increasing divine light or influx would not have been enough. The same phenomenon occurs every Shabbos. 2. This is also the means for a hard working individual who cannot overcome his personal subjugations with small gradual steps and resolutions instead he should strike out and make giant steps and giant resolutions. 3.This also explains why Pesach is a preparation for the Shavuos holiday of receiving the Torah. Until a person jumps beyond himself and frees himself from his personal enslavement with giant resolutions he will not be in control of himself enough to receive the ultimate resolution of Torah. Therefore Pesach leaves an impression of liberating himself with major resolutions enabling him to receive the Torah 50 days later. F 1.The reason why all holidays and shabbatot recall the coming out of Egypt is because the purpose of all the holidays is to free oneself from the yetser hara which is called mitsraim. 2. The period of time from Pesach until Shavuos is one long single holiday. Everyday is a new unit of freedom until finally on Shavuos there is total freedom. Our sages say the only truly free person is one who is involved in Torah learning for he is the one who nullify himself i.e. all that gets-in-the-way of his total freedom. The Zohar brings the one who eats the bread of health (matza) on Pesach and receives the health of Torah on Shavuos is exempt from being judged on Rosh Hashanah. 3. Sometimes it happens that a Jew can achieve high spiritual levels and yet be subjugated to the tuma levels that characterize Egypt. The way to release oneself from that situation is hinted at in the midrashs mentioning of the blood of Pesach and the blood of brith mila. These blood purifications represent respectively Emuna and Kedusha. These two elements internalized by a Jew who is working on himself concertedly can free him. 4. The days of sfiras haOmer are compared to a long Chol Hamoed of Pesach in that one achieves freedom totally. This happens through one's uprooting of his tuma and of his purifying and sanctifying himself.
2. (Parsha Tools # 25) ‘THE-PESACH-GET-YOURSELF-FREE-FORMULA’
‘…AS IF I LEFT EGYPT…’
1. ‘…And please give us, Hashem…this Holiday of Matzohs…the time of our freedom’ [ Holiday Siddur]. Every Holiday in the Jewish calendar has a central theme. The last of the prophets who made up the ‘Men of the Great Assembly’, put together a good part of the ritual service we have in our daily and Holiday prayers. We’re informed by the words of the main-theme prayer that the essence of Pesach is that it’s ‘the time of our freedom’ [just as Shavuot is ‘the time of the giving of our Torah’ and Sukkot is the ‘time of our happiness’]. If I properly use this auspicious time, I can inoculate myself with my annual dose of freedom. Freedom’s in the air…it’s there for the taking. But how do I access it? Well, perhaps a direct way, is to make a list of all areas, major and minor, of my life in which I feel myself to be a slave. Next, I’d project into the future–Pesach, one year from now–and see myself as a gloriously free person, liberated from all of my personal slavery. I’d project how I achieved such a lofty goal and then I’d come back to the present and start to go for it! Not a bad plan, if you don’t mind me saying so…but I’d like to add a very important dimension; Our Passover Haggada brings a quote from our sages, that says that every person should see themself as if they personally left Egypt. We can understand from this that the key to understanding how to break out of our personal Egyptian slavery, is to learn how our ancestors did it–get the formula, and apply it in our lives.
THE 5-STEPS OF THE EGYPTIAN EXODUS
2. Let’s present a very brief survey of the elements that make up the Egyptian Redemption;
a. ‘SHIABUD’ [TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE ENSLAVEMENT OF BODY AND SOUL]— Our Sages brought an analogy comparing this initial phase in Egypt to that of a fetus of a calf in it’s mother’s womb. Like the fetus, our ancestors were so enveloped in the Egyptian experience that it didn’t even occur to them to groan and cry out to Hashem for the first 209 years out of their 210 year exile! But alas they did finally become conscious that they were enslaved in a terrible exile.
b. GROANS AND SCREAMS —Their awareness of their predicament brought out from a deep gut level, wordless groans and screams. Hashem heard them and actively initiated the redemption process.
c. THE OVERPOWERING DIVINE LIGHT—When the time came to leave Egypt, G-d caused to shine an incredibly powerful providential light into the atmosphere of Egypt and inside of these slaves’ consciousness. On the strength of that light, an entire nation LEAPED out of Egypt. They did so suddenly, not even waiting for their dough to rise and transform their Matzohs into Bread for the long journey. This stage is compared in a certain Chassidic work by R. Yitzchak Issack of Homil, to a young student who is dazzled and swept off his feet by the brilliance of his new righteous and amazing teacher. He has awe and behaves with total self-nullification towards his new spiritual master. The student however doesn’t yet have the ability to understand or internalize the teachings. He just says to himself,’ Wow’, and remains respectfully silent. Nevertheless, an impression is etched deep in his soul.
d. LOSING THE ‘LIGHT’ AND RECOVERING IT INCREMENTALLY—This slave nation, the children of Israel, managed, with this incredible G-d given light power and purity, to temporarily transcend their spiritual sickness of being steeped in all 49 gates of Teuma [impurity], long enough to escape out of Egypt. But as fast as they gained their instant light power, they lost it. But the impression it left deep in their souls would serve as a guiding light at the end of the tunnel constantly drawing them to recover it. In order for them to truly recover and internalize this power of soul-based and Faith-based expanded G-d consciousness, they needed to get it back slowly, deliberately and 1 step at a time. The root-causes of their exile…ie… their spiritual perfection process, now had to be examined and rectified. This Tikun process is what we do annually for the 50 days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the counting and internalizing of the Holy Sefirot of the ‘Omer’ period. This stage is compared to our young student who matures to the point of not being just satisfied with sitting in his master’s presence in quiet awe. Rather, he seeks to understand the source of the wisdom that his teacher possesses. He engages his teacher in constant discussion, and is bold enough even to argue with him until he can figure it all out for himself!!
e. ‘SINAI’, LIVING IN THE LIGHT— The culminating historical element in the Egyptian redemption process happens with the nation’s receiving of the Torah at Sinai. The pure-G-dly-soulful-expanded-consciousness level is now fully and eternally acquired. This stage is compared to our student’s reaching a level, where he’s no longer in need of his teacher’s wisdom. He gets it on his own straight from Hashem. He sees the wisdom in every aspect of reality. He is no longer the student. He is now the master!
3. Now we’re ready for our Parsha Tool…for our freedom formula:
a. Be aware of your personal Egypts–large and small. Let your mind recall all your revealed and repressed enslavements…mark them down. You’ll probably be amazed how much there is repressed inside of yourself….
b. Now begin to process them—First groan about them and then wordlessly scream with wild and emotional abandon..[if you’re in an embarrassing environment, then either take your chances and go for it, wait till your alone or do it right there, but in a silent way]…Try to get to the point of helplessness, where you truly open your heart to Hashem and beseech Him for help….
c. How do we access the overpowering instantly liberating Divine Light which is beyond our present capacities? We gave the answer at the beginning of this essay—-project a whole ‘new you’ one year from now on Pesach 5767 . You’ll be a person who enjoyed the most free and liberated year of your life. Make note of exactly how you achieved this glorious goal. Don’t forget the aspect of soul, faith, G-dliness and expanded consciousness…otherwise you never will truly escape from your inner slavery….
d. Now just go with the projected plan that you set up for yourself one step at a time….
3. Regarding freedom
at the risk of being a bit impetuous and politically incorrect , i nevertheless send to you, a group comprising a few of my favorite friends and students and teachers [ i welcome all feedback]
–a few of my latest exploratory discoveries and thoughts [mostly accessed last night in the Mikve];
1. though i consider myself to be all about freedom in the conventional sense of the word [like lower soul stuff and be here now and paradise-ing and living the life i love…etc..etc.., upon looking deeper at the type of freedom that is being taught to us by the pesach mindset–i have come up with a very different paradigm—namely ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
2. We were being trained as a nation of slaves of man, prior to our inception or birth as a people, to be a nation of slaves or servants of Hashem for the rest of our history–ie…learning about ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
3. why were we as a nation stuck for 210 years in egypt to begin with?—i think it was to grab this new kind of freedom called ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
4. Steven Stills [of Crosby Stills nash and young fame ] wrote—‘find the cost of freedom buried in the ground…’—whether steven knew it or not–i think that he was coming on to this thing called ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
5. Kabbalah teaches that freedom is represented by the sefirah of Bina…Bina also represents the Sefira of Happiness and Neshama’s source and Music and Torah
and the essential experience of Bina is to be the vessilizer or encapsulater or packager of Chochma— of free flowing shefa —ie…the Sefira that restricts or
ENSLAVES itself in order to allow unbridled Freedom to be expressed —and thereby elicit Torah and happiness and neshama and music …….ie…’SLAVERY FREEDOM’
6. ‘normal’ type of freedom usually , in my experience, usually comes with a price—ie—just to say ‘I’M FREE’—usually what happens soon afterwards , is that i get slam-dunked by some type of burden or darkness or calling—calling me out to somewhat enslave myself in order to be free as a result—the irony of ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
7. alot of the time, what i find is that what people seem
to seek out in terms of freedom is bordering on addictive behaviour—ie…’give me my fix of love or alcohol or drugs or unburdenedness–and i’ll be free—but without that
i can’t’—instead of surrendering or transcending or subjecting a certain part of themselves [ourselves] –through self imposed slavery of sorts—in order to avoid the
addiction—another example of ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
8. though some people [i’m thinking specifically of very frum/orthodox/observant
people] are certainly engulfed in all kinds of seeming self imposed service and burdens in order to access ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’ —nevertheless, i believe that as long as what they do, they do in a shallow, external, habitual way–then they remain enslaved and not free—-UNLESS—they seek to somewhat truly enslave themselves [from their present perspective]–in order top get to their freedom —ie…true ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
9. the Torah teaches –that the one who is truly free, is the one who is engaged and deeply occupied with Torah learning….Torah is all about boundaries—spiritual and actual—in order to achieve fusion with Hashem and His Will —ie…’SLAVERY FREEDOM’
10. In my own experience, if I take the time and effort [ie..minimal enslavement] at the start of a new day to plan out my whole day with anh inspired ‘to do’ list, than
my day is one of paradise and freedom–a different type of ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
11. The Saba of Nevordik would be at his best and happiest when he was faced with the most difficult of challenges to overcome and thereby grow—‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
12. the Slonim Rebbe –author of ‘Netivot Shalom’ teaches [in the name of his great grandfather–i think], that the key to be in a constant state of supreme Pleasure in life, is to be detached from pleasure —totally ….ie…enslave yourself to acieving the detachment and thereby achieve ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
13. The Tosh Rebbe [Shlit’a] teaches throughout his 2 volume work, entitled avodat Avoda—that the key to true spirituality is to restrict or enslave what you surround yourself with—-your desires and senses and your thoughts and feelings and actions—avoiding the material, physical…etc….and thereby open up the true uncluttered, unlimited spiritual access—another example of ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
14. alot of other Chassidic and non-Chassidic [including Chabad teachings] teach that the way to break free is to break away from ME , —ie….do what it takes [go thru the slavery that it takes to minimize ME and then let in Hashem…..another form of
15. A good friend gave me a wonderful recipe for achieving peace between myself and my wife [and for anyone else as well]years ago at a particularly hard time—he told me to convey to her that i was willing to do anything and everything for her [ie..totally enslaving myself to her burden] —-and really mean it…. a very powerful
example of ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
16. The Omer period is a period that is characterized by an access of 49 or 50 units of freedom [the going out of Egypt is mentioned 50 times in the Torah , and we went out of Egypt ‘CHAMUSHIM’ -ie…in a 50 unit] —the natural bridge from Pesach’s freedom access to Shavuot’s Torah access [on Shavuot we become free Torah learners]—-we do this with hard work on ourselves [slavery]—another example of
17. The Omer period is a period characterized by a rectification and refinement of our Midos or character traits—ie– to be humble to be nothings[slaves] to be totally open and respectful of others and of Hashem——and thereby free up those nasty traits that get in my way….’SLAVERY FREEDOM’
18. The Omer period is a period that is also characterized by a rectification and refinement based on the counting of the Sefirot —ie…an injection of total self expression–and i work on enslaving myself to rid myself of all thatb gets in my way of accessing this total self expression–ie…’SLAVERY FREEDOM’
19. i believe that this idea of utilizing slavery in order to get freedom is real–but is subjected to a person’s being READY for it—and if you need non-slavery freedom access–then that’s what you are ready for—therefore one needs to gauge your readiness to jump into ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
20. i also believe that some types of slavery-freedom-ing —may appear to be the exact opposite—such as the strategy of equinamity [it’s all then same to me] in order to achieve freedom or bitachon [i need no effort –cuz i trust that Hashem will make it happen]—but if you look deep, you’ll see that to achieve these transcendent states ,
you need a powerful degree of self boundarizing and ‘SLAVERY FREEDOM’
A SLAVERY FREEDOM RECIPE
A. choose 1 area of life /act/ feeling/thought…etc…
B. identify the slavery aspect of this factor—ie…in what way are you truly enslaved
c. draw down from ABOVE, the type of personal subjugation or slavery that you need in order to free yourself up
d. do it
e. project yourself/co-create yourself as a free person
f. do this same exercise with as many personal enslavements as possible
g. pray for it
May we be blessed to be truly free in the deepest , most essential sense of the word,
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Last week we began to explore the essence of TRUTH…..
We brought approaches for measuring truth and for coping with deception……
Our weekly meditation session in Jerusalem focused on how to ‘shortcut’ our way to get to our deepest inner truths [‘Emet L’Amito’]……..
This led us to a discussion of one of my favorite and most powerful personal truth indicators—‘ALLNESS’………
I tried to illustrate the Allness principle— ‘To the extent that one taps into Allness, to that extent, one is in sync. with one’s calling, one’s environment and G-d’s plan for one’s life’—in short, one’s DEEPEST TRUTH……..
The next step in our search for truth therefore is to understand how to live in ‘Allness’………
So come with me dear friend, and and let’s meditatively explore———-
1. How to SEE it everywhere and always…..
2. How to MOTIVATE yourself towards it
3. How to BECOME it
4. How to be so full of Allness inside yourself that THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF YOU BECOMES FULL OF ALLNESS
See Allness…………….Broaden your perspective of G-d’s Providence—-Begin to see things as G-d sees them, with multiple causes and multiple effects—-where all details of life fit into one grand unified scheme—–where everything is significant and complimentary and interconnected and inter included—-where the past and future all come together in the present—-where everything in your life and in the world is carefully guided—-where nothing limits or obstructs anything else [even that which seems to be divisive , full of conflict and full of darkness , are actually essential building blocks of Allness]—–where everything is in a constant state of becoming—becoming better, broader and more full of allness—-where everything is new and now and unique and possible and limitless and all fits into the unity and allness of it all
Become Allness…………..Awaken the allness of your being……Awaken fully the 24\7 Divine based consciousness of being fused with G-d—of having an empowered will/Ratzon—of being connected to an infinite flow of wisdom—–of being fully connected to your emotions—of being fully connected to your faculties of communication and decisive action…..Awaken fully your higher Soul as well as the child within you…..experience fully all levels of consciousness and awareness—-awareness of your body, awareness of your resources, awareness of your Soul, awareness of the past , present and future, awareness of clear and obvious inner drives, as well as those which are more subtle and hidden—–awareness of yourself as well as the people of your life and your respective influences on each other——awareness of your strengths and weaknesses and lackings —–awarenesses of the main purposes that you are here for in this life—-what you’ve come to fix up in your self and in others—what you’re driven to become and to accomplish…..Be open to be in your allness at all times and in all ways….BE ALLNESS
Use Allness as your core motivation…………….. See how the main measuring rod of the quality of your life, is the extent that you are fully self actualized and self expressed and in your allness…..notice how you scream yes and you jump out of bed in the morning when you are to engage in an activity that will allow you to be in your allness…..Notice how one of the most important factors of many decisions that you make, is how full of allness you will be in a certain direction that you are trying to decide upon……Notice how being in allness, is being connected to the core of your being—-and how that core-state naturally drives all of the rest of your personality functions—such as your beliefs, pleasures, will, wisdom, creativity, speech, emotions and actions…..experience how your feelings of allness actually op0en up an inner drive to connect to deeper and deeper allness levels…
Manifest Allness……………..See how the allness inside of yourself manifests allness outside of yourself…..see how the more that you fill yourself up with allness, the more that you attract allness people into your life….see how the more that you open up your eyes to see G-d’s Allness, the more G-d reveals to you with the passage of time…….see that the more that you focus on awakening your own allness, the more allness levels are opened up to you to become and to accomplish…..see how the more that you open yourself to allness, and the more that you decide decisions because of their allness value, the more that people, situations, Divine Providence and possible opportunities are presented to you, filling your life up with allness…….notice how all of the powers of the persona inside of you, have correspondences in the world outside of yourself, and the deeper that you activate the former, the more miraculously and powerfully do the latter manifest…..see how the more effort that you put into becoming a beacon of allness, the less effort you need to put into manifesting miracles in your life…..
blessings of Allness,
I’m home B’H!
My trip was amazing and full of;
Meditating to let in the Soul and
Connecting with new communities and
Investing in old friends and
Bonding with new friends and
Trying to be an adaptable, flexible traveler and
Trying to be worry-free and anxiety-free and
Discovering the ‘PARADOX PRINCIPLE’ and
Trying to convey nuclear bite sized teachings and
And now I’m back, recovering and wondering where have I been and how that influences where am I going to, and one of the first specific explorations that this has led me to is—– the exploration of truth….after all , I tried in my many encounters with people on my trip, to somehow represent and convey a deeper truth to them….but now that I’m back home, and spending most all of my time alone, I’m no longer ‘on stage’, but rather, inside of the classroom of life, and therefore , as a full time learner, I’m moved to explore both what I already know [because unless we make an effort to know what we know, it most likely remains unknown to us ] as well as what I don’t yet know….so here is my latest exploration/presentation which I’ll call [first I’ll bring ‘what I know’—ie…TRUTH TEACHINGS that I have already brought in the past, and afterwards [this week or next] some new stuff-‘what I don’t yet Know’;
IN SEARCH OF TRUTH
TRUTH MEASURING APPROACHES
******Use these approaches as gauges to check the truth value of any principle, decision or piece of wisdom that you encounter.
A. TRUTH STANDS THE TEST OF TIME.
This verse in Proverbs states “The expression of truth stands forever.” Our Sages teach, “Falsehood has legs to stand on”, i.e. staying power. Does it stand up to the test of time? Though you can’t know this ingredient of the real truth of anything until a reasonably considerable amount of time will pass in the future, nevertheless you can compare any similar phenomenon that occurred in the past. If it stood the test of time, so can your present topic at hand.
B. TRUTH RESONATES AND BREEDS HOLINESS.
Our Sages interpret the verse “Distance yourself from falseness” thusly; Falseness distances you from Hashem. You can feel or resonate with the Divine Truth in a situation, statement or idea… not only does it feel to be something that Hashem would approve of, but also you’ll find yourself being drawn to think, feel, speak and act out in a Holy way. Falseness produces the opposite results (the higher that you go in Kabbalah’s spiritual worlds or soul levels, the more Divinity and Truth will you experience).
C. TRUTH IS RECOGNIZED IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF DECEIT AS LIGHT IS IN DARKNESS.
Our Sages also teach that our world is a world of the hiddenness of G-d’s presence (the word “Olam” which means world comes from the Hebrew root for hidden). An even stronger expression offered is that this world is a “world of lies or deceptions” (Alma D’shikra). In a world of lies or deception, the truth, by contrast is very apparent and recognized. (Our sages’ phrase is Emet Nikeret – the Truth is recognized). This power of truth to be recognized in darkness is manifest in the trait of authenticity, where a person fearlessly shines forth the “real me” – even when it would be more comfortable to stay hidden behind their politically correct facade!! Integrity also is an attractive trait where people recognize in the person that they prefer to be courageously truthful rather than comfortably deceitful.
D. TRUTH IS ACCESSED BY SEEING THE WHOLE PICTURE.
The Kabbalists teach that truth is one of the traits of the sefira of Tiferet. Tiferet is the sefira that bridges or connects together all the rest of the sefirot of the personality – those above it (the spiritual and intellectual) with those below it (the actual), those to the right of it (the expansive and free-flowing traits) with those to the left of it (the constrictive and limiting traits). In other words, it takes into account the whole picture. Other similar areas that fall into this category are: 1. Torah – the truth that encompasses all elements 2. A judge – needs to rule based on all the factors 3. A Halachic “Poseik” (Authority) – needs to decide based on all the factors 4. Our forefather Jacob – the patriarch who embodied all sides of life, the spiritual with the physical bridged in all areas of life 5. My good friend’s constant advice in times of being confused about which direction to go was, “Go up to a higher level and see the whole picture – and then everything will fit into its proper place.”
E. KEEP PURSUING THE TRUTH UNTIL YOU GET IT.
“Pursue the Truth.” The Truth by its nature is something like Divinity itself that is hidden and makes itself increasingly available to a person according to their determination to get it!!
COPING WITH DECEPTION APPROACHES
1. MIRRORING THE DECEIVER
King David [in the 2nd ‘Book of Shmuel’ Ch. 22, verses 26-27] teaches this mirroring -principle stating, ‘ With a righteous person, be righteous…with a ‘tam’, be a ‘tam’…with a pure person, be pure…and with a crooked person, be crooked.’
Carry this approach out by simply mirroring ….Be very very careful not to fall into the trap of becoming a deceiver yourself…Hold onto your inner purity in all situations that you find yourself in
2. LIVING IN A HIGHER REALM
Here’s a simple tool that’s do-able and with a lot of persistence, can truly help you to see a world that’s unified and rectifiable, and allows you the ability to cope with some of the toughest people and challenges. You’ve possibly heard me at previous times bring this tool, but I bring it again because its application at this point is very appropriate. It’s called the ‘Mikve Tool’, and here’s what you do: Simply dunk yourself into a real or imagined body of water. While dunking, say to yourself, that all that’s recently happened to you is the best possible thing in the world for you. Then bring up into your mind a specific negative or painful experience that you have had recently. Come up for air and then dunk again and say to yourself that the reason why this experience is the best possible thing that could’ve happened to you, is because________ and wait for an answer to come in to your mind. The answer usually has something to do with the rectification of your personality or soul, such as a need to be more humble, loving, believing…etc…
3. BE A RADICAL ‘TAM’ IN THE FACE OF DECEPTION
****The point here, is that one’s ‘t-a-m ness’ will draw down a Divine-based-protective-force-field, and sometimes will even transform the deceiver into becoming a bit of a ‘tam’ also…Anyway here’s a few basic steps in ‘Tam-ing’;
A. Be radically authentic—–what you express on the outside, should be a reflection of what you feel on the inside…
B. Be radically happy with your lot.
C. Make ‘HOLY SIMPLICITY’ your primal value and ‘Modus operandi’ in life….this includes all areas of life; how you interact with people, with Hashem and with life itself…[Don’t forget what the Breslov Chassidim are fond of saying, ‘it’s not simple to be simple! And don’t forget what the Kabbalists are fond of saying ‘Simplicity is in the highest Sefirotic realm of ‘KETER’]….
A. Identify your strongest points. For example, you may be and feel outstanding in the realm of spirituality or learning or emoting or being creative or getting ‘results’…
B. Leverage or utilize this strong point[s] of yours when you are in the heat of an encounter with a deceptive person [rather than having to distance yourself from them]….
C. For example, if you’re a lover of wisdom, impress upon the deceptive one how fascinated you are by their depth and breadth of wisdom. Hopefully this will steer them away from feeling challenged by you and therefore needing to deceive you…
Escape when you need to escape in order to protect yourself. Get a good lawyer if necessary. Included in this ‘escape clause’ is the ability to not allow the deceiver to trap you into an abusive type of relationship or dynamic that they themself created, in order to always keep you defensive and under their control….
meanwhile, until next time;
ps—–I am in the midst of setting up
my summer schedule and am slowly
but surely filling up my free time with
1 on 1 phone and live
so be in touch, in case you are interested
Continuation of Kabbalistic Healing Techniques
Continuation of Direct Divine Infusion Healing (Part 1)
) HELPLESS CRYING DVAIKUT (Clinging to Hashem)
While emoting as much a possible, both internally and externally (crying, screaming, jumping up and down, moaning, etc, go over in your mind, or orally, all of the events of one or more than one dilemma, crisis or any other type of difficulty that you are facing. Discuss all the efforts that you have invested to try to solve your problem. When you get to the point where you see that you have done all that you can do, and that it is beyond your ability to solve the problem, you’ve arrived at the helpless point.
Now is the time to reach your emotional crescendo and with a primal scream to Hashem, call out “I CANT DO IT – PLEASE DO IT FOR ME HASHEM”.
This exercise can be done very effectively and powerfully with an entire group.
Each person chooses their own private darkened corner of the room and begins to emote.
Then they all come together after a designated time to help each other process.
Part 2 –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW INTERNALLY THROUGH BALANCE, HARMONY AND ALIGNMENT
5. UNIFICATION HEALING
Here the basic principle is to offset or heal the weaker side or half of a pair with a meshing or fusion of the stronger corresponding half. Therefore focus on the weaker side of the pair (example: the left brain as opposed to the right brain, or fallen desires as opposed to rectified ones, or a fear as opposed to a corresponding strength, or a traumatic time in your life as opposed to a very self assured time).
Begin to draw down energetically the strength and power from the stronger one of the pair and enmesh the two together until the weaker side begins to feel stronger and reinforced.
If the situation involves two personalities, have the stronger of the two reassure their weaker partner.
In a group situation have all the members of the group draw upon their stronger side to heal the designated person’s weaker side.
6. TURKEY HEALING
A dysfunctional part of yourself will definitely inhibit a free flow.
Liberating the dysfunction, or “turkey”, reopens the channel for full physic flow.
The healing principle and the name “turkey”, comes from Rebbe Nachman’s story entitled “the Turkey Prince”.
A prince, thinking he was a turkey, sat cockling and pecking his food while he was totally naked underneath the table.
A wise sage eventually healed the turkey with the following steps:
a. Radical non-judgmental acceptance of the turkey just as he is (so much so, that the sage convinced this prince that he the sage, was a turkey just like him).
b. Take very slow, but deliberate “baby steps” towards bringing the “turkey” to a complete recovery.
On the ground, when turkey healing, one has to make a very great effort to lovingly embrace the person and their dysfunction (turkey) just as they are.
This is the key to the healing process.
To the extent that the person feels your unconditional acceptance, they will begin to heal.
CONTINUATION OF PART TWO –
7. SOUL BODY HEALING
This healing method is based on the idea that the body knows what the soul needs in order to heal.
Sometimes the body overcompensates, and becomes very protective; for example, a person with chronic fatigue will only be able to function minimally so that the person doesn’t get abused, hurt or otherwise harmed.
We would tell the body that we will strike a deal with you and if you release the person from their chronic fatigue, we will create a strategy whereby the person will be safe from harm. Therefore, do the following:
Choose any bodily ache, pain or illness.
Contemplate what this pain or illness is intent on protecting in your life.
Next, contemplate an alternative way to protect yourself other than the illness.
Speak to the bodily pain and convince it that you are taking over from here and you won’t need its services any more, but that you really appreciate its services that its done to help.
The body won’t always be so willing to listen, so you must be consistent and persuasive.
PART THREE –
TECHNIQUES FOR OPENING THE FLOW EXTERNALLY (SPARKS-ing)
8. RAV OOSHER’S PUPPET SHOW HEALING
Rav Oosher (Zatzal) over the years had countless people seeking his healing help.
Most of them were very miserable and depressed. They felt that they were victims of people’s manipulations and bad luck. Rav Oosher taught them to reframe their perspective and view life as a puppet show.
All of the bad fortune and abusive people in their lives are merely G-d’s puppets meant to direct them towards their rectification and enlightenment. The results of this reframed perspective were breathtakingly astounding.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a situation in your life where you feel that you are the victim of bad people and bad fortune.
Bring into your mind an awareness that every aspect of these people and this bad fortune is merely a display custom sent from on High in order to direct you towards the next level of your growth. Therefore don’t take personally what this person or circumstance is doing against you – they are only puppets.
This technique is a consciousness – be patient.
It takes a long time to reap the maximum benefit from it. Nevertheless, without a doubt, its got the power to transform your life.
9. SEFIROTIC LIFE BODY HEALING
The idea here is that there is a direct correlation between the events of our lives and our Sefirotic health.
If one Sefira is out of wack, then that area of life will also be out of wack; for example:
If a person has chronic pain in their left leg, that points to some disfunctionality in the HOD area of their life. HOD corresponds to the left leg. HOD is the Sefirotic character trait that corresponds to our capacity to enable others to do their best. If this enabling process is too strong or too weak, or is being abused by others, then there is a good chance that this person will suffer in a part of the body that corresponds to HOD, such as the left leg.
Here’s what to do:
Focus on a part of your body which is giving you trouble.
Identify the body part’s Sefirotic correspondence. (I understand that many people don’t have this knowledge. In case you are interested, please consult me regarding the Sefirot correspondence to your effected body part.)
Now identify the corresponding Sefirotic aspect of your life.
Adjust this Sefirotic aspect of your life to be aligned and in balance with all the other Sefirotic aspects of your life.
10. GILGUL (REINCARNATION) HEALING
The principle here is as follows:
A very large part of who we are, who we associate with, the challenges which we go through, our stations in life, etc etc, are a direct result of a trans-life perfection process. What we didn’t get right in previous lifetimes is what we will be challenged with in this life.
The way to identify reincarnation based aspects of our life, is to take inventory of the unique people and situations that we find ourselves in. Then view these people and situations as being the direct result of what we have come into this life to rectify.
The healing process happens when we take action in the proper way in response to these challenges which are thrown at us.
Here’s what to do:
Identify a unique challenge that you find yourself in life.
View this challenge as being the result of a similar challenge that we didn’t quite get right in a previous life time.
Ask Hashem to enlighten you as to what you are meant to do in order to get it right this time. (This dialogue with Hashem can also be enacted in a written manner.
Write to Hashem your question, and write what you think He will answer back to you.)
Carry on in this way with all the different people and challenges in your life.