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This is about Parsha Terumah. I found a common denominator (as I’m always searching for one that reflects personal growth opportunities) in Parsha Terumah, and it’s called The Lion In Me. In other words, My Inner Strengths. I found ways to reveal hidden, inner strengths inside of me and inside of everyone.
First of all, Parsha Terumah is my father’s yartzeit. And my father’s name was Yaakov Aryeh, which is Jacob the Lion, and I found my father in me, which is the lion in me. That’s sort of an esthetic, poetic part of the Parsha for me, but also a very real part of it, too.
Also, this is the beginning of the month of Adar, which brings Purim, and Purim is all about inner strength. We are usually not aware of our inner strength and Adar is a month of G-d hiding himself from us, so we find ourselves discovering and reviewing our inner strengths. That’s a big part of the mysterious month of Adar, which looks like the opposite but shows us that out of nowhere the good guy wins the battle in the end. This is also part of the Lion In Me.
As of this week, we have finished the last of the Shovavim period, which is a period of rectification of the spilled seed of Adam, a theme found in all the parshas of that period. We are rectifying and thereby reconnecting with our souls, and discovering inner strengths in that way. We are going to start the harvest of the six-week period we’re finishing up right now, and next week as well.
In Parsha Terumah, G-d talks about the Holy Temple in a very interesting way. He says, “I am going to dwell in them,” not “in it.” That means us, his people. The Holy Temple is inside of us, and those strengths need to be discovered inside ourselves. Once we have this perspective, it opens up a whole new way of seeing life.
So, everything that’s brought in this parsha reveals the inner, Holy Temple parts of us. For example, Betzalel, the one who physically created the Temple, had the ability to see the entire universe. He could see the creative ones and zeros of the universe-creation system, just as someone might see the creation of a computer system. He could see the roots of it all in a micro-cosmic way. We have access to this perspective, too, if we choose to plug into it.
In the Temple we have the Cherubim, standing on the Holy Ark, which is the Torah part of ourselves. The Cherubim represent the prophesy, and the place between them, as they face each other, is the place where all prophesy and all wisdom came from. It’s a very inter-included, transcendent place of inner strength inside of ourselves. It’s the focal point for the interface, from which all aspects of our world interface with the higher world.
That’s an incredible strength to rediscover inside of ourselves.
And we have the menorah, the candelabra made of pure gold, holding the burning candle stick which serves as a seat for the soul. The wick holds up the soul. It helps us find our soul and lights it up for us so we can feel it.
And we have the middle bar which holds together the whole construction of the sanctuary, the Temple, which extends from one end to the other. This parallels our will, our ratzon, which extends from the highest aspect of ourselves all the way down to the lowest. When we discover and reveal that ratzon, then nothing stands in our way.
We have an all-encompassing healing going on, which happens in the court surrounding the Tabernacle and in the Tabernacle itself, in the hangings and all they represented. The courtyard represents the body, which encompasses and surrounds the inner organs, as well as the all-encompassing, surrounding entities. So, we have the ability to rediscover and reveal the body/soul connection, and the body’s physicality inside ourselves.
There are also many more levels of inner strength that we can access and explore within ourselves.
SOME INTRO WORDS
About a month ago I did Ratzon Part 1, on topics relating to the 3 weeks between Tammuz and Av. We talked about certain aspects of Ratzon, the essence of it, how nothing stands in its way, a little bit about how to achieve it, the fundamentals, how important it is, and some of the applications of it.
Now we’re going to consider Ratzon and the period of Elul, which is a whole different type of Ratzon.
I’ll be drawing in Rabbi Tsvi Meyer Zilberberg’s teachings as well as my own, and adding in teaching from various other sources, too. This is a little different version of what Ratzon is all about, focused on Elul Ratzon in particular.
THE RATZON FACTOR OF ELUL
The month of Elul is the month of Creation of the world. The actual day of Creation of the world happens on the 25th of Elul, according to the Kabbalists. At that time the six days of Creation occurred, right up to Rosh Hashanah, when Adam is said to have been created.
Everything that comes before those final days of Elul is a time that went up into the will or Ratzon of G-d to create the world, meaning that time itself visited the will of G-d. Therefore, the month itself is very connected to the desire for Creation. It’s the wanting, the Ratzon, and it’s in the air. Ratzon is the time zone we can plug into.
Let me step back for a moment, to a time before Creation. There was the primal or primary creation of all of existence, called the constriction or Tzim-Tzum. This principle is also based on Ratzon, and it went up into the will of G-d, who then moved his presence from a certain place in order to make room for the the world. What was left was his omnipresence, a void, and nature abhors a void, and that void is essentially the Ratzon desire.
Ratzon means something is missing, so there’s a void. And it’s that void pushing us, driving us to fill it up. This is a primal feature of Creation – the void and the filling-up of the void corresponds to the male/female principle as well, but in this context we’re discussing, it corresponds to desire, to Ratzon.
That’s what’s opening up to us this month of Elul, which is a very interesting time. Relative to the New Year, it’s the last month of the old Jewish year, and it parallels the end of the previous week and the coming into the new week. The very last thing we do in the last hour of Shabbat is called the Third Meal, or in Kabbalistic terms it’s called the Will of Wills time. We go up, we elevate to the highest Sephirotic time of Ratzon. And that new week is pregnant with the new week that’s coming into being.
We have the power to determine what that new week will be. We take root of Shabbat, which is the root or the source of everything that will come in the new week, and it’s drawn in there along with sort of a bittersweetness. It’s sort of melancholy because we feel Shabbat at its highest and we feel the new week coming in, and we lose our elevated state. We feel the transition, the contrast, as we feel the transition to the new week.
That’s what we feel during Elul, too, the old year fading out and making way for a new year. That opens up our Ratzon because we feel that contrast, that transition into something new. That opens up our Ratzon, or the higher-level filling-up of our calling, our mission in this life. It’s when we plug in and get the clear messages we are meant to receive at that time.
So, Elul is the Third Meal, or the end of Shabbat for the year, going into the new year.
MORE ABOUT ELUL
In addition, the month of Elul… look at all the portions in the Torah we read during Elul. We see that Moses is doing a review in all of them. Moses is reviewing all the episodes the Jews experienced in their stay in the desert. And his review corresponds to what we are meant to be doing. We are meant to be reviewing our year and all the highlights of our year, sort of an inventory of what we did right and wrong, and what we need and want to do.
So, in that sense, Elul is primed for Ratzon. And, as we know, there were three times Moses went up to the mountain for a 40-day period of no eating, drinking or sleeping. During the last of those 40-day periods began the month of Elul, and lasted until Yom Kippur, the day Moses received forgiveness for the Golden Calf. Yom Kippur is the day of forgiveness, the day of atonement. So, those are days of forgiveness and compassion. They are days of G-d finding Ratzon or desire in us, thereby opening up a way for us to find desire in G-d as well.
There are a number of verses that characterize Elul. Maybe the most important one is Ani l’Dodi l’Dodi Li, “I am my beloved and my beloved is to me.” It’s a verse from King Solomon and it’s about the mutual love affair between us and G-d. It’s the acronym for the month of Elul, the time when we connect-up with G-d, during those days. That verse reminds us that Elul is the time when we can synchronize our will with G-d’s will.
There are verses about longing, “my soul is thirsty for you,” and “G-d is my shepherd, I shall not want,” a Psalm we say at the end of Shabbat. It’s appropriate for Elul as well.
We also say the verses including the 13 characteristics of compassion that we say during the entire month of Elul, especially during the slichot period, which is when G-d told Moses to say the 13 characteristics of compassion and your prayers will be answered.
This opens up Elul Ratzon as well.
Elul is a time of higher-level wantings, a time of getting to the core of what we’re here for, what we want to do. And it’s a preparation period for the new year when we go into Rosh Hashanah. Our Sages say, “Take with you words, take with you a plan and a path, if you want things to happen in your year. That’s what we should bring with us from Elul into the new year.
Elul is a blessed time when we can get clarity on who we are, what we are, what we’ve done right and wrong, what we want to change and what we want to become, going into our new year. So, this is Elul Ratzon. That’s what it’s all about.
HOW DO WE GET RATZON?
How do we get to the essence of Ratzon? The first thing we have to do is yearn, basically. Ratzon is all about desire, all about wanting. It’s about making simple lists of yearnings and praying for it. And we need to understand that, like anything else, we are the last of the generations, the weakest in many ways, the most burnt-out in many ways.
But because of that, because it’s so difficult for us and because we suffer so much, every little, tiny baby step we take moves worlds. Each step is more important than major steps taken in previous generations. So, wanting, and plugging into Ratzon is very, very important. Because Ratzon is so important, there is a huge, evil impulse to not do it, to forget about it, to play it down. Most people can remember the experience of Elul as being distracted, being full of distractions to do anything but want.
The Yetzer Hara will let you do anything but desire and have clarity about who you are and where you want to go in your life. It will give you anything, even to be a righteous person for G-d, but it won’t let you figure out what you want in this life because that’s where the “big money” is, what the real Elul is all about. We have to understand what we’re fighting and what we’re up against.
And we need to make a list, gathering together our greatest highlights were, what our greatest desires will be, and where we are right now, between the two, the past and the future. We have to know where we’re holding in the present, and try to get the essence of what we’re meant to be and who we’re meant to be. We want to project that into the future, and create a graduation speech announcing the end of the upcoming year as we envision it.
And then we set ourselves on the path to achieve it, and we go with our essential Ratzon, our essential core motivation of who we are. The closer we get, the simpler, the more concise, the more laser-like our Ratzon, the more powerful it is. We can break through everything and open up all closed doors.
Don’t forget to take the highlights of your life and study them, analyze them, get to your essential Ratzon of who you are. See your whole life as a sacred text that’s going to open up and inform you of everything you need to do. And then set your sights on what you want to have.
It’s the Jewish secret, like the Law of Attraction, only Jewish. We understand that we’re not using G-d as our genie in a bottle, but we’re doing it FOR G-d and to connect to G-d. That’s the Jewish secret. When you do it in that way, G-d’s on your side with you. When you’re going it for G-d then things are going to happen for you. That’s the Ratzon of Elul.
BEING IN A CONSTANT STATE OF Ratzon
The art of Living the life you love
[The Presence Series]
1. Ratzon is the state of being so connected to your essence, that every other aspect of your life, within you and without, align with this essence
2. Ratzon is the state of being fused with your essence and it’s Divine source
3. Ratzon is the state of being in Allness
4. Ratzon is the state of being certain that where you are now, is the best place to be
5. Ratzon is the state of being in a harmonious healing flow
6. Ratzon is the state of being in love with living
7. Ratzon is the state of being clear about why you are here and what to do about it
8. Ratzon is the state of being simultaneously connected to your past, present and future
9. Ratzon is the state of being in sync with all that G-d sends your way in life
10. Ratzon is the state of being fully alive
Getting it/ Being it/ Manifesting it
The foundation point of this very illusive thing called Ratzon is to project a path , a road map—a projected reality that finds you and the world around you fully emanating your desired Ratzon…..This projected reality which is being constantly Created by the ONE ABOVE together with your assistance [guided and nurtured from ABOVE]….the following Ratzon life-tools will help assist you in the process of getting it and being it and manifesting it in the world…[I bring them here briefly,though most of them are brought more at length in my teachings over the years]
1.BLYV [BEYONG LIMITS YEARNING VISION]
BLYV STANDS FOR BEYOND LIMITS YEARNING AND VISION—-AN EXERCISE OR CONTEMPLATION WHERE YOU EITHER CONTEMPLATE OR [PREFERABLY] WRITE DOWN IN A STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS WAY, THE VISION OF YOUR LIFE THAT YOU YEARN FOR IN THE COMING YEAR, IN A FASHION THAT IS BEYOND PRESENT LIMITATIONS OR CAPACITIES [ IN ORDER TO ALLOW YOURSELF ROOM TO GROW]. YOU SHOULD ELABORATE ON EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE AND IDEALLY, RE-DO THIS LIST AGAIN AND AGAIN. THE MORE YOU YEARN, THE MORE YOUR YEARNING APPETITE IS OPENED UP, AND THE GREATER ARE YOUR CHANCES OF REALLY DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE RATZON [WILL]. AFTERWARDS, YOU FILTER THE LIST DOWN TO YOUR MOST ESSENTIAL WANTS [AND EVENTUALLY TO THE ONE ALL INCLUSIVE ‘RATZON POINT’ AS WE SHALL SOON DISCUSS]…
2. PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE CHECK
IN ORDER TO HELP DISCOVER WHAT YOU HAVE COME TO THE WORLD FOR…IE…WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE TASK THAT YOU’RE DRIVEN TO DO IN THIS WORLD—YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF, WHAT IS YOUR NEGATIVE DRIVE…IE…WHAT IS IT THAT KEEPS HOLDING YOU BACK, OR WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE DRIVEN TO ACCOMPLISH, BUT CONTINUALLY FAIL TO DO—AND ARE NEVERTHELESS DRIVEN TO GET RIGHT BACK UP AND TRY AGAIN AND AGAIN. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE, ASK YOURSELF WHAT AREA OF LIFE ARE YOU ‘HEADS AND SHOULDERS’ ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE IN, AND EMPOWERED IN AND ‘IN YOUR ZONE’….
ALL OF THIS IS A ‘PRESENT-TENSE’ INDICATION OF YOUR ‘CALLING’.
THE ‘BLYV’ CONTEMPLATION THAT WE DISCUSSED ABOVE IS A ‘FUTURE-TENSE’ INDICATION OF YOUR ‘CALLING’. AS FAR AS A ‘PAST-TENSE’ INDICATION GOES, HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO;
MAKE A LIST OF THE 10 MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAVE EVER HAD IN YOUR LIFE. ANALYZE THEM TO SEE IF YOU CAN DISCOVER WHAT THE ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS. WHAT IS THE DEEPEST MOTIVATION THAT PERVADES OR UNDERLIES ALL OF THE REST OF YOUR LISTED EXPERIENCES?
ONCE YOU’VE DISCOVERED IT, THEN AS BEST AS YOU CAN, COME UP WITH A SINGLE-DIMENSIONAL WORKING DEFINITION THAT WE WILL REFER TO AS THE ‘RATZON POINT’. USE THIS ‘RATZON POINT’ , WHICH IS BASED ON ALL OF YOUR PAST , PRESENT AND FUTURE SELF-DISCOVERIES, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, TO SERVE AS THE INNER CORE MOTIVATOR OF ALL THAT YOU DO. THE MORE YOU ACTIVELY INTEGRATE THIS RATZON POINT-MOTIVATOR IN YOUR LIFE, THE MORE YOU WILL BE LIVING A LIFE OF RATZON AND ACCORDING TO YOUR ‘CALLING’….
3. WHAT DO I WANT
ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO FIND OUT WHO I AM, AND HOW TO LIVE THE LIFE I LOVE ,AND TO KNOW WHAT I CAME TO THIS WORLD TO DO [WHAT IT IS THAT HASHEM WANTS FROM ME]—– IE…MY CALLING,—–IS TO GO AS DEEP INTO MY OWN WILL AS I CAN [THE DEEPEST THAT I COULD GO IS TO THE POINT WHERE MY OWN WILL AND HASHEM’S WILL ARE ONE]. SIMILARLY IN ORDER TO LIVE 24\7 IN AN INSPIRATIONAL , CENTERED, SPIRITUAL, SELF EXPRESSED, ALL OF ME-ing TYPE OF MIND-SET, I NEED TO ASK MYSELF EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY SITUATION WHAT DO I WANT….
1. PERFECT AS IS
‘ ALL IS PERFECT AS IS’ is a great mind
state for realizing how all of the challenging thoughts that come into your mind all all very very sweet—————– because when you repeat to yourself and internalize that all is perfect as is, then even those thoughts that previously seemed bad
or lacking or dis empowering, now will be seen as being good and whole and empowering
know that virtually every spiritual process and drive that exist within ourselves and without, are composed of one or all of 3 elements—
—unblocking the flow [F]
–actualizing all of ourselves [A]
–striving beyond ourselves [B]
….know that the more that we are aware and conscientious of these 3 primal elements, and strive to awaken and actualize them in our lives, the more plugged in we are into the essence of living
CONNECT—————connect to how awakened [or unawakened] is your own level of unhindered flow and total self realization and also your constant reach to grow beyond yourself…..connect to a surety and a clear knowing that G-d can open up for you all of these spiritual powers—-to the extent that you allow yourselves to receive them from Him…..connect to one specific challenge in your life—-experience how your sense of well-being constantly increases—the more that you allow Hashem to lead the way [and guide you as well] in opening up your flow, your self actualization and your ability to reach beyond yourself……connect to as many challenges in your life in this way as you can….
3. P.L.UG. I.N.
P=PRESENCE————– Be ‘present’ with all that is going on right now, all that is immediately in front of you, all that is deep inside of you and what is all around you…..
L=LOWER SOUL—————Integrate into your conscious life your lower self in a healthy way [ie…. we are definitely not referring to the part inside of ourselves who’s very purpose in life is to destroy us, sabotage us, throw us off..etc..sometimes referred to as the evil inclination or ‘Yaitzer Hara’]. If this lower self or inner child is left out, squashed, blinded…etc…, then any and all attempts to be great and high and paradised will fail due to a constant inner struggle , not to mention the fact that if we successfully integrate the lower self, then we empower a huge amount of energy into all the rest of our psyche….
U=UNIFY——————-connect together all the disparate components of your life into one nuclearly powerful unified unit.
G=GROOVING——————–take pleasure in all aspects of life, people and Hashem, who’s making it all possible
I=INFINITIZING———————open up, expand, liberate and eternalize all constricted, finite, enslaved and temporal aspects of your life
N=NITZUL [TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ALL YOUR RESOURCES]———————Salvage and take advantage of all of the resources and abundance available to you from the past, in the present or potentially in the future
[FUSE YOUR WILL WITH HASHEM’S]
Our Sages teach in Pirkei Avot [Sayings of the Fathers], “Make Hashem’s will to be your will [ie…be a messenger or extension of Hashem’s will in the world] in order that Hashem’s Will should be to fulfill your will…..Nullify your will to be in sync with Hashem’s Will, and Hashem will nullify others will when it conflicts with your own
ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE ABOVE WORK, THEN YOU’RE READY TO LIVE IT OR D.O. IT ON A DAILY BASIS. THE O OF D.O. STANDS FOR ‘OHR GANUZ’ [HIDDEN LIGHT] WHICH IS A MYSTICAL REALM OF SEEING AND LIVING A REALM WHICH IS HIDDEN TO EVERYONE ELSE. ONE OF THE WAYS TO TAP INTO THIS, IS TO LIVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, A LIFE OF INSPIRATIONALIZING [WHICH IS ANOTHER TERM FOR ALL OF THE CONCEPTS THAT WE’VE DISCUSSED ABOVE SUCH AS ‘ALL OF ME-ING, RATZONING…ETC..].
THE D OF D.O. STANDS FOR DONE OR FINISHED—–IE…YOUR BURDENS IN LIFE ARE COMPLETED AND DONE….IE…EVEN THOUGH YOU CERTAINLY HAVE ALOT ON YOUR PLATE TO TAKE CARE OF, IF YOU CAN LIBERATE YOURSELF BY FEELING AS IF YOU ARE COMPLETEY ‘DONE’ OR AT LEAST ALMOST DONE [ BY PROJECTING THE MINIMAL YOU CAN GET BY WITH, AND STILL COME OUT O.K.], THEN YOU FREE YOURSELF UP EMOTIONALLY TO INSPIRATIONALIZE ALL THE CHALLENGES OF YOUR UPCOMING DAY. SIMPLY PROJECT AND MEASURE [ON A SCALE OF 1-10 WITH 10 BEING THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL] THE UPCOMING CHALLENGES OF YOUR DAY, AND HOW YOU CAN INCREASE THE INSPIRATION NUMBER WITH THE USE OF ALL OF THE TECHNIQUES WE’VE BROUGHT […BLYV, PRESUME, PLUG IN…ETC…] …..HERE I WOULD ADD THE TECHNIQUE OF CO-CREATING OR DECLARING WHAT THE GENERAL PICTURE OF HOW YOU’D LIKE YOUR UPCOMING DAY TO LOOK LIKE WITH MAXIMAL INSPIRATION….AND THEN TOSS IT UP TO HASHEM TO MIRACULOUSLY MAKE IT HAPPEN [WITH YOUR VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION WHEN HASHEM CALLS ON YOU TO PARTICIPATE WITH HIM].
Receive and be open to the Birth Process that you are going through, or that you are helping to facilitate……bridge your active role in the birth process with your passive role….see how, despite all of YOUR efforts to bring the birth to it’s fruition and actualization, actually it’s really all being orchestrated by THE ONE ABOVE in His own way and in His own time………see how that which you are giving birth to in life, directly corresponds to what you receive and how you receive it…..notice that the more that you see the birth process coming to it’s actualization, the more you see it’s beauty and it’s wonder and how this birth process is perpetuating other related birth processes—some insignificant and others, very profound…..
2. PARTNERIZING WITH HASHEM
BECOME G-D’S PARTNER—-Make a deal with the Creator—you do your share and He will do His ….to make it a worthwhile deal for Hashem–to make it a win win for Him—you have got to do something that He would really want—like helping Him in a tangible Way in perfecting His World…..A variation of this would be fusing with G-d—ie…whatever you do in terms of making money–Fuse all of your faculties with the Infinite One’s corresponding Faculties
3. RECEIVING YOUR INNER DIVINE VOICE
Receive the voice inside…..the Divine voice that is constantly speaking to you….learn to distinguish this voice from all the other voices—the ones that are counterfeit and misleading and shallow and confusing ––the inner noise and static that is always vying for your attention…..notice how this voice speaks softly, sometimes imperceptibly soft, but with a crystal clear message—the message that you know deep down in your heart and Soul—the message that is constantly directing you to choose that which is healthy and whole and Holy and empowering and good and loving……begin to practice receiving your inner voice by attempting to answer a few questions and doubts and challenges that you are faced with, and try to determine which inner voice inside of you gives the true answer….continue in this manner until you begin to recognize your inner voice with more and more clarity
PRESUME IS WHERE YOU PICTURE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WHAT YOU HAVE BECOME, ONE YEAR FROM NOW [A RESUME PROJECTED INTO THE FUTURE IS A PRESUME ]. AND YOU EXCITEDLY REPORT , LIKE IN A FUTURISITIC GRADUATION SPEECH, WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND HAVE BECOME AND HOW YOU DID IT [THIS ITSELF WILL LAY OUT A SORT OF A ROADMAP FOR YOUR LIFE TO FOLLOW]…
CO_CREATING Declare or create your desired reality, then
with 100% intent, belief, and acceptance of the reality that Hashem will make it happen for you in His own time and way [in line with what He feels you are ready for] —-just sit back and watch the miracles manifest, while being open to receive messages and directives to assist Him in carrying it out
MUSHROOMING—-Say yes to anything and everything that has the possibillity of bringing in wealth [this is like ‘Racehorseing’ above –just that this tool doesn’t neccessaritly have any agenda or conditions or followup—it’s just pure unadulterated expansionism
RACEHORSING——–Set up all of your possibillities [ie..racehorses] at the starting line of any particular phase or life challenge that you are presently dealing with—-let all of the possibillities compete equally —-whichever one[s] display the most success–take that as a sign from ABOVE, that that’s the one to invest all of your efforts in. (The Ben Ish Chai states that if a person has a very strong desire to know whast Hashem wants from them —according to the strength of the desire will be the truthfulness of the Divine Ratzon )